The CW Moves Riverdale, Jane the Virgin, Arrow

Candice Alexander
May 19, 2017

"The CW has transformed over the past few years, from a linear network into a true multi-platform success".

With four new shows ordered - two of which will premiere this fall - and only ten hours of programming on each week, we knew there would be some big switches coming, but we couldn't necessarily have predicted these.

Following Supergirl will be the new military drama Valor. "Since I have been with the CW, I have tried to get a military drama up and running", admits Pedowitz. Valor is "the best version of what we could do", he said. The Flash and DC's Legends of Tomorrow are paired once again on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. ET, respectively. Thoughts on moving Arrow to Thursday nights and how it might affect the next DC TV crossover event? Rick Haskins, exec VP-marketing and digital programs, said the challenge is similar to The CW's a year ago with "Riverdale", which is based on the old Archie comics.

RIVERDALE moves to a new night on Wednesday (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the new drama DYNASTY, a reimagining of the classic primetime soap from executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage ("The O.C." and "Gossip Girl") and Sallie Patrick ("Revenge") (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

On Tuesday night, Legends of Tomorrow will settle into the 9 p.m. ET time slot on a now permanent basis - a time slot the show moved to at the end of Season 2 after spending most of its time on Thursdays. "We felt it was a very different audience than "This Is Us'".

Putting Jane with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Fridays gives the net a romantic-comedy block that is also proving to be a draw beyond the traditional model. "Whether it's on broadcast, on VOD, OTT, digital, or mobile, we are reaching those viewers everywhere they are, with opportunities for our advertisers across every platform", said Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.

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