After the big changes in 2009-10 (dropping Sunday night programming, cutting comedies entirely), the 2010-11 changes are mere tweaks.
The CW is debuting just 2 hours of new shows (vs. 3 last season).
Here is a look at CW’s Fall 2010 Schedule vs. its Fall 2009 Schedule by the Numbers.
2010 (2 shows, 2 hours): Hellcats (1 hour), Nikita (1 hour)
2009 (3 shows, 3 hours): Melrose Place (1 hour), The Beautiful Life (1 hour), The Vampire Diaries (1 hour)
Unscripted Shows, Scheduled Repeats
2010 (1 hour): America’s Next Top Model (1 hour)
2009 (2 hours): America’s Next Top Model + Encore (2 hours)
- By dropping the America’s Next Top Model repeat on Friday and putting a scripted show in the hour, they’ve cut their unscripted/scheduled repeat show time by an hour to just 10% of their lineup, the lowest % of any English broadcast network.
- Putting two hours of original programming on Friday was a surprise to me based on what I thought was good information.
- While new shows, particularly unscripted shows, could be announced later, this line up does nothing to solve the endless hiatus problem that the CW suffered from this season.
- Smallville is confirmed to be in its final season. Will it be Supernatural’s final season as well? What about One Tree Hill? Losing 3 hours of reasonably performing (at least in 2009-10) shows in a single season would be quite a blow.
- Both Life Unexpected and One Tree Hill have only 13 episode orders, so theoretically they are in danger for mid-season cancellation.
|Fall 2009||Fall 2010|
|9-10p||One Tree Hill||Gossip Girl|
|8-9p||90210||One Tree Hill|
|9-10p||Melrose Place||Life Unexpected|
|8-9p||America’s Next Top Model||America’s Next Top Model|
|9-10p||The Beautiful Life||Hellcats|
|8-9p||The Vampire Diaries||The Vampire Diaries|
|9-10p||ANTM (and other) repeats||Supernatural|
Shows in BOLD are/were new, shows in italics are unscripted/scheduled repeats, 2009 shows in strikethrough did not return.
The show scheduled to premiere in mid-season or later is: Shedding For The Wedding
It’s not worth the time to compare mid-season schedules. Changes are almost certain between now and January.