The CW has issued its mid-season broadcasting schedule, with premiere dates for shows both old and new revealed.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, the upcoming spin off of Arrow and The Flash, will debut on Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at 8 p.m., followed by the premiere of the third season of The 100 at 9 p.m. According to a press release, “in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, when heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat – one in which not only the planet is at stake, but all of time itself. Can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever known?”
The press release also describes the premise for the third season of The 100, saying, “For two seasons, the refugees of The 100 sent to Earth have been at war. First with themselves, then with the Grounders, and finally with Mount Weather. Many have lost their lives along the way. All have lost their innocence. They have learned the hard way that in the fight for survival, there are no heroes and no villains. There is only the living and the dead. But now the war is over. The battle against Mount Weather has been won. The prisoners have returned home to a world seemingly at peace, but can they find peace within themselves after what they had to do to escape? And is there more to life than just surviving? Unfortunately, their newfound sense of normalcy will be short-lived, and their lives will be changed forever, as threats both old and new test their loyalties, push them past their limits, and make them question what it truly means to be human. First, they fought to survive. Then, they fought for their friends. Now, they will fight for the human race.”
The network has also moved The Vampire Diaries and its spin off The Originals to Friday nights, a time slot few shows do well in because that’s when most people are out socialising. That’s what I’m told anyway.
The two shows will debut in their new timeslots on Friday, January 29, 2016 with The Vampire Diaries airing at 8 p.m. and The Originals following directly afterwards at 9pm. The CW did note that both series more than triple their audiences when DVR, digital and video on demand viewers are taken into account, so hopefully they won’t receive the ratings hit a lot of Friday shows do.
Finally, Reign will actually run longer than most of the network’s other shows before taking its winter break, airing its mid-season finale on Friday, January 22, 2016. It’ll return later on in the season on a yet to be confirmed date.
Meanwhile, The CW also ordered more episodes of two of its less high profile shows, freshman comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and sophomore zombie show iZombie. Neither show is doing spectacularly ratings-wise, but Crazy Ex-Girlfriend will receive an additional five episodes and iZombie an additional six, bringing the season totals to eighteen and nineteen respectively.
Developed by Primetime Emmy Award nominee Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash), Andrew Kreisberg (Supergirl, Red Faction: Origins) and Marc Guggenheim (Green Lanter, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow stars six time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Victor Garber (Alias, Titanic), Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Scott Pilgrim vs the World), Caity Lotz (Arrow, The Machine), Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who, Broadchurch), Ciara Renee (The Flash, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit), Franz Drameh (Edge of Tomorrow, Attack the Block), Dominic Purcell (Prison Break, In the Name of the King 3: The Last Mission), Golden Globe nominee Wentworth Miller (Resident Evil: Afterlife, Prison Break) and Falk Hentschel (White House Down, Knight and Day).
Developed by Jason Rothenberg (Body Politic) and based on the Kass Morgan novel series of the same name, The 100 stars Eliza Taylor (Neighbours, The November Man), Paige Turco (Person of Interest, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze), Marie Avgeropoulos (Cult, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief), Bob Morley (Home and Away, Road Kill), Christopher Larkin (Awkward., One Life to Live), Devon Bostick (Regression, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days), Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy, Ghost Ship), Primetime Emmy Award nominee Henry Ian Cusick (Lost, Scandal), Lindsey Morgan (General Hospital, How I Met Your Mother) and Ricky Whittle (Mistresses, NCIS).
Developed by Kevin Williamson (The Following, Scream) and Julie Plec (The Tomorrow People, Kyle XY) and based on the L. J. Smith novel series of the same name, The Vampire Diaries stars Paul Wesley (Fallen, 24), Ian Somerhalder (Lost, Pulse), Kat Graham (Stalker, 17 Again), Candice King (Dating Rules From My Future Self, Drop Dead Diva), Zach Roerig (As the World Turns, Assassination of a High School President), Matthew Davis (Pearl Harbour, Legally Blonde) and Michael Malarkey (Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dark Matters: Twisted But True) with recurring appearances by Michael Trevino (The Originals, The Riches).
Created by Julie Plec, The Originals stars Joseph Morgan (Open Grave, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World), Daniel Gillies (Saving Hope, Spider Man 2), Claire Holt (Aquarius, H2O: Just Add Water), Phoebe Tonkin (Tomorrow When the War Began, The Secret Circle), Charles Michael Davis (Grey’s Anatomy, The Client List), Leah Pipes (Life is Wild, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Danielle Campbell (Drop Dead Diva, Madea’s Witness Protection), Yusuf Gatewood (House at the End of the Drive, Mask of the Ninja) and Riley Voelkel (The Newsroom, American Horror Story: Coven).
Created by Laurie McCarthy (Ghost Whisperer, Beverly Hills 90210) and Stephanie Sengupta (Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Hawaii Five-O), Reign stars Adelaide Kane (The Purge, Teen Wolf), Megan Follows (World Without End, I Am Number Four), Torrance Coombs (Heartland, The Tudors), Toby Regbo (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You), Celina Sinden, Anna Popplewell (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn), Jonathan Keltz (Entourage, American Pie Presents Beta House), Craig Parker (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Spartacus: Blood and Sand), Rose Williams (Chicken, Casualty), Rachel Skarsten (Fifty Shades of Grey, Lost Girl), Charlie Carrick (Cedar Cove, The Borgias) and Ben Geurens (Neighbours, Paper Giants: Magazine Wars).
Developed by Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, Party Down) and Diane Ruggiero (Veronica Mars, Dirty Sexy Money) and based on the Vertigo comic series of the same name, iZombie stars Rose McIver (Masters of Sex, Once Upon a Time), Malcolm Goodwin (American Gangster, Run All Night), Rahul Kohli (Eastenders, Holby City), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill, 666 Park Avenue) and David Anders (Alias, Heroes).
Created by Primetime Emmy Award nominee Rachel Bloom (Robot Chicken, The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange) and BAFTA Film Award nominee Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, Morning Glory), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend stars Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III (Hostages, The Onion News Network), Santino Fontana (Frozen, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Donna Lynne Champlin (The Good Wife, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)), Pete Gardner (Project X, Eaglehart) and Vella Lovell (Girls, OM City).
The CW also released a new trailer for The Legends of Tomorrow, which can be seen below.