The CW announced their Fall 2008 TV Schedule today and it pretty much looks like their schedule does right now. Except, they have sold off the programming rights for Sunday nights and gotten rid of WWE Friday Night Smackdown!. They do have three new shows debuting in the fall.
You can see the full primetime schedule, new and returning midseason series and cancellations below. Bold Italic denotes new show.
Update 5.18.2008: See what the rest of the networks are doing for Fall 2008.
The CW has partnered with Media Rights Capital, which will be programming three hours on Sunday nights with original series. Details will be released at a later date. Updated 5.27.2008: MRC has released the details on their new offerings for Sundays on The CW and it doesn’t include Moonlight. You can read more about it at Variety.com.
In Harm’s Way – From the Variety story: It “will follow the stories of people who work for the benefit of society in dangerous jobs: avalanche hunters, subway tunnel diggers and hurricane chasers, for example.” Sounds like it should be on Discovery Channel.
Surviving Suburbia – From the Variety story: It is “in the mode of that blue-collar laffer but told from the husband’s perspective.”
Valentine, Inc. – From the Variety story: It is a “high-concept romantic comedy centers on the premise that the Greek gods live among us, and that Aphrodite and son Eros are running a matchmaking business.”
Easy Money – From the Variety story: It is “about a family of loan sharks, centers on the matriarch who runs the biz and her middle son, who’s great at it but ambivalent about this predatory line of work.”
One Tree Hill
90210 – From the press release: “An edgy, contemporary spin-off of the iconic drama Beverly Hills, 90210, the new 90210 looks at life through the eyes of Annie Mills (Shenae Grimes, Degrassi: The Next Generation) and her brother Dixon (Tristan Wilds, The Wire), whose first day at West Beverly Hills High School leaves no doubt they’re not in Kansas anymore. The Mills family, including dad Harry (casting TBD) and mom Debbie (Lori Loughlin, Summerland), has relocated to Beverly Hills to keep an eye on Harry’s mother Tabitha (Jessica Walter, Arrested Development), a feisty-but-faded former television star and a charter member of the Betty Ford Clinic. For Annie and Dixon, the awkwardness of being the new kids is made worse by the fact that their dad has taken a job as the high school principal. The school is one big culture shock for Annie, a sweet and friendly girl with a passion for the theater, and Dixon, a star athlete and scholar who was adopted by the Mills family after they took him in as a foster child. Annie and Dixon have a close sibling relationship, which they’ll need to help them cope with all the new cliques and classmates, including Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord, Nip/Tuck), a hot, spoiled, rich girl; Ethan (Dustin Milligan, Runaway), a popular jock whose abilities rival Dixon’s; Navid (Michael Steger, The Winner), an aspiring reporter who heads up the school’s daily newscast; and Silver (Jessica Stroup, Prom Night), a rebel who produces and stars in a YouTube-type video series. Even the faculty seems hip and sophisticated at WBHHS, such as smart and funny teacher Ryan Matthews (Ryan Eggold, Dirt) and beautiful guidance counselor Kelly Taylor (guest star Jennie Garth, the original Beverly Hills, 90210). The Mills family has just begun to realize how much their lives are about to change. 90210 is produced by CBS Paramount Network Television with executive producers Gabe Sachs & Jeff Judah (Freaks & Geeks). Mark Piznarski (Gossip Girl) is the director and executive producer of the pilot.”
Surviving the Filthy Rich – From the press release: “Twenty-three-year-old Megan Smith (JoAnna Garcia, Reba) has a Yale education, a relentlessly positive attitude and a plan to conquer the world of journalism, despite the fact that she is currently slaving away at a tabloid rag. Megan’s plan is thrown off course when, in one whirlwind day, she gets fired, meets cosmetics mogul Laurel Limoges (casting TBD) and becomes the live-in tutor for Laurel’s twin teen granddaughters in the heady Palm Beach world of wealth and power. The girls, Rose (Lucy Kate Hale, Bionic Woman) and Sage (Ashley Newbrough, The Best Years), are beautiful, rebellious and less-than-thrilled with their new tutor, but Megan is determined to win them over as she enjoys the perks of her new job ? breathtaking private suite, gorgeous convertible and live-in chef Marco (Allan Louis, Stomp the Yard). Even the neighbors are fabulous in Palm Beach, and Megan quickly catches the eye of Will (casting TBD), the wealthy and extremely hot dilettante who lives on the estate next door and just happens to be dating Megan’s estranged sister Lily (casting TBD). Completing this romantic quadrangle is Megan’s best friend Charlie (Michael Cassidy, Smallville, The O.C.), who is secretly in love with her. Despite her own complicated romantic and family relationships, Megan is committed to making a difference in the lives of her two headstrong charges as she navigates the treacherous waters of high society in Palm Beach. Surviving the Filthy Rich is based on the Alloy Entertainment book How To Teach Filthy Rich Girls by best-selling author Zoey Dean (The A-List). The series is from Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Paramount Network Television with executive producers Rina Mimoun (Gilmore Girls, Everwood), Bob Levy (Gossip Girl) and Leslie Morgenstein (Gossip Girl, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants). Michael Engler (30 Rock) directed the pilot.”
America’s Next Top Model
Stylista – From the press release: “If The Devil Wears Prada were a reality show, it would be Stylista. Eleven aspiring fashion enthusiasts vie for a much-coveted editorial job with Elle magazine. They work as assistants to Elle’s Fashion News Director, Anne Slowey, a demanding but well-respected fashion icon. The competitors will carry out an assistant task and a fashion editorial assignment in each episode. Each week, in consultation with Elle’s Creative Director, Joe Zee, Anne fires one person, until the last assistant standing gets “promoted” to the coveted real-life job opportunity. The grand prize includes a paid editorial position at Elle magazine, a paid lease on a great apartment in Manhattan, and a clothing allowance at H&M, all for one year, valued at $100,000. Stylista is from 10 by 10 Entertainment, Inc. and Bankable Incorporated in association with Magic Molehill Productions, Inc. and Warner Horizon Television Inc. with executive producers Tyra Banks, Ken Mok, Eli Holzman, Desiree Gruber and Jane Cha.”
Everybody Hates Chris
America’s Next Top Model (Encore)
Coming back, but not until later are: Reaper
Debuting in late Fall or early 2009 are: None announced at this time.
They have said goodbye to: Aliens in America, Beauty and the Geek, Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants, CW Now, Girlfriends, Life is Wild, Online Nation, Pussycat Dolls Presents, and WWE Friday Night Smackdown!, but Smackdown will be back next season on your local MyNetworkTV affiliate, if you have one.
Was very disappointed in the cancellation of Aliens in America, but couldn’t care less about the rest of the cancellations.
It looks like the TVaholic will have CW free Wednesdays, Fridays and who knows about Sundays.
Overall the schedule looks pretty descent, for them, considering they are going full force after the 18 to 34 year old female demographic. That leaves mainly Smallville for me, but will also be watching two other returning shows and checking out two of the new ones. But, the network does seem to be dwindling away right before our very eyes.
How about you? What do you like about The CW’s Fall 2008 Schedule? What don’t you like? What shows do you wish they hadn’t cancelled? Let us know in the comments.