The CW Friday sci-fi dramas Smallville and Supernatural won’t return from a winter hiatus tomorrow night as scheduled. In a last-minute move, the network is delaying the shows’ midseason premiere to next Friday to give tonight’s winter debuts of The Vampire Diaries and Nikita extra sampling with encores on Friday as they will face Fox’s American Idol for the first time. Additionally, there are CW preemptions in several markets tonight.
EXCLUSIVE: After almost a decade in Hollywood as the head of UPN and its successor broadcast network, CW entertainment president Dawn Ostroff may be going back to New York. I hear Ostroff would be leaving the CW at the end of her contract in June to relocate to New York with her kids. While the decision is not final, sources indicate that Ostroff is leaning heavily in that direction and is expected to make it official early next year.
Ostroff is the longest-running sitting broadcast entertainment president. She had been based in New York as SVP and EVP of Lifetime until CBS Corp. boss Leslie Moonves tapped her to run UPN at the beginning of 2002. She relocated to Los Angeles with her kids and her husband Mark. But Mark’s job has kept him bi-coastal, and for the past year, he has been based in New York full-time, commuting to Los Angeles every Friday night and flying back every Monday morning. That has put a strain on the family, forcing the two parents to consider a move. In anticipation of the possible relocation, I hear the Ostroff kids have already interviewed with private schools in New York. Dawn Ostroff has been a key member of Moonves’ senior executive team, and I hear they both would love for her to stay on but the truth is she won’t be able …
The CW today became the latest network to release its midseason schedule. With only one hole to fill, that of departing sophomore Life Unexpected which did not receive a back order, and one midseason series on deck, reality competition Shedding for the Wedding, the network is moving freshman drama Hellcats to LUX‘s Tuesday 9 PM slot behind One Tree Hill to form an all-reality Wednesday lineup with America’s Next Top Model and Shedding for the Wedding. The rest of the schedule will remain intact. The majority of the CW’s primetime schedule will return with originals the week of January 24, with the season (and probably series) finale of LUX slated to air in back to back episodes on Jan. 18. Following are the CW’s midseason premiere dates: