The CW Is Still All About The Comics-Based Shows
It's not just about the DC Universe anymore — The CW is heading to Riverdale.
For the first time in The CW's history, the network has four returning and one newly-acquired anchor holding down its schedule every night at 8 p.m.: Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and The Vampire Diaries. And in most instances on The CW's fall 2016 schedule — which you can see in full at the bottom of this post — those proven players are either followed by a new series or an acclaimed show that could use some help.
"We're very fortunate to head into our tenth season from a position of strength," Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, said on a conference call with reporters on Thursday morning.
On Mondays, The CW is betting big on the Supergirl, which is relocating from CBS for Season 2. It's exactly the same night and timeslot the series aired on CBS; clearly The CW doesn't want to shake up the audience's routine too much with the network shift. "We have a rough idea of where they're heading for next season, which I'm not going to share at the moment," Pedowitz said of Supergirl, noting that little will change tonally with the series. "The fact that it's now moved to The CW where it should have been in the first place, I don't think it's going to have a major effect." Supergirl will kick off a female-heavy night as it's paired with Jane the Virgin, a critically adored show that really deserves many — many — more viewers.
Then, on Tuesdays, The Flash is paired with the network's upcoming romantic comedy No Tomorrow, about a couple who live every day like their last; on Wednesdays, Arrow will lead into Frequency, The CW's new gender-swapped adaptation of the 2000 film; Thursdays will be a juggernaut with DC's Legends of Tomorrow paired with the ever-reliable Supernatural, which moves from Wednesdays; and Fridays will see The Vampire Diaries attempt to lend the future cult classic Crazy Ex-Girlfriend some more eyeballs — it's moving from its Monday night pairing with Jane the Virgin.
As for the fate of The Vampire Diaries, which Pedowitz said helped out Friday ratings since it moved to that timeslot in January 2016, "no decision has been made one way or the other as to whether or not this is the final season." "My dream is it isn't, but you never know until you get there," Pedowitz said.
As you can see, The CW is putting its stock, once again, in comics-based series in the fall, with four nights of crusading television. "Just imagine what our superhero crossover episode is going to look like come December," Pedowitz joked to reporters.
But there was only so much room on the fall schedule since the network renewed nearly all of its current crop. (Sorry, ANTM, Containment, and Significant Mother.) So, The 100, iZombie, The Originals, and Reign are being held until mid-season.
Mid-season will also see the debut of Riverdale, a modern-day take on the Archie Comics with a darker twist from executive producer Greg Berlanti. For those keeping score, that gives him five shows next season on The CW as it and Supergirl officially join the Arrow, Flash, Legends team.
Without further ado, here are the new shows coming to The CW in the 2016-2017 season.
Supergirl (Mondays at 8 p.m.)
No Tomorrow (Tuesdays at 9 p.m.)
Premieres Mon., Oct. 10 at 9 p.m.
Frequency (Wednesdays at 9 p.m.)
Premieres Wed., Oct. 5 at 9 p.m.
Here's The CW's fall 2016 schedule:
Supergirl 8 p.m.
Jane the Virgin 9 p.m.
The Flash 8 p.m.
*No Tomorrow 9 p.m.
Arrow 8 p.m.
*Frequency 9 p.m.
DC's Legends of Tomorrow 8 p.m.
Supernatural 9 p.m.
The Vampire Diaries 8 p.m.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 9 p.m.
Note: An asterisk (*) indicates a new show for the 2016–2017 season.
Note: In mid-May every year, the five television broadcast networks — NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, and The CW — present their new shows and upcoming schedules to advertisers at events called "the upfronts." That's why you see an onslaught of new programming in May, as well as the cancellation of current shows. This post will be continually updated.