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The CW Announces Premiere Schedule: 'Vampire Diaries' Pushed To Mid-October

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Jun 28, 2012 | 12:13pm EDT

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Vampire Diaries Ian Somerhalder DamonThe CW announced its fall 2012 lineup today, which shows that all of their shows will premiere throughout the month of October — including fan-favorite The Vampire Diaries, which does not premiere until October 11.

With The Vampire Diaries set to premiere so late in the season — and during the same week AMC’s The Walking Dead returns, no less — we may be seeing a shift away from the conventional television schedule. The standard season of television begins around September and runs for 20 to 26 weeks, but the networks seem to be playing with premiere dates by starting their shows over the three month August-October window, much similarly to their cable counterparts. Fox will begin to air its shows as early as September 12, but will still be premiering Touch late on October 26. Likewise, NBC will begin to air shows on August 8, but the Peacock is waiting until October 19 to premiere Whitney and Community.

Networks like HBO and AMC have had marked success in the recent past with schedules that were out of step with the traditional season, which may be way the standard networks are beginning to follow suit. And with the major networks shaking it up, it may not be long before each network (cable and major alike) runs on its own seasonal schedule. 

In the meantime, here's The CW's full fall premiere schedule, full of new shows like Beauty and Beast and Arrow and old faithfuls like 90210 and Supernatural:

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2

8:00-9:00 PM HART OF DIXIE (Season Premiere)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3

9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL (Season Premiere)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8

8:00-9:00 PM 90210 (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM GOSSIP GIRL (Season Premiere)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10

8:00-9:00 PM ARROW (Series Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM SUPERNATURAL

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11

8:00-9:00 PM THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 PM BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Series Premiere)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16

8:00-9:00 PM HART OF DIXIE

9:00-10:00 PM EMILY OWENS, M.D. (Series Premiere)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19

8:00-9:00 PM AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL: COLLEGE EDITION

9:00-10:00 PM NIKITA (Season Premiere)

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