Last but certainly not least, The CW rounds out the broadcast network Upfronts by unveiling its schedule for the new season. The CW is an interesting network; if you’ve read my blog before, you might have seen an extensive posting I wrote in regards to how I feel about the network, its shows, and its brand. With Gossip Girl and 90210 having ended their runs, it would certainly seem as though we are heading towards a new era for The CW. So how will the five new shows fare for the network? Let’s take a look at these new dramas.
THE 100 [Midseason] : 100 juvenile delinquents are among the lone survivors following a nuclear war that destroyed civilization. 97 years later, they are sent back to Earth to see if there is possibility of re-colonization. Going futuristic is a big risk in itself and you have to wonder where exactly they are planning to take this. What’s probably the most interesting is that the show is based on a series of books that haven’t been released yet.
THE ORIGINALS [Tuesdays @ 8]: An episode of The CW’s biggest hit, The Vampire Diaries, served as a backdoor pilot for this spinoff, which centers around Klaus (Joseph Morgan) returning to the New Orleans, a city he helped build centuries ago. Upon his return, he finds the city under the rule of his former protege, Marcel, a diabolical vampire whose ideals have become far removed from that of Klaus. Claire Holt (Rebekah) and Daniel Gillies (Elijah) will join Morgan in the series. To be honest, I didn’t really care much for the pilot, and I’m not sure if that’s because of the story or if it’s due to my declining interest in The Vampire Diaries, so I’m transferring those feelings onto this show. When the show actually premieres I might give it another try, but at this very moment, I can’t say that I’m all that excited about it. On a scheduling note, I guess The CW learned their lesson after pairing TVD with The Secret Circle two years ago: on paper, it made sense to pair them, but when you actually watch them back to back, it was all a little too much. So in a sense I suppose I’m happy that they didn’t go for the obvious scheduling here.
STAR-CROSSED [Midseason]: When an alien race land on Earth, they are immediately imprisoned in an internment camp. Ten years later, the Orion 9 are integrated into a high school, where one of their kind falls in love with a human girl. Their romance threatens the political peace of society. It’s easy to write this off as a futuristic take on the past, but until I see some footage, I’ll reserve my judgments.
THE TOMORROW PEOPLE [Wednesdays @ 9]: Keeping with the evident futuristic theme comes this show from Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec. Based on a UK series, the show focuses on the a group of young people (of course, it is The CW after all) who possess special powers and represent the next generation of human evolution. And if pop culture has taught us anything, it’s that if you have special powers (whether it be telekinesis, teleportation, telepathy) there will be evil forces out there either wanting your power or trying to destroy you “for the sake of mankind.” In all seriousness though, we have seen other shows and movies that are similar (X-Men and Heroes anyone?), but no matter how many times we see the “regular humans with super powers” get played out, it’s always fascinating. Count me in on this one.
REIGN [Thursdays @ 9]: Given the prime post-TVD timeslot and being the most different of the other newbies, is this show focused around the untold story of Mary Queen of Scots’ rise to power as she arrives in France at the age of 15. How’s THAT for different? We’ve seen shows focused on the past royals, historical intrigue, and the like, but those were/are on cable networks and MUCH more adult (see: The Tudors, The Borgias, and for good measure, Game of Thrones). So the fact that The CW is coming in with this is a huge leap of faith. Obviously, Mary Queen of Scots and her ladies-in-waiting represent the teenage demographic the network has always been going for, but everything else just seems so off-brand. So while I say kudos to the network for trying something very different, I’m not sure this is going to work. We’ll have to wait and see!
- The only 2 shows staying put in their timeslot are The Vampire Diaries (obviously) and Arrow.
- With Arrow staying put on Wednesdays at 8, followed by The Tomorrow People, the Amells (Robbie, cousin to Stephen, is one of the leads on TTP) and Greg Berlanti (who executive produces both shows) rule The CW on Wednesdays!
- Hart of Dixie moves back to Mondays, and is then followed by Beauty and the Beast.
- Supernatural moves once again, this time to Tuesdays at 9, following The Originals.
- The Carrie Diaries will now be paired up with America’s Next Top Model on Fridays. This pairing makes SO much more sense than ANTM and Nikita ever did (no, I’m still not over that).
- Speaking of Nikita, it is with a great deal of sadness that I have to write that next season will be its last, with only 6 episodes. And it’s being held off until midseason, which pretty much just means delaying the inevitable end. Anyone who knows me (or have read the blog) knows that I LOVE Nikita and I’m not ready to process the thought of not having the show anymore. 6 episode final season is better than straight cancellation. But the funny thing is when the final seasons of Chuck and Fringe were announced, I was okay with it and yet with this, I just can’t…
Anyways, that is it for the broadcast network Upfronts! For full descriptions of the new shows, check out Deadline.com.