CW Announces 2011-2012 Primetime

Posted by at 11:55 am on May 19, 2011

The CW Network will unveil the schedule for its 2011-2012 season today at its annual upfront presentation for advertisers, affiliates and national media from Jazz at Lincoln Center. Electro hip-hop group LMFAO will stage a rousing flash mob dance and performed their hit song “Party Rock Anthem” to open the show.

The announcement was made by Dawn Ostroff, President of Entertainment, and Mark Pedowitz, the new President of The CW. “We’re thrilled to present the most exciting primetime schedule The CW has ever had, comprised of shows that feature bold concepts, proven TV stars and up-and-coming, breakout talent,” said Ostroff. “In just five years, we’ve built an instantly recognizable brand that resonates with both viewers and advertisers and is known for being smartly provocative, culturally current, emotionally authentic and a leader in digital and social media. This upcoming season will continue to establish The CW as a premier destination for our viewers, especially women.”

Here’s a breakdown of the CW’s upcoming schedule.


One of the most talked-about shows on television, Gossip Girl, returns to the 8:00-9:00 p.m. timeslot. Changes are in store for all the Upper Eastsiders, with the exit of Jenny and Vanessa, the possible return of Georgina and Blair’s fairy tale romance with a European monarch, with all that, we at ToT still XOXO to GG.

Gossip Girl leads into the new drama Hart of Dixie from 9:00-10:00 p.m. From the creators of Gossip Girl and “The O.C.,” Hart of Dixie stars Rachel Bilson as Doctor Zoe Hart, a sophisticated New York City woman who finds herself practicing medicine in a small Southern town.decides to accept an offer from a stranger, Dr. Harley Wilkes, to work with him at his small practice in Bluebell, Alabama. Zoe arrives in this small Gulf Coast town only to find that Harley has passed away and left his half of the medical practice to her in his will. She quickly finds that Southern hospitality isn’t always so hospitable – the other doctor in town, Brick Breeland, is less than pleased to be sharing the practice with this young outsider, and his daughter, Lemon, is a Southern belle whose sweet disposition turns sour when she meets Zoe.


90210 has graduated from West Beverly High and moves over to Tuesday nights, 8:00-9:00 p.m. Expect that all the drama that plagued the kids in high school will follow them on as they navigate their turbulent post teen years.

Following 90210, 9:00-10:00 p.m., is one of the most buzzed-about shows of the new season, Ringer. Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister – only to learn that her sister’s seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she’s trying to leave behind. Bridget is six months sober and starting to turn her life around when she is the sole witness to a professional hit. Despite the assurances of her FBI protector, Agent Victor Machado, Bridget knows her life is on the line. She flees to New York, telling no one, not even her Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, Malcolm. In New York, Bridget reunites with her estranged twin, Siobhan. Wealthy, pampered and married to the strikingly handsome Andrew Martin, Siobhan lives what appears to be a fairy tale life – a life where no one knows that Bridget exists.


New reality series H8R brings celebrities face-to-face with the people who love to hate them, with host Mario Lopez, 8:00-9:00 p.m. With its focus on celebrity culture, H8R gives a lead-in to the first-ever All-Stars edition of America’s Next Top Model from 9:00-10:00 p.m.


Two shows from star producer Kevin Williamson and based on a series of books by author L.J. Smith fill the Thursday slots. The CW’s top-rated show The Vampire Diaries returns from 8:00-9:00 p.m.

New drama The Secret Circle airs from 9:00-10:00 p.m. Britt Robertson stars as Cassie a happy, normal teenage girl – until her mother Amelia dies in what appears to be a tragic accidental fire. Orphaned and deeply saddened, Cassie moves in with her warm and loving grandmother Jane in the beautiful small town of Chance Harbor, Washington – the town her mother left so many years before – where the residents seem to know more about Cassie than she does about herself.As Cassie gets to know her high school classmates,strange and frightening things begin to happen. When her new friends explain that they are all descended from powerful witches, and they’ve been waiting for Cassie to join them and complete a new generation of the Secret Circle.


The week concludes Nikita moving to 8:00-9:00 p.m. featuring international action star Maggie Q in the title role, the charming and deadly Nikita waged a war against Division, the agency that created her. Michael — the man who trained her, a man she trusted — was hunting her. But Nikita had an ace up her sleeve: Alex, a girl she trained to infiltrate this secret unit of the government. At the end of season one, Nikita and Alex’s relationship had been shattered, and Nikita and Michael’s relationship was restored. Now, Nikita and Michael are on the run with a hard drive containing the government’s darkest secrets and conspiracies.

The Winchester brothers of Supernatural are in the 9:00-10:00 p.m. timeslot. Returning for its seventh season, this haunting series follows Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers bound by tragedy and blood to the one thing that runs through both their veins − hunting monsters. This past season, Dean and Sam faced insurmountable obstacles. Now, in season seven, the Winchesters will find themselves in an increasingly sinister, changing landscape, up against a new foe unlike anything they’ve ever fought. They’ll find their old tricks, weapons and hiding places all rendered useless. All they’ll have is each other. The series stars Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester, Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester and Misha Collins as Castiel.

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