May 15, 2014

NIELSENWAR 2014-15: The CW Schedule – Instant Analysis


CW didn’t need to make a lot of changes after a successful (on its terms) season, and it hasn’t.  The network confined its fall moves to 2 nights, opting for stability the rest of the week and keeping 4 additional shows (2 new, 2 returning) for midseason use.  Here are the details:

MONDAY:  This was the one night that had to be completely remade, since both Star-Crossed and The Tomorrow People are gone.  New hit THE ORIGINALS will move into the 8PM slot, followed by Latina comic soap JANE THE VIRGIN.  It’s not clear how the latter will mesh with the violent, very non-virginal antics of the New Orleans supernaturals who occupy its lead-in, but Virgin was going to clash with just about anything on its network anyway.  Originals’ viewers should transfer easily to the new night, while Virgin will have to be something of a self-starter.

TUESDAY:  With Originals shifting to Monday, the network is duplicating its strategy from this past season and starting its hottest newcomer in the Tuesday 8PM slot:  FLASH, another pre-sold spin-off of an established network hit.  As with The Originals, Flash will have Supernatural as its companion show.

WEDNESDAY:   ARROW and THE 100 are keeping their successful places.

THURSDAY:  The network apparently doesn’t feel REIGN is strong enough to emerge from its VAMPIRE DIARIES lead-in, so both shows are staying put.

FRIDAY:  WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY will continue to air one new episode and one rerun in the 8PM hour, followed by the latest installment of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL.

CW has IZOMBIE and THE MESSENGERS on tap for midseason, as well as the (probably short-order) returns of HART OF DIXIE and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

CW Fall Schedule 2014


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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."