The CW has announced its lineup for the 2016-2017 schedule. After tense finales from both The Originals and The 100 this week, fans have been disappointed to hear that the shows will not come straight back to the network. However, they will eventually air.
The young network has decided that it wants a strong mid-season lineup, as well as a main season TV schedule. That means pushing a few popular shows back, so they air in December and January. It is not the first time this has happened, with The 100 starting an January 2016 rather than October 2015 for Season 3. This is the first time a full, 22-episode season show has been held off.
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) May 19, 2016
There are a few changes to the current show days for the upcoming season, too. Monday through Thursday will now have a DC comic show each day, all airing at 8 p.m./7 p.m. Central. Supergirl will start the week, according to TV Line, which was recently acquired by parent network CBS. It will be followed by Jane the Virgin in the 9 p.m/8 p.m Central slot.
The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow are keeping their Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday slots. The final show has seen good enough ratings to push the network to air it for the main season lineup, rather than hold off until January like it did with Season 1.
— IGN (@IGN) May 21, 2016
No Tomorrow and Jeremy Carver’s new show Frequency will follow The Flash and Arrow in the 9 p.m./8 p.m. Central slots. Supernatural moves to Thursday nights for Season 12, but fans are not worried. It is not the Friday night death slot that it was given a few years ago and jumped back from shortly after.
Friday nights will still start with The Vampire Diaries. It will be followed by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which aired on Monday nights this year.
iZombie fans will notice that the show has also been taken from the fall lineup. This will air with The 100, The Originals, and Reign on the CW during the mid-season lineup. There has been no announcement on the length of the shows, but it is expected that some will air between 13 and 16 episodes. This is normal for The 100; Reign and The Originals could find their seasons are shortened to make up for starting late.
— Originals Writers (@OGsWriters) May 20, 2016
Does this mean the CW has lost hope in The Originals? Not exactly, as the network just wants a strong mid-season lineup and believes this is the way to do it. There are only 10 hours in the week, according to Mark Pedowitz, the CW CEO, and they had to use those 10 hours productively to get the best ratings. The network will also want to push its new shows, especially Supergirl.
This could mean a lot of changes for The Originals writers. There have been a lot of talks about crossovers between The Originals and The Vampire Diaries. Before, it has always been possible, because they have run within the same weeks as each other, and this year the episodes ran one after the other on the same night. Despite the 3-year time jump in The Vampire Diaries Season 7, they have also run along the same timeframes to make crossovers work.
Crossovers won’t be as simple with the CW’s decision on the lineup. Klaroline fans will certainly not be happy.
All but one show from the 2015-2016 season have been renewed. Containment didn’t see the viewing figures hoped for and has been dropped after just one season. The Originals is definitely coming back to the CW, but it will just be later than initially expected.
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