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|Thomson||May 11 2012, 04:54 PM|
The CW has renewed Gossip Girl and Nikita as well as freshman drama Hart of Dixie.|
Gossip Girl's sixth season pickup doesn't come as a surprise as there had been conversations about bringing back the Blake Lively-Leighton Meester hourlong for a final round as the actors' contracts expire next year. In January, executive producer Stephanie Savage told reporters that the Gossip Girl writers were leaving the story open at the end of season five. "We're not writing a series finale this year," Savage said at the time.
In its second season, the Maggie Q-Shane West action drama moved from its plum post-The Vampire Diaries time slot to Fridays at 8 p.m. this season where it faced stiff competition from the final season of NBC's outgoing spy dramedy Chuck.
The second season pickup of Dixie created by Leila Gerstein, ensures at least three series from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will remain on the CW schedule next year. Starring Rachel Bilson, the Southern medical drama has been a solid performer following Gossip Girl on Monday nights. Dixie follows the network's move into shows with more procedural elements than heavily serialized dramas like Gossip Girl. The renewal gives Schwartz and his camp the potential to have four projects on the network, joining Arrow and The Carrie Diaries.
Nikita and Dixie join The Vampire Diaries, 90210 and Supernatural as having earned renewals at the youth-skewing network. The futures of Ringer and The Secret Circle has yet to be determined.
Meanwhile, the network has canceled freshman dramas Ringer and The Secret Circle.
Ringer, the most buzzworthy of all the pilots coming into the fall season as it marked former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar's return to series TV, failed to live up to its hype. After opening to a modest 2.84 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo, a time period success for the CW at the time. However, the freshman drama couldn't hold its footing, despite airing in multiple windows following the early demise of reality effort H8R, ending its season with a 0.5 in the demo and 1.2 million viewers. Not helping the serialized drama's case is Gellar's pregnancy.
The Secret Circle, starring Life Unexpected's Britt Robertson, took over Nikita's post-Vampire Diaries slot, giving the network a block of programming from Kevin Williamson. The freshman drama, exec produced by Andrew Miller, earned a full-season order in October when it was the network's best performing new drama. After averaging 2.4 million viewers and a 1.0 in its first three weeks, Circle dimmed considerably. With both Circle and fellow freshman Hart of Dixie both drawing similar viewership, sources said the former's serialized nature -- making it harder for new viewers to come into the show -- worked against its favor. Its series finale aired May 10.
Edited by Thomson, May 11 2012, 05:41 PM.
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