The CW Press Tour - Need More Reality? CW Has You Covered
At this morning's executive session, the CW's head of programming Dawn Ostroff stressed the CW's commitment to creating the hits of tomorrow, and punctuated that by parading the networks lineup of dubious reality programming.  Among them, the surprise announcement that America's Next Top Model has been renewed through the 2010 season.  Talk about foresight!

In other news, the CW will be tweaking the formula to Beauty and the Geek this year by adding one hot dude and one geeky girl to the mix. 

Ostroff announced that the winner of last year's Pussycat Dolls contest has decided to pursue a solo career rather than join the troupe.  Even though that is sort of a failure for the intent of the show, the CW will be moving ahead with a new season.

Amongst the groundbreaking new content on the horizon for the CW is Crowned: The Mother of all Pageants.  A reel was unveiled for the series and reporters were taken aback by the stage moms on crack overtones of the mother daughter beauty competition.  Nepotism is one of the few bad human traits to be explored in bleeding edge reality though, so hats off. (And brains out.) Then of course there is Farmer Wants a Wife.  Okay, we're just not going to go there.

The remainder of the panel was mostly about canceled shows since the new and returning dramas have begun having their own panels.  Naturally, the two most talked about shows were Veronica Mars and Gilmore Girls.  Ostroff was very defensive about Mars, saying they gave it every chance to succeed.  Part of that defense did not include explaining why some shows with worse ratings were renewed.

Gilmore Girls was simply a cancellation whose time had come.  Audiences wouldn't disagree too much with that.  The show was getting tired and you can only run that circular plot so many times before you suffer a creative - and ratings - embolism. 

One Tree Hill was the whipping boy of choice.  There was a subtle groan when it was announced that the series had been picked up for a full 22 episode run.

- Jon Lachonis, BuddyTV Senior Writer

sources:  TVGuide, SfGate
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