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The CW Picks Up The Beautiful Life, Melrose Place and Vampire Diaries; But Passes on Gossip Girl Spinoff and Cancels Privileged and The Game [Update: Reaper and ‘Chris’ Also Canceled]

The CW has officially picked up three shows to series: The Beautiful Life, Melrose Place and Vampire Diaries.  All three shows were rumored to be picked up for some time.

Meanwhile, the Gossip Girl spinoff is officially dead.

In cancellation news, The CW has axed two shows: dramedy Privileged and the comedy The Game.


Reaper In Syndication?

Some potentially good news for Reaper fans.  The low-rated CW dramedy may make it back for another season.  THR reports through their sources that the show’s producer, ABC Studios, is in talks with CW affiliate stations about continuing the show as a syndicated series for Sunday night.

The syndication option became available after news […]

The CW Development Slate/Schedule for 2009/2010 Season [Continually Updated]

Following you will find ABS’s current development slate (confirmed and rumored) and schedules for the 2009/2010 season.  Updates will be made on a regular basis, ahead of and through the upfronts which take place next week.

I’ll sticky the thread to the of the page when an update happens, but you can find this post on the Television page of the website at all times at this link.

LATEST UPDATE @ 10:45pm on 5/20/2009: The schedule is out.  The biggest shocker/surprise is that Smallville has been moved to Friday night.  The new drama Vampire Diaries will take its Thursday at 8:00pm time slot, while Supernatural is staying put at 9:00pm. Check out the complete schedule after the jump.

Continue reading The CW Development Slate/Schedule for 2009/2010 Season [Continually Updated]

ABC’s Fast Forward, CBS’s NCIS Spinoff Among Pilots Generating Buzz

fastforward-042009The Hollywood Reporter has an article out about the pilots generating early buzz.  Chief among them is ABC’s sci-fi drama Flash Forward from Brannon Braga and David Goyer.  THR notes that the pilot, starring Joseph Fiennes, is a lock for a series order.

Other “hot” pilots over at ABC include Happy Town, Eastwick and Inside the Box, while Limelight, V, and the Dave Hemingson project also “looking good”.  ABC’s also looking at last year’s pilot Captain Cook’s Extraordinary Atlas again after the pilot missed the cut in August.

Other highlights that I took from the article follow after the fold. Continue reading ABC’s Fast Forward, CBS’s NCIS Spinoff Among Pilots Generating Buzz

The CW Announces Two Original Series for Summer Schedule

cwlogo-040709The CW is making a push this summer with two original programs: the reality relationship series Hitched or Ditched and the docu-series set in Washington, D.C., Blonde Charity Mafia.

Hitched or Ditched has received a six-episode order and will air Tuesdays at 9:00pm beginning on May 26th.  It will run through June 30th.  The following week, July 7th, The CW will premiere Blonde Charity Mafia with two back-to-back episodes at 9:00 and 9:30pm, before shifting to 9:30pm on July 14th (a repeat of the previous week’s episode will air at 9:00pm).  Blonde Charity Mafia will also air just six episodes, with its season finale scheduled to run on August 4th.

Here’s how The CW explains the two shows in their press release:

HITCHED OR DITCHED is a one-hour reality show focusing on couples who are in long-term relationships but have not yet taken that big leap into marriage. Nominated by a friend who believes it’s either time for the couple to tie to the knot or break up, each episode features a different couple who accept their friend’s proposition to set a wedding date in one week’s time. Throughout the week leading up to the big day, the couple is put through a series of personalized exercises that test their relationship, all while planning their dream wedding. They may have to confront their problems ranging from mending relationships with future in-laws to dealing with jealousy issues. When the wedding day arrives, the couple will make the final decision – will they tie the knot or call the whole thing off? Viewers will witness every emotional milestone as the couple decides if it’s time to get HITCHED OR DITCHED. The series is hosted by Tanya McQueen (“Extreme Make-Over Home Edition”). HITCHED OR DITCHED is produced by RDF USA in association with Next Entertainment. The executive producers are Mike Fleiss (“The Bachelor,” “High School Reunion”), Chris Coelen (“Secret Millionaire,” “Don’t Forget the Lyrics”), Greg Goldman (“Secret Millionaire,” “Wife Swap”), Mike Duffy (“Addicted to Beauty”) and Jason Ehrlich (“The Bachelor”).

BLONDE CHARITY MAFIA is a docu-series about the lives of Washington, D.C.’s most influential 20-something Alpha Girls. The BCM runs the D.C. social circuit from charity events to society parties. Their events are the hottest ticket in town, and everyone vies for an invitation – from Congressmen to Hill staffers. Gossip about the BCM is played out and played up on (a local, invite-only social website), where minute-by-minute gossip updates about the BCM’s daily (and nightly) exploits are shared for the D.C. public to devour. BLONDE CHARITY MAFIA is from Capital Hills Productions, Inc. with executive producers Patty Ivins (“The Modern Girl’s Guide To Life,” “Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Model Search”) and Julie Pizzi (“The Modern Girl’s Guide To Life,” “Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Model Search”).

The full press release follows after the jump. Continue reading The CW Announces Two Original Series for Summer Schedule

Casting Bites: Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Freddie Prinze Jr. and more

Here are some of the latest casting news for television and film.

Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman have signed on to a film based on the new Leanne Shapton book Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry.  The film, from Paramount […]

Matt Barr Joins Gossip Girl Spinoff

One Tree Hill alum Matt Barr has been cast in The CW’s Gossip Girl spinoff as Keith van der Woodsen.  The character is described as a rich and handsome Malibu prince who is the love interest to Lily Rhodes (Brittany Snow).  Although The CW isn’t confirming it, speculation is that the character is Serena’s […]

Ashlee Simpsons-Wentz Headed to Melrose Place

Singer/Actress Ashlee Simpson-Wentz will star on The CW’s Melrose Place update, returning to network television seven years after her role on The WB’s 7th Heaven.  Simpson-Wentz will play Melrose Place’s newest resident, Violet, a bright-eyed but shrewd small-town girl and recent L.A. transplant who has come to town with a secret.  THR reports […]

Michael Rady First To Be Cast in Melrose Place

Michael Rady (Swingtown) has become the first actor to board the new Melrose Place pilot for The CW.  THR reports that the actor landed the job on Wednesday morning, a day after The CW officially greenlit the pilot for the update, which will be directed by David […]

The CW Announces Early Pickups Of Six Series

cwlogo-513The CW today announced that they’ve given early pickups to six of its series, five dramas and reality hit America’s Next Top Model, all of which will return in the fall 2009.

The five other shows are Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, 90210, Smallville and Supernatural.

“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 Dawn Ostroff, President, Entertainment, The CW. “By securing these signature hits for next season, we’re furthering our commitment to deliver high-quality, original programming to our viewers, advertisers and affiliates.”

You can read the full press release in full after the jump. Continue reading The CW Announces Early Pickups Of Six Series

The CW Picks Up Vampire Diaries

The CW has picked up a pilot based on the Vampire Diaries book series.  Vampire Diaries was originally launched in 1993 and revolves around a young woman who’s torn between two vampire brothers — one good, one evil — who are battling for her soul, and the souls of her pals, family and the […]

The CW Sets Earlier Premiere for Reaper

Reaper is coming back a couple weeks earlier than expected.  The network announced today that the supernatural drama will return March 3 at 8:00pm, two weeks sooner than originally announced.  With the programming change, 90210 will air after Reaper, a move that will protect that show from the American Idol juggernaut.

What hasn’t changed […]