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


  • Sid

    “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.”

    I think their agreement with Much Music was that they’d air Season 2 simultaneously so I don’t think they’d be allowed to air two new episodes back-to-back.

  • Nick

    The CW has numerous summer series starting in August. It makes sense that some of them would continue into early October. Hence EOMD and Arrow being pushed back. A similar thing happened with Terra Nova and Hell’s Kitchen last fall.

  • Charmed

    OMFG drama!! Seriously? Lol

  • Casey

    can’t wait for LA Complex! They just released spoilers for the first episode of season 2 and it sounds like there’s going to be a lot of drama!

  • Person of Interest

    I cant wait for Arrow, Supernatural, TVD, B&B and Nikita. dont care about the rest and i will only watch B&B because Kristin Kruek is in it and if i dont like the premiere i will stop watching but Arrow seems the most promising and has the ability to be the cw’s next new hit.

  • david

    This looks like a pretty good premeere schedule. I was thinking the same thing the WB would start there season on October. So, that makes since and i hope it helps the CW as a whole. I am looking forward to Beauty and the Beast, Arrow and Emily Ownes for the new shows and i will watch Super Natural and Nikita and maybe Heart fo Dixie too.

  • johnB

    Excited for SUPERNATURAL, great time slot, just, please, no more Leviathan

  • Fred

    Having shows start on different weeks will allow The CW to not have all of its shows repeating at the same time.

  • thesnowleopard

    Supernatural has a 23-episode order. They wanted 24, but it wasn’t doable. The crew and some of the cast would get almost no time off. So, it makes sense to start it a week early. That way, it will be in sync with Arrow right off the bat, making dual scheduling easy.

    I’m guessing Gossip Girl won’t get more than ten episodes for its final season, since the network has said repeatedly it wants the show done before Christmas.

  • Dean_W

    The CW can Premiere ‘Arrow’ before the Season Premiere of ‘Supernatural’ and give them a 2 Hour Season Finale (for the extra Episode). It’s more logic. ‘Arrow’ will be the Perfect lead-in and give to ‘Supernatural’ a second Life.

  • Yoyo

    @ johnB

    Me too I don’t like Leviathan very much but I’m sure one of them will appear in Season Eight.
    If this Season is the Finale one, I think the best storyline would be: God sends the Heaven’s army on hearth to destroy Humanity.
    It could be the best story ever and the enemy is more powerful than the others we saw in the previous Seasons (Azazel, Lilith, Lucifer, Eve and the Leviathans) but I’m sure the main enemy of the Season will be Crowley.

  • Joseph

    The start of the 2013/2013 TV season looks like it’s going to be really streeecccchhhhheeeeeeed out.

    Some of NBC’s shows will premiere as early as August 13th (the night after The Summer Olympics end); I would think most ABC, CBS and Fox shows will premiere between September 11th and 24th; and the CW will wait until October.

    Given that in recent years, flops have been yanked after two or three weeks, it’s entirely possible that ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC could each have one or two of their new Fall shows cancelled and off the air by the time the CW’s season begins in early October.

  • ZmaX

    @Joseph “could each have one or two of their new Fall shows cancelled and off the air by the time the CW’s season begins in early October.”

    That’s a great point! It might really help out the CW shows in the long run

  • Tom

    Airing the rookies later allows the CW to fill the returning premieres with ads for the new shows. Though I don’t know what VD not prepping the way for B&B suggests…

    Honestly, I was expecting the CW to start on the week of Oct 15th-19th, fully out of everyone else’s hair. It’s not like they air/care about presidential debates anyway. Or do they – is the premiere of EOMD (EO?) itself counterprogramming?

  • Ultima

    it’s entirely possible that ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC could each have one or two of their new Fall shows cancelled and off the air by the time the CW’s season begins in early October

    Possible? Sure. It’s also possible a major global war will break out or we’ll suffer another major terrorist attack that will interrupt the broadcast season as well…

    The first shows pulled last season were Free Agents (which started early) and The Playboy Club, both of which were pulled after airing the first week of October.

    While many networks are starting “early,” in reality very few shows are starting early compared to last season and many are starting later (the season begins a week later). Grimm and ANTM are the only shows with August premieres.

    It’s ridiculous to think that we’ll see a significant number of shows (one or two per network) pulled off the air prior to the first week of October. Absolutely ridiculous.

  • Rick

    The purpose of airing the SPN and HOD premieres before Arrow and Emily Owens is to give them the best chance of promoting the new shows. Obviously, nobody is watching the network this summer–they want to be sure the premieres are sampled. As far as 2-hour premieres, that would defeat the purpose of their late roll-out plan. They want more originals between October and May–doubling up on shows means they’d have another week of repeats.


    I hate the late starts but The CW will have all of the fall audiences in place. I love the fact that Nikita begins at 9pm so I can watch Whitney at 8pm.

    L.A. Complex is becoming one of the best serial dramas on TV. I think all this show needs is more exposure and word of mouth.

  • Justin121

    The CW has a fairly simple shcedule

    Week 1:

    Hart of Dixie

    Week 2:

    Gossip Girl
    Vamp Die

    Week 3:

    Emily Owens, M.D.
    Top Model

    My only objection:

    Emily Owens’ name.

    Hart of Dixie/First Cut

    sounds a lot better than

    Hart of Dixe/Emily Owens, M. D.

    Also, a female name headlining a show is not a way to broaden your appeal.

    Grey’s Anatomy was huge because it appealed to both sexes (in the begining, at least)

    Calling it “Meredith Grey, M. D.” from the get-go would’ve limited the potential audience.

    Besides, The CW has s much smaller poll than ABC to being with, anyways.

  • Dario

    LOL Rob/Bill did u write OMFG next to Gossip Girl? :D

  • nikki

    Not watching a single thing on this network this year.. it sucks. All the shows suck. I hope they go under.

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