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The CW Orders Full Season of The Vampire Diaries and More Episodes of Melrose Place

The CW has picked up The Vampire Diaries to a full season.  The series as pretty much been the only bright spot for the network, with last Thursday’s episode drawing a post-series high of 3.77 million viewers and a 1.8/5 A18-49 rating/share.

The CW also, surprisingly, ordered five more episodes of the struggling new […]

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.

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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

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 […]

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 […]

Melrose Gets Greenlight

The CW has given an official pilot order to the network’s update of Melrose Place. THR reports that Oscar-winner Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) has come on board the project to direct.  The series, produced by CBS Paramount, is a remake of the hit ’90s series about a group of twentysomethings living in the […]