The CW's new brand identity as TV's home for hot teenage freaks will continue into the midseason with the addition of the alien romance Star-Crossed and the futuristic, Lord of the Flies-esque The 100. For too long, we've stared at those two shows' undefined premiere dates, the letters T-B-D haunting us. No longer! The CW has announced its midseason plans, and that means details for both of those shows plus a return for Whose Line is it Anyway? and new nights for The Tomorrow People and Hart of Dixie.
Star-Crossed kicks off the changes when it debuts on Monday, February 17 at 8pm, where it will pair up with Beauty and the Beast for an epic night of hot human ladies hooking up with handsome weirdos. Aimee Teegarden stars as a brunette (!) in the near future who finds love after a bunch of aliens (you can tell they're aliens because they all shop at Hot Topic and have face tattoos) immigrate to Earth and eventually integrate into the school system. I watched the pilot at Comic-Con and found it to be slightly better than staring at a blank piece of paper for an hour.
With Star-Crossed moving into Monday nights, Hart of Dixie will take a break. But don't worry, Dixie Chix (is that what you call yourselves?), Zoe and the gang will be back on March 21 at 9pm. However, if you believe that Friday night is a time slot of death, then maybe you should worry because March 21 is a Friday.
Beauty and the Beast will eventually take a break as well, going off the air after its March 10 episode. Taking its place will be The Tomorrow People, which moves to Monday nights starting on March 17 at 9pm, where it will follow Star-Crossed. That's a huge downgrade from being paired with Arrow, but apparently The CW thinks The Tomorrow People is grown up enough to handle itself. The big travesty of the move? No more Amell Wednesdays.
With The Tomorrow People bouncing to Mondays, that opens up a Wednesday spot for The 100. The new sci-fi series about teens sent to the nuclear wasteland formerly known as Earth will make its debut on March 19 at 9pm, right after Arrow. I don't know if y'all care about my opinion, but I really enjoyed the pilot of The 100 and thought it was easily the best of The CW's new shows. Set in the future after humans have nuked each other to smithereens, The 100 plays an upstairs-downstairs game by placing the surviving humans in a space station orbiting Earth and sending 100 juvenile delinquent teens down to the planet to see if it's inhabitable again. While the adults have their own power struggles in the space station, the teens are all Blue Lagoon and Lord of the Flies on the possibly radioactive planet below.
And for those of you who watch The CW for its old men, Whose Line is it Anyway? returns for more improv on March 21 with back-to-back episodes in the 8pm hour.
The CW'S 2014 MIDSEASON SCHEDULE
(New shows in ALL CAPS)
Monday, February 17
8:00-9:00pm STAR-CROSSED (Series premiere)
9:00-10:00pm Beauty and the Beast
Monday, March 17
9:00-10:00pm The Tomorrow People (New night)
Wednesday, March 19
9:00-10:00pm THE 100 (Series premiere)
Friday, March 21
8:00-8:30pm Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Cycle 2 premiere)
8:30-9:00pm Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9:00-10:00pm Hart of Dixie (New night)