The CW is sticking close to form with its fall rollout strategy, on Wednesday announcing premiere dates for its new and returning series designed to avoid head-to-head collisions with the Big Four bows.
For a third year, CW will kick off the new season with an exclusive telecast of the iHeartradio Music Festival, airing for two hours on both Monday, Sept. 29 and Tuesday, Sept. 30.
The entertainment series begin rolling out that same week, with the returning Thursday combo of “The Vampire Diaries” and “Reign” bowing Oct. 2.
“The Originals” moves to its new night, Monday, starting Oct. 6 — the third Monday of the television season. It will be followed by a special retrospective look back at the past nine seasons of “Supernatural,” which returns the next night to kick off its tenth season.
Oliver Queen fights to protect Starling City in the third season premiere of “Arrow” on Oct. 8, followed by a special encore of the pilot episode of “The Flash.” Another “Flash” encore will air on Oct. 15, with “The 100” assuming the Wednesday timeslot when it returns to kick off its second season on Oct. 22.
New comedy “Jane the Virgin” is the final CW fall show to bow, premiering on Monday, Oct. 13 at 9 behind “The Originals.”
As previously announced, the next edition of “America’s Next Top Model” bows Friday, Aug. 22 and will air into the fall in the 9 o’clock hour. It will be joined on Fridays by “Whose Line Is It Anyway” staring Oct. 3, as the improv show slides over from its current Monday timeslot.
Here are the key fall dates, including premieres, for CW:
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
8:00-10:00pm IHEARTRADIO FESTIVAL NIGHT ONE
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
8:00-10:00pm IHEARTRADIO FESTIVAL NIGHT TWO
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1
8:00-9:00pm ARROW (Encore, “The Scientist” with Barry Allen)
9:00-10:00pm ARROW (Encore, “Three Ghosts” with Barry Allen)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2
8:00-9:00pm THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm REIGN (Season Premiere)
MONDAY, OCTOBER 6
8:00-9:00pm THE ORIGINALS (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm SUPERNATURAL (Retrospective Special)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7
8:00-9:00pm THE FLASH (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm SUPERNATURAL (Season Premiere)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8
8:00-9:00pm ARROW (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm THE FLASH (Premiere Encore)
MONDAY, OCTOBER 13
8:00-9:00pm THE ORIGINALS
9:00-10:00pm JANE THE VIRGIN (Series Premiere)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15
9:00-10:00pm THE FLASH (Episode Two Encore)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22
9:00-10:00pm THE 100 (Season Premiere)