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The CW has announced January premiere dates for two of its 2016 shows, “Legends of Tomorrow” and “The 100.” Both will debut Thursday, Jan. 21 — which means that “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals” will be moving to a new home.

That home: Friday nights. Following the winter finale of “Reign” on Jan. 22, “TVD” and “The Originals” will take over the Friday lineup. “Reign” will return to finish out its season in the spring or summer; a date hasn’t been set.

“Legends of Tomorrow” was widely expected to take over the 8 p.m. Thursday spot, giving The CW a DC Comics-based show at 8 on Tuesday (“The Flash”), Wednesday (“Arrow”) and Thursday. Most amateur schedulers, however, had only one of the Thursday shows moving to a new night.

The news comes on the heels of the network extending the seasons of “iZombie” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” The CW’s other midseason show, “Containment,” will presumably take over one of those two spots. Utility player “Whose Line Is It Anyway” could also be an option for the sprng.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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