Thursday, May 19, 2011

UPFRONTS: The CW's Fall Schedule

The CW is pairing up shows from two of its most prolific producers, Gossip Girl's Josh Schwartz and The Vampire Diaries' Kevin Williamson.

The mini-network announced a fall 2011 schedule on Thursday that utilizes returning players Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and 90210 to launch new series Hart of Dixie, The Secret Circle and Sarah Michelle Gellar's Ringer.

In what has become a bit of a CW scheduling tradition, the network will use Gossip Girl to launch Schwartz's Hart of Dixie, starring Rachel Bilson, on Monday nights. And Vampire Diaries will lead into Williamson's The Secret Circle on Thursdays.

That leaves Ringer, which debuts on a night Gellar is very familiar with: Tuesdays. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer ran for most of its entire lifespan on Tuesdays, on the WB and later UPN). It will air behind 90210, which is back on Tuesdays.

Meanwhile, besides 90210's move back to Tuesdays, in the CW's other major move this year, action series Nikita slides to Friday, filling the Smallville void on the night (and bumping Supernatural to 9 p.m.).

The CW's long-running America's Next Top Model keeps its long-time Wednesday home, as the network attempts to launch yet another reality show in front of it: This time, H8R.

Here's the CW's fall schedule:

8 p.m. Gossip Girl
9 p.m. Hart of Dixie (NEW)

8 p.m. 90210
9 p.m. Ringer (NEW)

8 p.m. H8R (NEW)
9 p.m. America's Next Top Model

8 p.m. The Vampire Diaries
9 p.m. The Secret Circle (NEW)

8 p.m. Nikita
9 p.m. Supernatural

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