May 17, 2011

CW Renews One Tree Hill, Cancels Hellcats, Adds 6 New Shows

The CW will announce their official fall primetime schedule tomorrow. But until then we have some info on who's in and who's out.

To start, freshman favorite Hellcats has been cancelled (along with Life Unexpected, which was cancelled mid-season). The renewal list proved to be just as shocking with One Tree Hill picked up for 13 more episodes. Other renewals were not as surprising with Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, 90210, Nikita, and Supernatural making the list.

Keeping up with other networks' decisions to pick up a large number of new shows in the fall, the CW covered all their bases with both dramas and reality series. Additions to the 2011-2012 lineup include The Secret Circle, Hart of Dixie, Ringer, H8R, the docudrama Re-Modeled, and a reality competition series The Frame. Read below for a short synopsis of the new CW dramas.

THE SECRET CIRCLELogline: Based upon the book series by L.J. Smith (author of “The Vampire Diaries” book series), THE SECRET CIRCLE is the story of a young woman (Britt Robertson) who moves to a new town and discovers that not only is she a witch and part of a secret coven, but she’s also the key that will unlock a centuries-old battle of good versus evil. The series stars Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Gale Harold, Phoebe Tonkin, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Shelly Henning, Louis Hunter, Ashley Crow and Natasha Henstridge. Based upon the book series by L.J. Smith (author of “The Vampire Diaries” book series), THE SECRET CIRCLE is from Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Scream,” “Dawson’s Creek”), Andrew Miller (“Imaginary Bitches”), Leslie Morgenstein (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Gossip Girl”) and Gina Girolamo. The pilot was directed by Liz Friedlander (“The Vampire Diaries,” “90210”).

Logline: Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman, who after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister – only to learn that her sister’s seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she’s trying to leave behind. The series stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ioan Gruffudd, Kristoffer Polaha, Nestor Carbonell, Tara Summers and Mike Colter. RINGER is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television in association with ABC Television Studios and Brillstein Entertainment with executive producers Pam Veasey (“CSI, NY,” “The District”), Peter Traugott (“Samantha Who?”) and Emmy Award-winner Richard Shepard (“Ugly Betty”). The pilot was directed by Richard Shepard.

Logline: Culture shock awaits a young New York City doctor (Rachel Bilson) after she inherits a medical practice in a small Southern town inhabited by an eclectic and eccentric group of characters in this comedic drama. The series stars Rachel Bilson, Jamie King, Wilson Bethel, Cress Williams, McKaley Miller and Scott Porter. HART OF DIXIE is from Bonanza Productions Inc., in association with Fake Empire, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, with executive producers Leila Gerstein (“Gossip Girl,” “Eli Stone”), Josh Schwartz (“Gossip Girl,” “Chuck,” “The O.C.”), Stephanie Savage (“Gossip Girl,” “The O.C.”), Len Goldstein and Jason Ensler (“Gossip Girl,” “Chuck”). The pilot was directed by Jason Ensler.

Logline: Celebrities go head-to-head with civilians who hate them to win their “haters” over. Mario Lopez hosts. H8R is from Horizon Alternative Television with executive producers Lisa Gregorisch (“Extra”), Jeremy Spiegel (“Extra”), and Mario Lopez.

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