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


  • Josh

    Why are you here?

  • KS


    I’d rather want Supernatural season 8 to explore more and more about purgatory. They opened such a great dimension which has got a lot of scope. But ending that chapter too soon…hmmmm..I am not happy with that. For this time, they want them to concentrate majorly on Myth-arc unlike last season and reduce the number of MotW episodes. I am a great fan of brotherly love, but I want to them include brotherly moments only if there are really strong ones, unlike Amy last season. But I want them to act like brothers and talk like brothers. I hope Castiel is limited next season too just like this season.

  • SueP

    I’m guessing they’ll broadcast the season 7 finale at 7/8c on the 3rd and the season 8 premiere immediately following. That would make sense. I’m hoping that somewhere down the line, the CW switches SPN repeats to Wednesdays to get viewers used to it. Like maybe SPN wednesdays for the last few weeks in Sept. then dive right into the premiere night and, the next week, the regular schedule with Arrow’s premiere and SPN following it. I’ll gladly switch to Wednesdays. :)

  • Tom

    @ Nikki Thanks for telling it the way it is. The CW and Pedowitcz, its beancounting leader, are motivated solely by the bottom line. That’s resulted in the cancellation of most of its good programs from last season. Only TVD remains. What’s left is biggest collection of trash programs on network television. The CW is rightly teetering on the edge of going under and I’m going to look forward to watching its demise.

  • Sid

    LMAO @ Tom and Nikki! :D

  • Lion

    LOL Aw poor babies @ Nikki and Tom :-)

  • Ale


    I won’t get my hopes up, they ignore Supernatural 100th episode, Smallville 150th and 200th episode. They always ignored SPN and SV even when they atracted more views than other shows. =/

  • Eugene Resler

    What happened to the Carrie Diaries?

  • Sid


    The Carrie Diaries will premiere sometime in January. It will premiere in the same slot that GOSSIP GIRL will occupy for its final season Mon @9p.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    Since this network basically has most of the shows I bother to watch at all, I guess I’ll have to wait until they deign to debut them… But I hate mid-October premieres…

    Arrow is the only new show I care about, although I will check out “Beauty and the Beast” just to see the comparison (if any) with the original.

    Mostly I’m just waiting for Nikita, TVD, and Supernatural.

  • thesnowleopard

    @Nikki and Tom

    Let me guess–You were two of the five people still watching Ringer or The Secret Circle when they were canceled.

    As for the beancounting, Tom, you’re contradicting yourself. Every single network out there exists to make money, not to make you happy. If the CW canceled something you liked because that show was a financial failure and the CW only goes with financial successes, well, that’s hardly going to kill the network’s business. Either the network is aware of its financial bottom line (in which case, it probably won’t sink like the Titanic) or it’s not, but you can’t complain that it’s going both ways.

  • nikki

    To all that are laughing you’ll see. The other networks have better shows then the cw and always have. Any show that’s any good on the cw gets cancelled because good shows cost money to make. And they don’t know how to promote things, or really how to run the network. They are going to lose a lot of viewers this year and aren’t going to pick up any with the new shows cause they sound horrible. And when they don’t have shows on half the week halfway through the year and the ratings for the network are gone. You’ll see. They screwed themselves, and I can’t wait to see them fail miserably. Abcf in particular kicks the cw’s ass all the time, they have way better shows. And for your information one of my shows did get wrongly cancelled recently but that’s not why I’m boycotting the network. They don’t have anything to offer.. I’m not interested in the kind of programming they offer. I watched 2 shows on the network in the last 5 years 1 a long running show and 1 a newer show they are both gone. And everything left on the network is the same. You need a little variety once in a while. And that is what will kill the network. Well deserved if you ask me. And I’m sure I’m not the only one.

  • Hee Haw

    Can’t wait for Arrow! The trailers look awesome and it’s obvious there is a large enough fan base for superhero programming (see Dark Knight & Avengers box office numbers). CW has had a void since Smallville ended so hopefully Arrow fills that void obtains great ratings. This can even lead to another superhero getting a series.

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