TV Upfronts: The CW Has New 'Vampire' Spinoff 'The Originals,' Confirms End Of 'Nikita'
The CW this morning announced its fall schedule - biggest news from the network included a new spinoff from "The Vampire Diaries," titled "The Originals," as well as some time slot changes that include "Supernatural" and "Hart of Dixie." Also big news for CW fans, it was announced that "Nikita" will be entering its final season with six episodes starting midseason.
The following below is the press release from CW as well as its new primetime schedule:
“We had a terrific season last year, growing our audience on-air, digitally and socially. Now we are building on that success by continuing to add more original programming all year long, and by adding high-concept, exciting shows to our schedule that will help us continue our mission of broadening out our 18-to-34-year old audience,” said Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW. “‘Arrow’ was one of the breakout hits of this season, and we’re using that show and ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ our two highest-rated series, to launch our new dramas ‘The Tomorrow People’ and ‘Reign,’ on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
“Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah, the original family of vampires, have become fan favorites over the past three seasons on ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ and we know viewers will be excited to see more of their story in their new spin-off series, ‘The Originals,’ on Tuesday nights. And with ‘Star-Crossed’ and ‘The 100’ set for midseason, The CW is poised to keep growing and keep our momentum going.”
The CW will launch its fall season in October 2013. Premiere dates to be announced at a later time.
Monday nights are the new home for Rachel Bilson as Dr. Zoe Hart of BlueBell, Alabama on HART OF DIXIE from 8:00-9:00p.m., followed by the second season of the epic romance, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, starring Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan, from 9:00-10:00p.m.
The CW kicks off its new Tuesday lineup from 8:00-9:00p.m. with the highly anticipated spin-off of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – THE ORIGINALS – starring Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies and Claire Holt as the original vampire family. From 9:00-10:00p.m., SUPERNATURAL, the fan-favorite drama that saw ratings growth this season, moves to a new night as the Winchester brothers embark on the ninth season of their otherworldly battle against evil.
On Wednesday nights, the breakout action drama ARROW hits its mark again in the 8:00-9:00p.m. timeslot, with Stephen Amell as Starling City’s vigilante archer. From 9:00-10:00p.m., new action-adventure drama THE TOMORROW PEOPLE stars Robbie Amell as a young man with abilities he is only beginning to understand.
The CW returns to Mystic Falls on Thursday nights with its highest-rated series, the critically acclaimed, social media favorite THE VAMPIRE DIARIES from 8:00-9:00p.m, followed at 9:00-10:00p.m. by the sweeping, romantic and racy new historical drama REIGN, staring Adelaide Kane as the young Mary, Queen of Scots.
Fridays stay stylish with a new night for THE CARRIE DIARIES, starring AnnaSophia Robb as the young Carrie Bradshaw, kicking off the night from 8:00-9:00p.m. This season, viewers will see how Carrie and Samantha Jones met and became friends. From 9:00-10:00p.m., the fierce Tyra Banks and AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL put the finishing touch on Friday nights.
New dramas STAR-CROSSED and THE 100 will premiere at midseason, with dates and times to be announced later, along with the new reality series FAMOUS IN 12.
THE CW’s 2013-2014 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
8:00-9:00 PM HART OF DIXIE (New Night)
9:00-10:00 PM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (New Night)
8:00-9:00 PM THE ORIGINALS (New Series)
9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (New Night)
8:00-9:00 PM ARROW
9:00-10:00 PM THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (New Series)
8:00-9:00 PM THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
9:00-10:00 PM REIGN (New Series)
8:00-9:00 PM THE CARRIE DIARIES (New Night)
9:00-10:00 PM AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL