The CW’s Official Fall 2009 Schedule Listed
Source: Ace Showbiz TV News
The CW is leaning more into the women demographic with the inclusion of fashion-oriented ‘Beautiful Life’ and the 2.0 version of ‘Melrose Place’.
The CW’s presentation of the Fall 2009 line-up makes it official that “Gossip Girl” spin-off will not be picked up anytime soon and “Privileged” is formally dismissed. Instead, the network opts to add up to the list, three brand new series “The Vampire Diaries“, “Melrose Place” and “The Beautiful Life“.
The spin-off dubbed as “Lily”, was already previewed in an episode of the original series but there were rumors floating that it would not be picked up at all. This is apparently not true. CW President Dawn Ostroff said that this is “the toughest year” they ever had because the selection of pilots is “really, really good”. She continued, “We do have room for another midseason show. We have some reality, and we’ll probably have another scripted drama. We’re just going to take a beat and see where we are. In all honesty, I think the Gossip Girl spinoff is the show that we would love to be able to find a place for as the season goes on.”
Meanwhile, “Vampire”, “Melrose” and “Beautiful” are paired with the network’s established series which have the same tone. “Melrose” is taking the Tuesdays slot with “90210” which is also a refurbished version of ’90s series. “Beautiful”, which is about fashion models, is put on Wednesday with the lead-in from “America’s Next Top Model” while “Vampire” is going to precede “Supernatural” on Thursdays.
With the excluding of “Reaper” and “Everybody Hates Chris“, the fall schedule subsequently is packed with dramas and no comedy. But Ostroff defended that it is “the most cohesive lineup” they’ve ever had. The slogan they would like to opt this time around would be, “TV to Talk About”.
CW upfront notes: ‘Smallville,’ ‘Supernatural,’ ‘90210’-‘Melrose’ crossovers
Source: Zap2It’s Korbi TV
“Smallville” is moving to Friday nights in the fall, but that shouldn’t be taken as a sign that the network’s longest-running current series is on its way out.
“No,” CW Entertainment president Dawn Ostroff says. “First of all, it’s way too early” to talk about at the moment, as the show’s producers haven’t yet mapped out the storyline for season nine. “But no, it’s not the last season,” she adds. “Hopefully not.” (For what it’s worth, star Tom Welling has reportedly signed on for two more seasons.)
“Smallville’s” former Thursday-night companion, “Supernatural,” is entering its fifth season in the fall — and according to creator Eric Kripke’s original blueprint for the show, five seasons would tell the whole story of the Winchester boys. As with “Smallville,” Ostroff says it’s too early to make a definitive statement on whether the show could go on longer.
“We’ll see how the season goes,” she says. “But they did a really good job creatively this year, and I think it really paid off in the ratings.” “Supernatural” really was in a groove this season, but last week’s finale basically set up the coming of the apocalypse. After Sam and Dean battle Lucifer, are there really any other demons to slay, so to speak?
Another veteran show, “One Tree Hill,” is dealing with the departures of Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton from the cast. Ostroff is sorry to see them go, but she also thinks their leaving represents an opportunity to freshen up the series.
“We tried to get them to stay, and we would have been thrilled if they wanted to,” Ostroff says. “I think the show moving into its seventh year was very open to sort of reinventing itself. One thing I have to give [creator] Mark Schwahn a lot of credit for is he’s kept the show fresh all these years. … I think Mark is excited about maybe bringing on a few new characters, which is what we’re going to do now that we’re finishing the pilot process.
“If you look at shows like ‘ER’ and [others] that go on for many, many years, a lot of these casts go through different people, and it really helps to keep shows fresh. So we’re said to see [Murray and Burton] go, and grateful for everything they did for the show, but excited about moving on and seeing who else is going to join the cast.”
The original “Melrose Place” was spun off from “Beverly Hills, 90210,” and since the new “90210” takes place in the same world, we were wondering if there’s a possibility for characters from that show to pop up on the new “Melrose,” or vice versa. Answer: Very possibly.
“We actually have talked about character crossovers,” Ostroff says. “It’s not in the pilot, but I think there will be a lot of opportunities for us to do it.”
That could pose a paradoxical problem, though, if Rob Estes ever comes near the apartment complex. Estes played Kyle McBride for much of the original “Melrose Place’s” run, and he now plays West Bev High Principal Harry Wilson on “90210.” So if Harry ever showed up at Melrose Place in search of, say, his daughter Annie (Shenae Grimes), the entire fictional universe could collapse on itself.
The CW’s fall 2009 schedule, night by night
The CW didn’t tinker much for the fall, adding just three new series (“The Beautiful Life,” “The Vampire Diaries” and the new “Melrose Place”). For its final season, the Superman story “Smallville” moves to Fridays, presumably because its audience will tune in no matter the night. Oh, and don’t look for original programming on weekends; The CW got out of that game.
|Mon||Gossip Girl||One Tree Hill|
|Wed||America’s Next Top Model||The Beautiful Life|
|Thu||The Vampire Diaries||Supernatural|
|Fri||Smallville||America’s Next Top Model encore|
First Look: ‘The Beautiful Life’, ‘Vampire Diaries’ and ‘Melrose Place’
Source: Ace Showbiz TV News
Jump into the excitement of The CW’s upcoming new series with the just-released stills that introduce the main characters.
The first look of The CW’s “The Beautiful Life” has been shared, showing the main characters which are bound in one occupation, models. Also released are the promotional pictures of fellow newbies “The Vampire Diaries” and “Melrose Place“. The pics are outed in advance of the network’s presentation of Fall 2009 schedule on Thursday, May 21.
“Beautiful Life” is starring Mischa Barton, Corbin Bleu, Elle Macpherson and Sara Paxton among others. The drama produced by Ashton Kutcher revolves around a group of young models living the upbeat life of New York City together. It will air every Wednesday at 9 P.M. in Fall.
“Vampire Diaries” is an adaptation of LJane Smith’s novel series which tells about two vampire brothers, one good and one evil, fighting the passion for the same girl, Elena. Nina Dobrev will play Elena while the good brother, Stefan, will be played by Paul Wesley. The evil brother, Damon is played by Ian Somerhalder. It airs Thursdays at 8 P.M. before “Supernatural“.
“Melrose Place” is the refurbished version of the ’90s series of the same name. It presents a batch of fresh cast such as Ashlee Simpson, Katie Cassidy, and Stephanie Jacobsen who will play a group of young adults living in “an elegant apartment building”. It airs Tuesdays at 9 P.M. after “90210“.
- The Beautiful Life
- Vampire Diaries
- Melrose Place
Dawn Ostroff says ‘Gossip Girl’ spin off could still get a spot on The CW schedule
Source: Zap2It’s Korbi TV
The “Gossip Girl” spin off is still breathing? CW president Dawn Ostroff informed reporters at Upfronts this morning that the pilot revolving around Serena’s mom circa 1980s is still in contention for midseason: “In all honesty the “Gossip Girl” spin off [is something] we’d like to find a place for as the season goes on. But we have to wait a minute and see where we are.” Ostroff said the network was in a very fortunate position, having produced just six pilots, all of which were strong candidates for pick up. “It was the toughest deal we’ve ever had, figuring out what to cut, because they all were really, really good,” she shared. Ostroff went on to explain that The CW will reevaluate later in the year, but will likely pick up a reality series for January launch, as well as another scripted show. The possibilities of course include, among others, the “Gossip Girl” spin off and “The Body Politic,” a D.C. based drama starring Brian Austin Green, Jason Dohring and Minka Kelly. “Parental Discretion Advised” — formerly titled “Light Years,” about a foster kid that finds her biological parents who haven’t spoken since the one-night-stand which produced her — has already made the midseason schedule. So what are the chances the “Gossip Girl” spin off is a go? Word is, “The Body Politic” pilot turned out really well, but I don’t know that it fits with The CW’s vision of itself as well as the “GG” brand does. Plus, Ostroff seems pretty happy with the “GG” spin off, saying producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage did an incredible job with it and that it doesn’t need a lot of development, it’s absence from the fall schedule was really just a matter of not yet having enough room for it.
Fall TV: Smallville Leaps to Fridays in a Single Bound
Source: TV Guide Online
The CW isn’t officially showing its hand for the 2009-10 until its Thursday morning upfronts event — and I’ll be there on the red carpet chatting up the young ‘n’ fab talent! — but one piece of not-entirely-super news looks for certain: Smallville is being shuttled to Fridays at 8, for its ninth (and perhaps final) season, sources tell TVGuide.com. The Smallville move serves two purposes. For one, it clears the way for the new Vampire Diaries blood-sudser to lead into Supernatural on Thursdays. Also, it gives the CW a Friday show with an audience of 3 million-plus, where in seasons past it was lucky to drum up 2 mil (with Everybody Hates Chris or The Game, neither of which is likely to make the cut for the fall). Airing after Smallville on Fridays will be an encore showing of that week’s America’s Next Top Model.
CW picks up ‘Beautiful Life,’ ‘Melrose Place,’ ‘Vampire Diaries’ …dumps ‘Privileged’
Source: Zap2It’s Korbi TV
Well, it’s a sad day for “Privileged” fans. Sources say the network surprised many by making the last-second decision to let the Rina Mimoun drama go quietly into the night earlier this week. So I guess we’ll never know what happened with Will and Megan after she woke up in bed post-“we were on a break” sex… Feel free to express your condolences/catty complaints in the comments section. And if you have questions for Ms. Mimoun, please let me know. On a brighter note, I’m hearing really good things about the Ashton Kutcher-produced “Beautiful Life,” which insiders say is a sure thing for fall. Word is, the drama about young models in the city will film in New York, instead of Canada where the pilot was shot, because the network has high hopes for it. And, no surprise, “Melrose” and “Vampire Diaries” will get an official pick up on Thursday too, as has long been rumored.
The CW will not be renewing Privileged for a second season. There was talk of a possible midseason berth for the much-loved dramedy, but, ultimately, the show was a casualty of the network’s strong development. “It’s truly heartbreaking,” series creator Rina Mimoun said via e-mail. “I’m so grateful to everyone out there who supported our little show and fell in love with Megan Smith. She was the most delightful character I’ve ever had the pleasure to write and watching JoAnna Garcia bring her to life every day was a gift I will never forget. I’m incredibly proud of the work we did and forever indebted to all the fans, critics and to Warner Bros. for being so wonderful and supportive. I will miss this more than you know.” Class act, that one.
Among new shows, The CW has picked up Melrose Place 2.0, Beautiful Life, and Vampire Diaries. Oh, and the Gossip Girl spin-off is officially dead Source: The Ausiello Files