We didn’t start writing this post until late Friday afternoon (May 13), which is good. Because the news that The CW was picking up “Ringer,” the Sarah Michelle Gellar drama originally developed for CBS, would have thrown a major wrench into things.
But since the network has already renewed the bulk of its veteran series for next year, the network is, by our reckoning only filling three open hours in the schedule — those vacated by the end of “Smallville,” the cancellation of “Life Unexpected” and the likely departure of “Hellcats.” The bigger question is which shows will be paired up.
In our final schedule prediction post (see the others: ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC) ahead of next week’s upfronts, we game out what The C-dub will look like next season. The new shows we think the network will order might mean one night that’s not quite the thematic pairing it strives for, but you have to program the shows you have. This is our best guess (new shows in italics; all times Eastern/Pacific).
9:00 “Gossip Girl”
The other four nights of the schedule will have something new, so we’re guessing nothing changes here.
9:00 “One Tree Hill”
Gellar’s return to TV and the show’s unusual path to The CW will make “Ringer” one of the most talked-about new shows of the fall — and she’s a big enough star to open a night. Word is “One Tree Hill” will get a 13-episode swan song.
8:00 “America’s Next Top Model”
9:00 “Hart of Dixie”
“Hart of Dixie” is a lighter drama starring Rachel Bilson as a New York doctor who inherits a medical practice in a small Southern town. It feels like a better fit with “Top Model” than the other new shows.
8:00 “The Vampire Diaries”
9:00 “The Secret Circle”
A natural pairing. Like “TVD,” “The Secret Circle” is based on a series of books by L.J. Smith, and Kevin Williamson is an executive producer of both shows.
The CW sticks with action on Fridays, which has served it fairly well the past couple seasons. It wouldn’t be a big surprise to see the two shows swap timeslots.
How do you see The CW’s schedule next season?