The highlights: Sarah Michelle Gellar’s much-awaited return to television finds her on a very familiar night. Ringer will air 9/8c on Tuesdays, the same night Buffy the Vampire Slayer staked claim to during its run on CW predecessor The WB.
As for The CW’s other scripted pick-ups, Hart of Dixie (starring The O.C.‘s Rachel Bilson) has been slotted for Mondays at 9 pm, following Gossip Girl, effectively creating a night of TV exec-produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage.
Similarly, The Secret Circle has predictably landed in the Thursdays-at-9 spot, after The Vampire Diaries — both shows are executive-produced by Kevin Williamson.
To make room for the newbies, 90210 is moving back to Tuesdays, airing before Ringer, while Nikita, as anticipated, will now kick ass on Fridays at 8 pm, leading into Supernatural. That means that Nikita will now air against NBC’s Chuck, while Supernatural will compete with Fox’s Fringe and the new NBC genre series Grimm.
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One Tree Hill, though renewed for a 13-episode “farewell season,” will ride the pine until midseason, as will the new reality series The Frame and Re-Modeled.
All told, The CW’s fall plan looks like this; new series are in CAPS (click links for cast/details):
8 pm Gossip Girl [new time slot]
9 pm HART OF DIXIE
8 pm 90210 [new time slot]
9 pm RINGER
8 pm H8R
9 pm America’s Next Top Model
8 pm The Vampire Diaries
9 pm THE SECRET CIRCLE
8 pm Nikita [new time slot]
9 pm Supernatural
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