Thursday, June 28, 2012

The CW's announces its fall 2012 premiere dates

The CW has finally announced its fall series premiere dates. Among the CW network's highly anticipated debuts this fall are for the new series "Arrow," which is a modernized retelling of the DC Comics superhero, Green Arrow.

Although they retain part of the canon of the original comic series, meaning that Green Arrow will be billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, much of the rest of the series will be non-canon with regard to DC Comics.

Those who are fans of DC Comics will wonder why such a high percentage of their heroes seem to be rich. After all, with Oliver Queen and Bruce Wayne, you'd think DC Comics would be a target for Occupy Wall Street.

Seriously, also among the series spotlighted in the fall are "Gossip Girl," returning for its sixth and final season, and the top-rated "Vampire Diaries."

Another new series headed for the CW this fall will be "Beauty and the Beast." Somewhat of a remake of the CBS series of the same name that ran on CBS from 1987-90, the new series utilizes a woman of the same name as the original (Catherine Chandler, then Terminator's Linda Hamilton).

However, unlike the original, which had Vincent (Ron Perlman) shown as a gentle and benevolent half-man / half-beast who rescued Catherine from an unprovoked assault, the CW version opts to make Vincent just a man, more or less. He is Dr. Vincent Keller, a man who was supposedly killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2002.

Not outwardly a beast under normal circumstances, Keller's condition causes him to turn into a beast when he becomes enraged (if it sounds somewhat like The Incredible Hulk, you'd be right).

The other new CW show this year is "Emily Owens, M.D." That series sounds rather bland. Wikipedia says that "The series follows the life of Emily Owens (Mamie Gummer), who is a first-year intern at Denver Memorial Hospital."

The premiere dates are shown below.

Tuesday, Oct. 2
8/7c: Hart of Dixie

Wednesday, Oct. 3
9/8c: Supernatural

Monday, Oct. 8
8/7c: 90210
9/8c: Gossip Girl

Wednesday, Oct. 10
8/7c: Arrow *

Thursday, Oct. 11
8/7c: The Vampire Diaries
9/8c: Beauty and the Beast *

Tuesday, Oct. 16
9/8c: Emily Owens, M.D.*

Friday, Oct. 19
9/8c: Nikita

* = new series

The CW came into being after its two predecessors, UPN and The WB, ceased independent operations within days of each other, on September 15 and September 17, 2006 respectively.

CW stands for CBS and Warner Bros.

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