The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the fifth and final one announced today. Here’s a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on The CW.
Some changes this year to The CW line-up now that its longest-running show, “Smallville”, has wrapped up after ten years. Only one of last year’s new shows, the remake of “Nikita”, has survived. Though only a modest performer in the U.S., it has been selling well overseas which lead to its renewal. The other newcomer, “Hellcats”, got the axe last week.
All the usual stalwarts from “Supernatural” and “Vampire Diaries” to “Gossip Girl” and “90210” are returning. Even the perennially on the bubble “One Tree Hill”, a show which has essentially descended into a satire of its former self, is coming back for a shortened 13-episode ninth season launching in January. The network also promises it will be the show’s last – at least this is one network which allows shows to wrap up their storylines.
Three new scripted series have come in – Kevin Williamson’s “Twilight” meets “The Craft”/”The Covenant” show called “The Secret Circle”, Josh Schwartz’s tedious looking small town medical practice drama, and the rather intriguing sounding Sarah Michelle Gellar-led serial drama “Ringer” which the network picked up after CBS dropped it.
The network has also picked up three more reality series – “Re-Modeled” which follows modeling veteran Paul Fisher’s effort to empower small-town agents and models to take control of their careers and their lives. “H8R” deals with celebrities who try to win the heart of civilians who hate them. Finally, “The Frame” will see 10 teams being isolated from the outside world and living in a single room while they are facing challenges, competitions and eliminations controlled by viewers.
A few notable pilots didn’t make the final cut and won’t be seen. These include the zombie drama “Awakening”, the angel-and-attorney drama “Heavenly”, the fashionista female buddy cop piece “Cooper and Stone”, and the hairdresser turned lawyer drama “Danni Lowinski”.
Onto the new shows and they are:
Hart of Dixie
(Medical Soap, Mondays 9pm)
Fast-talking New Yorker and medical graduate Zoe Hart finds her big dreams falling apart, leading her to accept an offer to work with a stranger at his small practice in a Gulf Coast town in Alabama. When she arrives, she learns he has passed away and left his half of the medical practice to her in his will.
Both another doctor and the man’s daughter aren’t happy about her arrival, though a former football star, a bad-boy neighbour, a handsome lawyer and a surprise visit from her snobby New York mother leads to Zoe’s decision to stay for a while. Rachel Bilson, Jaime King, Wilson Bethel, Cress Williams, McKaley Miller and Scott Porter star.
(Mystery/Serial Drama, Tuesdays 9pm)
A recovering alcoholic is the sole witness to a professional hit and flees to New York to reunite with her estranged heiress twin Siobhan. As the pair begin mending their frayed relationship, Siobhan disappears mysteriously and Bridget makes the split decision to take on her sister’s identity.
She discovers shocking secrets, not only about her sister and her marriage, but Siobhan’s best friend. When someone tries to kill Bridget in her sister’s penthouse, she realizes she is no safer as Siobhan than she is as herself. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristoffer Polaha, Ioan Gruffudd, Nestor Carbonell and Tara Summers star.
The Secret Circle
(Fantasy/Teen Drama, Thursdays 9pm)
After her mother dies in a fire, Cassie Blake moves in with her warm and loving grandmother Jane in the beautiful small town of Chance Harbor, Washington where the residents seem to know more about her than she does about herself. As she gets to know her high school classmates, strange and frightening things begin to happen.
Her her new friends explain that they are all descended from powerful witches, and they’ve been waiting for Cassie to join them and showsher how to unlock her incredible magical powers. Darker powers are at play however, powers that might be linked to the adults in the town. Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Gale Harold, Phoebe Tonkin, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Shelley Hennig, Louis Hunter, Ashley Crow and Natasha Henstridge star.
The nightly The CW schedule will be as follows:
8pm: “Gossip Girl”
9pm: “Hart of Dixie”
9pm: “America’s Next Top Model”
8pm: “The Vampire Diaries”
9pm: “The Secret Circle”
“The Frame,” “One Tree Hill,” “Re-Modeled.”
Renewals include “90210,” “America’s Next Top Model,” “Gossip Girl,” “Nikita,” “One Tree Hill,” “Supernatural, “Vampire Diaries.”
“Hellcats,” “Life Unexpected,” “Smallville.”