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Lastly, let’s take a look at what The CW has in store for this fall:

MONDAYS:
8 PM – Hart of Dixie (New Night)
9 PM – Beauty And the Beast (New Night)

TUESDAYS:
8 PM – The Originals [NEW]
9 PM – Supernatural (New Night)

WEDNESDAYS:
8 PM – Arrow
9 PM – The Tomorrow People [NEW]

THURSDAYS:
8 PM – The Vampire Diaries
9 PM – Reign [NEW]

FRIDAYS:
8 PM – The Carrie Diaries (New Night)
9 PM – America’s Next Top Model

NOTE: The new dramas Star-Crossed and The 100 will premiere at midseason, with dates and times to be announced later. Also, Nikita will return for a final six-episode season that has yet to be scheduled.

NEW DRAMA DESCRIPTIONS:

New Fall Dramas:

The Originals – This is the spin-off of The Vampire Diaries about the Original Vampire family: the Mikaelsons. When Klaus, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, receives a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him New Orleans, he returns to the city his family helped build. Klaus’ questions lead him to a reunion with his diabolical former protégé, Marcel, a charismatic vampire who has total control over the human and supernatural inhabitants of the city. Determined to help his brother find redemption, Elijah follows Klaus and soon learns that the werewolf Hayley has also come to the French Quarter searching for clues to her family history, and has fallen into the hands of a powerful witch named Sophie. Tensions between the town’s supernatural factions are nearing a breaking point as Marcel commands his devoted followers and rules with absolute power. For Klaus, the thought of answering to his powerful protégé is unthinkable, and he vows to reclaim what was once his – the power, the city and his family. While they wait to see if their sister Rebekah will leave Mystic Falls and join them, Klaus and Elijah form an uneasy alliance with the witches to ensure that New Orleans will be ruled by The Originals once again. The cast includes Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt, Charles Michael Davis, Daniella Pineda, Phoebe Tonkin, Leah Pipes and Danielle Campbell. From Julie Plec, Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo.

The Tomorrow People – They are the next evolutionary leap of mankind, a generation of humans born with paranormal abilities. Stephen Jameson stands at the crossroads between the world we know and the shifting world of the future. Up until a year ago, Stephen was a “normal” teenager – until he began hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep, never knowing where he might wake up. Now, Stephen’s issues have gone far beyond the usual teenage angst, and he is beginning to question his sanity. In desperation, Stephen decides to listen to one of the voices in his head, and it leads him to his first encounter with the Tomorrow People – John, Cara and Russell – a genetically advanced race with the abilities of telekinesis, teleportation and telepathic communication. The cast includes Robbie Amell (cousin of Stephen Amell on Arrow), Luke Mitchell, Peyton List, Aaron Yoo, Mark Pellegrino and Madeline Mantock. From Julie Plec and Greg Berlanti (among others).

Reign – Hidden between the lines of the history books is the story of Mary Stuart, the young woman the world would come to know as Mary, Queen of Scots. Queen of Scotland since she was six days old, the teenage Mary is already a headstrong monarch – beautiful, passionate, and poised at the very beginning of her tumultuous rise to power. Arriving in France with four close friends as her ladies-in-waiting, Mary has been sent to secure Scotland’s strategic alliance by formalizing her arranged engagement to the French king’s dashing son, Prince Francis. But the match isn’t signed and sealed, it depends more on politics, religion and secret agendas than affairs of the heart. Prince Francis is intrigued by the fiery Scot, but like most young men, he resists the idea of settling down into marriage, especially when he has a history with a lady of the court and his own point of view on the wisdom of an alliance with Scotland. The cast includes Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, Torrance Coombs, Megan Follows, Alan Van Sprang, Celina Sinden, Caitlin Stasey, Anna Popplewell and Jenessa Grant. From Stephanie SenGupta, Laurie McCarthy, Frank Siracusa and Brad Silberling.

New Mid-Season Dramas:

Star-Crossed – When Emery was 6 years old, an alien spacecraft crash-landed in her small town. Whether they came in peace or with more sinister intentions didn’t matter: a fierce battle erupted as humans fought for control over their new rivals, an alien species called the Atrians. In the midst of the conflict, Roman, a 6-year-old Atrian boy, found his way to a shed behind Emery’s house, where she protected him from harm, bringing him food, comfort – and friendship. In their brief time together, Emery and Roman forged a deep bond, but the authorities wasted no time tracking Roman down and capturing him in a violent confrontation. Emery has grown up believing that Roman was killed that day. Ten years later, the Atrians have been acclimated to life on Earth, but they are interned in a heavily-guarded camp known as the Sector to keep them separate from humans. Now, for the first time, a group of Atrian teens will enroll in a suburban human high school, with the goal of testing the feasibility of human/alien integration. The eyes of the nation and the whole world are fixed on this historical social experiment, an endeavor fraught with suspicion and fear. The series stars Aimee Teegarden, Matt Lanter, Grey Damon, Natalie Hall, Malese Jow, Titus Makin, Jr., Chelsea Gilligan and Greg Finley. From Meredith Averill, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (among others).

The 100 – Ninety-seven years ago, nuclear Armageddon decimated planet Earth, destroying civilization. The only survivors were the 400 inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were in orbit at the time. Three generations have been born in space, the survivors now number 4,000, and resources are running out on their dying “Ark” – the 12 stations now linked together and repurposed to keep the survivors alive. Draconian measures including capital punishment and population control are the order of the day, as the leaders of the Ark take ruthless steps to ensure their future, including secretly exiling a group of 100 juvenile prisoners to the Earth’s surface to test whether it’s habitable. The cast includes newcomer Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell, Eli Goree, Marie Avgeropoulos, newcomer Bob Morley, Kelly Hu, Christopher Larkin, Devon Bostick, Isaiah Washington and Henry Ian Cusick. Based on the upcoming book by Kass Morgan, this is from Matthew Miller, Jason Rothenberg and Bharat Nalluri (among others).

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Let’s now take a look at what CBS has in store for this fall:

MONDAYS:
8 PM – How I Met Your Mother
8:30 PM – We Are Men [NEW]
9 PM – 2 Broke Girls
9:30 PM – Mom [NEW]
10 PM – Hostages [NEW]

TUESDAYS:
8 PM – NCIS
9 PM – NCIS: Los Angeles
10 PM – Person of Interest (New Night and Time)

WEDNESDAYS:
8 PM – Survivor
9 PM – Criminal Minds
10 PM – CSI

THURSDAYS:
8 PM – The Big Bang Theory
8:30 PM – The Millers [NEW]
9 PM – The Crazy Ones [NEW]
9:30 PM – Two and Half Men (New Time)
10 PM – Elementary

FRIDAYS:
8 PM – Undercover Boss
9 PM – Hawaii Five-0 (New Night and Time)
10 PM – Blue Bloods

SUNDAYS:
8 PM – The Amazing Race
9 PM – The Good Wife
10 PM – The Mentalist

NOTE: The new drama Hostages will run for 15 episodes starting in the fall, running through January at which time the new drama Intelligence will take over that time slot.

NEW DRAMA DESCRIPTIONS:

New Fall Drama:

Hostages – Toni Collette stars as Dr. Ellen Sanders, a premiere surgeon thrust into a chilling political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by rogue FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott). Dr. Sanders and her family are held captive in their home by Carlisle, a desperate man doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, who orders her to assassinate the President (James Naughton) when she operates on him. The cast includes Rhys Coiro, Billy Brown, Sandrine Holt, Quinn Shephard, Tate Donovan and Mateus Ward. From Jerry Bruckheimer (among others).

New Mid-Season Dramas:

Intelligence – Josh Holloway (Lost) stars as Gabriel, a high-tech intelligence operative enhanced with a super-computer microchip in his brain. With this implant, Gabriel is the first human ever to be connected directly into the worldwide information grid and have complete access to Internet, WiFi, telephone and satellite data. He can hack into any data center and access key intel in the fight to protect the United States from its enemies. The cast includes Marg Helgenberger, Meghan Ory, Michael Rady, James Martinez, John Billingsley and PJ Bryne. From Michael Seitzman and Rene Echevarria (among others).

Reckless – Set in Charleston, S.C., a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a charming Southern attorney must hide their intense mutual attraction as a police sex scandal threatens to tear the city apart. Jamie Sawyer (Anna Wood) is enviously cool, confident and armed with south-side-of-Chicago street-smarts as she takes on the good ol’ boys in the South. Her handsome courtroom rival, Roy Rayder (Cam Gigandet), a divorced father of two, embodies the Old South and is the newly minted City Attorney, thanks to his influential former father-in-law, Dec Fortnum (Gregory Harrison). The cast includes Shawn Hatosy, Adam Rodriquez and Kim Wayans (among others). From Ian Sander and Kim Moses (among others).

Up Next (Tomorrow): The CW

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Let’s now take a look at what ABC has in store for this fall:

MONDAYS:
8 PM – Dancing with the Stars
10 PM – Castle

TUESDAYS:
8 PM – Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. [NEW]
9 PM – The Goldbergs [NEW]
9:30 PM – Trophy Wife [NEW]
10 PM – Lucky 7 [NEW]

WEDNESDAYS:
8 PM – The Middle
8:30 PM – Back in the Game [NEW]
9 PM – Modern Family
9:30 PM – Super Fun Night [NEW]
10 PM – Nashville

THURSDAYS:
8 PM – Once Upon a Time in Wonderland [NEW]
9 PM – Grey’s Anatomy
10 PM – Scandal

FRIDAYS:
8 PM – Last Man Standing
8:30 PM – The Neighbors
9 PM – Shark Tank
10 PM – 20/20

SUNDAYS:
7 PM – America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 PM – Once Upon a Time
9 PM – Revenge
10 PM – Betrayal [NEW]

NOTE: Killer Women, Mind Games and Resurrection are new pilots that have been picked up, but not placed on the schedule yet.

NEW DRAMA DESCRIPTIONS:

New Fall Dramas:

Betrayal – A chance meeting between photographer Sara Hadley and Attorney Jack McAllister leads to an instant and undeniable attraction. Sarah’s husband, Drew, is a successful prosecutor with political aspirations, while Jack is married to Elaine, the daughter of his boss, Thacher Karsten. When Karsten’s brother-in-law Lou is murdered, all evidence points to Karsten’s son, T.J. Jack, the company’s lead counsel, will have to defend him, but for Sara’s prosecutor husband, Drew, this is the kind of high-profile murder case that can secure his political future. Just as Sara and Jack’s affair is starting, the lovers find themselves in an impossible situation — on opposite sides of a murder investigation. The cast includes Hannah Ware, Stuart Townsend, Chris Johnson, James Cromwell and Henry Thomas. From David Zabel.

Lucky 7 – In Astoria, Queens, a group of seven gas station employees have been chipping into a lottery pool for months, never thinking they’d actually win; then they do. The cast includes Isaiah Washington and Matt Long (among others). From Jason Richman, Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (among others).

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Agent Phil Coulston assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary. The cast includes Clark Gregg and Ming-Na (among others). From Joss and Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland – In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a hookah smoking caterpillar and playing-cards that talk are just some of the fantastic things she’s seen during this impossible adventure. The cast includes newcomers Sophie Lowe and Peter Gadiot as well as Michael Socha (Being Human) (among others). From Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (among others).

New Mid-Season Dramas:

Killer Women – Of all the notorious lawmen who have ever patrolled the violent Texas frontier, none are more storied than the Texas Rangers. But being the only female ranger in this elite squad isn’t going to stop ballsy, badass Molly Parker. Molly is committed to finding the truth and seeing justice served. The cast includes Tricia Helfer, Mark Blucas and Michael Trucco. From Hannah Shakespeare, Sofia Vergara and Martin Campbell (among others).

Mind Games – Clark and Ross Edwards are brothers and partners in a unique agency committed to solving clients’ problems using the hard science of psychological manipulation. The cast includes Steve Zahn, Christian Slate and Megalyn Echikunwoke. From Kyle Killen.

Resurrection – The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to return. The cast includes Omar Epps, Matt Craven, Kurtwood Smith, Mark Hildreth, Nicholas Gonzalez and Frances Fisher. From Aaron Zelman (among others).

NOTE: ABC is going to air some of its dramas in two batches of 12 episodes next season, but nothing is yet set in stone.

Up Next (Tomorrow): CBS

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Let’s now take a look at what NBC has in store for this fall:

MONDAYS:

8 PM – The Voice
10 PM – The Blacklist

TUESDAYS:

8 PM – The Biggest Loser (New Day and Time) (Fall) / The Voice (Mid-Season)
9 PM – The Voice (New Time) / The Family Guide and About A Boy [Both NEW] (Mid-Season)
10 PM – Chicago Fire (New Day and Time)

WEDNESDAYS:

8 PM – Revolution (New Day and Time)
9 PM – Law & Order: SVU
10 PM – Ironside [NEW]

THURSDAYS:

8 PM – Parks and Recreation (New Time)
8:30 PM – Welcome to the Family [NEW]
9 PM – Sean Saves the World [NEW]
9:30 PM – The Michael J. Fox Show [NEW]
10 PM – Parenthood (New Day and Time)

FRIDAYS:

8 PM – Dateline NBC
9 PM – Grimm
10 PM – Dracula [NEW] (Fall) / Crossbones [NEW] (Mid-Season)

SUNDAYS:

7 PM – Football Night in America (Fall) / Dateline NBC (Mid-Season)
8:15 PM – NBC Sunday Night Football (Fall) / American Dream Builders [NEW] (Mid-Season)
9 PM – Believe [NEW] (Mid-Season)
10 PM – Crisis [NEW] (Mid-Season)

NOTE: Chicago PD and The Night Shift are new pilots that have been picked up, but not placed on the schedule yet.

NEW DRAMA DESCRIPTIONS:

New Fall Dramas:

The Blacklist – Raymond Reddington has been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, who suddenly turns himself in with only one request: he will only speak to an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. The cast includes James Spader (Boston Legal) and Megan Boone (Law & Order: Los Angeles. From Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath (among others).

Dracula – It’s the late 19th century and the mysterious Dracula has arrived in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. He’s especially interested in the new technology of electricity, which promises to brighten the night – useful for someone who avoids the sun. But he has another reason for his travels: He hopes to take revenge on those who cursed him with immortality centuries earlier. The cast includes Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors), Jessica De Gouw (Arrow) and Katie McGrath (Merlin). From Tony Krantz and Gareth Neame (among others).

Ironside – This modern-take on the classic TV series about Det. Robert Ironside, a fearless cop who won’t stop until the guilty are brought to justice. The cast include Blair Underwood, Spencer Grammer (Greek) and Kenneth Choi (Sons of Anarchy). From David Semel (among others).

New Mid-Season Dramas:

Believe – Since she was 2 years old, Bo has had gifts she could neither fully understand, nor control. Raised by a small group known as the “True Believers,” the orphaned girl has been safeguarded from harmful outsiders who would use her forces for personal gain. But now that she is 10, her powers have become stronger and the threat has grown more dangerous. With her life and future now in jeopardy, the “Believers” turn to the only person they see fit to be her full-time protector. That is, once they break him out of jail. The cast includes newcomer Johnny Sequoyah as Bo and Jake McLaughlin (Crash) and Delroy Lindo. From Director Alfonso Cuaron, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burke (among others).

Chicago PD – This is a spin-off from Chicago Fire. District 21 of the Chicago Police Department is made up of two distinctly different groups: The uniformed cops who patrol the beat and deal with street crimes, and the intelligence unit, the team that combats the city’s major offenses, such as organized crime, drug trafficking and high-profile murders. The cast includes Jason Beghe and Jon Seda. From Dick Wolf and Mat Olmstead (among others).

Crisis – It’s field trip day for the students of Ballard High School, a place that educates the children of Washington, D.C.’s elite, top-of-their-industry CEOs, international diplomats, political power players and even the president’s son. But when their bus is ambushed on a secluded rural road, the teenagers and their chaperones are taken, igniting a national crisis. The cast includes Dermot Mulroney, Gillian Anderson and Rachael Taylor (666 Park Avenue). From Rand Ravich (Life).

Crossbones – It’s 1715 on the Bahamian island of New Providence, the first functioning democracy in the Americas, where the diabolical pirate Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard reigns over a rogue nation of thieves, outlaws and miscreant sailors. The cast includes John Malkovich. From Neil Cross (among others).

The Night Shift – The focus is on the men and women who work the wee hours at San Antonio Memorial Hospital. The cast includes Eoin Macken (Merlin), Brendan Fehr (Roswell) and Ken Leung (Lost). From Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah (among others).

UP NEXT (Tomorrow): ABC

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It’s that time again: the upfronts presentations are here and both FOX and NBC were on tap for today.

Let’s first take a look at what FOX has in store for this fall:

MONDAYS:

8 PM – Bones (Fall) / Almost Human [NEW] (Late Fall)
9 PM – Sleepy Hollow [NEW] / The Following (Mid-Season)

TUESDAYS:

8 PM – Dads [NEW]
8:30 PM – Brooklyn Nine-Nine [NEW]
9 PM – New Girl
9:30 PM – The Mindy Project

WEDNESDAYS:

8 PM – The X Factor (Fall) / American Idol (Mid-Season)

THURSDAYS:

8 PM – The X Factor Results (Fall) / American Idol Results (Mid-Season)
9 PM – Glee / Rake [NEW] (Mid-Season)

FRIDAYS:

8 PM – JUNIOR MASTERCHEF (working title) [NEW] (Fall) / Bones (Late Fall)
9 PM – SLEEPY HOLLOW encores (Fall) / Raising Hope and Enlisted [NEW] (Late Fall)

SUNDAYS:

7 PM – NFL Game (Fall)
7:30 – The OT (Fall)
8 PM – The Simpsons
8:30 PM – Bob’s Burgers
9 PM – Family Guy
9:30 PM – American Dad

NOTE: The new drama Gang Related has been picked up for the 2013-2014 TV season, but it has not been given a place on the schedule yet.

NEW DRAMA DESCRIPTIONS:

Almost Human – The police drama is set 35 years in the future where police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. The cast includes Karl Urban (Star Trek) and Michael Ealy (Common Law). From J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and J.H. Wyman (Fringe).

Sleepy Hollow – This is a modern-day retelling of the classic story of Ichabod Crane, who is resurrected and pulled 2½ centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers. The cast includes Tom Mison (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) and Nicole Beharie (Shame). From Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek and Fringe).

Gang Related – This is a gritty action-drama about a rising star in the Los Angeles Gang Task Force, who is actually part of a powerful Latino gang who goes “undercover” in the gang task force. The cast includes Ramon Rodriguez (The Wire) and Rza (Californication). From Chris Morgan and Brian Grazer (among others).

Rake – Based on the Australian series of the same name, the series follows the comedic and chaotic life of criminal defense lawyer Keegan Deane. The cast includes Greg Kinnear (The Kennedys), Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings franchise) and Necar Zadegan (Emily Owens, M.D.). From Peter Duncan, Peter Tolan and Michael Wimer (among others).

UP NEXT: NBC

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The CW made their upfront presentation to the New York advertisers today, announcing their new fall plans for programming. The fall schedule features three new dramas Hart of Dixie and The Secret Circle as well as the CBS (yes, CBS) pilot Ringer (for which I reported on in both February and in early April).

There are no new shows planned, as of yet, for mid-season for the network.

Here are the details on those new shows:

Hart of Dixie stars Rachel Bilson (The O.C.) as a New York City doctor, who inherits a small medical practice in the South. The cast includes Jaime King (My Generation), Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights), Cress Williams (Grey’s Anatomy) and Nancy Travis (The Bill Engvall Show).

Check out this preview clip for Hart of Dixie

The Secret Circle is based on the three-book series from L.J. Smith (the woman behind The Vampire Diaries books for which the show is modeled after). The story follows a young witch (Britt Robertson from Life Unexpected) who is the key to a battle between good and evil. The cast includes Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Shelley Hennig (Days of our Lives), Jessica Parker Kennedy (Smallville), Natasha Henstridge (Eli Stone) and Phoebe Tonkin (the Australia series Home and Away).

Check out this preview clip for The Secret Circle.

Ringer is about a troubled young woman (Sarah Michelle Gellar) on the run from the mob, who hides out by living the life of her wealthy twin sister. There is one big problem with this ruse: Her sibling has a bounty on her head as well. The cast includes Nestor Carbonell (Lost), Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected), Ioan Gruffudd (The Fantastic Four), Tara Summers (Damages) and Mike Colter (Taking Chance).

Check out this preview clip for Ringer.

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The CW has now announced their fall schedule to the advertisers in New York City. The new dramas Hart of Dixie and The Secret Circle have been picked up AND the big news is that the network picked up the CBS drama Ringer for their line-up.

Please note that while One Tree Hill is not on the schedule, word broke that it was getting a 13-episode order so if that holds true that very well may happen during mid-season since the show is not reflected below.

(Confirmed: TV Guide has confirmed that One Tree Hill will air its final episodes during mid-season)

NOTE: Wednesday is filled with reality programming so I excluded it.

Here is how the fall schedule (as of right now) looks:

MONDAY
8 PM Gossip Girl
9 PM Hart of Dixie

TUESDAY
8 PM 90210
9 PM Ringer

THURSDAY
8 PM The Vampire Diaries
9 PM The Secret Circle

FRIDAY
8 PM Nikita
9 PM Supernatural

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