CW Premiere Plan Features Tree Hill Time Swap, Smallville Delay
Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill), Tom Welling (Smallville)
The CW is taking page from last year's fall playbook by kicking off early and with the premiere of 90210. The network's rollout plan also features a surprise or two.
Annie, Naomi and the gang's adventures will continue Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 8 pm/ET. Leading out of 90210 will be — déjà vu alert! — the premiere of the new Melrose Place.
Also of note on the CW's schedule is a time-slot swap for its Monday dramas. One Tree Hill will move up one hour to 8 pm (a change that will take effect July 6, with repeats), where it will now set the table for Gossip Girl.
Lastly, not-so-super news for Smallville fans: Season 9 will not arrive until Friday, Sept. 25. Until then, the CW will use the Friday hours to repeat episodes of its new series — Melrose, Vampire Diaries and The Beautiful Life.
The CW will also use Sundays to repeat new series — at least until Sept. 27, when it hands the night back to affiliates.
Here's the full deal:
Tuesday, Sept. 8
8 pm 90210
9 pm Melrose Place (new series)
Wednesday, Sept. 9
8 pm America's Next Top Model (two-hour premiere)
Thursday, Sept. 10
8 pm The Vampire Diaries (new series)
9 pm Supernatural
Monday, Sept. 14
8 pm One Tree Hill
9 pm Gossip Girl
Wednesday, Sept. 16
9 pm The Beautiful Life (new series)
Friday, Sept. 25
8 pm Smallville
9 pm Top Model "encores"
A midseason premiere date for the drama Life UneXpected (formerly Parental Discretion Advised) will be announced at a later date.
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