The CW’s fall season will start a bit later than the rest next fall as the network waits until the first week in October to start debuting its new and returning shows.
The CBS-owned mini-network laid out its fall launch plans Thursday. At least one story — here on the Washington Post Web site — speculated that the CW has set October dates for its fall premieres in order to avoid competing against the new and returning series having their premieres in the final two weeks of September on the bigger networks.
Whatever the reasons, the first CW series to make its appearance with new episodes next fall will be “Hart of Dixie,” starring Rachel Bilson, which will start its second season on Tuesday, Oct. 2, CW said.
“Supernatural” returns for its eighth season the next day — Wednesday, Oct. 3 — but the rest of CW’s fall slate won’t get started until the week after that.
Starting on Monday, Oct. 8, the CW premieres will go like this: Oct. 8: “90210″ and “Gossip Girl”; Wednesday, Oct. 10, the new “Arrow”; Thursday, Oct. 11, “The Vampire Diaries” and the new “Beauty and the Beast”; Tuesday, Oct. 16, the new “Emily Owens, M.D,” starring Meryl Streep’s daughter, Mamie Gummer; and Friday, Oct. 19, “America’s Next Top Model: College Edition” and “Nikita.”