Continuing to make themselves the dominant force in streaming etnertainment to users, Netflix, Warner Bros. Television Group and CBS Corporation have just signed a four-year deal that will bring all prior seasons of The CW’s current scripted series and future shows to Netflix. That means all previous programming, and anything between now and the 2014-2015 season will be made available to watch instantly by Netflix users. The deal includes all drama series on the network’s 2011 schedule like Ringer, Hart of Dixie, The Secret Circle, The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, 90210, Supernatrual, Nikita and One Tree Hill.
All the previous season of The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and Nikita will be available on October 15th while episodes of Supernatural and 90210 won’t arrive until January 2012. As for all the episodes airing on The CW this season, they will be made available in the fall of 2012, before the next season starts. However, any new series that appear on The CW after this point, will be made available through a commensurate window during that current season. Good news for anyone who likes them some programming from The CW and those who are eager to see Netflix continue to dominate the online entertainment market. Read the entire press release after the jump.
As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for The CW, President Mark Pedowitz took some time to talk about returning faces for the Fall, increased episode orders for a number of their already-established shows, the interest in developing other DC Comics properties now that Smallville has ended, and the possibility of remakes and re-boots of previous projects. Here are the most interesting points:
- One of the big goals of The CW is for more original programming, so that their TV shows don’t take as long of a break between episodes around the holiday season.
- The new Fall season will kick off on Monday, September 12th with a special on Lady Gaga.
- The CW is thrilled to be the home of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Rachel Bilson’s return to television, with Ringer (premiering on September 13th) and Hart of Dixie (premiering on September 26th), respectively.
- There will be more original episodes this season for returning series Supernatural, Nikita, Gossip Girl and 90210, and the final season for One Tree Hill is currently set for 13 episodes in mid-season.
- This upcoming season is not intended to be the final season of Supernatural. They are hoping to keep the series going, but will evaluate it, one season at a time.
- Mark Pedowitz is a big believer in keeping casts together and hopes that the network will be able to do just that with the cast of Gossip Girl, even though they have busy film careers.
- After the success of Smallville, the network is looking at possible DC Comics superheroes to develop for series next year.
- They are very receptive to new projects that Tom Welling may be developing, either as the star or producer.
Hit the jump for more of what he had to say.
With upfronts in full swing, The CW has announced several bits of information regarding its Fall 2011 slate. First up, the good news (for the series’ involved, at least): Nikita and One Tree Hill (which will most likely outlive all of us) have both been renewed for their second and ninth seasons respectively. On the other side of things, InsideTV is also reporting that cheerleading drama Hellcats will not return for its second season.
In addition to its renewals and cancellations, The CW has also announced a number of new shows set to premiere later this year. Most notably of these is the drama/thriller series Ringer which will mark Sarah Michelle Gellar’s return to television. Ringer ends up at The CW after being passed on by its parent network CBS who claimed that the pilot didn’t align with its brand (which, for me at least, is an indication that the show may actually be worth checking out). In addition to Ringer, the network also added Vampire Diaries-companion The Secret Circle, medical drama Hart of Dixie, and the Mario Lopez-hosted reality series H8R (which may take my own personal award for “Worst Idea I’ve Ever Heard”). Hit the jump to check out official synopses for each of these new shows.
Though there aren’t any new series that we care about joining The CW’s programming line-up in January, there’s likely plenty of people who will be interested in the new season of America’s Next Top Model. For information the season premiere of the reality series and an-all new one, you can hit the jump. However, the big news for fans of The CW’s most popular series comes from Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester. The actress revealed to E! Online that she will be leaving the show after her contract expires. That gives fans two more years of Meester living it up with the promiscuous upper class snobs of the popular series, so enjoy it while you can. To see when the series returns in January as well as the plan for the season finale of Life Unexpected, hit the jump.
When a new show gets on the air, the network usually orders thirteen episodes and if the show performs, they’ll order what’s called “the back nine.” If you get the order, it means everyone is happy and you have a good chance at landing another season. So if you’re a fan of The CW Network’s Hellcats, Nikita, and One Tree Hill, you’ll be happy to learn the network has given the back nine order to all three shows. Dawn Ostroff, President, Entertainment, The CW released this statement:
“This fall, The CW made several strategic scheduling moves, including adding two of the most buzzed-about new series, ‘Hellcats’ and ‘Nikita,’ to our line-up, and we’re thrilled that they’ve paid off for us. By giving our two freshman series and proven performer ‘One Tree Hill’ full orders, we’ll be able to continue our success and momentum throughout the rest of the season.”
Hit the jump for more:
As we get closer to September, the networks are starting to release the first promos to tease the new seasons of their returning shows, and we thought you might find it useful if we gathered them all on Collider. The CW tends to kick off the fall season a bit earlier than the rest of the networks, which means at this stage in the game we have a fairly comprehensive early look. (Of course, a few marketing departments have risen to the challenge.) Check out promos for the new seasons of The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Smallville, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, and 90210 after the jump.
The CW officially released their 2010-11 schedule this morning, and as rumored, they sent the sixth season Supernatural to Fridays for a night of sci-fi along with what will be the final season of Smallville. Some other highlights:
- Mondays — Instead of splitting 90210 and Gossip Girl to anchor two different nights, the two teen soaps are now paired on Mondays.
- Tuesdays — It was thought that the recently renewed One Tree Hill and Life Unexpected might share a timeslot over the season. Instead, they’ll share Tuesday nights.
- Wednesdays — The network will attempt to launch new college cheerleading drama Hellcats on the heels of America’s Next Top Model.
- Thursdays — The CW’s most high profile new drama Nikita gets the biggest lead-in the network has to offer in The Vampire Diaries.
- Fridays — Smallville and Supernatural aired together on Thursdays from 2006-2009 until the Superman show was slotted for Fridays last season. They have been reunited, and it feels so good.
Check out the full schedule after the jump:
Many incorrectly predicted that it would be an either/or situation for the renewal decisions of Life Unexpected and One Tree Hill on The CW. (I incorrectly predicted a “neither” situation. Yikes.) It turns out that the netlet had room to renew both the veteran soap and the freshman family drama for another season. Rumors suggest that each series might receive an order of 12-13 episodes and split a timeslot over the season, but I’m sure the details will be ironed out in time for The CW’s upfront presentation on May 20.
In addition to the renewals, The CW ordered action-thriller Nikita and cheerleading drama Hellcats for the fall lineup. Check out the details for the new pickups after the break.
Last night gave us some insight into the fates of Chuck, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Ghost Whisperer, One Tree Hill, Life Unexpected, and Medium as well as some potentially bad news for CBS comedies Gary Unmarried, Rules of Engagement, and Accidentally on Purpose. Deadline put their ear to their ground and reported the “rumblings” around town regarding certain renewals, likely cancellations, and even a couple cases of the rare network switcharoo–it may be wise to update my comprehensive bubble show report.
In short Chuck, Old Christine, Ghost Whisperer, and Medium should all have a home next year, while One Tree Hill, Life Expected, and the lesser performers among the CBS comedies may be left out in the cold. Details after the jump:
Last week, I put together a look at the various pilots that are fighting for a spot on the network schedules in the fall. Of course, the networks cannot achieve their “in with the new” objective without first taking care of the first half of that saying: “Out with the old . . .” A number of shows currently on the air–even series that are near and dear to your heart–must die a horrible and bloody death to make room for such potential hits as the J.J. Abrams spy drama Undercovers.
After the jump, we’ll distinguish between survivor and sacrificial lamb for such network series as Chuck, Heroes, FlashForward, V, Human Target, Numb3rs, and One Tree Hill.
The CW Network has announced their midseason schedule. New episodes start January 18 with One Tree Hill and the series premiere of Life Unexpected. The Vampire Dairies and Supernatural return the 21st and Smallville returns Friday the 22nd. Finally, Gossip Girl returns Monday, March 8 and 90210/Melrose Place on March 9. For a full listing of all the shows and the CW’s plans, hit the jump:
The CW Network has announced their fall premiere dates and it’s the status quo – meaning September. The only interesting surprise is “Gossip Girl” and “One Tree Hill” are switching time slots Monday nights. Now the rich kids of New York will be screwing each other at 9pm.
But if you’re looking forward to reliving the 90′s, you’ll get to see “90210″ and “Melrose Place” on September 8th.
If you watch The CW Network, the full schedule is after the jump: