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Upfronts: The CW's New Shows and 2016-17 Schedule

Our comprehensive coverage of the TV network upfront presentations this week in New York concludes with a look at The CW's plans for the 2016-17 season. See more upfronts coverage...

No surprises today, as the network announced all of its major renew/cancel decisions last week (or earlier). Containment is the CW's only first-year drama not moving on to a second season.

Scripted shows are in bold below.

New programs are indicated in bold in the schedule below. All times are ET/PT unless otherwise indicated.

The three first-year series ordered for the CW's 2016-17 season are detailed below. The network passed on a new paranormal drama from Kevin Williamson, though that project could resurface next year, along with fellow rejected shows The Notebook (based on the Nicholas Sparks novel) and Weaveworld (based on Clive Barker's novel). Also rejected was period monster drama Transylvania and an untitled series about the colonization of Mars.


Originally developed a few years ago for NBC, this "reimagining" of the 2000 sci-fi film of the same name centers on a female cop (Peyton List, The Flash) who discovers that she can communicate with her long-dead father (also a cop) via ham radio. Together, they work to solve a murder case (yes, that's exactly what you would do if you could suddenly speak with a dead relative), but learn there are unintended consequences of meddling with two different time periods. Riley Smith (Nashville) and Mekhi Phifer also star. Current Supernatural showrunner Jeremy Carver will leave that show to assume the same duties at Frequency.

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From some of the team behind Jane the Virgin (and, like that show, based on a South American format, in this case the Brazilian series How to Enjoy the End of the World) comes this dramedy about the budding romance between a straight-laced office worker (Tori Anderson) and a man (Galavant's Joshua Sasse) who lives life to the fullest—because he thinks the apocalypse is rapidly approaching.


Yes, it's yet another comic book show, though this one is superhero-free: the source material here is the 75-year-old Archie Comics series. The drama aims to present a "surprising and subversive take" on Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and the rest of the gang from Riverdale, emphasizing the "surrealism" and "darkness" of small-town life. The new series (along with Supergirl, moving from CBS) will give producer Greg Berlanti five shows on The CW next season, matching Shonda Rhimes' current ABC total and Dick Wolf's NBC haul. (Berlanti actually bests them by one, since he also produces Blindspot on NBC.)

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