The CW has overhauled its schedule for 2013-2014 by adding three news-magazine shows, a drama about aging cops, and a multi-camera comedy about a divorced dad jumping back into the dating scene. Sorry, terrible "joke." No, The CW is going with aliens and vampires and superheroes, all of them so attractive that you'll want to rub your private parts on the television screen. Surprisingly, The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals isn't paired with its cousin, instead opening Tuesdays with Supernatural moving into the 9pm hour behind it. Elsewhere, Arrow and The Vampire Diaries will be used to help boost new shows The Tomorrow People and Reign, on Wednesdays and Thursdays respectively. And that final season of Nikita? A mere half-dozen episodes and no scheduled date yet. Let's look at the schedule day-by-day (you can find it in an easier-to-read format at the bottom of the page).
The week starts off with the odd pairing of Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast, two shows that were lucky to return. But between you and I, we'll just call it Rachel Bilson and Kristin Kreuk night. Or, The CW Gives Up night, because neither of these series are strong performers. However, when you look at the rest of the schedule, this pairing made sense simply because there was nowhere else to put them.
Tuesdays start a three-day sweep of the heart of the network's lineup, with The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals (pictured) leading things off at 8pm (and going up against Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Veteran drama Supernatural takes the 9pm slot, moving back to Tuesdays, where it began its life. It's another move for Supernatural, which now only needs to air on Mondays to complete the Weekday Bingo. I guess we should be surprised that The Originals isn't paired with The Vampire Diaries, but it sounds like The CW thinks The Originals will have the biggest built-in audience and wanted to use its two top shows, Arrow and The Vampire Diaries, to launch new ones that need more help.
Arrow stays put on Wednesdays at 8pm, helping out 9pm newbie The Tomorrow People (pictured), a remake of the British series about people across the globe with special powers (think Heroes).
The Vampire Diaries also keeps its home, and serves as the lead-in for what is probably the hardest sell among The CW's new series. Reign (pictured), about a teenage Mary Queen of Scots, follows at 9pm and looks like a very different show for the network. Will its young audience tune in for a history lesson?
Fashion Fridays! The Carrie Diaries moves all the way over to Friday nights, and will be paired with long-running reality show America's Next Top Model on this forgettable evening.
Nikita will finish its run with a six-episode final season, but it hasn't been scheduled yet. A pair of new shows—Amy Teegarden as a teenage girl falling in love with an alien boy in Star-Crossed (pictured), and juvenile delinquents testing the habitability of a nuclear-blasted Earth in The 100 (pictured, top of the page)—will join the schedule in the midseason. Also headed to the midseason is the new reality show Famous in 12, which plops a family down in Hollywood, slaps it on the ass, and says, "Now go BE SOMEBODY!" Sort of. The family has 12 weeks to become famous, and has the help of TMZ. Look, I don't know what it is either, I'm the just the messenger of a garbled message.
The CW's 2013-2014 Schedule (new series in ALL CAPS):
8pm Hart of Dixie
9pm Beauty and the Beast
8pm THE ORIGINALS
9pm THE TOMORROW PEOPLE
8pm The Vampire Diaries
8pm The Carrie Diaries
9pm America's Next Top Model
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