The CW has decided to renew three more series, although one popular one will be back just long enough to say good-bye.
"Gossip Girl" is set to get a shortened 11-episode final season, despite losing one of its executive producers to NBC's "Smash." Josh Safran announced his departure earlier this month, and will be replaced by Sara Goodman.
Joining "Gossip Girl" in the renewal column are "Nikita" and freshman drama "Hart of Dixie," according to TV Line.
Not returning, however, are the Sarah Michelle Gellar vehicle "Ringer" as well as the supernatural "Vampire Diaries" lead-out series, "The Secret Circle."
The CW has suffered big time with its schedule this season, with all returning shows posting double-digit audience losses except for "Vampire Diaries," which remains the network's top-rated show.
"Hart of Dixie" and "Nikita" are both averaging a 1.1 rating/2 share in Fast National overnight ratings from The Nielsen Co., while "Gossip Girl" is pulling in a 0.9/1. "Nikita" has lost nearly 28 percent of its audience from last year, while "Gossip Girl" has watched 26 percent of its audience slip away.
"Ringer" started out strong, but a mid-season break killed that show. It premiered to a 1.7 household rating, but averaged a 1.2 through the end of November. However, when the show returned at the end of January, ratings had dropped to a 0.9 household rating, and never recovered. In fact, "Ringer" earned just a 0.8 household rating on the back half of the season.
It still matched what The CW did with the timeslot last year, and nearly doubled what "LA Complex" has done since.
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When Inside Blip analyzed the potential fate of The CW shows last April, it said that both "Gossip Girl" and "Ringer" were "Still Bouncing," predicting that the likelihood of those shows being renewed was more likely than not.
It had also listed both "Nikita" and "The Secret Circle" as "Safe Bets," getting just one out of two there.
The CW is adding five new programs to its lineup come fall, according to The Wrap, including "Carrie Diaries," "Arrow," "Beauty and the Beast," "First Cut" and "Cult."
"Carrie Diaries" is set in 1984 about a young teenager who, after the death of her mother, leaves the Connecticut suburbs for New York City, and falls in love with a man ... Manhattan. It stars Anna Sophia Robb, Austin Butler and Ellen Wong.
Amy B. Harris wrote the pilot based on the books "The Carrie Diaries" and "Summer and the City," with Miguel Arteta directing.
"Arrow" is a masked vigilante series starring Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen and Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance. The show is based on DC Comics characters (may be a later replacement for "Smallville") that is from a pilot story from Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim and a screenplay from Andrew Kreisberg and Guggenheim. The pilot was directed by David Nutter.
"Beauty and the Beast" is actually a remake of the popular 1980s network series with Linda Hamilton, about a homicide detective who runs into a vet from the Afghanistan conflict that can turn into a beast when he gets angry. The series, which includes some of the people who made the original series, stars Jay Ryan from "Terra Nova" as Vincent and Kristin Kreuk from "Smallville" as Catherine.
ABC has had a competing "Beauty and the Beast" pilot it was considering, but it's unclear if the network had picked up the show.
"First Cut" is a drama that seems to turn a hospital into the kind of social interactions you would find in high school -- literally. It stars Mamie Gummer, Justin Hartley and Aja Naomi King. The pilot is directed by Bharat Nalluri.
"Cult" focuses on an investigative journalist who at first ignores his brother's pleas that a television show is going to harm him, only to find out he's right. The series stars Matt Davis, Jessica Lucas, Alona Tal and Robert Knepper.
Rockne S. O'Bannon of "Farscape" fame wrote the pilot with Jason Ensler directing.
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