Two vampire supernatural TV series will be changing timeslots come 2016. The CW has announced it is moving “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals” to Fridays starting Jan. 29.
The network made the midseason schedule announcement Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), where “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals” will be moved from its Thursday timeslot. By end of January 2016, the two vampire supernatural series will be shown on Fridays, with “The Vampire Diaries” airing at 8 p.m. and “The Originals” at 9 p.m.
CW decided on the move to make way for the new superhero series “Legends of Tomorrow,” which is a spin off from Arrow and the Flash. The new series will be shown at 8 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Jan. 21, while “The 100” returns for its third season also on the same date, at 9 p.m.
Apart from introducing the new Arrow/Flash spinoff and “The 100,” CW has also shifted their timeslots given the successful Friday schedule of NBC’s “Grimm,” which shares the same supernatural genre as “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals,” stated THR. Thursday, come 2016, will be known as a night for superheroes given CW’s upcoming “The 100” and “Legend of Tomorrow.”
The schedule shift of the two Julie Plec vampire supernatural shows will also be a good move for “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals,” according to Cinema Blend. Keeping the two shows paired together will ensure that the fanbase remains hooked on the CW series and that there’s less competition.
Supernatural genre shows being aired on Fridays are also doing well and may bring in more viewers for Plec’s “The Originals” and “The Vampire Diaries.”
Meanwhile, the shows that are currently on CW’s Friday evening timeslot are “Reign” and “America’s Next Top Model,” TVLine reported. The two series are set to end this winter with the final episode of “America’s Next Top Model” scheduled on Dec. 4, while the winter season finale of “Reign” will air on Jan. 22.
Details for the next season of “Reign” are yet to be announced.