Surprise: Lowly CW is in a state of excess

OK, here's one more look at what's ahead this fall. The previous four blogs look at the plans for the four big networks. This morning (Thursday), CW added is line-up; here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

For a last-place
network, the CW is in a rare state of excess.

Its fall line-up,
announced today (Thursday), keeps four current shows on the shelf.
“The Originals,” “iZombie,” “The 100” and “Reign”
will all wait until mid-season; so will a new show that's a
more-serious twist on the “Archie” comic books.

The surplus was
boosted when the network suddenly inherited “Supergirl.” After
being vigorously promoted on CBS last year, it now slides to CBS'
little-sister network.

The CW had already
renewed all of its current shows and is adding three new ones – one
fantasy (“Frequency”), one not (“Riverdale,” the Archie
story) and one in-between (“No Tomorrow”).

“Supergirl” gets
the same slot it had at CBS, 8 p.m. Mondays, pushing the much-praised
“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” to a perilous Friday slot. “Supernaturals”
moves to Thursdays.

In many ways, CW is
deep in last place. It averages two million viewers this season;
others range from 11 million for CBS to 5.8 million for fourth-place

But it does better
among ages 18-49, which advertisers prefer; its one million compares
to others ranging from 2.9 million for CBS to 2.3 million for ABC.
And it shines in ages 12-34.

It also focuses on
fantasy and female leads, both of which fit “Supergirl” ... and
the reworked “Frequency.” The movie had a man finding a radio
frequency that let him talk to his late father, 30 years in the past;
the new version has a woman talking to her late father, 20 years in
the past.

The other new fall
show, “No Tomrrow,” finds a precise-and-cautious woman in a
romance with an in-the-moment man who says he knows exactly when an
asteroid will destroy the Earth. While her friends study his claim,
she shares his fondness for embracing life.

And “Riverdale”?
The comic characters are there – iBetty, Veronica, Jughead, even
Josie, before her Josie and the Pussycats pop group catches on. But
there are also serious concerns, including the death of a golden-boy
teen and the end of Archie's affair with one of his teachers. The
fall schedule:

-- Mondays:
“Supergirl,” 8 p.m.; “Jane the Virgin,” 9.

-- Tuesdays: “The
Flash,” 8; “No Tomorrow,” 9.

-- Wednesdays:
“Arrow,” 8; “Frequency,” 9.

-- Thursdays:
“Legends of Tomrrow,” 8; “Supernatural,” 9.

-- Fridays: “Vampire
Diaries,” 8; “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” 9.