It’s not just about the DC Universe anymore — The CW is heading to Riverdale.
For the first time in The CW's history, the network has four returning and one newly-acquired anchor holding down its schedule every night at 8 p.m.: Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, and The Vampire Diaries. And in most instances on The CW's fall 2016 schedule — which you can see in full at the bottom of this post — those proven players are either followed by a new series or an acclaimed show that could use some help.
« We're very fortunate to head into our tenth season from a position of strength, » Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, said on a conference call with reporters on Thursday morning.
On Mondays, The CW is betting big on the Supergirl, which is relocating from CBS for Season 2. It's exactly the same night and timeslot the series aired on CBS; clearly The CW doesn't want to shake up the audience's routine too much with the network shift. « We have a rough idea of where they're heading for next season, which I'm not going to share at the moment, » Pedowitz said of Supergirl, noting that little will change tonally with the series. « The fact that it's now moved to The CW where it should have been in the first place, I don't think it's going to have a major effect. » Supergirl will kick off a female-heavy night as it's paired with Jane the Virgin, a critically adored show that really deserves many — many — more viewers.
The Vampire Diaries.
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Then, on Tuesdays, The Flash is paired with the network's upcoming romantic comedy No Tomorrow, about a couple who live every day like their last; on Wednesdays, Arrow will lead into Frequency, The CW's new gender-swapped adaptation of the 2000 film; Thursdays will be a juggernaut with DC's Legends of Tomorrow paired with the ever-reliable Supernatural, which moves from Wednesdays; and Fridays will see The Vampire Diaries attempt to lend the future cult classic Crazy Ex-Girlfriend some more eyeballs — it's moving from its Monday night pairing with Jane the Virgin.
As for the fate of The Vampire Diaries, which Pedowitz said helped out Friday ratings since it moved to that timeslot in January 2016, « no decision has been made one way or the other as to whether or not this is the final season. » « My dream is it isn't, but you never know until you get there, » Pedowitz said.