The CW's Fall lineup was officially announced today, and as expected, most of the schedule remains in tact with the three new shows fitting in exactly where they belong.Â The decision to only schedule nine hours of original programming each week is a bit unusual for a growing network, but perhaps a more focused strategy will help the CW succeed.
The only major upheaval is Smallville
, about to enter season 9, is moving to Fridays at 8pm to make way for the new drama The Vampire Diaries
.Â However, since Smallville
is at the end of its run, it makes sense to prioritize the growth and development of new shows.More Fall Lineups
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Here is a quick rundown of the new shows:
: A reboot of the original '90s drama, the new Melrose Place
will air with 90210
and features a talented young cast including Michael Rady, Supernatural
and Harper's Island
star Katie Cassidy, and singer Ashlee Simpson-Wentz.Â Like 90210
, it will also feature return appearances by former Melrose Place
stars, including Laura Leighton ads Sydney.
The Beautiful Life
: A dramatic look behind the scenes of the fashion world, the cast includes many beautiful people, including The O.C
.'s Mischa Barton and High School Musical
's Corbin Bleu.
The Vampire Diaries
: Based on a popular book series, much like
Gossip Girl, Twilight and True Blood, this new drama is about two rival
vampire brothers going after the same girl.Â It includes former Lost
star Ian Somerhalder.
Here is the complete, official Fall schedule for the CW:
8pm - Gossip Girl
9pm - One Tree Hill
8pm - 90210
9pm - Melrose Place
8pm - America's Next Top Model
9pm - The Beautiful Life
9pm - The Vampire Diaries
9pm - Supernatural
8pm - Smallville
9pm - ANTM
In addition, the CW has picked up one drama for midseason.Â Parental Discretion Advised
is about a 15-year-old girl in the foster care system who finds her biological parents.Â It stars WB alums Kerr Smith (Dawson's Creek
) and Shiri Appleby (Roswell
).Â It also includes characters named Lux, Baze and Cate.
-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Image courtesy of the CW)