As the Big 4 broadcast networks continue to take a stab at year-round programming, the CW is throwing its hat in the ring.
“Beauty & the Beast” will finish out its second season beginning Monday, June 2 at 9pm, leading out of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” according to The Futon Critic.
“Whose Line” will air new episodes at 8pm, along with encores at 8:30. The following night, a docuseries titled “Famous in 12,” chronicling a family being coached by TMZ as they attempt to find fame in 12 weeks, will premiere.
Echoing CW President Mark Pedowitz’s statements about pushing into half-hour comedy, the network will premiere a comedy block on Monday, July 14.
At 8:30, “Backpackers,” based on a digital series from the network’s CW Seed, will bow, along with “Seed” at 9:30.
“Backpackers” follows two brothers on a trip after one of them gets dumped, while “Seed” centers on Harry, a single bartender who meets his biological son conceived through sperm donation.
The CW is also looking for magic with “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” beginning on Wednesday, July 30, while a Dean Cain-hosted magic series “Masters of Illusion” will kick off on Friday, August 1.
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