CW Announces Fall Premiere Dates: 'Supernatural,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Arrow,' And More Get Official Dates

For those who have been waiting for this news, the premiere dates for many shows have been announced by the CW network. All the fall 2016 shows have been given official dates, including Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, and the newly acquired Supergirl. Make a note on your calendar, because they don't all premiere on the same week. Could this be a sign of the length of the shows being different?

The CW became the third network to give dates for their fall premieres this week, according to Digital Spy. NBC and Fox both shared their premiere dates, with the likes of Chicago Fire and Empire getting their start dates confirmed.

Not all the shows have been confirmed, yet, as some will be starting in the January 2017 period, as previously reported by the Inquisitr. The Originals and The 100 remain off the list of fall shows.

The Flash and Arrow will kick off the fall 2016 season on the CW network on Tuesday, October 4, and Wednesday October 5. Both shows will air at 8 p.m. on their respective dates, and will be followed by new shows No Tomorrow and Jeremy Carver's Frequency at 9 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Frequency was the reason Carver decided to step away from Supernatural after running the show for four seasons.

The following week will see the arrival of Supergirl Season 2, which aired on CBS last season. The CW acquired the show, after it was clear the ratings weren't high enough for CBS. They will be good for the younger network, especially with production moving to Vancouver with its sister DC shows. This also opens the possibility of a four-way crossover between the DC superhero shows.

Jane the Virgin Season 3 will not air until the following Monday. Instead, No Tomorrow will air its Season 1 premiere a second time on October 10 after Supergirl.

Thursday, October 13 will see the Season 2 premiere of Legends of Tomorrow, followed by the Season 12 premiere of Supernatural. The two shows can't air the week previous due to the iHeartRadio Music Festival being aired on the CW network. Supernatural is highly anticipated after the arrival of Mary Winchester in the Season 11 finale.

Friday, October 21 will then see the arrival of The Vampire Diaries Season 8, which is potentially the final season of the show. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's premiere will follow in the 9 p.m. slot. The Vampire Diaries Season 7 was expected to be the last after being moved to the Friday night slot in January 2016. It looks like the that time slot isn't the death sentenced that it used to be.

iZombie is another show that has been left off the fall 2016 list, and it is scheduled to air in January 2017. The idea behind it and The Originals being placed in January is to bring in more viewers during the holiday hiatus. The 100 and Reign will also air during the winter break. The 100 Season 3 has already taken that position to much success, while Reign originally aired in the fall but didn't come back after the hiatus until other shows finished airing their season finales.

The CW has also announced that its app will be available for more devices, making it possible to stream the shows without paying anything. The app will work on more than 80 million devices around the country, whether watching by phone or tablet.

Now that fans have an idea of when their shows will return, they can plan their schedules. The dates are widely the same as those expected, taking the New York Comic Con into account at the start of October. The CW will likely return with an announcement for its January 2017 lineup after the fall 2016 scheduling is underway.

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