CW, the network that has found some success recreating ’90s hits, will turn to another well-tested formula — the early season premiere.
Opening its fall season on Tues., Sept. 8, with the season premiere of “90210” and the series premiere of another retread, “Melrose Place,” the CW will again launch its shows well before the other networks, but a week later than last year.
The two-hour season premiere of "America’s Next Top Model" will follow on Wed., Sept. 9. “Model” will air for one hour at 8 p.m. every week thereafter, giving way to a new CW series, “The Beautiful Life: TBL.”
Also beginning its fall season that week will be “The Vampire Diaries” and “Supernatural,” which will bow on Thurs., Sept. 10, at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively.
The CW became the first network to change its schedule after the upfronts when it swapped the time periods for “Gossip Girl” and “One Tree Hill.” The premieres of both shows will air Mon., Sept. 14.
It will then encounter its first challenge from another network the following week, as Fox also opens its new season early. On Wed., Sept. 16, the second episode of “Model” and the season premiere of “TBL” will face the debuts of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Glee.”
The CW’s final fall premiere, for “Smallville,” will air Friday Sept. 25 at 8 p.m.