THE CW, ithe combined network utilized The WB's scheduling practices and brought the Kids' WB block, still run by Warner Bros. Television and maintaining its name, to the new network. On October 2, 2007, the network announced that due to a joint decision between parent companies Warner Bros. and CBS Corporation, that it would suspend the Kids' WB programming block due to the effects of children's advertising limits and cable competition, and would sell the programming time to 4Kids Entertainment.Kids' WB ended its run on May 17, 2008 (though some CW affiliates, such as Atlanta's WUPA, aired the block for the last time on May 18, 2008).
The CW launched The CW4Kids block in place of the Kids' WB block on May 24, 2008. The lineup for the block initially consisted of mostly programs carried over from Kids' WB, later adding 4Kids-produced shows such as Chaotic as well as new seasons of Yu-Gi-Oh! and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.The block was renamed as Toonzai on August 14, 2010 (though The CW4Kids remained as a sub-brand to fulfill branding obligations for The CW per 4Kids Entertainment's contract to lease the network's Saturday morning time slots); Toonzai ended its run on August 18, 2012.In The CW’s hit drama, “The Vampire Diaries,” Nina Dobrev plays a double role, starring as Elena Gilbert, a beautiful young girl caught between two vampire brothers, and as Katherine Pierce, the ruthless vampire the brothers knew and loved in the nineteenth century.
For her portrayal of Elena/Katherine, Dobrev was awarded the Teen Choice Award for “Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci Fi” in 2012, 2011 and 2010 and the “Choice TV Female Breakout Star” in 2010. In 2012, she also was the first actress to win the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite TV Drama Actress” as a write-in candidate.
In film, Dobrev has just wrapped production on the Summit Entertainment film “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” written and directed by Stephen Chbosky. The film, based on the novel published in 1999, tells the story of an introverted freshman named Charlie (played by Logan Lerman), who learns about everything from drug use to suicide after being taken under the wings of his step-siblings. Dobrev will play Charlie’s older sister in the film, which will be released in September, 2012, and will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. She has also finished production on “The Killing Game,” with Kellan Lutz and Samuel L. Jackson. The film centers on a man (Lutz) who is kidnapped and forced into the world of modern gladiators. Dobrev plays the wife of Lutz’s character.
Dobrev was last seen in Screen Gems’ “The Roommate,” with Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly. Other past film credits include Montecito Pictures’ “Chloe,” with Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried and Liam Neeson, “Fugitive Pieces,” with Ayelet Zurer and Rosamund Pike, “Away From Her,” with Julie Christie, and “The Poet.”
Television credits include lead roles on “DeGrassi: The Next Generation” and “MTV’s The All American Mall,” as well as a guest appearance on “Eleventh Hour.” She has also appeared in the television movies “Never Cry Werewolf” and “Too Young to Marry.”
Born in Bulgaria, Dobrev moved to Canada at the age of 2 and grew up in Toronto, Ontario. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where "The Vampire Diaries" is filmed.
On July 3, 2012, Saban Brands and Kidsco Media Ventures, affiliates of Saban Capital Group, entered into an agreement to program a new five-hour Saturday morning action/adventure and comedy block for The CW. TheCW4Kids/Toonzai was replaced by Vortexx on August 25, 2012, with programs including Power Rangers Lost Galaxy and WWE Saturday Morning Slam, the latter of which marked the return of WWE programming to the network since WWE Smackdown moved to MyNetworkTV in 2008.
Differences between The CW and the "Big Four" networks,The CW Network was formed as a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation. The CW is America's fifth broadcast network and the only network targeting women 18-34..,,
The CW airs only two hours of network programming during the primetime hours on Monday through Fridays only, compared to the three Monday through Saturday and four Sunday primetime hours offered by the Big Three networks (MyNetworkTV also does not carry any weekend primetime programming, having turned network time on Saturday evenings over to its affiliates in 2009). This primetime scheduling allows for many of the network's affiliates to air local newscasts during the 10 p.m. (ET) time period. As with predecessors The WB and UPN, The CW does not run network programming on Saturday nights – despite the fact that the network maintains a children's program block on Saturday mornings – allowing affiliates to run syndicated programs, sports, movies or network programs that were preempted from earlier in the week due to special programming in the 8–10 p.m. (ET/PT) time period.
In comparison to ABC and CBS, The CW also airs the fewest hours devoted to daytime programming on weekdays, running only one hour of programming each weekday (compared to 4½ hours on CBS and three hours on ABC), NBC also runs only one hour of daytime programming each weekday (not counting its morning news program Today). Because of these two reasons, the schedules of the majority of The CW's affiliates are largely composed of syndicated programming.
The CW is one of only three English-language broadcast networks historically without owned-and-operated stations in any of the three largest markets of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago (along with the DuMont Television Network and UPN) – the network's largest owned-and-operated station is CBS-owned WPSG/Philadelphia, which also became UPN's largest O&O after Chris-Craft Industries (which sold most of its UPN stations, including its affiliates in New York and Los Angeles, to Fox Television Stations in 2002) had its ownership stake in that network acquired by Viacom in 2000.
Because Tribune Broadcasting does not maintain an ownership stake in The CW, its stations in those respective markets (WPIX, KTLA and WGN-TV) are actually affiliates of the network; CBS Corporation owns secondary stations – both independents – in two of the three markets, KCAL-TV in Los Angeles and Riverhead, New York's WLNY-TV in the New York City market (however, while KCAL was owned by CBS at the network's launch, WLNY was not acquired by CBS until 2011 – neither station carries CW programming though, due to affiliation deals in those markets involving Tribune-owned stations). As with The WB but unlike with UPN, whose founding owners Chris-Craft and Viacom both had their own station groups that formed UPN's core stations at its launch, only one of The CW's co-owners – CBS Corporation – maintains ownership of the network's owned-and-operated stations (Time Warner does not have a station group of its own, although its Turner Broadcasting System division does own Atlanta independent station WPCH-TV, which does not carry CW programming due to the network's affiliation with CBS-owned WUPA).
Unlike the other major networks, The CW distributes its programming to small to certain mid-size markets of the United States (generally in the bottom 110 Nielsen media markets) through a separate national feed called The CW Plus. The network-programmed feed is carried on a mixture of full-power and low-power stations in some markets, and cable-only outlets and digital subchannel affiliations on major network stations in markets that do not have enough commercial stations to support a standalone CW affiliate (several of The CW Plus's digital subchannel outlets originally operated as several cable-only affiliates at the network's launch). The service offers its own master schedule of syndicated programming (including some feature films and infomercials) during non-network programming hours, although some CW Plus affiliates may also run a local primetime newscast from a major network affiliate.
CW predecessor The WB previously had two cable-only affiliate outlets: superstation WGN America from 1995 to 1999 and network-operated The WB 100+ Station Group, the latter being a direct predecessor to The CW Plus that was formed in 1998 and several of its cable-only outlets have since joined The CW Plus. Not all of the network's cable-only affiliates are CW Plus outlets as WT05/Toledo offers its own schedule of syndicated programs during non-network hours that are programmed by its owner Block Communications. Though The CW is the only network with a station group that includes cable-only outlets, it is actually one of only three networks that have cable-only stations within its affiliate body (ABC has Winchester, Virginia's TV3 Winchester, while MyNetworkTV has Fort Myers, Florida's WNFM-TV and Biloxi, Mississippi's EXXV-TV).
News programming on CW affiliates are similar to Fox stations in that the quantity of newscasts varies from station to station. Roughly two-thirds of The CW's approximately 200 affiliates air a local newscast in the 10–11 p.m. ET/PT (9–10 p.m. CT/MT) time slot. Fundamentally, the newscast schedules on CW affiliates vary considerably between stations compared to those aligned with ABC, CBS and NBC (which typically carry a minimum of 3½ hours of daily local news programming in morning, late afternoon and late evening timeslots) and especially Fox affiliates (whose in-house news departments produce four hours of news programming daily at minimum). Generally, most affiliates run a two-hour extension of a morning newscast and a half-hour or hour-long 10 p.m. newscast; though there are a few larger market stations that maintain in-house news departments with schedules featuring a heavier amount of newscasts (more closely mirroring the news-intensive formats of certain Fox stations to some degree), with the aforementioned extended morning and primetime newscasts as well as an early evening newscast that is extended by a half-hour that also competes with the national morning and evening newscasts on the Big Three networks.