NEW YORK -- The CW network is bringing a popular radio music series to television and is going heavy on escapist fare in its new programming for next season.
As part of a three-year deal, the iHeartRadio Music Festival will air exclusively on the network and stream on CWTV.com following the broadcasts, according to the CW. Other iHeartRadio events, including a Jingle Ball holiday concert, are coming to CW as part of the agreement with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.
The music festival will be held in September in Las Vegas by Clear Channel.
Elsewhere on the 2014-15 schedule, five new dramas are planned, including a spinoff of "The Vampire Diaries" titled "The Originals," starring Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies and Claire Holt as starter members of the vampire clan.
Another new drama, "The 100," is about 100 juvenile lawbreakers who are returned to a post-apocalyptic Earth to try to resettle it. The series is based on the Kass Morgan novels and includes former "Grey's Anatomy" star Isaiah Washington in its cast.
The other new CW series for next season are:
n "The Tomorrow People," based on a British drama about a highly evolved group of youths with paranormal powers who unite to combat evil. The cast includes Robbie Amell ("Revenge") and Mark Pellegrino ("Lost").
n "Star-Crossed," a Romeo-and-Juliet romance between a human girl and an alien boy, part of a clash involving Earthlings and the alien visitors they've consigned to an internment camp. Aimee Teegarden ("Friday Night Lights") and Matt Lanter ("90210") star.
n "Reign," about the 15-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, and her rise to power in the 16th-century world of enemies and sexual intrigue. Adelaide Kane ("Teen Wolf") stars as Mary.
Returning shows include "The Carrie Diaries" and "America's Next Top Model." The new schedule will launch in October. The CW's prime-time fall schedule:
8 p.m. -- "Hart of Dixie"
9 p.m. -- "Beauty and the Beast"
8 p.m. -- "The Originals"
9 p.m. -- "Supernatural"
8 p.m. -- "Arrow"
9 p.m. -- "The Tomorrow People"
8 p.m. -- "The Vampire Diaries"
8:30 p.m. -- "Reign"
8 p.m. -- "The Carrie Diaries"
9 p.m. -- "America's Next Top Model"
‘Downton Abbey' returns in January
NEW YORK (AP) -- PBS says the fourth season of "Downton Abbey" will air from Jan. 5 to Feb. 23.
The series is the highest-rated drama in public TV's history.
The costume drama about the family and servants in a stately English home stars Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery.
Shirley MacLaine will return for the fourth season, joined by newcomers including opera star Kiri Te Kanawa. They'll have to fill the void left by leading man Dan Stevens' departure: His character, Matthew, died in a car crash in last February's third-season finale.