/// The CW Stacks Up the Sci-Fi

May 16, 2013  |  Media Week

The CW today announced a radical tinkering of its prime-time Feng Shui, shifting two bubble series to Monday nights and placing its new series in unexpected time slots. The new lineup centralizes the network’s sci-fi programming in a three-night midweek cluster, while pushing its more traditional fare to the margins. Starting with Tuesday nights, the first of the three genre showcases, the CW has paired its Vampire Diaries spinoff, The Originals , with its veteran franchise Supernatural. Sliding The Originals in the 8 p.m. slot subverts the notion that new series are best served by leading out of established shows, and it also negates the possibility of an all-bloodsucker block. The time slot promises to be particularly challenging for The Originals, as it will go head-to-head with the 800-lb gorilla that is the ABC newbie Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The breakout drama Arrow returns to its Wednesday 8 p.m. perch, where it sets the table for the new sci-fi strip, The Tomorrow People . Based on the weird ‘70s U.K. kids’ show of the same name, TTP is about a race of high-cheekboned telepaths (Robbie Arnell, Peyton List, Luke Mitchell) who are being hunted down by a group of paramilitary scientists. The pairing with Arrow should give the newcomer a lift; per Nielsen, the superhero drama was the most-watched series on the CW this season. On Thursdays, the network’s top-rated show in the 18-34 demo, The Vampire Diaries, will lead into the costume drama Reign

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The CW Stacks Up the Sci-Fi

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