Upfronts 2014: The CW Unveils its Schedule for the Fall TV Season

Last but not least for the major broadcast networks is The CW. Keeping it small, The CW only picked up four new shows, two of which are based on DC Comics entities.

THE FLASH [Drama – Tuesdays @ 8]: Barry Allen was introduced earlier this season on Arrow, with plans of having a backdoor pilot integrated. The network asked for a pilot but decided on its fate as separate from Arrow, so the backdoor plans never came about, but as expected, it got picked up regardless. Not being that familiar with the original source material, I’m not really in a place to comment on this, but I’m still not incredibly convinced that Grant Gustin was the right choice for Barry Allen/The Flash. He pulls off the geeky Barry Allen side; it’s the Flash side I’m concerned about. But hey, what do I know? Still looking forward to watching though, not to mention the inevitable crossovers with Arrow.

The Flash

iZOMBIE [Drama – Midseason]: This is the second show the network picked up that is based on a DC Comic, albeit one that is definitely not your typical superhero stuff. Liv (played by Rose McIver, previously known as Tinkerbell from Once Upon a Time) has been unexpectedly turned into a zombie and in order to maintain her humanity, she takes a job working at the coroner’s office, giving her access to brains that she needs. Of course, there’s a catch: with every brain she consumes, she inherits some of the person’s memories which she then uses to help solve cases. There’s obviously a procedural/case of the week style to this, but at the same time, this is VERY different. Not to mention, Rob Thomas, creator of Veronica Mars, is the executive producer on this, so expect a lot more of its uniqueness to shine through. I’m intrigued, to say the least.

Pilot

THE MESSENGERS [Drama – Midseason]: A mysterious object crashes onto earth sending out a shock wave that kills a group of strangers. However, these strangers awaken shortly thereafter and learn that they are the key to preventing the impending rapture. It seems to me that these big mystery stories are very hit and miss. Obviously the mystery of how this happened and why did it choose these people are the hook, but the producers and writers have to be careful and make sure they make the story and the characters compelling enough to make viewers care. Also, none of the “answering questions with more questions” or plain old asking questions with no answers – that is more than infuriating as a viewer. I’m hoping for the best, but prepared for the worst.

Pilot

JANE THE VIRGIN [Drama – Mondays @ 9]: At 23, Jane has her life planned out – study to become a teacher while dreaming of being a writer, marry her fiance who accepts her insistence to save herself for marriage and her timeline for their future together. But all her plans get turned upside down when she accidentally gets artificially inseminated during what was supposed to be a routine check-up. As ridiculous as that sounds (really, how negligent of a doctor/nurse are you to “accidentally” do that to someone?), it’s obvious that this show is meant to have a lot of heart. If my guess is correct, this could make a decent pairing with Hart of Dixie.

Pilot"

Notables/Thoughts:

  • Surprisingly, The CW kept most of its current schedule in tact. Really the only big change is that The Originals got moved to Mondays @ 8. I like that The CW is trying to build their schedules more fully around their “established” shows (shows that they know have a very good audience), as opposed to putting the weaker and/or newer shows together. My only concern is that Jane the Virgin isn’t the most logical choice to follow The Originals.
  • On tap for midseason is Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast, which if you ask me, the network will probably ship off to Fridays. As much as it pains me to say it, due to my love of Hart of Dixie, they are the lowest performers ratings-wise. I actually didn’t have much concern over Dixie’s renewal because it doesn’t get more in-house than that, being a Warner Bros. produced show and it’s filmed at the WB Studios lot with next to no special effects; in other words, it’s a cheap show to produce. BATB on the other hand…I don’t know. I got nothing. It’s renewal still confuses me.

So that’s it! All the broadcast networks have announced their fall schedules! For this Canadian, my scheduling doesn’t start until I hear what the Canadian networks are picking-up from all these new shows and how they plan to schedule them in for them for the fall.