The CW today became the first broadcast network to announce premiere dates for its fall lineup. As usual, the CW will roll out the bulk of its schedule ahead of the traditional fall premiere week, starting on September 8 with the debut of new drama Hellcats.

cw logo 2On Wednesday, September 8, Cycle 15 of  AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL (8:00-9:00 p.m.) kicks-off the 2010-2011 season, followed by the series premiere of new drama HELLCATS (9:00-10:00 p.m.).  HELLCATS is a drama about a young pre-law student (Aly Michalka) whose world is turned upside-down when she loses her scholarship and has to join the college’s competitive cheerleading squad. Ashley Tisdale also stars as a young woman who is totally committed to the cheerleading squad to realize her dreams.

On Thursday, September 9, the network’s #1 show, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (8:00-9:00 p.m.) returns for a second season and leads into new action-drama series NIKITA (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET).  NIKITA stars Maggie Q in the title role as a spy and assassin for a top secret U.S. government agency, who rebels against the system that created her and will stop at nothing to bring their powerful operation to an end.

On Monday, September 13, viewers will get the best of both coasts when the third season premiere of 90210(8:00-9:00 p.m.) leads into the season four premiere of GOSSIP GIRL (9:00-10:00 p.m.).

On Tuesday, September 14, two fan favorites go back-to-back when season eight of ONE TREE HILL (8:00-9:00 p.m.) leads into the second season of LIFE UNEXPECTED (9:00-10:00 p.m.).

On Friday, September 24SMALLVILLE (8:00-9:00 p.m.) kicks-off its tenth and final season, followed by the sixth season of SUPERNATURAL (9:00-10:00 p.m.).

Following is The CW’s fall premiere schedule:

Wednesday, Sept. 8

8:00-9:00 p.m. “AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL” (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 p.m. “HELLCATS” (Series Premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 9

8:00-9:00 p.m. “THE VAMPIRE DIARIES” (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 p.m. “NIKITA” (Series Premiere)

Monday, Sept. 13

8:00-9:00 p.m. “90210” (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 p.m. “GOSSIP GIRL” (Season Premiere)

Tuesday, Sept. 14

8:00-9:00 p.m. ONE TREE HILL” (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 p.m. LIFE UNEXPECTED” (Season Premiere)

Friday, September 24

8:00-9:00 p.m. “SMALLVILLE” (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 p.m. “SUPERNATURAL (Season Premiere)