Friday, 5 February 2016

The CW 2016-17 Season: News & Updates: Midseason Schedule Announced

Gregory’s Thoughts

No one is happier for The CW than The CW itself. Mark Pedowitz has managed to transform the little network that could from the home of melodramatic teen dramas with a large female audience to the premiere network for science fiction, comic book and action shows with the likes of Arrow, The Flash and the recently premiered Legends of Tomorrow. The CW also seems to be carving yet another niche for its network, hour-long female led dramadies such as the critically acclaimed and Golden Globe award winning series Jane the Virgin, which also brought some much needed diversity to the network, and the underrated musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

The CW is healthier than ever with a slate which boasts strong new shows mixed with stable older shows like Supernatural (which is older than The CW) and The Vampire Diaries which, despite rumours, does not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. The network has a healthy balance of CBS Television Studios produced shows and Warner Bros. Television shows. The CW is simply a happy place to be for ambitious dramas and dedicated audiences however, the network could always be "happier". The CW will inevitably add more (Greg Berlanti) produced comic book adaptations to the network. Recently, Mark Pedowitz spoke about his regret when deciding not to pick up Supergirl (although, judging by the weak episodes and unlikable lead, it doesn't seem like such a loss).


UPDATE: The CW has renewed 11 series: Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Jane The Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Reign, The 100, iZombie, The Originals.

UPDATE 2: The first (not) new series The CW has picked up for next season is... Supergirl! That's right, the show that flopped on the biggest network CBS is being moved to the smallest network! WB apparently made the license fee for the show cheap enough for The CW to produce the show which leads to the question, why didn't they just keep it on CBS. If it's cheap enough for The CW, surely it must be cheap enough for CBS. It will be interesting to see how this pick up affects The CW's future series orders...

UPDATE 3: The GB (Greg Berlanti Network) has ordered Riverdale, Frequency and No Tomorrow... where are all these shows going to go?!

Set in present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, “Riverdale” is a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.
Executive Producer / Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Supergirl,” “Glee”)
Executive Producers: Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics)
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Auspices: Warner Bros. Television / Berlanti Productions
Cast: Lili Reinhart (“Surviving Jack”), Cole Sprouse (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”), Ashleigh Murray (newcomer), Luke Perry (“Beverly Hills, 90210”, “Jesse Stone”), KJ Apa (“Shortland Street”), Madelaine Petsch (newcomer), Camila Mendes (newcomer), Marisol Nichols (“GCB”), Mädchen Amick (“Twin Peaks”)

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.
Executive Producer/Writer: Corinne Brinkerhoff (“American Gothic,” “Jane The Virgin,” “The Good Wife”)
Executive Producer/Writer: Maggie Friedman (“Witches of East End”)
Writers: Scott McCabe & Tory Stanton
Executive Producer: Ben Silverman (“Jane The Virgin,” “The Office”)
Director: Brad Silberling
Auspices: CBS Television Studios in association with Electus
Cast: Tori Anderson (“Open Heart”), Josh Sasse (“Galavant”), Sarayu Blue, (“The Real O’Neals”), Amy Pietz (“The Nine Lives of Chloe King”), Jesse Rath (“Defiance”), Jonathan Langdon (“Special Correspondents”)

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.
Executive Producer / Writer: Jeremy Carver (“Supernatural”)
Executive Producers: Toby Emmerich (“The Notebook” feature film), John Rickard (“Horrible Bosses”), Dan Lin (“The LEGO™ Movie,” “Sherlock Holmes”), Jennifer Gwartz (“Veronica Mars”)
Director: Brad Anderson
Auspices: Warner Bros. Television / Lin Pictures
Cast: Riley Smith (“Nashville,” “True Blood”), Mekhi Phifer (“ER,” “8 Mile”), Peyton List (“The Flash, “Mad Men”), Lenny Jacobson (“Nurse Jackie”), Anthony Ruivivar (“Third Watch”), Devin Kelley (“Chernobyl Diaries”), Daniel Bonjour (“The Walking Dead”).

Focuses on Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, who shares his super powers and vulnerability to Kryptonite. She is just beginning to use her abilities. Born on the planet Krypton, Kara Zor-El escaped amid its destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.
Cast: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Calista Flockhart, Laura Benanti, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood, Dean Cain, Helen Slater.


(New programs in UPPER CASE)


8-9 PM — Supergirl

9-10 PM — Jane The Virgin


8-9 PM — The Flash



8-9 PM — Arrow



8-9 PM — DC’S Legends of Tomorrow

9-10 PM — Supernatural


8-9 PM — The Vampire Diaries

9-10 PM — Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

How did The CW manage to transform from the teen drama network to the superhero and occasional Vampire network? The CW already renewed an unprecedented number of shows (11!) as well as adding four new shows to the schedule and picking up Supergirl from CBS. The mid-season bench is more stuffed than ever before and includes The Originals, The 100, iZombie and Reign. The CW’s most hyped new show Riverdale is also being held for mid-season. The CW’s flagship superhero shows The Flash and Arrow have both kept their time slots and will launch two new shows; No Tomorrow after The Flash on Tuesdays and Frequency after Arrow on Wednesdays. Supergirl and Jane The Virgin will form a new independent powerful women block on Mondays with Supergirl maintaining its Monday 8pm timeslot which it had on CBS. This is probably the most confusing aspect of The CW’s schedule. It would make more sense to pair both romantic comedies Jane The Virgin and No Tomorrow together on Mondays and The Flash, The CW’s highest rated show with Supergirl, which needs all the help it can get (as well as both being DC super heroes which recently had a crossover).
The CW Midseason Schedule

(Beginning January 24)
9-10 PM – DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (New Time Period)
(Beginning February 1)
8-9 PM – ARROW
9-10 PM – THE 100 (Season Premiere)
(Beginning January 26)
8-9 PM – SUPERNATURAL (New Time Period)
9-10 PM – RIVERDALE (Series Premiere)
(Beginning February 10)
9-10 PM – REIGN (Season Premiere)
(Beginning March 17)
8-9 PM – THE ORIGINALS (Season Premiere)
9-10 PM – REIGN
8-9 PM – IZOMBIE (Season Premiere)
9- 10 PM – IZOMBIE (New Episode)
(Beginning April 11)
9-10 PM – IZOMBIE (Regular Time Period)

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