5 Takeaways From the CW’s Upfront

The CW wrapped the 2018 upfronts with its presentation on Thursday at New York City Center. Here are the five key takeaways: 1. Sunday nights aren’t just about Sunday nights. The CW’s addition of a two-hour block of Sunday primetime program…

The CW wrapped the 2018 upfronts with its presentation on Thursday at New York City Center. Here are the five key takeaways: 1. Sunday nights aren’t just about Sunday nights. The CW’s addition of a two-hour block of Sunday primetime programming, returning the network to a sixth night, had a significant impact on development and […]

CW Upfront Presentation: Live Blog

CW’s Upfront presentation today winds up the broadcast TV portion of the week, at New York City Center.  CW chief Mark Pedowitz will walk media buyers through network’s expansion to six nights a week, with the add of a Sunday slate, for 12 …

CW’s Upfront presentation today winds up the broadcast TV portion of the week, at New York City Center.  CW chief Mark Pedowitz will walk media buyers through network’s expansion to six nights a week, with the add of a Sunday slate, for 12 hours of original scripted programing – trailing only CBS. Making good on its promise to use existing series and recognizable franchises to return to Sundays nine years after turned it back to affiliate stations, Supergirl got elected…

The CW Boss on Starting Up Sundays Again: We Wanted ‘Shows That Empowered Women’

CW Sundays are for the girls.

The network’s new Sunday night of original programming begins with the hit “Supgirl” and will be followed by the new “Charmed” reboot, and the decision to put those two shows back-to-back had everything to do with empowering women, according to CW President Mark Pedowitz.

“We wanted to have an established show on Sunday night,”  Pedowitz told reporters during a conference call ahead of its 2018 Upfronts presentation to advertisers Thursday. “We wanted name value with ‘Charmed,’ on there. We felt that it was two shows that empowered women and were making a statement that we were not kidding, we were not going to phone it in on Sunday nights — That we were going to compete.”

Also Read: The CW Schedule: ‘Supergirl,’ ‘Charmed’ on Fall Sundays; ‘Jane,’ ‘iZombie’ to End in Midseason

“So we believed with ‘Supergirl’ and ‘Charmed,’ we will have those two assets that will do that,” he said.

Pedowitz added that this year, 30 of the network’s 37 series regulars are women and/or people of color, and all five new series have female writers and executive producers. “Jane the Virgin” creator Jennie Urman is behind the reboot of the early ’00s teen witch drama.

When the reboot was initially picked up, some fans of the original — and members of the original cast — were skeptical. But Pedowitz says there are still “many similarities” and urged fans to watch the series before giving up on “Charmed.”

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“Hopefully, [critics] would give this new cast a chance,” he said. “There are many similarities, and hopefully they’ll give it a shot.”

“We are happy with who we’ve casted, think its a nice mix. Jennie Snyder Urman has reimagined it somewhat, and I can only say to fans: before you make a decision, watch the series.”

You can find The CW’s complete fall schedule here.

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CW Sundays are for the girls.

The network’s new Sunday night of original programming begins with the hit “Supgirl” and will be followed by the new “Charmed” reboot, and the decision to put those two shows back-to-back had everything to do with empowering women, according to CW President Mark Pedowitz.

“We wanted to have an established show on Sunday night,”  Pedowitz told reporters during a conference call ahead of its 2018 Upfronts presentation to advertisers Thursday. “We wanted name value with ‘Charmed,’ on there. We felt that it was two shows that empowered women and were making a statement that we were not kidding, we were not going to phone it in on Sunday nights — That we were going to compete.”

“So we believed with ‘Supergirl’ and ‘Charmed,’ we will have those two assets that will do that,” he said.

Pedowitz added that this year, 30 of the network’s 37 series regulars are women and/or people of color, and all five new series have female writers and executive producers. “Jane the Virgin” creator Jennie Urman is behind the reboot of the early ’00s teen witch drama.

When the reboot was initially picked up, some fans of the original — and members of the original cast — were skeptical. But Pedowitz says there are still “many similarities” and urged fans to watch the series before giving up on “Charmed.”

“Hopefully, [critics] would give this new cast a chance,” he said. “There are many similarities, and hopefully they’ll give it a shot.”

“We are happy with who we’ve casted, think its a nice mix. Jennie Snyder Urman has reimagined it somewhat, and I can only say to fans: before you make a decision, watch the series.”

You can find The CW’s complete fall schedule here.

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‘Supernatural’ Spinoff ‘Wayward Sisters’ “Not Where We Wanted It To Be” Creatively, CW Chief Says

Supernatural spinoff Wayward Sisters did not get a pickup not up because it was not where it needed to be creatively, CW chief Mark Pedowitz says.
It was the very first question Pedowitz got on his phone call with press before this morning’s Upfr…

Supernatural spinoff Wayward Sisters did not get a pickup not up because it was not where it needed to be creatively, CW chief Mark Pedowitz says. It was the very first question Pedowitz got on his phone call with press before this morning’s Upfront presentation to advertisers. “We had really great material this year,” he said. “We're really exited about the five series we did pick up. We are big fans of the characters and the women who played the characters in the…

The CW Schedule: ‘Supergirl,’ ‘Charmed’ on Fall Sundays; ‘Jane,’ ‘iZombie’ to End in Midseason

The CW unveiled its fall 2018 TV schedule Thursday morning, which includes a brand new night: Sundays. To close the weekend and open the calendar week, The CW has set the returning “Supergirl” and its new “Charmed” reboot for 8 and 9 p.m., respectively.

Some other new highlights from the fall schedule include “Arrow” shooting to Mondays, new series “All-American” pairing with “Riverdale” on Wednesdays, and “Vampire Diaries”/”Originals” spinoff “Legacies” following “Supernatural” on Thursdays.

Additionally, the youngest-skewing broadcast network announced that midseason returns will mark the final run of “iZombie” and “Jane the Virgin.” In addition, this fall we’ll see the last episodes of Rachel Bloom’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

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In addition to “iZombie” and “Jane,” midseason will also feature freshmen “In the Dark” and the “Roswell, New Mexico” reboot premiere.

“It is such an exciting time at The CW. We are thriving, innovating, and now we’re expanding, adding Sunday nights to our primetime lineup this fall. Starting in October, we will have 12 hours of original scripted series on our schedule — more than any other broadcast network besides CBS,” said Mark Pedowitz, president, The CW.

“And we have five bold, brash new shows for 2018-19: in the fall, a new version of the beloved fan favorite series “Charmed”; the inspiring drama “All American”; and “Legacies,” set in the world of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and ‘The Originals’; and for midseason, the unique new drama “In the Dark”; and the epic romance “Rosewell, New Mexico,” he continued. “The CW is bigger, and better than ever before, with more quality content and more ways for advertisers to connect with our valuable young audience, on every platform.”

Also Read: Watch Trailers for CBS’ New Fall TV shows: ‘Murphy Brown,’ ‘FBI’ and ‘The Neighborhood’ (Videos)

Here’s the actual schedule:

Sunday
8:00-9:00 PM “Supergirl” (New Night)
9:00-10:00 PM “Charmed” (New Series)

Monday
8:00-9:00 PM “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”
9:00-10:00 PM “Arrow” (New Night)

Tuesday
8:00-9:00 PM “The Flash”
9:00-10:00 PM “Black Lightning”

Wednesday
8:00-9:00 PM “Riverdale”
9:00-10:00 PM “All American” (New Series)

Thursday
8:00-9:00 PM “Supernatural”
9:00-10:00 PM “Legacies” (New Series)

Friday
8:00-9:00 PM “Dynasty”
9:00-10:00 PM “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

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And because it is worth having everything in one place, below are the official series descriptions for the newcomers — all in The CW’s own words.

“Charmed”
“Stronger together.” That’s what Marisol tells her daughters, firebrand social justice warrior Melanie “Mel” Vera, and her sister, fun-loving Maggie, about their family. Mel is a graduate student in the women’s studies department her mother heads at Hilltowne University; Maggie is a freshman considering rushing a sorority (to Mel’s amused dismay) and going “on” again with her on-again off-again boyfriend Brian. But then, a shocking tragedy shatters their world and threatens their sibling bond:  Marisol dies in a horrifying accident. Or was it?  Three months later, we find Mel unable to accept the official explanation of their mother’s death, while Maggie accuses her of being morbidly obsessed. And then, another huge shock shows up at their front door:  they have an older sister, brilliant geneticist Macy, whom their mother kept a secret all these years! Macy is new in town and doesn’t know a soul (except for Galvin, the cute fellow scientist who’s been showing her around).  Macy is eager to connect with Mel and Maggie, but Mel can’t handle another shock, and shuts her out. With the emotions of all three sisters running high, each of the girls suddenly exhibit impossible new abilities: Mel can freeze time, Maggie starts hearing others’ thoughts, and Macy has telekinetic powers. But don’t worry, there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation…or so says Harry Greenwood (who as far as they know is the officious new chair of the women’s studies department), when he gathers the three sisters together to reveal they’re actually powerful witches, as was their mother.  And he’s not really a professor, he’s their “Whitelighter,” a witch’s advisor and guide!  Not only that, but Mel was right:  their mother’s death was no accident – she was murdered by unknown dark forces. It’s a lot to take in, but ultimately the sisters accept their new destiny as The Charmed Ones…and their new duty to protect humankind from the demons that walk among us…one of whom killed their mother. With the Power of Three, they are stronger together… even if they have no idea what they’re really up against.

Starring Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock, Rupert Evans, Ser’Darius Blaine, Charlie Gillespie, and Ellen Tamaki . Based on the original series, “Charmed” is from CBS Television Studios in association with Propagate Content, with executive producers Jessica O’Toole (“Jane The Virgin”), Amy Rardin (“Jane The Virgin”), Jennie Snyder Urman (“Jane The Virgin”), Ben Silverman (“The Office”), Brad Silberling (“Jane The Virgin”) and Carter Covington (“Faking It”).

“All American”
Spencer James is a rising high school football player and A student at South Crenshaw High. Compton is the place he calls home. But when Beverly High School’s football coach Billy Baker recruits him to join his team in Beverly Hills, Spencer’s mother, Grace, and his best friend, Coop, convince Spencer it’s an opportunity he has to seize. Now Spencer must navigate two worlds, the south side neighborhood that he knows and the affluent Beverly Hills world that has offered him an opportunity for something bigger. When Spencer is forced to move in with Billy and his family to protect his transfer permit to Beverly, Billy’s son, Jordan (the team’s starting quarterback), is less than thrilled to be sharing his father’s attention — or the team spotlight — with Spencer. While Spencer struggles to find his footing, he makes an unlikely friend in Jordan’s sister, Olivia, who is dealing with her own demons. He also quickly develops a crush on his classmate, Layla, something her boyfriend, Asher, quickly realizes — and so, he sets out to drive Spencer off the football team and out of Beverly Hills for good. Inspired by the life of NFL player Spencer Paysinger.

“All American” stars Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs, Samantha Logan, Bre-Z, Greta Onieogou, Monet Mazur, Michael Evans Behling, Cody Christian and Karimah Westbrook. “All American” is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios in association with Berlanti Productions, with executive producers April Blair (“Reign”), Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Riverdale”), Sarah Schechter (“The Flash,” “Riverdale”) and Rob Hardy (“Power”).

“Legacies”
For the last decade, the iconic heroes and villains of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals have captivated audiences worldwide. They left an enduring legacy of love and family in their wake, which continues in “Legacies,” a thrilling new drama that tells the story of the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. It’s here that Klaus Mikaelson’s daughter, 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson; Alaric Saltzman’s twins, Lizzie and Josie Saltzman; and other young adults — including political scion MG and the mysterious Landon Kirby — come of age in the most unconventional way possible, nurtured to be their best selves…in spite of their worst impulses. Will these young witches, vampires and werewolves become the heroes they want to be — or the villains they were born to be? As they fight to protect their secret, their town of Mystic Falls and eventually the world, they will have to rely on ancient folklore and tales to learn how to battle their far-reaching enemies.

“Legacies” stars Danielle Rose Russell, Jenny Boyd, Kaylee Bryant, Quincy Fouse and Aria Shaghasemi, with Matt Davis. “Legacies” is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios in association with My So-Called Company, with executive producers Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries”), Brett Matthews (“The Vampire Diaries”), Leslie Morgenstein (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars”) and Gina Girolamo (“The Originals”).

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MIDSEASON

“In the Dark”
Murphy is a hard-living, hard-drinking, disaffected twenty-something with a penchant for cigarettes and casual sex. She’s also blind. Murphy lives with her understanding roommate, Jess, and more reluctantly also lives with her guide dog, Pretzel, whose presence she resents. Her parents, Hank and Joy, own a guide dog school, a venture they opened hoping it would give Murphy a job with some purpose, but so far it’s just another place where she sleeps off her hangovers, much to the particular chagrin of Joy and Felix, the school administrator tasked with attempting to keep the unprofitable school going.  Murphy’s closest friend is a sweet teenager named Tyson. Tyson and Murphy became friends after he saved her from a violent mugging, and his kindness and intelligence are currently going to waste as he deals drugs on the street for his older cousin, Darnell. Then Murphy’s life comes crashing down when, while out for a walk with Pretzel, she stumbles upon what she’s sure is the lifeless body of Tyson in the alley outside her apartment.  But when the police arrive, including a charming detective named Dean, there is no body to be found – and with Murphy not exactly sober, the police aren’t especially inclined to investigate.  Murphy is devastated, and is only held back from spiraling downward even further by her resolve to learn what happened to Tyson. With the help of Jess – and Pretzel – Murphy is determined to find the truth, no matter the risk… even if it means she has to sober up a little.

“In the Dark” stars Perry Mattfeld, Brooke Markham, Keston John, Kathleen York, Derek Webster and Morgan Krantz. “In the Dark” is from CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Red Hour Films, with executive producers Corinne Kingsbury, Jon Collier (“Bones”), Ben Stiller (“Zoolander”), Jackie Cohn, Nicky Weinstock and Michael Showalter (“The Big Sick”).

“Roswell, New Mexico”
More than maybe anywhere else on Earth, Roswell, New Mexico is ground zero for those who seek proof that aliens exist. Roswell native Liz Ortecho left it all behind 10 years ago, after the death of her beloved older sister, Rosa. But with her father ailing, she reluctantly returns to her tourist-trap hometown to move back in with him. When Liz arrives, she reconnects with Max Evans, her teenage crush who is now a Roswell police officer. Their chemistry is instantly electric. But Liz soon discovers a shocking truth: Max is an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life, along with those of his otherworldly siblings, Isobel and Michael. As the two grow closer after a decade apart, Liz finds it difficult to keep the truth from her best friend, Maria De Luca, and her trusting high school ex, Dr. Kyle Valenti. Also hiding their extraterrestrial origins are Isobel and Michael, with Isobel not even revealing the truth to her husband, Noah, and Michael keeping his identity hidden beneath a bad-boy exterior of hard living and casual hookups. Meanwhile, a long-standing government conspiracy spearheaded by Master Sgt. Jesse Manes, along with the politics of fear and hatred that run rampant in Roswell, threatens to expose Max and his family, and could endanger his deepening romance with Liz…as well as their lives.

“Roswell, New Mexico” stars Jeanine Mason, Nathan Parsons, Michael Trevino, Lily Cowles, Michael Vlamis, Tyler Blackburn, Heather Hemmens, Trevor St. John and Karan Oberoi. “Roswell, New Mexico” is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Amblin Television and Bender Brown Productions, with executive producers Carina Adly MacKenzie (“The Originals”), Chris Hollier (“Once Upon A Time”), Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries”), Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (“The Americans”), Lawrence Bender (“Pulp Fiction”) and Kevin Kelly Brown (“Roswell”).

The CW will hold its annual upfront ad sales event this morning at 11 a.m. ET in New York City Center, when it will share all of the above information — and some trailers — with media buyers.

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The CW unveiled its fall 2018 TV schedule Thursday morning, which includes a brand new night: Sundays. To close the weekend and open the calendar week, The CW has set the returning “Supergirl” and its new “Charmed” reboot for 8 and 9 p.m., respectively.

Some other new highlights from the fall schedule include “Arrow” shooting to Mondays, new series “All-American” pairing with “Riverdale” on Wednesdays, and “Vampire Diaries”/”Originals” spinoff “Legacies” following “Supernatural” on Thursdays.

Additionally, the youngest-skewing broadcast network announced that midseason returns will mark the final run of “iZombie” and “Jane the Virgin.” In addition, this fall we’ll see the last episodes of Rachel Bloom’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

In addition to “iZombie” and “Jane,” midseason will also feature freshmen “In the Dark” and the “Roswell, New Mexico” reboot premiere.

“It is such an exciting time at The CW. We are thriving, innovating, and now we’re expanding, adding Sunday nights to our primetime lineup this fall. Starting in October, we will have 12 hours of original scripted series on our schedule — more than any other broadcast network besides CBS,” said Mark Pedowitz, president, The CW.

“And we have five bold, brash new shows for 2018-19: in the fall, a new version of the beloved fan favorite series “Charmed”; the inspiring drama “All American”; and “Legacies,” set in the world of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and ‘The Originals'; and for midseason, the unique new drama “In the Dark”; and the epic romance “Rosewell, New Mexico,” he continued. “The CW is bigger, and better than ever before, with more quality content and more ways for advertisers to connect with our valuable young audience, on every platform.”

Here’s the actual schedule:

Sunday
8:00-9:00 PM “Supergirl” (New Night)
9:00-10:00 PM “Charmed” (New Series)

Monday
8:00-9:00 PM “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”
9:00-10:00 PM “Arrow” (New Night)

Tuesday
8:00-9:00 PM “The Flash”
9:00-10:00 PM “Black Lightning”

Wednesday
8:00-9:00 PM “Riverdale”
9:00-10:00 PM “All American” (New Series)

Thursday
8:00-9:00 PM “Supernatural”
9:00-10:00 PM “Legacies” (New Series)

Friday
8:00-9:00 PM “Dynasty”
9:00-10:00 PM “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”

And because it is worth having everything in one place, below are the official series descriptions for the newcomers — all in The CW’s own words.

“Charmed”
“Stronger together.” That’s what Marisol tells her daughters, firebrand social justice warrior Melanie “Mel” Vera, and her sister, fun-loving Maggie, about their family. Mel is a graduate student in the women’s studies department her mother heads at Hilltowne University; Maggie is a freshman considering rushing a sorority (to Mel’s amused dismay) and going “on” again with her on-again off-again boyfriend Brian. But then, a shocking tragedy shatters their world and threatens their sibling bond:  Marisol dies in a horrifying accident. Or was it?  Three months later, we find Mel unable to accept the official explanation of their mother’s death, while Maggie accuses her of being morbidly obsessed. And then, another huge shock shows up at their front door:  they have an older sister, brilliant geneticist Macy, whom their mother kept a secret all these years! Macy is new in town and doesn’t know a soul (except for Galvin, the cute fellow scientist who’s been showing her around).  Macy is eager to connect with Mel and Maggie, but Mel can’t handle another shock, and shuts her out. With the emotions of all three sisters running high, each of the girls suddenly exhibit impossible new abilities: Mel can freeze time, Maggie starts hearing others’ thoughts, and Macy has telekinetic powers. But don’t worry, there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation…or so says Harry Greenwood (who as far as they know is the officious new chair of the women’s studies department), when he gathers the three sisters together to reveal they’re actually powerful witches, as was their mother.  And he’s not really a professor, he’s their “Whitelighter,” a witch’s advisor and guide!  Not only that, but Mel was right:  their mother’s death was no accident – she was murdered by unknown dark forces. It’s a lot to take in, but ultimately the sisters accept their new destiny as The Charmed Ones…and their new duty to protect humankind from the demons that walk among us…one of whom killed their mother. With the Power of Three, they are stronger together… even if they have no idea what they’re really up against.

Starring Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock, Rupert Evans, Ser’Darius Blaine, Charlie Gillespie, and Ellen Tamaki . Based on the original series, “Charmed” is from CBS Television Studios in association with Propagate Content, with executive producers Jessica O’Toole (“Jane The Virgin”), Amy Rardin (“Jane The Virgin”), Jennie Snyder Urman (“Jane The Virgin”), Ben Silverman (“The Office”), Brad Silberling (“Jane The Virgin”) and Carter Covington (“Faking It”).

“All American”
Spencer James is a rising high school football player and A student at South Crenshaw High. Compton is the place he calls home. But when Beverly High School’s football coach Billy Baker recruits him to join his team in Beverly Hills, Spencer’s mother, Grace, and his best friend, Coop, convince Spencer it’s an opportunity he has to seize. Now Spencer must navigate two worlds, the south side neighborhood that he knows and the affluent Beverly Hills world that has offered him an opportunity for something bigger. When Spencer is forced to move in with Billy and his family to protect his transfer permit to Beverly, Billy’s son, Jordan (the team’s starting quarterback), is less than thrilled to be sharing his father’s attention — or the team spotlight — with Spencer. While Spencer struggles to find his footing, he makes an unlikely friend in Jordan’s sister, Olivia, who is dealing with her own demons. He also quickly develops a crush on his classmate, Layla, something her boyfriend, Asher, quickly realizes — and so, he sets out to drive Spencer off the football team and out of Beverly Hills for good. Inspired by the life of NFL player Spencer Paysinger.

“All American” stars Daniel Ezra, Taye Diggs, Samantha Logan, Bre-Z, Greta Onieogou, Monet Mazur, Michael Evans Behling, Cody Christian and Karimah Westbrook. “All American” is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios in association with Berlanti Productions, with executive producers April Blair (“Reign”), Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Riverdale”), Sarah Schechter (“The Flash,” “Riverdale”) and Rob Hardy (“Power”).

“Legacies”
For the last decade, the iconic heroes and villains of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals have captivated audiences worldwide. They left an enduring legacy of love and family in their wake, which continues in “Legacies,” a thrilling new drama that tells the story of the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. It’s here that Klaus Mikaelson’s daughter, 17-year-old Hope Mikaelson; Alaric Saltzman’s twins, Lizzie and Josie Saltzman; and other young adults — including political scion MG and the mysterious Landon Kirby — come of age in the most unconventional way possible, nurtured to be their best selves…in spite of their worst impulses. Will these young witches, vampires and werewolves become the heroes they want to be — or the villains they were born to be? As they fight to protect their secret, their town of Mystic Falls and eventually the world, they will have to rely on ancient folklore and tales to learn how to battle their far-reaching enemies.

“Legacies” stars Danielle Rose Russell, Jenny Boyd, Kaylee Bryant, Quincy Fouse and Aria Shaghasemi, with Matt Davis. “Legacies” is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios in association with My So-Called Company, with executive producers Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries”), Brett Matthews (“The Vampire Diaries”), Leslie Morgenstein (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars”) and Gina Girolamo (“The Originals”).

MIDSEASON

“In the Dark”
Murphy is a hard-living, hard-drinking, disaffected twenty-something with a penchant for cigarettes and casual sex. She’s also blind. Murphy lives with her understanding roommate, Jess, and more reluctantly also lives with her guide dog, Pretzel, whose presence she resents. Her parents, Hank and Joy, own a guide dog school, a venture they opened hoping it would give Murphy a job with some purpose, but so far it’s just another place where she sleeps off her hangovers, much to the particular chagrin of Joy and Felix, the school administrator tasked with attempting to keep the unprofitable school going.  Murphy’s closest friend is a sweet teenager named Tyson. Tyson and Murphy became friends after he saved her from a violent mugging, and his kindness and intelligence are currently going to waste as he deals drugs on the street for his older cousin, Darnell. Then Murphy’s life comes crashing down when, while out for a walk with Pretzel, she stumbles upon what she’s sure is the lifeless body of Tyson in the alley outside her apartment.  But when the police arrive, including a charming detective named Dean, there is no body to be found – and with Murphy not exactly sober, the police aren’t especially inclined to investigate.  Murphy is devastated, and is only held back from spiraling downward even further by her resolve to learn what happened to Tyson. With the help of Jess – and Pretzel – Murphy is determined to find the truth, no matter the risk… even if it means she has to sober up a little.

“In the Dark” stars Perry Mattfeld, Brooke Markham, Keston John, Kathleen York, Derek Webster and Morgan Krantz. “In the Dark” is from CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Red Hour Films, with executive producers Corinne Kingsbury, Jon Collier (“Bones”), Ben Stiller (“Zoolander”), Jackie Cohn, Nicky Weinstock and Michael Showalter (“The Big Sick”).

“Roswell, New Mexico”
More than maybe anywhere else on Earth, Roswell, New Mexico is ground zero for those who seek proof that aliens exist. Roswell native Liz Ortecho left it all behind 10 years ago, after the death of her beloved older sister, Rosa. But with her father ailing, she reluctantly returns to her tourist-trap hometown to move back in with him. When Liz arrives, she reconnects with Max Evans, her teenage crush who is now a Roswell police officer. Their chemistry is instantly electric. But Liz soon discovers a shocking truth: Max is an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life, along with those of his otherworldly siblings, Isobel and Michael. As the two grow closer after a decade apart, Liz finds it difficult to keep the truth from her best friend, Maria De Luca, and her trusting high school ex, Dr. Kyle Valenti. Also hiding their extraterrestrial origins are Isobel and Michael, with Isobel not even revealing the truth to her husband, Noah, and Michael keeping his identity hidden beneath a bad-boy exterior of hard living and casual hookups. Meanwhile, a long-standing government conspiracy spearheaded by Master Sgt. Jesse Manes, along with the politics of fear and hatred that run rampant in Roswell, threatens to expose Max and his family, and could endanger his deepening romance with Liz…as well as their lives.

“Roswell, New Mexico” stars Jeanine Mason, Nathan Parsons, Michael Trevino, Lily Cowles, Michael Vlamis, Tyler Blackburn, Heather Hemmens, Trevor St. John and Karan Oberoi. “Roswell, New Mexico” is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Amblin Television and Bender Brown Productions, with executive producers Carina Adly MacKenzie (“The Originals”), Chris Hollier (“Once Upon A Time”), Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries”), Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (“The Americans”), Lawrence Bender (“Pulp Fiction”) and Kevin Kelly Brown (“Roswell”).

The CW will hold its annual upfront ad sales event this morning at 11 a.m. ET in New York City Center, when it will share all of the above information — and some trailers — with media buyers.

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The CW to Program Original Shows on Sunday Nights for First Time in 9 Years

The CW will nationally program original series on Sunday nights next season for the first time in 9 years.

From 2006-2009, The CW programmed first-run shows from 7-10 p.m. on Sundays. Those hours were given back to affiliates after ’09, however. This time around, the youngest-skewing broadcast network will nationally program originals from 8-10 p.m., expanding to 12 hours of primetime series each week.

And why not? The growing net is up 3 percent in primetime total viewers this season versus last.

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“By expanding to six nights, The CW is now able to give our fans even more of the series they’re so passionate about. Broadcasting remains the foundation of our multi-platform approach to bringing our programming to viewers. Over the past seven years, The CW has added more than 80 hours of original scripted programming to its schedule — now that number can continue to climb, as we grow our broadcast lineup, and continue to add content on every platform,” said CW President Mark Pedowitz. “I’d like to thank Chris and Ann for being instrumental in making this happen, and to thank all of our station groups for being such terrific partners as we add Sundays to our primetime schedule this fall on all our affiliates across the country.”

NBC, CBS and ABC program 22 hours a week, three hours Monday-Saturday and four on Sundays. Fox programs 15 hours, which breaks down to two hours Monday-Saturday and three on Sunday.

Chris Brooks and Ann Miyagi led The CW’s efforts to make Sundays happen again, working with Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Broadcasting, CBS Television Stations, and Nexstar Media Group. The affiliate groups had a lot to say about the deal — read their statements below.

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“As one of the largest CW affiliate groups, we are excited to see The CW Network reaffirm its commitment to broadcasting by expanding its schedule to Sunday night,” added Chris Ripley, president and CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. “We value our relationship and look forward to an even stronger audience following with more of The CW’s popular primetime programming.”

“We are very pleased with the growth and success of The CW over its 12-year history and look forward to welcoming the expansion of the Network’s primetime schedule to 12 hours,” said Peter Dunn, president, CBS Television Stations. “Mark and his team have done a tremendous job of putting together a terrific MondayFriday schedule. We are excited to partner with them to grow our ratings and revenue by adding original series programming on Sunday nights.”

“Through our station affiliations, Nexstar and The CW have built a deep and successful long-term relationship based on a shared commitment to the growing number of viewers and markets we serve throughout the country,” said Perry A. Sook, chairman, president and CEO of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. “We are delighted that The CW is adding a sixth night of its unique brand of acclaimed programming, as when combined with Nexstar’s high quality, original, local news and other exclusive local content, we are delivering great entertainment and information to viewers and an excellent marketing solutions platform for local and national advertisers.”

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The CW will nationally program original series on Sunday nights next season for the first time in 9 years.

From 2006-2009, The CW programmed first-run shows from 7-10 p.m. on Sundays. Those hours were given back to affiliates after ’09, however. This time around, the youngest-skewing broadcast network will nationally program originals from 8-10 p.m., expanding to 12 hours of primetime series each week.

And why not? The growing net is up 3 percent in primetime total viewers this season versus last.

“By expanding to six nights, The CW is now able to give our fans even more of the series they’re so passionate about. Broadcasting remains the foundation of our multi-platform approach to bringing our programming to viewers. Over the past seven years, The CW has added more than 80 hours of original scripted programming to its schedule — now that number can continue to climb, as we grow our broadcast lineup, and continue to add content on every platform,” said CW President Mark Pedowitz. “I’d like to thank Chris and Ann for being instrumental in making this happen, and to thank all of our station groups for being such terrific partners as we add Sundays to our primetime schedule this fall on all our affiliates across the country.”

NBC, CBS and ABC program 22 hours a week, three hours Monday-Saturday and four on Sundays. Fox programs 15 hours, which breaks down to two hours Monday-Saturday and three on Sunday.

Chris Brooks and Ann Miyagi led The CW’s efforts to make Sundays happen again, working with Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Broadcasting, CBS Television Stations, and Nexstar Media Group. The affiliate groups had a lot to say about the deal — read their statements below.

“As one of the largest CW affiliate groups, we are excited to see The CW Network reaffirm its commitment to broadcasting by expanding its schedule to Sunday night,” added Chris Ripley, president and CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. “We value our relationship and look forward to an even stronger audience following with more of The CW’s popular primetime programming.”

“We are very pleased with the growth and success of The CW over its 12-year history and look forward to welcoming the expansion of the Network’s primetime schedule to 12 hours,” said Peter Dunn, president, CBS Television Stations. “Mark and his team have done a tremendous job of putting together a terrific Monday-Friday schedule. We are excited to partner with them to grow our ratings and revenue by adding original series programming on Sunday nights.”

“Through our station affiliations, Nexstar and The CW have built a deep and successful long-term relationship based on a shared commitment to the growing number of viewers and markets we serve throughout the country,” said Perry A. Sook, chairman, president and CEO of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. “We are delighted that The CW is adding a sixth night of its unique brand of acclaimed programming, as when combined with Nexstar’s high quality, original, local news and other exclusive local content, we are delivering great entertainment and information to viewers and an excellent marketing solutions platform for local and national advertisers.”

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