We have reached the end of the TV Upfronts, and it has been great. We have seen all the networks’ schedules, welcomed new shows and said goodbye to series that will remain with us forever. Today, the last network to have its presentation, The CW presented its fall schedule, which welcomed CBS cast-off Supergirl and gave us a few surprises as well.
Take a look below:
8-9 PM — Supergirl
9-10 PM — Jane the Virgin
8-9 PM — The Flash
9-10 PM — No Tomorrow (New)
8-9 PM — Arrow
9-10 PM — Frequency (New)
8-9 PM — DC’S Legends of Tomorrow
9-10 PM — Supernatural
8-9 PM — The Vampire Diaries
9-10PM — Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
So our first thought when we saw the schedule was “where’s The Originals?” followed by “where’s Riverdale?” Yes, there have been plenty of shows benched until midseason, since The CW has so many more shows than it ever did before, including CBS-transfer Supergirl and the 3 new shows it picked up. The 100, iZombie, The Originals, Reign and Riverdale will all see the light in midseason.
The CW president, Mark Pedowitz, held the customary press call today and had this to say about the decision to hold shows until midseason: “We have a very strong schedule. We still believe quite a bit in The Originals. We only have 10 hours, so we made a choice to [hold it] to further boost our schedule at midseason.”
Regarding fall, we have a couple of surprises. One thing that catches our eye is the pairings, which seem kind of odd at first look. Romantic comedy No Tomorrow seems to fit better with Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Then, there are the four superhero shows, which of course go well together. Finally, the paranormal series Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and maybe Frequency are a better fit. I don’t know if, for instance, the audience that watches The Vampire Diaries will have interest in staying and watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
What the CW appears to have done is to stretch out its superhero series, which are the most popular on the network, so viewers keep coming back to watch every day, and also to give new or struggling shows a good lead-in.
The CW’s most recognized superhero shows, The Flash and Arrow, have been enlisted to introduce new shows. No Tomorrow will air behind The Flash on Tuesdays and the Frequency movie adaptation will premiere after Arrow on Wednesdays.
Even if it’s new to The CW, Supergirl comes with a big built-in fanbase, which is probably why it was left on its former CBS timeslot, on Mondays. Hopefully its viewers will not change the channel and be able to catch the excellent and critically acclaimed (but audience challenged) Jane the Virgin.
On Fridays The Vampire Diaries’ (possible) final season will air before Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The CW probably thinks that this might give the latter show a better chance of getting viewers and surviving, but the truth is that The Vampire Diaries has also been struggling quite a bit, and this idea might backfire and get both shows to end this season.
On happier news, Pedowitz stated that the network’s annual superhero crossover event that will take place on December 2016 will be “the biggest one ever.” This past season’s crossover episodes have been amazing, giving the shows some of their strongest audience numbers. We can’t wait. Especially after seeing this little teaser the CW showed. Take a look:
Doesn’t that look incredible? We have high hopes for these superheroes!
Speaking of teasers, the CW also debuted the trailers for its two new shows debuting this fall.
Frequency - In this reimagining of the New Line Cinema film, a female police detective in 2016 discovers she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father (also a detective) who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, but unintended consequences of the “butterfly effect” wreak havoc in the present day.
No Tomorrow - When a risk-averse, straight arrow, female procurement manager at an Amazon-like distribution center falls in love with a freewheeling man who lives life to the fullest because he believes the apocalypse is imminent, to comedic and poignant results they embark on a quest together to fulfill their individual bucket lists.
What do you think of The CW’s fall lineup? And doesn't No Tomorrow look adorable?