The CW is coming off its most watched season in three years, but its schedule for the 2014–2015 season is a bit surprising — both in light of the moves the network is making and the ones they aren't.
The Originals is shifting from Tuesdays at 8 p.m. to Mondays at 8 p.m., where it will lead into Jane the Virgin, The CW's new hour-long dramedy. The Vampire Diaries spin-off previously teed off the network's Tuesday nights of paranormal activity, partnered with the long-running Supernatural. While the Originals–Jane pairing is less of an obvious fit, it does speak to the network's faith in The Originals to have it serve as the lead in for a freshman series.
CW President Mark Pedowitz also noted in a conference call with members of the press on Thursday shortly after the 2014–2015 schedule was revealed that the audiences could be quite similar despite the show's obvious genre differences. "[The Originals] skews more female than male so it's a good lead-in for Jane," he pointed out.
The Originals' shift aside, the most notable thing about The CW's new schedule is the lack of movement. Mainstays Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and Arrow and soon-to-be sophomore series The 100 and Reign are all staying in their preexisting time slots.
Many might've expected The 100 to make way for The Flash, a spin-off of third-year superhero saga Arrow, on Wednesday nights. Instead, The Flash will air on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. before Supernatural. It's the same time slot The CW used to separate another spin-off, The Originals, from its mothership, The Vampire Diaries during the 2013–2014 season, with the idea being that the audience from the flagship series will carry over and boost another night's lineup.
When asked by a member of the press if The Flash's timeslot was decided upon after The CW execs were able to see that ABC bumped fellow superhero series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to Tuesdays at 9 p.m. from 8 p.m., Pedowtiz slyly said, "Sometimes it's good to be opportunistic. It worked out really well that time period opened up… Flash will do very well."
The replicated Wednesday and Thursday pairings (Arrow and The 100, and The Vampire Diaries and Reign, respectively) clearly indicate that The CW believes in both sophomore series, but also recognizes they need time to develop passionate fan bases and what better place to do so than behind the network's two biggest shows?
Here are some other noteworthy details:
— Cult hits Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast, which both received unexpected renewals, will premiere in 2015. Pedowitz noted that Beauty and the Beast is a fan favorite and that's perhaps why it's returning as opposed to the axed freshman series The Tomorrow People. "The Tomorrow People just didn't have the same level of social engagement that Beauty and the Beast does," he said.
— Freshman high-concept series iZombie, based on the DC comic of the same name, and the apocalyptic drama The Messengers will also debut next year.
— The Supernatural spinoff is not dead yet even though it wasn't picked up for the 2014-2015 season. "We believe there is a real brand for Supernatural and it just didn't quite get there," Pedowitz said of the Bloodlines spinoff. "I've already spoken to the creator and the studio and they know we want to develop once more for next season."
— America's Next Top Model is staying put on Fridays, as is Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which took over for The Carrie Diaries (RIP) at 8 p.m. Pedowitz noted that Whose Line has allowed for "big improvements" for the network in Friday ratings. "We have a couple of ideas about what we'd like to do [on Friday nights]. But Whose Line has given us the opportunity to try things," he said of potential midseason changes.
The full schedule is at the bottom of the story, and the new shows are now arranged in night-of-the-week order.
Jane the Virgin (Mondays at 9 p.m.)
The Flash (Tuesdays at 8 p.m.)
The Messengers (Midseason TBD)
iZombie (Midseason TBD)
8–9 p.m. — The Originals
9–10 p.m. — Jane the Virgin (new)
8–9 p.m. — The Flash (new)
9–10 p.m. — Supernatural
8–9 p.m. — Arrow
9–10 p.m. — The 100
8–9 p.m. — The Vampire Diaries
9–10 p.m. — Reign
8–8:30 p.m. — Whose Line is it Anyway?
8:30–9 p.m. — Whose Line is it Anyway? (encore)
9–10 p.m. — America's Next Top Model
This post has been updated to change language originally taken from a press release.