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Thursday, May 19, 2011

CW is last to release fall schedule

     Right in the middle of season finale madnesses, the networks are releasing their fall schedules, handing down decisions on what goes and stays. CW is the fifth and final network to do so, and it also has the smallest number of hours to announce. That's because CW only programs original primetime content ten hours a week, Monday through Friday 8pm until 10pm, as opposed to the eighteen hours other networks program, Sunday through Friday 8pm until 11pm. Given that the CW only  has ten hours to fill, it may seem surprising that four of those hours are new shows, or 40%! Lots to look forward to.

     Monday begins with the return of Gossip Girl, followed by Hart of Dixie from Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, Chuck). Trying its hand at a medical drama, Hart of Dixie stars Rachel Bilson (The O.C.) as the big city medical professional who switches gears when she is given a small town practice. So it's like an American remake of Doc Martin. Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights) Jaime King (Pearl Harbor) also star.

     Tuesdays are for 90210 and Ringer, which is Sarah Michelle Gellar's (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) triumphant return to network television. In fact, Gellar plays twins, so it's double duty for the enemy of creatures of the night. Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected), Nestor Carbonell (Lost) and Ioan Guffudd (Fantastic Four) make this certain to be a strong ensemble. Fun fact: Buffy the Vampire Slayer once aired on Tuesday nights. Can lightening strike twice?

     Wednesdays begins with H8R, a new reality show where host Mario Lopez will introduce some normal people to celebrities that they claim to hate. Kim Kardashian and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi are two of the first up. Sign me up to meet Sarah Palin! H8R is followed by a new cycle of America's Next Top Model.

     Thursday night is supernatural with The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle. While Mondays are Josh Schwartz night, Thursdays belong to Kevin Williamson, who is executive producing both series. The Secret Circle is about witches and keeps Life Unexpected star Brittany Robertson on the network. Robertson is joined by Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Gale Harold (Hellcats).

     Friday is the only night of the week without new shows. Nikita goes first, followed by Supernatural.

     One Tree Hill has been given a thirteen episode final season, which will premiere in the middle of the year. The Frame and Re-Model are also on tap for mid-season, both reality shows. Hellcats and Shedding for the Wedding are both canceled, and will not be back. Smallville recently completed its ten year run, and will also not be returning,

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