Our comprehensive coverage of the TV network upfront presentations this week in New York concludes with a look at The CW's plans for the 2014-15 season. See more upfronts coverage...
Highlights and notes
- The suddenly stable CW has ordered just four new shows for next season: three dramas (including Arrow spinoff The Flash, and Rob Thomas's iZombie) and one comedy. That's a low number even by CW standards.
- Two of the newcomers will be held until midseason, as will returning series Hart of Dixie and (the mystifyingly renewed) Beauty and the Beast.
- John Barrowman (who plays Malcolm/Dark Archer) will be a regular on Arrow next season.
- Though this year's attempt to develop a Supernatural spin-off (Bloodlines) failed, the CW revealed today that it would try again (with a different premise and characters) next season.
Renewed and canceled
|Renewed||Canceled or Ended||Fate Uncertain|
America's Next Top Model
Beauty & The Beast
Hart of Dixie
The Vampire Diaries
|The Carrie Diaries
The Tomorrow People
Famous in 12 *
Masters of Illusion *
Penn & Teller: Fool Us *
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
The CW's 2014-15 primetime schedule
New programs are indicated in bold in the schedule below. All times are ET/PT unless otherwise indicated.
|MON||The Originals *||Jane the Virgin|
|THU||The Vampire Diaries||Reign|
|FRI||Whose Line Is It Anyway?||Whose Line Is It Anyway? (rerun)||America's Next Top Model|
The CW's new shows
The four first-year series ordered for The CW's 2014-15 season are detailed below. The two produced pilots that did not get picked up are a high-profile Supernatural spin-off (Bloodlines) that was introduced this season (to negative fan response) as an episode of that show, and the soapy spy drama Identity.
DRAMA Tuesdays at 8p
The CW's most-anticipated newcomer this year—filling the Tuesday 8p timeslot graciously vacated by ABC's Agents of SHIELD next season (when that show moves back an hour)—is a spin-off from Arrow and will be one of three DC Comics-based shows on the network next season. (Maybe a name change to The DCW is in order?) After appearing on a few episodes of Arrow last season, Grant Gustin (Glee, 90210) stars in The Flash as forensic scientist turned costumed crimefighter Barry Allen, who is the fastest man alive thanks to a freak accident. The cast also includes Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order), Tom Cavanagh (Ed), and John Wesley Shipp, who starred in the title role in CBS's short-lived 1990 version of The Flash. Arrow producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg (though not Marc Guggenheim) will produce this new show as well, along with Arrow writer Geoff Johns. Expect Arrow's Stephen Amell to appear in the first episode.
DRAMA tbd midseason
Veronica Mars the franchise may be back from the dead, but what if Veronica herself were one of the undead? The result would be something akin to this zombie crime drama, the upcoming season's fourth (!) new DC Comics adaptation, and the first TV series from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas since Party Down was canceled in 2010. Based on the comics of the same name by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, iZombie stars Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time) as Liv Moore (changed from the comics' Gwen Dylan), a new "zombie" who can pass herself off as a young, living woman (albeit one who looks like a Cure fan), but who must periodically eat a brain to maintain her memories, intelligence, and what little energy she has left. When she does so, she inherits some of the deceased's thoughts. And she uses those thoughts to help solve murder cases; the brains come from freshly killed corpses at the coroner's office, where she works as a med student. Fellow Veronica Mars veteran Diane Ruggiero is the show's co-creator and will produce alongside Thomas, who directs the pilot (while another frequent Thomas collaborator, Dan Etheridge, is also on board as producer).
Jane the Virgin
COMEDY Mondays at 9p
For the first time in five years, you'll be able to (intentionally) laugh at one of the CW's scripted fall shows. That's because Jane the Virgin is that rare thing for the CW: a comedy. Well, the network calls it a comedy, but since the new show still maintains the CW-standard one-hour running time, it's probably more dramedy than anything else. Still, that's progress. Adapted from a Venezuelan telenovela, Jane centers on a hard-working young teaching student and telenovela obsessive (Gina Rodriguez) who finds herself in her own soap opera-worthy storyline when she accidentally (!) becomes pregnant through artificial insemination. (These things happen.) Will her fiancé and religious family understand? And what about the biological father? And what's a series without any sci-fi or fantasy elements doing in The CW's primetime lineup? The adaptation comes from Jennie Snyder Urman (Emily Owens, M.D., plus the in-development Fox comedy Sober Companion).
DRAMA tbd midseason
While the CW ditched two of its sci-fi series (Star-Crossed and The Tomorrow People), the network certainly isn't close to giving up on the genre. Its latest entry is The Messengers, which begins with a group of five seemingly unconnected strangers dying from an energy pulse when a mysterious object crashes into the Earth. But they aren't dead for long. When they awaken a few hours later, they discover that they have gained new superpowers, which they will have to put to good use: it seems that an apocalypse is coming, and these five people are the only ones who can prevent it. If that isn't confusing enough for you, expect plenty of talk about The Rapture and The Man. The Messengers comes from Teen Wolf writer Eoghan O'Donnell and stars Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill), Sofia Black-D'Elia (Gossip Girl), JD Pardo (Revolution), and Joel Courtney (Super 8).