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Dancing with the Upfronts 5: Wednesday's Pilot Roundup

Welcome back to what will likely be the last installment of Dancing with the Upfronts, as I attempt to decipher the rumors and facts of the network series orders, renewals, and cancellations before the last of the networks' fall schedules are unveiled to advertisters and the public tomorrow.

Before then, sit back and enjoys today's latest series news. Don't forget to check back here often for updates, as we continue to unveil the fall schedules and debunk some renewal myths.
(Updated at 10:30 am PST)

CW

The Hollywood Reporter and Variety are confirming yesterday's rumors that Veronica Mars and One Tree Hill will in fact cross over onto the new CW network, along with new dramas Runaway, Girlfriends spin-off The Game, and the Kevin Williamson-created mid-season replacement Palm Springs. However, WB drama Everwood will not be found on the combined fall sked, nor will pilot Aquaman, originally thought to be a lock for an order.

CW will also be home to UPN sitcoms Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends, and Will Smith-produced All of Us, as well as WB dramas Gilmore Girls, Smallville, and Supernatural. 7th Heaven, as previously reported, will return for an 11th season.

Reality series America's Next Top Model and Beauty and the Geek are also expected to show up on the schedule and current rumors indicate that the two series may in fact be paired together on a single night, most likely Wednesdays (ANTM's current home).

The CW's Monday night schedule is expected to be comprised of former UPN comedies Chris, All of Us, Girlfriends, and new series The Game. Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars may be scheduled together on Tuesday evenings, as widely believed. As for Thursdays? Supernatural and Smallville? Sundays will most likely bring family entertainment in the form of dramas 7th Heaven and Runaway.

Friday evenings remain a mystery, but the CW still needs to schedule One Tree Hill and possibly the Wayne Brady comedy starrer Flirt, which is still expected to be ordered for fall.

UPDATE: Palm Springs, formerly known as Untitled Kevin Williamson, has now been retitled again... this time to the rather icky moniker of Hidden Palms. Ew.

That's all for now, but stay tuned and check back for updates.

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Recap: This week, the networks will unveil their fall schedules before advertisers at the annual upfront presentations. The last of the bunch, FOX and the CW, make their announcements tomorrow (May 18th).

Comments

Daniel said…
So, um, can we just start calling "Hidden Palms" "Hairy Palms" right off the bat and be done with it?

And if The C-Dub brings in One Tree Hill instead of Everwood, there may well be cries to the heavens from fans and critics alike. That, to my money, sounds like a mind-boggling mistake. Nobody needed to pick up Everwood, but defining your network as a home for OTH and not the far far far far superior Everwood is a bad piece of early branding...

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