The CW will expand its slate of original programming to six nights this fall with a return to Sundays.
A joint venture between Warner Bros. and CBS Corporation, the network boasted original programming on Sunday nights when it launched in 2006, but dialed back just three years later, ceding the block to local affiliates.
“By expanding to six nights, The CW is now able to give our fans even more of the series they’re so passionate about,” The CW President Mark Pedowitz said in a statement. “Broadcasting remains the foundation of our multiplatform approach to bringing our programming to viewers.”
The announcement follows reports that The CW has ordered a record nine pilots, including the planned Supernatural spinoff Wayward Sisters, and reboots of Charmed and Roswell. The network has yet to renew any of its 15 current scripted series, but most are expected to return.
“We are looking at the moment to what’s returning and what’s not,” Pedowitz told The Hollywood Reporter. “We believe in our shows and will keep them on. There’s a world where a lot of these shows come back and some don’t.”
The CW now airs just 10 hours of original programming each week, far less than its broadcast rivals. With the return to Sundays, that will expand to 12 hours, giving executives a little more wiggle room with its schedule. This season alone, The CW was forced to order abbreviated seasons of such series as Legends of Tomorrow, iZombie, The Originals and The 100 because of the limited space on the slate.
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