The CW’s Upfront presentation is this Thursday when the network will announce its fall lineup including new shows, returning shows, and new timeslots. While we know some things (six shows have already been renewed), the rest of the schedule is still a mystery.
One thing that could definitely change is when fans can watch the sixth season of Supernatural. The show was already renewed, but its Thursday timeslot at 9pm might be in jeopardy.
As proof, you only need to look at the CW’s summer schedule. On May 27, Supernatural will air in its original timeslot with an encore of the season 5 premiere, but the show will then move to Friday at 9pm the following day. Starting Thursday, June 3, reruns of Moonlight will take over Thursdays at 9pm while Supernatural reruns will continue airing Friday nights, following Smallville.
Is this a temporary summer shift or a sign of a more permanent move? The truth is that The Vampire Diaries is the most successful show on the network, so the CW would be smart to use its popularity to build up a new show after it instead of leaving Supernatural where it currently is.
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A move to Friday would also pair it with Smallville once again. While some critics, myself included, expected Smallville to fizzle and die after it was thrown to Friday nights, it did surprisingly well. Maybe its strength has led the CW to consider moving Supernatural to Fridays as well.
We’ll find out officially on Thursday, but if I were programming the CW, I would definitely move Supernatural. The show has one of the most loyal fan bases on TV and they would follow it anywhere, so the network could rebuild a strong Friday night and find a hot new show to team up with The Vampire Diaries on Thursdays. From where I’m sitting, it’s the smartest move president Dawn Ostroff could make, so now we just need to see if she’ll do it.
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