"The Tomorrow People" (above)
The CW Network knows when it's onto a good thing. This season's biggest hit has been "Arrow" starring Stephen Amell. Keeping it all in the family, Stephen's cousin Robbie Amell will star in the CW's new action-adventure drama "The Tomorrow People," debuting this October on Wednesdays after "Arrow." Robbie Amell ("Revenge") plays a young man "with abilities he is only beginning to understand." It's executive-produced by Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "Green Lantern").
The younger-skewing network announced next season's line-up to advertisers on Thursday in New York City. The good news is nothing looks as bad as last year's "Beauty and the Beast," which somehow has managed to hang on for another season.
Next season's plans call for a highly-anticipated spinoff of "The Vampire Diaries" -- the net's highest-rated series -- called "The Originals." Airing Tuesdays, it features Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies and Claire Holt as the original vampire family in New Orleans. The cutdown looked intriguing. It probably has the most promise of the bunch, given "TVD's" appeal.
"The Originals" (above)
The 80s-set prequel "The Carrie Diairies" moves to Friday nights. This season viewers get to see how a young Carrie (AnnaSophia Robb) becomes BFFs with Samantha Jones.
A couple of decent-looking, far-out dramas are waiting in the wings for their midseason premieres. One is "Star-Crossed," starring Aimee Teegarden ("Friday Night Lights"). It's about a social experiment that has humans and extraterrestrial characters colliding -- in the hallways of a high school, no less. The other is the sci-fi adventure drama "100." The conceit: Nearly 100 years ago, a nuclear apocalypse made Earth uninhabitable. The only survivors were the 400 inhabitants of 12 international space stations that were in orbit at the time. Three generations have been born in space and resources are running out on their dying "Ark," the 12 stations now linked together and repurposed to keep the survivors alive. A group of 100 juvenile prisoners from the Ark are sent to the Earth's surface to test whether it's possible to live there again. The series features Eliza Taylor (newcomer), Paige Turco ("Person of Interest," "Damages"), Thomas McDonell ("Suburgatory"), Isaiah Washington ("Grey's Anatomy") and Henry Ian Cusick ("Lost," "Scandal"), among others. It's based on the upcoming book series by Kass Morgan.
Here's the full schedule, all times are Chicago:
7:00-8:00 PM HART OF DIXIE (New Night)
8:00-9:00 PM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (New Night)
7:00-8:00 PM THE ORIGINALS (New Series)
8:00-9:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (New Night)
7:00-8:00 PM ARROW
8:00-9:00 PM THE TOMORROW PEOPLE (New Series)
7:00-8:00 PM THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
8:00-9:00 PM REIGN (New Series)
7:00-8:00 PM THE CARRIE DIARIES (New Night)
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL
("Nikita" will be wrapping up with a six-episode run.)