We won’t know for certain until Thursday, but THR.com has some news on CW schedule moves:

CW is said to have settled on launching the hot new drama “Vampire Diaries” Thursday 8 p.m., paired with “Supernatural.” “Vampire Diaries” would replace the staple in the time slot, departing veteran “Smallville,” whose final ninth season would air on Friday, probably at 8 p.m.

The network is set to unveil its fall schedule Thursday in New York.

“Vampire Diaries,” about a girl in a love triangle with two vampire brothers, is envisioned as a new tentpole series for Thursday night where the network already has built-in sci-fi audience with “Smallville” and “Supernatural.”

Meanwhile, “Melrose Place” will almost certainly be paired with “90210,” repeating the launch pattern for the original “Melrose Place,” which followed “Beverly Hills, 90210” on Fox in fall 1992.

With its setting — a co-ed residence of young models — new drama “Beautiful Life” is a perfect scripted companion for “America’s Next Top Model” and is expected to launch after the hit reality series on Wednesday.

CW’s solidly-rated Monday lineup of “Gossip Girl” and “One Tree Hill” is expected to stay intact.

more where that came from at THR.com.

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