The CW announced the new 2014-2015-season line-up on Thursday, May 15, 2014. While all the other networks work on determining where the audience interest will be heading in the future, The CBS/WB co-owned network, The CW continues to blaze its own path. Unlike the other networks, The CW is not changing much, instead of scrambling for shows like Blacklist, they went in a completely different direction. They dropped all but one low concept drama from the line-up in favor of high-concept shows.
Normally overlooked in the broadcasting world, The CW has done almost everything to get a little attention this season. With the spellbinding season ending of the network favorites, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals, the network is seems to have their feet firmly planted in the ever-changing garden of broadcast television. Nevertheless, in a shocking announcement, The CW will be splitting up their Tuesday power couple, The Originals and nine-year veteran Supernatural an idea that came earlier in the week when the finale of The Originals surpassed the finale of Fox’s Glee in the ratings.
The CW is planning on entering its new season with three new dramas and one new comedy; Jane the Virgin and the Arrow spinoff, The Flash will premiere in October of 2014. With a fondness for the strategy of October premieres, which was implemented in the last couple of seasons and also helps keep their shows afloat in the sea of traditional September premieres. It will do so again this season, with the exact premiere dates being released later.
Monday will start off the new season and The CW’s new week with the breakout hit, The Originals on its new night at 8p.m, followed by the new comedy Jane the Virgin (Gina Rodriguez). Tuesday will be action packed with the 8p.m. premiere of The Flash (Grant Gustin), the newest super hero to join The CW family, followed by the networks veteran, Supernatural entering its tenth season.
Wednesday nights will not change next season, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) will be returning in the Arrow at 8p.m. and The 100, the new post-apocalyptic adventure drama is slated for 9p.m. Thursday will stay bloody and sexy with the return of The Vampire Diaries at 8p.m., The CW’s highest-rated series and followed by Reign at 9p.m. starring Adelaide Kane as Mary, Queen of Scots.
Fridays continue with the fashionable and funny, starting with the hit, Whose Line Is It Anyway, the improve comedy series slated for 8 – 8:30p.m. followed by America’s Next Top Model at 9p.m..
The CW is also pushing for comedy in the coming year, the network already ordered Backpackers to series off its run on the CW Seed, digital outlet as well as acquiring US rights to Canadian sitcom Seed back in September.
Whereas Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast will return in 2015 for their mid-season premieres along with the debut of the new dramas The Messengers and iZombie. The CW has lost one of their cult-favorites Nikita to its final season, while canceling The Carrie Diaries, The Tomorrow People, and Star-Crossed due to low rating.
By Virginia Snowden