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Boilerplate: The Upfronts that I write about are for the five main broadcast networks- NBC and FOX (Monday), ABC (Tuesday), CBS (Wednesday), and The CW (Thursday).  I don’t bother tracking the cable network Upfronts because I would never be able to stop writing.  TBS, USA, HBO, and so forth all have wildly different schedules and more new programming than you can shake a stick at. TNT is doing a Firestarter series set twenty years after the movie and some other really interesting stuff.  They're doing better at television than the original television networks now.

The CW has renewed several of their strongest shows.  They have renewed: Arrow, The Originals, Reign, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Beauty & The Beast, The 100.

These shows are in the Gone Club: Nikita, The Carrie Diaries, Star-Crossed, The Tomorrow People.

The highly anticipated spinoff to Supernatural, Supernatural: Bloodlines, did not get picked up.  They did pick up five new shows, but only two are on their initial fall schedule. The highly anticipated spinoff to Supernatural, Supernatural: Bloodlines, did not get picked up.  They're going to try for another Supernatural spin-off next year because why not.

Here's the fall schedule, with the new shows in ALL CAPS.

8 pm The Originals

9  pm Supernatural

8 pm Arrow
9 pm The 100

8 pm The Vampire Diaries
9 pm Reign

8 pm Whose Line Is It Anyway?
8:30 pm Whose Line Is It Anyway?
9 pm America’s Next Top Model

The Flash: Scientist Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) is given the power of super-speed after a freak accident that transforms him into the Fastest Man Alive.  Steven says:  I am beyond excited about this show, and have been ever since Barry Allen did his two episodes on Arrow earlier this season.  Where do I start?  1) This is an Arrow spin-off, set in the combined world created for that show, which I love.  2) Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, and John Wesley Shipp are all involved.  John Wesley Shipp was the Flash in the 1990 show about the Scarlet Speedster.  His role hasn't been announced yet, but  I hope he plays Jay Garrett in this one. 3) The characters of Killer Frost and Vibe may ultimately appear- two of the regular cast are based on those characters, but neither is a powered individual at the time of the pilot. 4) The accident which gives Barry his powers also created other meta-humans, so there's great potential for this to open up a larger DC Universe in the thus-far-constrained-to-reality Arrowverse.  My one criticism- why on earth wouldn't they pair this with Arrow?   Pairing The Flash with Supernatural is a HUGE tonal mismatch.  Weird choice.


Jane the Virgin: After a series of surprising events, a hard-working, religious young Latina woman is accidentally artificially inseminated. Steven says: So this is a comedy, right?  Pass!

...and these are all for midseason, I guess, along with Hart of Dixie and Beauty & The Beast.

Identity: When a young woman in need of a transplant learns she is related to a powerful family whose son Davis is her only hope for a donor organ, the CIA approaches her to investigate the family's involvement in domestic terrorism and to infiltrate their rarified world. Her loyalty, morality and ethics are tested as she's forced to slowly build a case against the family who saved her life. Steven says:  Not interested.

iZombie: A med student-turned-zombie takes a job in the coroner's office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but what happens when she starts inheriting the corpse's memories? With the help of her medical-examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases to quiet the disturbing voices in her head. Steven says: I usually don't care much for zombie stuff, but this is from Rob Thomas of Veronica Mars fame and it's based on a DC comics series.  I might give this a shot.

The Messengers: When a mysterious object crashes to Earth, a group of seemingly unconnected strangers die from the energy pulse, but then awaken to learn that they have assigned the task of preventing the impending Apocalypse.  Steven says: Remember when this show was called The 4400? I'll pass.

Here's my viewing choices for Fall.

8 pm Gotham [FOX]
8 pm The Big Bang Theory [CBS]
10 pm The Blacklist [NBC]
10 pm Castle [ABC]

8 pm THE FLASH [The CW]
8 pm SELFIE  [ABC]
9  pm Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  [ABC]
9  pm Supernatural [The CW]
10 pm Person of Interest [CBS]

8 pm Arrow  [The CW]
10 pm Nashville  [ABC]

8 pm The Big Bang Theory [CBS] (after football concludes)
9 pm Scandal  [ABC]
9:30 pm A to Z [NBC]
10 pm Elementary [CBS]

9 pm Grimm [NBC]
10 pm Constantine [NBC]

8 pm The Simpsons [FOX]
9 pm Family Guy [FOX]
10 pm Revenge [ABC]

I'm not quite finished with this year's Upfronts- there will be some more video from the CW's presentations later, and I'll come back tomorrow with some final thoughts.
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