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CW pushes 'Smallville,' 'Supernatural' -- Here's why

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The CW has pushed back the anticipated return of Smallville and Supernatural – by one week.

Why oh why? Are they afraid of Fringe?

Here’s the reason, according to a CW insider:

The network wanted a chance to re-peat tonight’s return of Vampire Diaries and Nikita on Friday to give their midseason debuts some additional sampling. Diaries, in particular, is going up against Idol. Plus, there’s some local market pre-emptions that are going to mess with the scheduling of tonight’s shows in certain cities (Chicago and Baltimore, if you must know).

So … there. See, it’s not really an exciting answer, and it’s probably more complicated than you wanted, but it all makes sense, and doesn’t mean anything bad for Smallville and Supernatural aside from having to wait another week, right?

Originally posted January 27 2011 — 6:24 PM EST

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