The CW Closes Upfronts, Adds a Day

TheCW logoThe CW ended a week of upfronts with something the other networks couldn’t offer — an extra night of shows.

Since it began 12 years ago as a merger of the old UPN and WB networks, The CW only offered five nights of programs, leaving the weekends for local programming.

Beginning this fall, it adds Sunday nights, making room for more new shows than usual — five in all, and four in the fall. And in the style of other networks, a couple of those shows are reboots- of the witch sisterhood “Charmed” and the aliens in the Southwest saga “Roswell.”

The new shows are:

  • “Charmed” – A reboot of the series that ran from 1998-2006 about three sisters with special powers gets an additional feminist touch — their adviser runs the women’s studies department. With Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery and Madeleine Mantock. Sundays this fall.
  • “All American” — A high school series about a football player from Compton recruited to play for Beverly Hills and all the problems that entails. Another series in part from Greg Berlanti, it stars Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs and Samantha Logan. Wednesdays this fall.
  • “Legacies” – A spin-off of “The Vampire Diaries” (now gone) and “The Originals” (still around), this series looks at the next generation of witches, werewolves and vampires at a special academy. With Jenny Boyd, Kaylee Bryant and Quincy Fouse. Thursdays this fall.
  • “In the Dark” – A blind twenty something strives to find out what happened to a drug-dealing friend. Stars Perry Mattfield, Brooke Markham and Keston John. Produced in part by Ben Stiller and Michael Showalter.
  • “Roswell, New Mexico” – The show that ran from 1999-2002 (on the WB and then on UPN) is revisited when one of its former residents a daughter of undocumented immigrants returns to town to find her teenage crush, now a police officer, is extraterrestrial. With Jeanine Mason, Nathan Parsons and Lily Cowles. Midseason.

Returning shows include “Arrow,” “Black Lightning,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Dynasty,” “The Flash,” “iZombie,” “Jane the Virgin” (for its fifth and final season), “Legends of Tomorrow,” “The 100,” “Riverdale,” “Supergirl” and “Supernatural.”

Not returning to the schedule are “Life Sentence,” “The Originals” and “Valor.”

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