History Creator / TheCW

14th Jul '17 8:04:01 PM nombretomado
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Later, though, the CW finally found its footing, with original hits such as ''Series/GossipGirl'', ''Series/NineOhTwoOneOh'' (a SequelSeries to the '90s Creator/{{Fox}} show), ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' and ''Series/{{Nikita}}'', in addition to a number of still-popular shows from the WB/UPN days (''Supernatural'', ''Top Model''), and for a while, the network seemed to be more content aiming for the teen/young adult niche (which they do spectacularly well in) than going for broader appeal like the major networks.[[note]]This is why the previous CW president got ''WWESmackDown'' off the network; even though it had the network's highest ratings by a wide margin, it wasn't translating into a ratings bump for the rest of its lineup due to wrestling's demographic being vastly different than, say, ''Gossip Girl'''s.[[/note]] However, new CW president Mark Pedowitz has stated that he sees the network as a general 18-34 network, citing the success of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' with said demographic, followed by the early success of the revival of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' (in the middle of the doldrums of summer, no less), and while it still trails behind the Big Four, and even Spanish-language Creator/{{Univision}} at many points, The WB and UPN generally had much of the same ratings at their respective highs, and the network has been recovering from its torrid early years nicely. The network in fact doesn't really care about television UsefulNotes/{{ratings}} and has admitted as such, knowing many of their viewers catch their shows through the network's website, {{Creator/Hulu}} and {{Creator/Netflix}}, something that hurts reading the Nielsen chart (and as the general manager of a CW station; the current CEO of Tribune planned to remove the network on some of their major stations once the first ten-year affiliation agreement ended in 2016), but is planning for the probable future reality of television.

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Later, though, the CW finally found its footing, with original hits such as ''Series/GossipGirl'', ''Series/NineOhTwoOneOh'' (a SequelSeries to the '90s Creator/{{Fox}} show), ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' and ''Series/{{Nikita}}'', in addition to a number of still-popular shows from the WB/UPN days (''Supernatural'', ''Top Model''), and for a while, the network seemed to be more content aiming for the teen/young adult niche (which they do spectacularly well in) than going for broader appeal like the major networks.[[note]]This is why the previous CW president got ''WWESmackDown'' ''Wrestling/WWESmackDown'' off the network; even though it had the network's highest ratings by a wide margin, it wasn't translating into a ratings bump for the rest of its lineup due to wrestling's demographic being vastly different than, say, ''Gossip Girl'''s.[[/note]] However, new CW president Mark Pedowitz has stated that he sees the network as a general 18-34 network, citing the success of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' with said demographic, followed by the early success of the revival of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' (in the middle of the doldrums of summer, no less), and while it still trails behind the Big Four, and even Spanish-language Creator/{{Univision}} at many points, The WB and UPN generally had much of the same ratings at their respective highs, and the network has been recovering from its torrid early years nicely. The network in fact doesn't really care about television UsefulNotes/{{ratings}} and has admitted as such, knowing many of their viewers catch their shows through the network's website, {{Creator/Hulu}} and {{Creator/Netflix}}, something that hurts reading the Nielsen chart (and as the general manager of a CW station; the current CEO of Tribune planned to remove the network on some of their major stations once the first ten-year affiliation agreement ended in 2016), but is planning for the probable future reality of television.
29th May '17 2:56:53 PM lizaphile
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Being a newer network, The CW has a few bugs to work out with carriage in some markets, albeit not to the extent of [=MyNetworkTV=] and Creator/{{Ion}}. Several smaller markets go for a national feed called Creator/TheCWPlus, which mixes syndicated shows with network programming (and is the basic successor to The WB 100+ Station Group, the small-market feed of co-predecessor The WB). HD tends to depend on the market (some have HD, some don't), and many stations are cable-exclusive. It also has a substantial amount of stations that lie on digital subchannels, which again may or may not be HD, and most are CW Plus affiliates.

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Being a newer network, The CW has a few bugs to work out with carriage in some markets, albeit not to the extent of [=MyNetworkTV=] and Creator/{{Ion}}. Several smaller markets go for a national feed called Creator/TheCWPlus, which mixes syndicated shows with network programming (and is the basic successor to The WB 100+ Station Group, the small-market feed of co-predecessor The WB). HD tends to depend on the market (some have HD, some don't), and many stations are cable-exclusive. It also has a substantial amount of stations that lie on digital subchannels, which again may or may not be HD, and most are CW Plus affiliates.
affiliates. Unlike [=MyNetworkTV=] though, airing its shows in primetime (except for sports and news situations) is compulsory, meaning seeing ''The Flash'' as 3 a.m. filler is a virtual impossibility.
21st May '17 10:18:12 AM nombretomado
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* ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'' (2006 -- 2015) [[note]]originally UPN; moved to VH1[[/note]]

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* ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'' (2006 -- 2015) [[note]]originally UPN; moved to VH1[[/note]]Creator/VH1[[/note]]
18th May '17 2:56:20 PM Anddrix
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After ''Smallville'' ended, more live-action shows based on Warner Bros.' Creator/DCComics properties have found a home on The CW. These shows have established a live-action DC SharedUniverse for the first time ever -- notably, around the same time Warner Bros. is [[Film/DCExtendedUniverse doing the same for DC movies]], but The CW got theirs out first. Fans have nicknamed this universe the "Franchise/ArrowVerse" after ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', the series that started it all. It got even larger in May 2016, when ''Series/{{Supergirl|2015}}'', which did OK but not life-changing ratings for CBS, was given over to the CW based on the momentum of a successful ''Supergirl''[=/=]''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'' crossover.

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After ''Smallville'' ended, more live-action shows based on Warner Bros.' Creator/DCComics properties have found a home on The CW. These shows have established a live-action DC SharedUniverse for the first time ever -- notably, around the same time Warner Bros. is [[Film/DCExtendedUniverse doing the same for DC movies]], but The CW got theirs out first. Fans have nicknamed this universe the "Franchise/ArrowVerse" "Series/ArrowVerse" after ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', the series that started it all. It got even larger in May 2016, when ''Series/{{Supergirl|2015}}'', which did OK but not life-changing ratings for CBS, was given over to the CW based on the momentum of a successful ''Supergirl''[=/=]''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'' crossover.



* '''''Franchise/{{Arrowverse}}''''' (2012 -- present):

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* '''''Franchise/{{Arrowverse}}''''' '''''Series/{{Arrowverse}}''''' (2012 -- present):
18th May '17 11:07:13 AM BJV
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* '''''Series/BlackLightning''''' (2017)
10th May '17 1:32:37 PM BobSaget9
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* '''''Series/{{Frequency}}''''' (2016 -- present)



* '''''Series/NoTomorrow''''' (2016 -- present)


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* ''Series/{{Frequency}}'' (2016 -- 2017)


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* ''Series/NoTomorrow'' (2016 -- 2017)
3rd Apr '17 1:27:56 AM LittleSpeedster
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* '''''Series/TheVampireDiaries''''' (2009 -- 2017) [[note]]Final Season Currently Airing[[/note]]


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* '''''Series/TheVampireDiaries''''' (2009 -- 2017)
26th Feb '17 4:34:31 AM Morgenthaler
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Finally, The CW is also notable for boasting Creator/SabanBrands' {{Vortexx}}, the last SaturdayMorningCartoon block to air new shows. In May 2014, they announced its airtime was being sold to Litton Entertainment for yet ''another'' one of their EdutainmentShow blocks, similar to the blocks they've programmed for Creator/{{ABC}} and sister network CBS. That block premiered in October 2014, marking the end of an era.

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Finally, The CW is also notable for boasting Creator/SabanBrands' {{Vortexx}}, Creator/{{Vortexx}}, the last SaturdayMorningCartoon block to air new shows. In May 2014, they announced its airtime was being sold to Litton Entertainment for yet ''another'' one of their EdutainmentShow blocks, similar to the blocks they've programmed for Creator/{{ABC}} and sister network CBS. That block premiered in October 2014, marking the end of an era.
13th Jan '17 11:31:05 PM pepsimax
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* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' (2006 -- 2007) [[note]]originally The WB; moved to Creator/{{Netflix}} in 2016[[/note]]


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* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' (2006 -- 2007) [[note]]originally The WB; moved to Creator/{{Netflix}} in 2016[[/note]]
13th Jan '17 11:30:28 PM pepsimax
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* ''Series/{{Containment}}'' (2016) [[note]]Limited Series Event[[/note]]



* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' (2006 -- 2007) [[note]]originally The WB [[/note]]

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* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' (2006 -- 2007) [[note]]originally The WB [[/note]]WB; moved to Creator/{{Netflix}} in 2016[[/note]]
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