When “The Vampire Diaries” — broadcast TV’s No. 1-ranked scripted show in terms of social media — launched four year ago, it, too, was paired with “Supernatural,” CW President Mark Pedowitz reminded advertisers at the network’s new-season presentation Thursday, which rounded out the Broadcast Upfront Week presentations.
Also announced Thursday by the CW:
●“Hart of Dixie” will move to Mondays, as will the “Beauty and the Beast” reboot.
●“The Carrie Diaries” — the “Sex and the City” prequel — has survived, thanks in large measure to its mobile audience, but the show moves to Friday nights at 8.
“The Carrie Diaries” will be followed Fridays by the return of “America’s Next Top Model,” which hopes to get a jump-start next season by featuring chicks and guys competing together under a new title: “ANTM: Guys & Girls.”
●And that crunchy-gravel drama, “Reign,” will get the “Vampire Diaries” lead-in because “Vampire Diaries” is the CW’s most-viewed series among young chicks.
The bodice-ripping “Reign” will take liberties with the 16th-century history of Mary, Queen of Scots. As told by CW, Mary arrives in France with four ladies-in-waiting — that’s circa-1500-speak for “posse”— to marry the French king’s hot son, Prince Francis. Francis, however, has a “history” with a lady of the court — a fact that was hardly worth mentioning in those days, but one that looms large, plot development-wise, in these more prudish times.
Adding to the fun, Mary thinks Francis’s “roguish” illegitimate half-brother, Bash (never thought we’d see “roguish” in a CW announcement) is pretty hot, too. Both guys look as though they’ve just emerged from Supercuts. That is, Ye Olde Supercuts, when they visit Mary’s home town, and Le Supercuts when they’re home, in France.
While other starlets of other new CW shows got to flounce out in sexy, little dresses and sexy, little high-heeled shoes (that they no doubt wore home), poor Adelaide Kane, who plays Mary in “Reign,” had to walk onstage in some number from the 16th-century season of “Say Yes to the Dress.” She looked very uncomfortable.
“Such a pretty dress,” quipped Pedowitz.
Of science and fiction
Also new for the fall — airing Wednesdays after “Arrow” — will be “The Tomorrow People.” The show will feature a genetically advanced race of young, pretty people who represent the next stop in human evolution, having such talents as telekinesis, teleportation and telepathic communication. To protect the Old School Human Race — or at least the auto industry, Verizon, AT&T, etc. — these Tomorrow People are being hunted for extermination by evil paramilitary scientists known as the Ultra.