The CW's 2012-13 surprising fall schedule revealed

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The CW is making some real changes this fall. In fact, every night of the network’s schedule will be different. Bet you expected The Carrie Diaries in the fall, right? The Vampire Diaries to be paired with Arrow, perhaps? Supernatural to stay on Fridays? Buzzzt!

In fact, airing Vampire Diaries on Thursdays at 8 p.m. is the only thing that’s staying the same in the fall.  Even the network’s debut dates are going to be unique: The CW isn’t launching until October this year, getting out of the way of the other major broadcast networks that typically fire their guns in September.

UPDATE: Want photos? Here’s photos of all the new CW shows and here are video clips.

Here’s The CW’s new schedule, followed by some show descriptions (including the final season of Gossip Girl). One show’s name has changed — new medical drama First Cut sounded like a steakhouse, now it’s Emily Owens, M.D. The fall schedule for the other broadcast networks, along with TV’s top time period battles next fall, is here.

MONDAY
Time 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
CBS HIMYM Partners 2 Broke Girls Mike & Molly Hawaii Five-O
NBC The Voice Revolution
FOX Bones The Mob Doctor
ABC Dancing with the Stars Castle
CW 90210 Gossip Girl
TUESDAY
Time 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
CBS NCIS NCIS: Los Angeles Vegas
NBC The Voice Go On The New Normal Parenthood
FOX Raising Hope Ben and Kate New Girl The Mindy Project
ABC Dancing with the Stars the Results Show Happy Endings Don’t Trust the B— Private Practice
CW Hart of Dixie Emily Owens, M.D.
WEDNESDAY
Time 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
CBS Survivor: Philippines Criminal Minds CSI
NBC Animal Practice Guys with Kids Law & Order: SVU Chicago Fire
FOX The X Factor
ABC The Middle Suburgatory Modern Family The Neighbors Nashville
CW Arrow Supernatural
THURSDAY
Time 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
CBS The Big Bang Theory Two and a Half Men Person of Interest Elementary
NBC 30 Rock Up All Night The Office Parks and Recreation Rock Center with
Brian Williams
FOX The X Factor Results Glee
ABC Last Resort Grey’s Anatomy Scandal
CW The Vampire Diaries Beauty and the Beast
FRIDAY
Time 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
CBS CSI: NY Made in Jersey Blue Bloods
NBC Whitney Community Grimm Dateline NBC
FOX Touch Fringe
ABC Shark Tank / Last Man Standing, Malibu Country Primetime: What Would You Do? 20/20
CW America’s Next Top Model Nikita
SUNDAY
Time 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
CBS The Amazing Race The Good Wife The Mentalist
NBC Football Night in America The Celebrity Apprentice Do No Harm
FOX The Simpsons Bob’s Burgers Family Guy American Dad
ABC Once Upon a Time Revenge 666 Park Avenue
KEY: ABC: PINK | CBS: BLUE | FOX: ORANGE | NBC: GREEN | CW: PURPLE Note: New shows highlighted in red | NT: New Time Slot

Some official network descriptions:

Gossip Girl: Season six opens with the Upper East Siders working together to find one of their own.  Serena has gone off the grid, beyond even the reach of Gossip Girl.  Her friends fear for the worst and hope for the best, but even they can’t imagine where they will ultimately find her.  Meanwhile, Blair has offered Chuck her heart, but is her love enough to help him win back his empire?  Lonely Boy Dan has written a new book that promises to make even more trouble than the first, and this time he has no desire to remain anonymous.  Nate is determined to finally reveal the true identity of Gossip Girl, thereby making a name for The Spectator, and himself.  Lily and Rufus turn on one another when Rufus makes a surprising new ally who threatens Lily and her family.  Anywhere else it would be too much drama to handle, but this is the Upper East Side.  And when Bart Bass, Jack Bass and Georgina Sparks show up to raise hell, it’s a fight to the spectacular series finale.  Who comes out on top?  That’s one secret I’ll never tell… xoxo, Gossip Girl.

90210: Season five of 90210 will find our group struggling with the biggest issues of their lives.  Having put their relatively carefree days at West Bev behind them and launched themselves into adulthood, they will search for answers to the multiple cliffhangers of this year’s season finale with only their friendships to lean on.  Life, death, love, loyalty, betrayal…and that’s just what to expect in the season premiere!  There are some things money can’t buy, even in 90210.

Emily Owens, M.D.: At long last, Emily Owens feels like she is an actual grown-up.  She can finally put her high school days as the geeky-girl-with-flop-sweats behind her; she’s graduated from medical school and is now a first-year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital, where she’ll have the chance to work with world-famous cardiologist Dr. Gina Beckett – and where, not-so-coincidentally, her med-school crush Will Rider is also an intern.  So why does everyone keep warning her that the hospital is just like high school?  Emily soon finds out the hard way – her high school nemesis, the gorgeous, popular Cassandra Kopelson, is also just starting out at Denver Memorial, and it seems like they’re rivals all over again – not only as surgical interns, but for Will’s attention.  Fellow intern Tyra Granger warns Emily that the cliques at Denver Memorial are all too familiar: the jocks have become orthopedic surgeons; the mean girls are in plastics; the rebels are in the ER, and Tyra has her own awkward place as the principal’s kid – her father is the chief resident.  Emily’s the new kid all over again, and it’s just as awkward as high school.  Only this time around, Emily will have to balance the personal and emotional turmoil of social politics with the high-stakes world of life-and-death medical decisions.   At least she has fellow intern Tyra and nerdy-but-cute resident Micah, to count on as friends.  Emily is growing to realize that although she may be a geek, she may also grow to be a great doctor, flop sweats and all.

Arrow: After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific.  When he returns home to Starling City, his devoted mother Moira, much-beloved sister Thea, and best friend Tommy welcome him home, but they sense Oliver has been changed by his ordeal on the island.  While Oliver hides the truth about the man he’s become, he desperately wants to make amends for the actions he took as the boy he was.  Most particularly, he seeks reconciliation with his former girlfriend, Laurel Lance.  As Oliver reconnects with those closest to him, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow – a vigilante – to right the wrongs of his family, fight the ills of society, and restore Starling City to its former glory.  By day, Oliver plays the role of a wealthy, carefree and careless philanderer he used to be – flanked by his devoted chauffeur/bodyguard, John Diggle – while carefully concealing the secret identity he turns to under cover of darkness.  However, Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, is determined to arrest the vigilante operating in his city.  Meanwhile, Oliver’s own mother, Moira, knows much more about the deadly shipwreck than she has let on – and is more ruthless than he could ever imagine.

Beauty and the Beast: Detective Catherine Chandler is a smart, no-nonsense homicide detective.  Several years earlier, Catherine witnessed the murder of her mother at the hands of two gunmen.  Catherine would have been killed too, but someone – or something – saved her.  No one has ever believed her, but she knows it wasn’t an animal that attacked the assassins…it was human.  Years have passed, and Catherine is a strong, confident, capable police officer, working alongside her equally talented partner, Tess.  While investigating a murder, Catherine discovers a clue that leads her to a handsome doctor named Vincent Keller, who was reportedly killed by enemy fire while serving in Afghanistan in 2002.  Catherine learns that Vincent is actually still alive and that it was he who saved her many years before.  For mysterious reasons that have forced him to live outside of traditional society, Vincent has been in hiding for the past 10 years to guard his secret – when he is enraged, he becomes a terrifying beast, unable to control his super-strength and heightened senses.  Catherine agrees to protect his identity in return for any insight he may have into her mother’s murder.  Thus begins a complex relationship between Catherine and Vincent, who are powerfully drawn to each other yet understand that their connection is extremely dangerous for both of them.

Carrie Diaries: It’s 1984, and life isn’t easy for 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw.  Since their mother passed away, Carrie’s younger sister Dorritt is more rebellious than ever, and their father Tom is overwhelmed with the responsibility of suddenly having to care for two teenage girls on his own.  Carrie’s friends – sweet, geeky Mouse, sarcastic and self-assured Maggie and sensitive Walt – make life bearable, but a suburban life in Connecticut isn’t doing much to take her mind off her troubles.  And even though the arrival of a sexy new transfer student named Sebastian brings some excitement to Carrie’s world, she is struggling to move on from her grief.  So when Tom offers Carrie the chance to intern at a law firm in Manhattan, she leaps at the chance.  Carrie’s eyes are opened wide at the glamour and grit of New York City – and when she meets Larissa, the style editor for Interview magazine, she’s inspired by the club culture and unique individuals that make up Larissa’s world.  Carrie’s friends and family may have a big place in her heart, but she’s fallen in love for the first time with the most important man in her life – Manhattan.


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