The CW Sets Midseason Premiere Dates for ‘Riverdale,’ ‘The 100,’ ‘Reign’; Moves ‘Supernatural’ & ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’

Riverdale -- "Pilot" -- Image Number: RVD101g_0002.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): KJ Apa as Archie and Lili Reinhart as Betty -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved.

The CW set midseason premiere dates for their new drama Riverdale as well as returning shows The 100, Reign and The Originals. The network also revealed that their hit series Supernatural and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will shift to a new night as well as the series finale date for The Vampire Diaries. 

The newest drama series Riverdale, a surprising and subversive take based on the iconic characters from Archie Comics, will premiere on Thursday, January 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, pushing Supernatural to Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  Meanwhile, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow moves to Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT starting Jan. 24, pairing up with The Flash, with the finale set for Tuesday, March 28. Season three of iZombie will premiere with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, April 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, before moving to its regularly scheduled time period after The Flash on April 11.

The 100 -- "Ye Who Enter Here" -- Pictured: Eliza Taylor as Clarke -- Credit: -- Cate Cameron/The CW

The 100 returns Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT immediately following Arrow at 8 p.m. while Reign returns for its fourth and final season on Friday, Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The series finale of The Vampire Diaries is slated to air Friday, March 10 with The Originals taking its place the following week on Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The season finale of No Tomorrow will air Tuesday, January 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with the season finale of Frequency set for the following week on Wednesday, January 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend wraps up its second season on Friday, February 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

MONDAY

8:00-9:00pm SUPERGIRL
9:00-10:00pm JANE THE VIRGIN

TUESDAYS BEGINNING JANUARY 24

8:00-9:00pm THE FLASH
9:00-10:00pm DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (New Time Period)

WEDNESDAYS BEGINNING FEBRUARY 1

8:00-9:00pm ARROW
9:00-10:00pm THE 100 (Season Premiere)

THURSDAYS BEGINNING JANUARY 26

8:00-9:00pm SUPERNATURAL (New Time Period)
9:00-10:00pm RIVERDALE (Series Premiere)

FRIDAYS BEGINNING FEBRUARY 10

8:00-9:00pm THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
9:00-10:00pm REIGN (Season Premiere)

FRIDAYS BEGINNING MARCH 17

8:00-9:00pm THE ORIGINALS (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm REIGN

TUESDAY, APRIL 4

8:00-9:00pm iZOMBIE (Season Premiere)
9:00-10:00pm iZOMBIE (New Episode)

TUESDAYS BEGINNING APRIL 11

8:00-9:00pm THE FLASH
9:00-10:00pm IZOMBIE (Regular Time Period)

All Times ET/PT

Disclaimer: I was working as a freelance consultant at Warner Bros. Television when this news came out. My father is also a writer and executive producer on The 100. 

The CW’s New Series ‘Containment’ is Infectious

Containment -- "Pilot" -- Image Number: CON101b_0116.jpg -- Pictured: David Gyasi as Major Lex Carnahan -- Photo: Quantrell Colbert/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Imagine your life turned upside down because of a viral outbreak that the government can’t seem to control. That’s the premise of the CW’s newest viral thriller Containment.

What started with one sick patient quickly turned into quarantined zones with families separated and the race to find a cure within a matter of days. I’m not sure how much fans will follow a show about a viral outbreak without zombies, but I’m definitely tuning in to see what happens next.

The series hails from Julie Plec, executive producer of both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals which just happened to star the one and only Christopher Wood as the infamous villain Kai, who plays Officer Jake in her newest series.

You also might recognize Police Officer Lex Carnahan who’s played by David Gyasi, you know, Romilly from Interstellar. 

Containment premieres Tuesday, April 19 at 9/8c on the CW.

When a mysterious and deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta, a vast urban quarantine is quickly enforced, forcing those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives while local and federal officials desperately search for a cure. Trying to keep the peace on the streets is police officer Lex Carnahan, who has quickly risen through the ranks of the Atlanta PD.  But Lex’s job becomes even harder when he learns that his longtime girlfriend, Jana, and his best friend and fellow officer Jake, are trapped within the cordoned area.  Also quarantined in viral ground zero is 17 year-old Teresa, who is eight months pregnant and now separated from her boyfriend on the other side; Katie Frank, an elementary school teacher now placed on lockdown with her entire class, including her young son; and CDC researcher Dr. Victor Cannerts, the doctor who initially made the controversial call to quarantine the area and is now racing to find a cure for the virus.  On the outside, Dr. Sabine Lommers is leading the government efforts to contain the outbreak and has asked for Lex’s help in enforcing the cordon – which grows increasingly difficult as the public trust deteriorates. And the public has reason to be wary, as journalist Leo begins unraveling a conspiracy, finding that something doesn’t add up in the official story being told. Torn apart from their loved ones, the survivors trapped within the cordon are fighting against not only fatal infection, but also isolation, fear, and the disintegration of society around them. But as they begin to gain each other’s trust, hope remains, and on either side of the cordon unlikely heroes will rise. CONTAINMENT stars David Gyasi (“Interstellar”); Christina Moses (“Starship: Apocalypse,” “Starship: Rising”); Chris Wood (“The Vampire Diaries”); Kristen Gutoskie (“Beaver Falls”); Claudia Black (“The Originals,” “Farscape”); George Young (“Casualty”); Hanna Mangan Lawrence (“Spartacus: War of the Damned”); and Trevor St. John (“One Life to Live”).  Based on the original Belgian series created by Carl Joos for Eyeworks, CONTAINMENT is produced by My So-Called Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals”) and David Nutter (“The Flash,” “Arrow”).

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‘The Blacklist’ Photo Gallery: “Luther Braxton”

Photo Credit: NBC

Photo Credit: NBC

You guys, it’s finally February! Yes, today is Super Bowl Sunday, but it also means the return of NBC’s The Blacklist. There were so many opened ended questions from the midseason finale that I’m hoping are explained, or at least some of them in tonight’s episode. Also, I hope that the second half of the season is a little better than the first and not so predictable.

Anyways, I digress. The midseason premiere returns after months of waiting to find out where Tom goes from here, what’s his relationship with Red and what the hell is The Fulcrum?! Also, why does everyone keep asking Red if he has it? Apparently he has a lot of things. There are so many other questions, but those are pretty much my top questions.

Now, let’s talk about Ron Perlman for a minute, shall we? Tonight’s episode marks his debut as the shows newest villain, Luther Braxton. According to TV Guide, Braxton is a meticulous thief who plans his international heists over the course of several months or years and ends up crossing paths with Reddington and the FBI team.

Photo Credit: NBC

Photo Credit: NBC

The synopsis for “Luther Braxton”:

RED IS CAPTURED BY FEDERAL AGENTS IN THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF THIS TWO PART SUPERBOWL SPECIAL -RON PERLMAN GUEST STARS When the elusive Reddington (James Spader) is arrested and taken to a secret detention facility Liz (Megan Boone) and the task force set out to save Red before he disappears forever. Meanwhile, Red encounters Luther Braxton (guest star Ron Perlman) at the detention facility, a thief that he shares a complicated history with. Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison and Mozhan Marno also star. David Strathairn and Janel Maloney guest star.

Check out a clip from this week’s episode:

Here’s a little recap for you if you need a quick refresher:

The midseason premiere returns on a new night and time, immediately following the Super Bowl to help promote The Blacklist‘s new Thursday night timeslot at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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