If "Supernatural" was looking for a chance for a real long life, The CW is actually going to give the series a fighting chance.
The drama, which recently won an eighth season, is moving out of the Friday forgotten zone it's been the last two years and instead moving to Wednesdays. There it will lead-out for the new superhero series "Arrow," maybe creating some nostalgia for fans who once remember the "Smallville" and "Supernatural" lineup.
"Arrow" stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, a billionaire playboy who goes missing and is presumed dead. He returns to the city, however, and this time he's armed as the population's new crime-fighting vigilante.
There were some who thought "Supernatural" would rejoin "The Vampire Diaries" where it served as a lead-in for that show's debut season. Instead, however, The CW has plunked its remake of "Beauty and the Beast" in the spot most recently held by "The Secret Circle." That gives "Beauty and the Beast" the biggest chance to succeed, leading out from The CW's most-watched program. But it also puts a target on the show, because even if "Beauty and the Beast" finishes No. 2, it better be a lot closer than "Secret Circle" was to its lead-in.
"Beauty and the Beast" stars Kristin Kreuk from "Smallville" fame as Catherine and Jay Ryan from "Terra Nova" as the beast, Vincent.
In fact, the only thing that will look familiar about The CW's schedule is "Vampire Diaries." Everything else has moved around.
"90210" moves from Tuesdays to Mondays, filling the time period previously held by "Gossip Girl." That moves the departing series back an hour to 9 p.m., keeping the timeslot warm for its final episodes before The CW welcomes the new series "The Carrie Diaries."
"The Carrie Diaries" are set in 1984 and stars Anna Sophia Robb as Carrie Bradshaw, a teenager whose struggling to move from the grief of losing her mother and dealing with a younger sister, played by Stefania Owen, and an overwhelmed father, played by Matt Letscher.
"Hart of Dixie" gets a new night for its second season, kicking off Tuesday, which ends with the new Mamie Gummer drama "Emily Owens, M.D." Owens thinks she can put her high school days behind her, especially now that she is a doctor. But when she starts work at a hospital, and its staff are filled with some very familiar types of cliques from her teenage years, Owens may never be able to escape high school life.
Finally, "Nikita" remains on Fridays, but moves back an hour, and gets the struggling (and re-formatted) "America's Next Top Model" as a lead-out.
The CW has a very long way to go. While it's expected to finish last since it it is by far the newest television network, the numbers continue to sink for the show. The network, however, cancelled only five of its 13 shows from last season, despite all of them losing audience, and most of them by at least 20 percent.
The worst was "Top Model," which lost more than 32 percent of its audience through last month, falling to a 1.1 rating/2 share, according to Fast National overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co.
The best-performing returning show also was The CW's top-rated. "Vampire Diaries" finished April with a 1.8/3 after losing just 6 percent of its viewers from last year.
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