The CW Announces Its Fall 2013 Premiere Dates, Holds Everything Until October (Again)

It kinda sorta worked last year, so why not do it again? The CW has announced its premiere dates for the 2013 fall season, and for the second straight year in a row, the network is holding its shows until October. The later start gives The CW a chance to let the major networks fight among themselves. CBS and NBC have already announced their premiere dates, which take up most of the traditional late-September model. A delayed debut also means fewer repeats later in the season, something the network's younger, ADD-afflicted demographic HATES. 

The CW is also strategically staggering its premieres for maximum TV NOW-age. The Vampire Diaries-spinoff The Originals (as well as Supernatural's ninth season) will start a week later than most of The CW's other fare—on Tuesday, October 15—in order to get a boost from its maker; the network probably figures a little extra promo during TVD's premiere (on Thursday, October 10) will help launch The Originals. And The Carrie Diaries and America's Next Top Model will kick off their Friday-night pairing even later, on October 25, because who knows why? I welcome all your theories in the comments section. My guess? The Carries Diaries is only getting 13 episodes, and the network would like to run 'em with limited repeats, plan some sort of "midseason finale" episode, and finish the season in early 2014 to give the final season of Nikita a boost.

The CW's 2013-2014 Fall Premiere Dates:
(New shows in bold and ALL CAPS)


8-9pm Hart of Dixie (Season 3 premiere)

9-10pm Beauty and the Beast (Season 2 premiere)


8-9pm – Arrow (Season 2 premiere)

9-10pm – THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (Series premiere)


8-9pm – The Vampire Diaries (Season 5 premiere)

9-10pm – REIGN (Series premiere)


8-9pm – THE ORIGINALS (Series premiere)

9-10pm – Supernatural (Season 9 premiere)


8-9pm – The Carrie Diaries (Season 2 Premiere)

9-10pm – America's Next Top Model: Guys and Girls (Cycle 20 premiere)

Saved for midseason: THE 100STAR-CROSSEDNikita, and FAMOUS IN 12.

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