CW announces 2012 season premiere dates: Why do 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'Supernatural' and more start late?

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the-cw-premiere-dates.jpgThe CW has announced its season premiere dates for Fall 2012 -- and, as previously reported, they're kicking off a little bit later than usual this year. The full list of premiere dates is below.

In previous years, The CW has tried to premiere its series as much as two weeks before the other four broadcast networks kick off their seasons, in an attempt to get as many eyes on their new shows as possible early in the fall. This year, they're changing tactics, and instead premiering in October, when fans will already have sampled other networks' offerings and (they hope) may be ready for some fresh material.

The change effectively shortens The CW's season by close to a month, which significantly reduces the number of repeats and "hiatus" weeks during the season. Indeed, "Gossip Girl's" final season is set to run ten weeks straight, without a break other than, possibly, Thanksgiving week.

Here's when you can expect your favorites to return, and the chance to check out the new shows:

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)
Photo/Video credit: The CW