‘Reign’ Moves to Friday Nights in the 2015-2016 Fall Season

The CW Upfronts took place on May 14th. The cast and producers/creators from various CW TV shows got to tease upcoming seasons, chat it up with other CW stars, and pose in adorable photos (Adelaide, Rose, & Phoebe are the cutest ever).

During the upfronts, we got heaps of information regarding new shows (Containment, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), where certain shows stand as they head into their upcoming season premieres, and the most important part: the fall 2015-2016 schedule!

The CW released this beautiful image explaining the upcoming air times for each night/show.

The CW 2015-2016 primetime schedule

Credit: The CW

As you can see from the photo (and the official CW schedule posted here), Reign has been moved to Fridays at 8/7c, instead of its usual time slot of Thursdays at 9/8c. The Vampire Diaries‘ spinoff, The Originals, will be taking its place.

Many, including myself, have thought this schedule change was going to hinder the period drama show more than help. After all, aren’t Fridays usually the least watched days of the week? There isn’t the “Friday night death slot” for a reason. However, a fellow CW show, Supernatural, aired on Fridays during its sixth and seventh seasons and here they are heading into their 11th season! So perhaps Reign will rule in the end?

The network president, Mark Pedowitz, doesn’t seemed concerned in the slightest and is actually excited about the overall fall 2015-2016 schedule. Pedowitz stated that the move was for strategic reasons. He wants to “get it out of ABC juggernaut Scandal‘s way,” and felt that Fridays would fit well with the shows overall older demographic.

What are your opinions on the time/day change? Let’s hope Reign doesn’t go on the “Friday night death slot” list of cancelled TV shows.

Also on the day of the CW upfronts, they released a promo video entitled “Dare to Defy” which basically promotes the upcoming shows (sans the new ones) for the fall season. The video can be viewed below.

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