April 26, 2013

THE SKED: CW Wastes No Time Ordering “The Originals,” and 2 Bubble Shows Survive


Less than 24 hours after its airing as an episode of The Vampire Diaries, CW has ordered the spin-off series THE ORIGINALS for the 2013-14 season.  (My review is here.)  Last night’s rating was a lackluster 0.9, but it was an awful night overall for the networks, and the response to the pilot has been strong, so this was a no-brainer.

The network also renewed HART OF DIXIE, which makes sense as it’s been the highest rated of CW’s bubble dramas, and somewhat more surprisingly BEAUTY & THE BEAST, which hasn’t made much of an impression on Thursdays even with Vampire Diaries as its lead-in.  If Originals gets the Thursday 9PM timeslot, as is generally expected, it’s hard to see Beauty being much of one elsewhere.  But CW opted for stability, with most of its shows returning–which may mean a low number of additional pilots ordered to series.

The odd series out appears to be THE CARRIE DIARIES, although technically it’s still “in contention.”  The rumor for some time has been that NIKITA will get a final truncated order as Gossip Girl did this season, but apparently the terms of that renewal haven’t yet been worked out.

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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."