Buoyed by ratings for superhero drama “The Flash” and critical acclaim for telenovela “Jane the Virgin,” the CW had a pretty great year.
The network is sticking by its shows for the fall, only introducing one new series, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Two dramas are ordered for midseason: “DC Legends of Tomorrow,” where a group of heroes and villains assemble to save the planet; and “Containment,” another series from “Vampire Diaries” executive producer Julie Plec, following the aftermath of a mysterious epidemic that breaks out in Atlanta.
On Monday nights, “Jane the Virgin,” the drama about a woman accidentally artificially inseminated with her boss’s baby, remains at 9 p.m. As CW president Mark Pedowitz reminded reporters on a conference call Thursday morning, the show that finally got the CW some mainstream award attention, as star Gina Rodriguez took home the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy.
Leading into the series at 8 p.m. is the new “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” starring comedian Rachel Bloom as a woman so desperate to find love and happiness that she ditches her prestigious law firm job and fancy apartment in Manhattan and moves across the country to the “exotic hotbed of romance and adventure” — suburban West Covina, California. The show was originally developed for Showtime as a half-hour comedy, but now will be an hour.
Tuesdays remain steady with the hit “Flash” and Rob Thomas’s quirky “iZombie,” and Wednesdays also stays solid with “Arrow” and the never-ending “Supernatural.”
Thursdays get a bit of a shake-up, as “The Vampire Diaries” is joined by its spin-off, “The Originals,” which makes sense if you think about it. “TVD” is in for a reboot anyway, as central character Nina Dobrev is leaving the show after this season’s finale.
Mary, Queen of Scots, drama “Reign” formerly had the post-“TVD” slot, but it’s now Fridays at 8 p.m. — Pedowitz said that makes sense, given its slightly older-skewing viewers. “Reign” is followed by “America’s Next Top Model,” which yes, is still on the air.
As for those rumors that the CW would pick up “Constantine,” the cult-favorite comic book series recently canceled by NBC? “There’s also a rumor … that I’m going to play in the NBA,” Pedowitz cracked. We’ll take that as a no.
FALL 2015 PRIME-TIME LINEUP ON CW
8 p.m. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
9 p.m. Jane the Virgin
8 p.m. The Flash
9 p.m. iZombie
8 p.m. Arrow
9 p.m. Supernatural
8 p.m. The Vampire Diaries
9 p.m. The Originals (new time slot)
8 p.m. Reign (new time slot)
9 p.m. America’s Next Top Model