The CW presented its 2013-14 TV schedule Thursday, adding five new dramas that keep to the network’s focus on teens, heroes, vampires and the Amell family.
The network previously announced “The Vampire Diaries” spinoff, “The Originals.” On Thursday it introduced “Reign,” the story of a teenage Mary, Queen of Scots, as well as “The Tomorrow People,” a super-hero story starring Robbie Amell, cousin of Stephen Amell, star of the CW’s breakout show of the current season, “Arrow.”
“Arrow” and “Tomorrow People” will air back-to-back on Wednesdays, which means “Supernatural” moves to Tuesdays after “The Originals.” The network also is moving “The Carrie Diaries,” “Hart of Dixie” and “Beauty and the Beast” to new timeslots.
The spy thriller “Nikita” will end its run at some point during the season with a six-episode final adventure. Sad news for fans, but at least the network is letting the series end properly.
New fall series will launch in October, while the new dramas “Star-Crossed” and “The 100” as well as the new reality series “Famous in 12” will premiere at midseason.
THE CW’s 2013-2014 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
(All times CT: new shows in CAPS)
7 p.m. “Hart of Dixie” (New Night)
8 p.m. “Beauty and the Beast” (New Night)
7 p.m. “THE ORIGINALS”
8 p.m. “Supernatural” (New Night)
7 p.m. “Arrow”
7 p.m. “THE TOMORROW PEOPLE”
7 p.m. “The Vampire Diaries”
8 p.m. “REIGN”
7 p.m. “The Carrie Diaries” (New Night)
8 p.m. “America’s Next Top Model”
NEW SERIES DESCRIPTIONS
Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together, always and forever. Now, centuries have passed and the bonds of family are broken. Time, tragedy and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart. When Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, receives a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, he returns to the city his family helped build. Klaus’ questions lead him to a reunion with his diabolical former protégé, Marcel, a charismatic vampire who has total control over the human and supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans. Determined to help his brother find redemption, Elijah follows Klaus and soon learns that the werewolf Hayley has also come to the French Quarter searching for clues to her family history, and has fallen into the hands of a powerful witch named Sophie. Tensions between the town’s supernatural factions are nearing a breaking point as Marcel commands his devoted followers and rules with absolute power. For Klaus, the thought of answering to his powerful protege is unthinkable, and he vows to reclaim what was once his--the power, the city and his family. While they wait to see if their sister Rebekah will leave Mystic Falls and join them, Klaus and Elijah form an uneasy alliance with the witches to ensure that New Orleans will be ruled by THE ORIGINALS once again.
The series stars Joseph Morgan (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Immortals”) as Klaus, Daniel Gillies (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Saving Hope”) as Elijah, Claire Holt (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars”) as Rebekah, Phoebe Tonkin (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Secret Circle”) as Hayley, Charles Michael Davis (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Switched at Birth”) as Marcel, Daniella Pineda (“The Fitzgerald Family Christmas,” “Homeland”) as Sophie, Leah Pipes (“The Deep End,” “Sorority Row”) as Cami and Danielle Campbell (“Starstruck,” “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection”) as Davina.
THE ORIGINALS is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with My So-Called Company, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Kyle XY,” “Wasteland”), Leslie Morgenstein (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Gossip Girl”) and Gina Girolamo (“The Lying Game”) are executive producers. Plec wrote the pilot episode, which was directed by Chris Grismer (“The Vampire Diaries”).
THE TOMORROW PEOPLE