On May 14, The CW announced their new fall schedule, following a viewing season that has been its most watched in the last seven years. The broadcast schedule was announced in New York City at the New York City Center to a group that included national media, affiliates and advertisers. The presentation was kicked off by a live performance from Of Monsters and Men.
Mark Pedowitz, the president of The CW, said that the network has had a terrific season as a result of strategies that were actually put into place a few years back. He said that this year was not only their most watched season, but it also was the highest rated amongst male viewers in the last seven years. This year marked the launch of The Flash, which has turned into the most watched series ever. With two new series, Jane the Virgin and The Flash, the network has received more critical acclaim than they ever have previously.
Pedowitz also stated that The CW is heading into the next season with an immense amount of strength and stability, and that they intend to continue the strategy of adding new and original content all year. He pointed out three new shows that they believe will keep the networks momentum going. The three series which Pedowitz talked about as part of the announcement for the new fall schedule were Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Containment and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
Monday nights on The CW will start with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend in the 8 PM EST time slot. The show features Rachel Bloom who portrays a lawyer who is unhappy and decides to quit her job to move across the country in search of love. This new series will be followed by the critically acclaimed show, Jane the Virgin, starring Gina Rodriguez.
Tuesday nights see The Flash, starring Grant Gustin return to The CW at 8 PM EST. The sophomore show will be followed by iZombie, starring Rose McIver.
Wednesday nights on The CW kick off with The Arrow, starring Stephen Amell. Supernatural, starring Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, which is back for its 11th year on the air, rounds out the night in the 9 PM EST time slot.
Thursday nights are once more devoted to vampires as The Vampire Diaries return for its seventh season. The program, which stars Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, returns to its 8 PM EST time slot. It is followed by its spin-off, The Originals, starring Joseph Morgan.
Rounding out the week, Friday’s will see the return of Reign at 8 PM EST. This will be followed by America’s Next Top Model, cycle 22. The modeling show will move from its summer time Wednesday slot to its new home on Friday nights in the fall.
Both Containment and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will get their premieres at some point in the midseason. Beauty and the Beast, plus The 100 will also return with new seasons starting in 2016.
Although The CW was announcing their new fall schedule, they have not yet announced the exact dates for the new season premieres. However, the fall lineup will kick off in October, as it has done in years past.
By Kimberley Spinney
The CW Press Release
Photo by Jordan Nuttall/The CW