That noise you just heard was the anguished cry of fangirls and (and fanboys -- sorry, didn't mean to leave you guys out) en masse. The CW announced on Thursday afternoon that the expected Friday, Jan. 28 mid-season premieres of "Smallville" and "Supernatural" will be postponed for one week to air Friday, Feb. 4 instead.
On Jan. 28, re-runs of "The Vampire Diaries" and "Nikita" will air in the 8 p.m. EST and 9 p.m. EST slots.
We're sad too. Don't they know that a week is actually two years in hellatus time?
As to why the network made the change? Reps say The CW hopes that re-airing the "The Vampire Diaries" in a timeslot that doesn't compete with ratings juggernaut "American Idol" will help to boost total viewership.
The last-minute move is not about testing out "Vampire Diaries" and "Nikita" on Friday nights; they've been successful on Thursdays and are likely to remain there. Additionally, there is no danger that "Smallville" and "Supernatural" will be canceled mid-season or pulled from the schedule before Clark gets his cape and Sam gets his soul.
Next Wednesday, Feb. 2, the network will air "Smallville" and "Supernatural" repeats of "Icarus" and "Appointment in Samarra," so you can be all caught up for the series' returns. The intention is for those reruns to subsequently boost total viewership for "Smallville" and "Supernatural," just as "The Vampire Diaries" and "Nikita" had catch-up reruns aired this week before their premieres.
In the meantime, you can check out a first look clip of Chloe's return to "Smallville" in "Collateral" and our advance review of "Supernatural's" return "Like A Virgin."
We know. That doesn't make you feel any better at all.