A Spinoff of ‘Vampire Diaries’ and Two Other New Series, Plus 4 Returning Shows Will Be on New Nights: CW Unveils Fall Schedule

May 16, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Next season’s TV lineup for the CW "transplants four shows to new nights and adds three new dramas, including a spinoff of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ introduced in an April episode of that hit series," reports our good friend Gary Levin in USA Today.

Levin adds about  the spinoff, called "The Originals," that it will be "centered on Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and set in New Orleans, [and] won’t be paired with ‘Vampire’ on the schedule. Instead, it will open Tuesdays, which has not been a strong night for the network."

Here’s the fall schedule for the CW. New shows are in ITALICS:

8 p.m. Hart of Dixie
9 p.m. Beauty and the Beast (new time period)

8 p.m. The Originals
9 p.m. Supernatural (new time period)

8 p.m. Arrow
9 p.m. The Tomorrow People

8 p.m. The Vampire Diaries
9 P.m. Reign

8 p.m. The Carrie Diaries (new time period)
9 p.m. America’s Next Top Model (new time period)

One of the best TV writers around, Lisa de Moraes of the Washington Post, writes of the CW’s other new shows: " ‘Reign,’ on Thursdays, will take liberties with the history of Mary Queen of Scots. In CW’s rewrite of history, Mary arrives in France with four close friends as her ladies-in-waiting –that’s a 1500s posse — to marry the French king’s hot son, Prince Francis. But Francis has a ‘history’ with a lady of the court — as if that mattered! Then there’s Francis’ ‘roguish’ half-brother, Bash — never thought we’d see ‘roguish’ in a CW announcement — who Mary thinks is pretty hot too."

De Moraes adds: " ‘The Tomorrow People,’ on Wednesday, is about a genetically advanced race with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation, and telepathic communication, who, understandably, are being hunted down by scientists. But not just any scientists. Evil, paramilitary scientists, known as the Ultra."

Finally, de Moraes notes: "On the bench are a sci-fi update of the Romeo and Juliet story called ‘Star-Crossed,’ about a crazy-in-love teenaged girl and teenaged alien. Also waiting for a time slot: ‘The 100,’ named after the 100 — 100 juvenile delinquents sent down to Earth, like canaries in a coal mine, to see if it’s inhabitable, 97 years after a nuclear war.

"And, if Tyra Banks has been the face of reality TV all these years on CW, the new face is Harvey Levin, star of ‘Famous in 12.’ One lucky fame-seeking family will be shipped to Los Angeles to see if they can become the next Kardashians in just 12 weeks. They’ll be guided by the TMZ machine, with Levin at the helm. Family members will appear on the TMZ television show and on TMZ.com. They will circulate, day to day, at well-known celebrity hangouts. They will have their ‘unique and varied talents’ cultivated, to create a public profile fit for a Kardashian. Bet you never thought you’d see ‘Kardashian’ and ‘talents’ in the same sentence, did you?"

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