The CW’s pickups for the 2009-10 season — “Melrose Place,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Beautiful Life” — aren’t surprising; reports that they would land on the fall schedule have been floating around for several days. But they are now official.
The new series will join a host of returning shows — “Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill,” “90210,” “America’s Next Top Model,” “Smallville” and “Supernatural” — on The CW’s pared-down schedule, which will now run only on weeknights.
“Melrose Place” will pair with “90210” on Tuesday nights, re-creating the FOX Wednesday-night lineup from 1992-94. “The Beautiful Life,” a drama about models living in New York that stars Mischa Barton and Sara Paxton, will follow “America’s Next Top Model” on Wednesdays.
The only established show moving out of its timeslot is “Smallville,” which will move from Thursday to Friday nights. The third new series, “The Vampire Diaries,” will take its place at 8 p.m. ET Thursdays, leading into “Supernatural.”
The CW also picked up one show for midseason — “Parental Discretion Advised” (which was variously titled “Light Years” and “Life Unexpected” during pilot season). It stars Brittany Robertson as a teenager who tracks down her biological parents (Kristoffer Polaha and Shiri Appleby), who haven’t been close since the one-night stand that resulted in their daughter’s conception.
There’s no mention of either the “Gossip Girl” spinoff or the well-reviewed pilot “The Body Politic.” Reports said both shows were still in the mix for midseason.