‘Beauty and the Beast’ favored to land post-‘Vampire Diaries’ slot

Will "TVD" have company?

If you are a new show airing on The CW, there is really one thing that you hope to obtain above anything else — the timeslot following “The Vampire Diaries” on Thursday nights. It is easily the best lead-in audience on the entire network, even though this in itself did not save “The Secret Circle” from being one of the most surprising cancellations of the entire TV season.

According to a new report from Deadline, “Beauty and the Beast” starring Kristin Kreuk — a series based on the classic 1980s Linda Hamilton drama — is currently the favorite to score the 9:00 p.m. timeslot following “TVD.” Why? It has to do mostly with its potential audience, which would be the same sort of young female base that watched the adventures of Elena in Mystic Falls.

The network has ordered a number of new series for the upcoming season, and the biggest surprise here is that “Beauty” would be considered more for this spot than “Cult” — mostly due to the fact that this series stars “TVD” alum Matt Davis, and fans of his may be interested in checking out the new show.

Some of the other talked-about new shows for the network include “The Carrie Diaries” (which may end up replacing “Gossip Girl” after its final season) and “Arrow” — a superhero show that, if it were not for “Nikita,” would probably score the Friday timeslot once occupied by “Smallville.”

What show do you think should follow up the “Diaries” on Thursday nights?

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