CW adds three shows and Sun­days

USA TODAY US Edition - - LIFE - Gary Levin

CW is adding three new se­ries — and a sixth night of pro­gram­ming, on Sun­days — to a fall sched­ule that of­fers

12 hours of scripted se­ries, more than ABC, NBC and Fox.

Among them are a re­make of Charmed, the fan­tasy drama about witches that ran from 1998 to 2006 on pre­de­ces­sor net­work WB, and Le­ga­cies, a spinoff of its for­mer hit The Vam­pire Diaries and The Orig­i­nals.

Miss­ing from the lineup: The 100, which will again re­turn in mid­sea­son along with two new dra­mas. One is a new take on an­other for­mer WB se­ries, Roswell, about aliens in the New Mex­ico tourist town, which aired from 1999 to

2002. Also held: Jane the Vir­gin and iZom­bie, which will end their runs next sea­son along with Crazy Ex-Girl­friend.

Charmed stars Melonie Diaz and Sarah Jef­fery as sib­ling col­lege stu­dents in a new ver­sion of the witchy drama, plans for which drew protests from fans and even the orig­i­nal se­ries’ star, Holly Marie Combs. The show will re­turn on its for­mer night, and CW chief Mark Pe­dowitz urged crit­ics to watch it be­fore they de­cide.

All Amer­i­can is a soapy drama star­ring Daniel Ezra as Spencer James, a high school football player (and model stu­dent) in South Los Angeles who is re­cruited to join the up­per-crust Bev­erly Hills High School team by its coach (Taye Diggs).

And Le­ga­cies fol­lows the next gen­er­a­tion of su­per­nat­u­ral teens as The Sal- va­tore School for the Young and Gifted: the witch, vam­pire and were­wolf off­spring of char­ac­ters from the ear­lier se­ries on which it’s based, in­clud­ing Klaus Mikael­son’s daugh­ter, Alaric Saltz­man’s twins and oth­ers.

Only two re­turn­ing se­ries, DC Com- ics-in­spired Ar­row and Su­per­girl, are mov­ing to new nights. A pair of last sea­son’s new dra­mas, Valor and Life Sen­tence, have been can­celed, and Pe­dowitz says he didn’t pick up Way­ward Sis­ters, an an­tic­i­pated spinoff of Su­per­nat­u­ral (which ended its 13th sea­son Thurs­day), be­cause “we did not feel creatively that the show was where it needed to be.”

KATIE YU/CW

Mel (Melonie Diaz) and Mag­gie Vera (Sarah Jef­fery) and Macy Vaughn (Madeleine Man­tock) are a new gen­er­a­tion of witches in the re­boot of “Charmed.”

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