Today the CW announced it will pick up six of its most popular shows for next season. The list includes all the top shows you’d expect like Supernatural and Smallville as well as popular teen dramas Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill. Freshman drama 90210 also made the list, as did two more cycles of America’s Next Top Model.
Details are still unclear for many of the pick-ups, leaving some burning questions. Will Tom Welling and Chad Michael Murray stick around? What about the Gossip Girl spin-off about Lily’s early years? What will happen to great shows like Privileged, Reaper and Everybody Hates Chris?
For Supernatural, this is the second straight early renewal. Creator Eric Kripke has repeatedly said from the start that the show would last five seasons, so this means next year is probably the final one.
With Smallville, the main sticking point dealt with contract negotiations for Tom Welling. At this point, it’s unknown exactly how many episodes he signed on for, if any, or whether the show will simply focus on the other stars.
One Tree Hill‘s survival could be due to the fact that creator Mark Schwahn wasn’t chosen to lead the new Melrose Place, though the fate of star Chad Michael Murray is currently unknown.
90210 started off strong but slowly died out during the season. However, it was the most talked about new show of the season, and with the new Melrose Place coming, it has a perfect companion for the schedule next Fall.
Gossip Girl continues to be the CW’s major attraction for many fans, and a third season was all but guaranteed. What is less certain is the fate of the spin-off series that follows Lily van der Woodsen’s early years.
The renewal of America’s Next Top Model comes as no surprise as casting calls for the next cycle were announced earlier this week. Cycle 13 will feature shorter models, with 5’7” being the maximum height of contestants.
BuddyTV will have more details on all the renewals, who’s in and who’s out, as the details of the renewals are revealed.
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-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
Source: TV Week
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