In the natural world, small creatures generally get out of the way when packs of big animals come charging through.
So it is with The (wee) CW, which has opted to kick off the majority of its 2012-2013 season in October, as opposed to its past practice of yelling “forward, march!” in September. With NBC hoping that its inflated tune-in for the Summer Olympics will yield higher ratings for new shows, and Fox planting its flag with a few pre-Emmys telecast premieres — the week following the Emmys marks the traditional start of the fall season — it’s not surprising that The CW is opting to sit out the September wave until the jungle has quieted down a bit.
“America’s Next Top Model” is the exception to this plan; its “College Edition” will premiere on August 24.
What follows is The CW’s fall 2012 premiere schedule, taken from the network’s press release.
Tuesday, October 2
8:00-9:00 PM Hart of Dixie (Season Premiere)
Wednesday, October 3
9:00-10:00 PM Supernatural (Season Premiere)
Monday, October 8
8:00-9:00 PM 90210 (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM Gossip Girl (Season Premiere)
Wednesday, October 10
8:00-9:00 PM Arrow (Series Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM Supernatural
Thursday, October 11
8:00-9:00 PM The Vampire Diaries (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00 PM Beauty and the Beast (Series Premiere)
Tuesday, October 16
8:00-9:00 PM Hart of Dixie
9:00-10:00 PM Emily Owens, M.D. (Series Premiere)
Friday, October 19
8:00-9:00 PM America’s Next Top Model: College Edition
9:00-10:00 PM Nikita (Season Premiere)