The CW will add five new dramas to its lineup, including a Sex and the City prequel at midseason.
The coming season, which the network will launch in October, will also include the final run of Gossip Girl, a retooling and new night for America’s Next Top Model, another costumed crimefighter and a new version of the ’80s drama Beauty and the Beast.
Besides Top Model and Gossip Girl, The CW is bringing back 90210, Hart of Dixie, Nikita, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries.
It did not renew Ringer, H8R or The Secret Circle, and One Tree Hill concluded its run.
Here are the CW plans for its schedule, Monday through Friday from 8 to 10 p.m.
Monday begins with 90210 at 8 p.m., followed by Gossip Girl. In January, after Gossip Girl has concluded, will come the premiere of The Carrie Diaries, a series following Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw when she was 16. AnnaSophia Robb will play Carrie, a suburban Connecticut girl who discovers the wonders of Manhattan while working as an intern at a law firm — and meeting the style editor for a New York magazine.
Tuesday is doctor doubleheader with Hart of Dixie and new series Emily Owens, M.D. The latter stars Mamie Gummer (Off the Map, The Good Wife) as an intern at a Denver hospital who discovers — and this is so CW — that the hospital is a lot like high school.
Wednesday kicks off with Arrow, a series based on the Green Arrow comic-book character, from his earliest years. Stephen Arnell plays Oliver Queen, the billionaire playboy who becomes the vigilante Arrow. It will be followed by the eighth season of Supernatural.
Thursday has The Vampire Diaries and then the new Beauty and the Beast, with Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk as police detective Catherine Chandler (Linda Hamilton played a somewhat different Catherine on the old series) and Jay Ryan as the mysterious Vincent (previously Ron Perlman).
Friday will combine America’s Next Top Model and Nikita. Top Model has undergone major changes. The on-air team still includes Tyra Banks and Kelly Cutrone, but with male model Rob Evans now the third judge and stylist Johnny Wujek as “creative consultant.” The new season will be the first “college edition” — and viewers can help determine the outcome with online votes based on posted photo shoots beginning Thursday (while the show is in production for fall telecast).
Besides The Carrie Diaries, the network has midseason plans for Cult, about an investigative reporter looking into the dark underworld of a hit TV show and its fans.
The CW announcement wrapped up a week of fall-programming proclamations by the commercial broadcast networks, with NBC, Fox, ABC and CBS having announced earlier. See Sunday’s Beacon Journal for an overview of those plans, and the HeldenFiles Online (www.ohio.com/blogs/heldenfiles) for more information about the lineups.
Rich Heldenfels writes about popular culture for the Beacon Journal and Ohio.com. He can be reached at 330-996-3582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.