Upfronts: The CW's New Shows & Schedule for 2013-14

  • Publish Date: May 16, 2013
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Updated 12:45pm with additional details about several shows.

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 2013-14 season. See more upfronts coverage...

The CW

At a glance

  • The "C" in CW still doesn't stand for comedy; the network will be sitcom-free for yet another season.
  • In all, the network will introduce five new dramas (generally of the sci-fi/fantasy or action-adventure genres) and a new reality series next season, while shifting many of its returning shows to new nights or times.

Renewed and canceled

Don't get too excited by Nikita's renewal; that show will only return for six final episodes, which won't air until 2014 late 2013. The Carrie Diaries will also have a short season of just 13 episodes, though there's a slight chance that could get extended. Scripted shows are in bold below.

Renewed   Canceled or Ended   Fate Uncertain
America's Next Top Model
Beauty and the Beast
The Carrie Diaries
Hart of Dixie
The Vampire Diaries
Emily Owens, M.D.
Gossip Girl
  Oh Sit
Perfect Score *
Whose Line Is It Anyway *

* Season debuts this summer; status will be determined after show airs.

The CW's 2013-14 primetime schedules

The CW's fall schedule will look almost entirely new, though it will include just three new series. Only Arrow and The Vampire Diaries will stay in their current time slots (not coincidentally, those are The CW's two highest-rated shows); everything else has been shuffled. Whereas last season the network tried to give each night a theme, next season's themes are much less focused (though may we suggest "No Boys Allowed" for Fridays, and perhaps "Shows Too Weak in the Ratings to Be Lead-Ins to New Series" for Mondays).

New programs are indicated in bold in the schedule below. All times are ET/PT unless otherwise indicated.

CW Fall 2013 Schedule
  8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
MON Hart of Dixie * Beauty and the Beast *
TUE The Originals Supernatural *
WED Arrow The Tomorrow People
THU The Vampire Diaries Reign
FRI The Carrie Diaries * America's Next Top Model *

* New day and/or time

Not debuting until midseason (day/time tbd):
The 100, Famous in 12, Nikita, Star-Crossed

The CW's new shows

The six first-year series ordered for The CW's 2013-14 season are detailed below. For the second year in a row, the network has passed on The Selection, a Hunger Games-esque adventure set in a bleak future. The network's long-gestating Wonder Woman reboot (possibly titled Amazon) also failed to make the cut, but the network will keep the show in development with a new writer and star, so it is still alive as a contender for next season.

ImageThe 100
DRAMA tbd midseason

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, and the few remaining human survivors reside on a group of space stations, which are now beginning to fail. From there, 100 juvenile delinquents (not pictured: 95 of them) are dispatched back to Earth to see if the planet can be re-colonized. The adaptation comes from relative newcomer Jason Rothenberg (it's his first show ordered to series) and stars Eliza Taylor (Neighbours), Paige Turco (Person of Interest), Henry Ian Cusick (Lost), Kelly Hu (Arrow), Thomas McDonell (Suburgatory), and Isaiah Washington (Grey's Anatomy). Depending on how well it performs, this may wind up being a limited series.

Famous in 12 REALITY

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.

ImageThe Originals
DRAMA Tuesdays at 8p

A spin-off from The Vampire Diaries, The Originals made its unofficial debut on April 25th as an episode of that other series. The supernatural drama will revolve around the character of Klaus (who will continue to be played 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, the new show will be asked to kick off the network's new Tuesday night lineup.

DRAMA Thursdays at 9p

A bit of a change-up for the network, the soapy teen costume drama Reign is set in the 16th century, where it follows the teenage years of Mary, Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane, Teen Wolf) and her adventures in France. If you are expecting historical accuracy, you're watching the wrong network.

DRAMA tbd midseason

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. Think of it as District 9 meets Romeo and Juliet (perhaps with a little 90210 thrown in for good measure). Formerly titled Oxygen (for once, a good change), the sci-fi drama comes from The Good Wife writer Meredith Averill.

ImageThe Tomorrow People
DRAMA Wednesdays at 9p

The next stage of human evolution has arrived, and a small number of young people around the world now have special powers, including instant teleportation and telepathy. (They use those powers to fight evil, by the way, making them like a more attractive, less-mutant X-Men.) It's the second remake of the 1970s British sci-fi series of the same name (which, if you are as old as we are, you may have watched on Nickelodeon in the 1980s), with the previous remake airing briefly in the '90s. This version 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).

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