The CW: New fall shows
The Originals Watch full pilot episode
Drama/Fantasy | Tuesdays at 8p starting October 8
Special premiere Thursday, October 3 at 9p
A spin-off from CW hit The Vampire Diaries, the network's newest supernatural drama will revolve around the character of Klaus (played, as before, by Joseph Morgan) and his family in the French Quarter of New Orleans; Phoebe Tonkin (who plays Hayley), Daniel Gillies (Elijah), and Claire Holt (Rebekah) are also moving over to the new show full time. TVD writer/producer Julie Plec will run The Originals, though Kevin Williamson will not be directly involved in the spin-off. Oddly, rather than follow The Vampire Diaries on Thursdays (as it will for one night to begin the season), the new show will be asked to kick off the network's new Tuesday night lineup. Note that the pilot episode already aired last spring as an episode of Vampire Diaries.
Reign Watch trailer
Drama | Thursdays at 9p starting October 17
"There's just no way to get around it: The CW's 'Reign' is weird."
—Daniel Fienberg, HitFix
A bit of a break from The CW's sci-fi and fantasy-heavy lineup, this costume drama is set in the 16th century, where it follows the teenage years of Mary, Queen of Scots (Teen Wolf's Adelaide Kane) and her adventures in France, including a love triangle. If you are expecting historical accuracy, you're watching the wrong network; expect plenty of freshly concocted, soapy storylines and an anachronistic pop soundtrack, for starters. It's not quite as bad as you'd think; critics were at least curious about the show, and a few seemed to actually enjoy it (or at least want to see how all of its silly strangeness plays out).
The Tomorrow People Watch trailer
Drama/Sci-Fi | Wednesdays at 9p starting October 9
"It's a bit formulaic, sure, but watching Robbie Amell's Stephen grapple with the discovery of his powers—and the understanding that with those great powers comes great responsibility—is just as fun to watch as in those other [superhero origin] stories."
—Kevin Fallon, The Daily Beast
The second remake of the 1970s British sci-fi series of the same name (if you're old enough, you may have watched the original on Nickelodeon in the 1980s), The Tomorrow People seemed to trigger a decent response during its Comic-Con viewings, while critics had mixed-to-positive feelings about the pilot; in other words, it's probably the network's best new show this season. The show depicts a small group of teenagers who represent the next stage of human evolution; they have special powers, including instant teleportation and telepathy, but become targets because of those abilities. (They use those powers to fight evil, by the way, making them like a more attractive, less-mutant X-Men.) This sci-fi/superhero blend comes from writer Phil Klemmer (Veronica Mars, Chuck) and producer Greg Berlanti (Arrow, No Ordinary Family), and stars Robbie Amell (Revenge; he's the cousin of Arrow star Stephen Amell), Peyton List (Mad Men), and Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural), while Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars) will guest in an early episode.
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The 100 Day/time tbd (2014) Watch trailer
Based on a forthcoming book series by Kass Morgan, this ambitious sci-fi tale is set nearly a century after nuclear war has wiped out most of civilization. The few remaining human survivors reside on a group of failing space stations, from which 100 juvenile delinquents are dispatched back to Earth to see if the planet can be re-colonized. Eliza Taylor (Neighbours), Paige Turco (Person of Interest), Henry Ian Cusick (Lost), Kelly Hu (Arrow), Thomas McDonell (Suburgatory), and Isaiah Washington (Grey's Anatomy) star. Critics who watched the pilot liked the basic concept but hated the execution, finding little to recommend.
Arrow Wednesdays at 8p starting October 9
It has only been on the air for one season, but Arrow is already close to giving birth to a spin-off. The (not yet cast) character of Barry Allen—better known as The Flash—will be introduced on Arrow during the upcoming season 2, with the hope of turning The Flash into a full-time series next season (under the guidance of Arrow producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg; the former is also working on a Flash theatrical movie). Meanwhile, Summer Glau will have a recurring role in Arrow's second season, which will introduce additional characters from the comics, including Black Canary, Sin (Bex Taylor-Klaus from The Killing), Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White), and Brother Blood (True Blood's Kevin Alejandro).
Beauty and the Beast Mondays at 9p starting October 7
The drama will shift to Mondays at 9 for its second season.
The Carrie Diaries Fridays at 8p starting October 25
Shifting to Friday nights for its 13-episode second season, this Sex and the City prequel series will introduce the character of Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall in the original series), played here by newcomer Lindsey Gort.
Famous in 12 Day/time tbd (2014)
Can an ordinary family move to Los Angeles and become famous in just 12 weeks? (Hint: yes; they star in their own primetime network television show called Famous in 12.) Lending a hand is TMZ's Harvey Levin, whose own semi-fame has miraculously surpassed the 12-week mark.
Hart of Dixie Mondays at 8p starting October 7
Josh Cooke, last seen on Dexter, will have a recurring role in the CW drama's third season.
Nikita Day/time tbd (November)
The drama's final season will consist of just six episodes, which should begin just before Thanksgiving and will feature Judd Nelson (!) in a recurring role.
Star-Crossed Day/time tbd (2014) Watch trailer
A human girl (Aimee Teegarden, Friday Night Lights) falls for an alien teen (Matt Lanter, 90210), who, along with eight others of his kind, begins attending her high school after being released from the internment camp where they had spent a decade after first landing on Earth. Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica) will also have a recurring role. Think of it as District 9 meets Romeo and Juliet (perhaps with a little 90210 thrown in for good measure), but don't expect good reviews; critics mostly hated the pilot.
Supernatural Tuesdays at 9p starting October 8
Entering its ninth season (in a new time slot), the CW drama will see Misha Collins return as a full-time cast member for the first time since season 6, while Tahmoh Penikett (Dollhouse) will have a multi-episode guest arc. The network is also developing a Chicago-set spin-off, and a pilot for the new show should air as an episode of Supernatural in the spring. Expect Supernatural to return for a 10th season regardless of whether the spin-off progresses to series.
The Vampire Diaries Thursdays at 8p starting October 3 Watch trailer
Expect plenty of new faces during the show's fifth season, with Klaus headed off to his own spin-off (The Originals) and some of the action now taking place in college in addition to Mystic Falls.
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