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CW Goes for Laughs in 2015-16 with Monday Comedy Block

Launching its new season again in October, the CW will kick off the week with lighter fare, boosting freshman Golden Globe-winning hit “Jane the Virgin” with a Monday night comedy block, paired with comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” — the only new series on the fall schedule.

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (pictured) is the Rachel Bloom sitcom Showtime passed on, which the CW swooped in on late during pilot season.

The network is also giving showrunner Julie Plec the Shonda Rhimes treatment with a Thursday night back-to-back schedule of “The Vampire Diaries,” followed by Season 3 of her spinoff “The Originals,” which aired Mondays last season.

“It’s going to be such more focused on the brothers, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley),” CW prez Mark Pedowitz said on a Thursday morning press call of the new season of “TVD,” which will hit reset without star Nina Dobrev, who’s exiting the series tonight, after six seasons.

He compared the potential longevity of “Vampire” to that of “Supernatural,” which has been running since 2005, going into its 11th season next fall on Wednesdays. “As long as the ratings hold and the boys want to do it, we’re in,” he said of the show’s future.

As for a “Supernatural” spinoff? “Those conversations have been going on for the last year or so,” said Pedowitz, reiterating that he’d love to see a follow-up work and plans to chat with Warner Bros. TV about a new show, after the last attempt for a spinoff was not successful.

Back to Plec, her third CW series on air, “Containment” (formerly titled “Cordon”), will bow midseason.

Also midseason is the hotly anticipated “Flash” and “Arrow” spinoff “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.”

“‘DC Legends of Tomorrow’ is part of the “Flash”/”Arrow universe,” Pedowitz teased of big crossovers. “Yes, they will live together, as three shows.”

He also confirmed big character news for CW’s superhero fans: Caity Lotz will play the White Canary, as seen in the first photo (below), and Katie Cassidy will play the Black Canary.

Also in the DC world, the younger skewing net is keeping “The Flash” on Tuesdays, followed the second season of Rob Thomas’ dramedy “iZombie,” starring Rose McIver. CW’s other flagship superhero series “Arrow” is staying on Wednesday, leading in to the long-running “Supernatural.”

Many DC Comics fans have been wondering if “Constantine” — recently canceled by NBC, after one season — could move over to the CW. “There’s also a rumor going around that I was going to go play at the NBA so at the moment, it’s just a rumor,” Pedowitz quipped.

“Reign” moves to a new night, paired Friday nights with Tyra Banks’ “America’s Next Top Model.”

“‘Reign’ has a slightly older-skewing audience. Friday is a slight older-skewing evening,” said Pedowitz, admitting that the network wanted to give the show a better chance, after being placed against ABC’s “Scandal” last season. “We creatively believe in the show.”

Other than “Containment,” CW’s midseason schedule will see “The 100” and Season 4 of “Beauty and the Beast,” in addition to “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” which Pedowitz says will likely return midseason and run into summer next year.

“We may pick up something else, if something gets reworked,” Pedowitz said on the call, referring to ordering only three new series this season. “At this point in time, these are the three shows we are working with.”

In a statement, Pedowitz commented, “This has been a terrific season for The CW, and is a result of a strategy we set in motion a few years ago to broaden out and grow our audience. We had our most watched season, and our highest-rated season among men, in seven years. We launched The CW’s most watched series ever with ‘The Flash,’ and with ‘The Flash’ and ‘Jane the Virgin,’ we received more critical acclaim than ever before.”

Here’s the CW’s full fall schedule (new show in italics):


8:00-9:00 PM             CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

9:00-10:00 PM           JANE THE VIRGIN



8:00-9:00 PM             THE FLASH

9:00-10:00 PM           IZOMBIE



8:00-9:00 PM             ARROW

9:00-10:00 PM           SUPERNATURAL



8:00-9:00 PM             THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

9:00-10:00 PM           THE ORIGINALS (New Night)



8:00-9:00 PM             REIGN (New Night)

9:00-10:00 PM           AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL

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