The CW Network Announces Fall 2012 Premiere Dates for 'Arrow,' 'Supernatural,' 'Nikita,' 'Vampire Diaries' & More

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June 28th, 2012

via press release:


“Hart of Dixie” Premieres Tuesday, October 2

“Supernatural” Returns for its Eighth Season on October 3

The New Season of “90210” and the Final Season on “Gossip Girl”

Begin Monday, October 8

“Arrow” Makes its Series Bow Wednesday, October 10

“The Vampire Diaries” Returns Thursday, October 11,

Followed by the Series Premiere of “Beauty and The Beast”

“Emily Owens, M.D.” Takes Up Residence Tuesday, October 16

“Nikita” Gets Back Into Action Friday, October 19


June 28, 2012 (Burbank, CA) ? The CW Network will strategically roll-out its 2012-13 season this October with the premieres of three new series, returning favorites on new nights and one final season of Upper East Side drama.

Rachel Bilson returns to Bluebell, Alabama as Dr. Zoë Hart in the second season premiere of HART OF DIXIE on Tuesday, October 2 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET).

The CW’s newly revamped Wednesday kicks off on October 3 with The Winchester boys and the season premiere of SUPERNATURAL (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET).

On Monday, October 8, the most famous zip code in America, 90210 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), returns with a brand new season, followed by the final season of OMFG drama on GOSSIP GIRL (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET).

On Wednesday, October 10, The CW presents one of the most anticipated shows of the season, ARROW (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), starring Stephen Amell as the popular DC Comics character.

On Thursdays, The CW’s top-rated series, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, returns for another season of bloody-good drama on October 11 (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET), followed by the romantic new series BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET), starring Kristin Kreuk as a homicide detective and Jay Ryan as a doctor with a very dark side.

On Tuesday, October 16, new drama EMILY OWENS, M.D., starring Mamie Gummer as a surgical intern who discovers, much to her dismay, that working in a hospital feels an awful lot like high school, takes up residency in the 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET. timeslot.

Maggie Q returns to action as NIKITA, Friday, October 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET) following AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL: COLLEGE EDITION, which premieres on August 24, as previously announced.


Following is The CW’s fall premiere schedule:


8:00-9:00 PM HART OF DIXIE (Season Premiere)


9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (Season Premiere)



8:00-9:00 PM 90210 (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM GOSSIP GIRL (Season Premiere)



8:00-9:00 PM ARROW (Series Premiere)




8:00-9:00 PM THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Series Premiere)



8:00-9:00 PM HART OF DIXIE

9:00-10:00 PM EMILY OWENS, M.D. (Series Premiere)




9:00-10:00 PM NIKITA (Season Premiere)


All Times ET


  • DamC

    Hart Of Dixie premieres 2 weeks before Emily Owens, MD because of The LA Complex ending its summer season on October 9th in EO’s timeslot.

  • were123

    Arrow may be the only thing I be watching in CW this year, everything else I either dropped, hated or simply I am not interested

  • Sid

    “Hart Of Dixie premieres 2 weeks before Emily Owens, MD because of The LA Complex ending its summer season on October 9th in EO’s timeslot.”

    Right I forgot about The L.A. Complex.

  • Bee

    seems fine enough, though i don’t understand why they would premiere hart of dixie and supernatural earlier than arrow and emily.

  • therock

    CW is done anyway, i give it a year or two tops

  • Kaylie

    The CW should see a slight increase in their ratings this fall.

  • Jenny

    I only watch TVD, but I expect a lot of their shows to be down due to this schedule.

  • Howa

    Lyndsy Fonseca and Whitney Cummings on my TV the same night. Marking my calendar for Oct. 19 no doubt about it!

  • Ram510

    I only care about Nikita. I’ll try Arrow and TVD. The schedule is a mess but premiering late gives me a chance to give all the other networks a chance with their new shows howeve i dont want to have to wait til mid october for Nikita, to only later be put on holiday hiatus 8 episodes later (not to mention they will skip a week for Thanksgiving). So it’s good and bad for me

    I remember reading last year when CW gave it returning shows extra episodes, that aspire Diaries due to some contract issue can only have 22 episodes

  • Kavyn

    Nikita starts on my birthday :)

  • Martin

    I know they might be starting Emily Owens and Arrow later because their returning shows might have extra episodes but still i think it is a wrong decision, Arrow premiere episode could have given Supernatural a boost and no doubt it still will but if it started with the premiere it might have carried throughout the season.

    Also, Emily Owens could have done with the boost too, any idea what will be in both slots?? ANYONE..

  • Polar Bear

    good to see the CW decided to do shows of a bigger variety

  • DougF


    Supernatural is 23 episodes this season. Arrow would be 22 episodes.

    Also I have heard rumblings that the CW might be showing a feature on/look back/road so far documentary at 8-9pm on Supernatural with the premier being the 150th episode

  • Melanie

    Maybe they’re airing the S7 season finale of SPN at 8 leading into the premiere at 9. That would make some sense. I’m wondering if they are going to switch SPN to Wed at some point this summer to get the audience used to the new night?

  • ZmaX

    strange that Arrow & Emily Owens aren’t premiering along w/ their “companion” shows, but other than that it all sounds good.

    Waiting till October might be a bit annoying, but it’s MUCH better than getting an extra 4-5 weeks of hiatuses through out the season. The WB used to premiere shows in Oct. a lot back in the day so i didn’t really see this as a big deal. I would prefer the season to end earlier,(Maybe Late March-Early April) rather than start later, but over all it’s all the same.

    Specifically, this is great for Arrow since it’s up against the X-Factor which will probably draw big premiere numbers since they have the “Human train-wreck Britney Spears” as a judge and a lot of people will only watch to see how terrible (or good?) it might turn out. But by the time Arrow premieres, i’m sure all the hype will have settled down.

  • Melanie

    @DougF — that would be interesting if they did that for the 150th since they ignored the 100th.

  • Sid


    I might give Arrow a chance. It went from being the most highly anticipated to least for me after I saw the promos/previews. I’m looking forward to CULT and B&tB more than Arrow.

    As for TVD, I highly suggest you watch. I watched the entire first two Seasons on Netflix and finished within a week and I’m currently watching reruns of S3. I never used to watch before but after watching the epic fail Secret Circle, I decided to give TVD a try and I’m glad I did. It’s a far more superior show in every aspect. Season 3 had an amazing finale as well.

  • Kate

    Can’t wait for 90210 and I’m hoping TVD returns to its season 1 & 2 quality. I’ll probably check out Arrow as well but the rest are no gos for me.

    REALLY looking forward to the shows running without any breaks until the winter hiatus. Smart move.

  • Zach

    Not the best idea to start the season off with Hart of Dixie. Towards the end of its first season it was one of the more (or most) watched shows on the CW but i still don’t think its strong enough to launch the whole season for the network. Also holding The LA Complex over until the beginning of the fall season is a big mistake. It needs to end the last week of September. Double up on episodes or something.

  • Julie

    Supernatural on Oct 3rd could not be ANY more perfect….as I will be at a Supernatural convention just two days later. :)

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