Skip to main content

CW Renews Six Series, Orders Pilot from Ashton Kutcher

Fans of Privileged and Reaper, you may want to sit down.

CW President Dawn Ostroff announced that the netlet has renewed six series for the 2009-2010 season, including Supernatural, Gossip Girl, Smallville, 90210, One Tree Hill, and reality series America's Next Top Model (cycles 13 and 14).

Smallville was not thought likely to return unless studio Warner Bros. Television was able to successfully renegotiate a contract renewal with series star Tom Welling. (And, given the renewal announcement, it seems like they did so.)

“As we continue to build The CW Network as a destination for young women, these six shows have clearly contributed to strengthening our schedule and our brand identity,” said Ostroff in a statement.

Missing from the renewals list: on the bubble dramas like Privileged and Reaper and comedies Everybody Hates Chris and The Game. It's thought likely that the comedies will not be returning as both have produced enough episodes for syndication and the CW has stopped developing comedies altogether.

It's worth noting that the CW is currently only programming roughly ten hours a week, with a mix of repeats (such as for 90210) thrown into the mix. And very likely to end up on the schedule next season: the netlet's relaunch of soap Melrose Place, overseen by Smallville showrunners Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin, and Gossip Girl prequel series Lily, about the 1980s teen adventures of the future Lily van der Woodsen.

The network has also ordered pilots for Kevin Williamson-produced drama Vampire Diaries and Light Years and today ordered a pilot for drama The Beautiful Life, from writer Adam Giaudrone
(Swingtown) and executive producers Carol Barbee, Mike Kelley (Swingtown), Karey Burke, Jason Goldberg, and Ashton Kutcher. Project follows the lives of young male and female models living in Manhattan whose daily existence isn't quite the glamour seen in fashion photography.

As for whether Privileged, which has one episode left to air this season, and Reaper will return, it does seem very doubtful at this point. With very little real estate to fill and a slew of returning and probable projects to choose from, it's unlikely that both or either will make an appearance next season.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Very happy to see Reaper go as I could never understand what the appeal was. (Amazed that Smallville is still on, though!!!)
Unknown said…
Oh man! I love Reaper and Privileged is an unexplainable guilty pleasure. Phooey.
Anonymous said…
How ridiculous to here the exec with his high talk about being a destination for women. I guess they think all young women want is pretty faces, lame trashy plots, and fashion. I find that approach insulting to women. Young girls with little taste are being marketed to an exploited. They should be respected, instructed, and shown some culture beyond shallow models and fashion nonsense. It makes me angry and sad at once.

Popular posts from this blog

Katie Lee Packs Her Knives: Breaking News from Bravo's "Top Chef"

The android has left the building. Or the test kitchen, anyway. Top Chef 's robotic host Katie Lee Joel, the veritable "Uptown Girl" herself (pictured at left), will NOT be sticking around for a second course of Bravo's hit culinary competition. According to a well-placed insider, Joel will "not be returning" to the show. No reason for her departure was cited. Unfortunately, the perfect replacement for Joel, Top Chef judge and professional chef Tom Colicchio, will not be taking over as the reality series' host (damn!). Instead, the show's producers are currently scouring to find a replacement for Joel. Top Chef 's second season was announced by Bravo last month, but no return date has been set for the series' ten-episode sophomore season. Stay tuned as this story develops. UPDATE (6/27): Bravo has now confirmed the above story .

BuzzFeed: "The Good Wife Is The Best Show On Television Right Now"

The CBS legal drama, now in its sixth season, continually shakes up its narrative foundations and proves itself fearless in the process. Spoilers ahead, if you’re not up to date on the show. At BuzzFeed, you can read my latest feature, " The Good Wife Is The Best Show On Television Right Now," in which I praise CBS' The Good Wife and, well, hail it as the best show currently on television. (Yes, you read that right.) There is no need to be delicate here: If you’re not watching The Good Wife, you are missing out on the best show on television. I won’t qualify that statement in the least — I’m not talking about the best show currently airing on broadcast television or outside of cable or on premium or however you want to sandbox this remarkable show. No, the legal drama is the best thing currently airing on any channel on television. That The Good Wife is this perfect in its sixth season is reason to truly celebrate. Few shows embrace complexity and risk-taking in t

BuzzFeed: Meet The TV Successor To "Serial"

HBO's stranger-than-fiction true crime documentary The Jinx   — about real estate heir Robert Durst — brings the chills and thrills missing since Serial   wrapped up its first season. Serial   obsessives: HBO's latest documentary series is exactly what you've been waiting for.   The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst , like Sarah Koenig's beloved podcast, sifts through old documents, finds new leads from fresh interviews, and seeks to determine just what happened on a fateful day in which the most foul murder was committed. And, also like  Serial  before it,  The Jinx may also hold no ultimate answer to innocence or guilt. But that seems almost beside the point; such investigations often remain murky and unclear, and guilt is not so easy a thing to be judged. Instead, this upcoming six-part tantalizing murder mystery, from director Andrew Jarecki ( Capturing the Friedmans ), is a gripping true crime story that unfolds with all of the speed of a page-turner; it