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CW Renews Six Shows for 2008-2009, What About the Rest?

ReaperJoining in with the announcements of fellow networks like NBC, ABC and CBS, the CW has gotten around to giving some early renewals to six of its series. Where does that leave the rest?

The lucky shows that will be coming back for the 2008 – 2009 season are America’s Next Top Model (renewed for two cycles), Everybody Hates Chris, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, and Supernatural.

Smallville will also be back next season. With the exception of Tom Welling, most of the show’s stars’ contracts expire this season. Everyone has now signed on for season eight with the exception of Michael Rosenbaum and Kristen Kreuk. Both of them are in talks to return for a few episodes.

Okay, on to the less fortunate TV series…

Aliens in America — The cast and crew were able to film 18 episodes before the writers strike and the show wasn’t put back into production. Though critics love it, few viewers watch the sitcom. It’s ratings are really bad so essentially it would take a miracle for this one to return.

CW Now — The entertainment newsmagazine has already been cancelled and its last episode aired on February 24th.

Friday Night Smackdown — This wrestling series was cancelled though it represents great ratings for the viewer-starved network. Very smartly MyNetworkTV (in many markets, this is the old UPN station) has scooped it up and will start running Smackdown in the fall.

The Game — The sitcom is back in production to produce nine more episodes for this season. That’s a good sign. Considering the network’s treatment of Girlfriends, it seems unlikely that they’d also cancel The Game but, stranger things have happened. The sitcom’s ratings are far from impressive.

Girlfriends — As previously mentioned, the eight-year-old sitcom has been cancelled. There’s been no new word about a retrospective show to cap the series.

Life is Wild — All of the filmed episodes have aired and it won’t be coming back for more.

Online Nation — The first series of the season to be cancelled. It left the airwaves back on October 14, 2007.

Reaper — The series went back into production for five more episodes for this season. Though there was a lot of hype around this one initially, it’s cooled way down and the ratings have significantly dropped. The network is likely waiting to see how the additional episodes perform before making their final decision.

The struggling CW network will announce its fall schedule in May so we should know the fate of Aliens in America, The Game and Reaper by then. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

 

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mehreen April 29, 2009 at 4:03 am

hey, gossip girl is great, so glad that is continuing. and i love desperate housewives, they should take on that show too!!

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Samantha January 29, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I like to see the Melrose place makeover coming to the CW.Lisa Rinna coming back as Taylor Mcbride.

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Ms. Lady September 14, 2008 at 5:07 am

It’s September and I’m looking for Girlfriends and I come here and I’m heartbroken. I’m glad they kept the game, but I do wish another network will pickup GIRLFRIENDS…… it does make regular TV bearable to watch. I’ll just stick w/cable and CNN. Thanks a million CW, UPN, WB

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Tiara September 6, 2008 at 8:01 pm

I dont care about ANYTHING else besides THe Game and Everybody Hates Chris.
Exspecially The Game, they can not end the season like that!

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Myranda May 14, 2008 at 7:45 am

OMG!!!! PLEASE BUY MOONLIGHT!!! IT IS A GREAT SHOW AND NEEDS A GOOD NETWORK (LIKE THE CW) THAT WILL APPRECIATE IT AND GIVE IT A FAIR CHANCE!!! IT IS A GOOD SHOW AND IT WILL DEFINITELY BRING UP YOUR RATINGS!!!! CONSIDERING THAT EVERYONE THAT IS LOYAL TO MOONLIGHT WILL NO LONGER WATCH ANYTHING ON CBS…THEY’RE RATINGS WILL GO DOWN DRAMATICALLY AND YOURS WILL SOAR!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BUY MOONLIGHT! IT IS AN AMAZING SHOW!!!!!!!!

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gaijin April 4, 2008 at 11:08 am

well what do you expect? upn and wb were run into the ground, the ashes formed cw and it keeps shooting itself in the foot. i wish some of their shows were like reaper and girlfriends were picked up by other networks and then the cw can go away.

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James March 28, 2008 at 10:55 pm

Not Reaper!!!!!

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coletta March 25, 2008 at 10:56 am

I just can’t believe girlfriends has been cancelled, this was a wonderful show about African American women and just women in general. They were witty,funny, respectful and believed in eachother regardless of their fights and pettiness.The show was a great inspiration. I got TIVO just so i won’t miss out on these shows, the only African American shows on TV and girlfriend is cancelled. What a SHAME!!!!!!!. I watch other shows like reaper,old christy and a few others. But girlfriends, the game and Chris i can relate to a little more. I just hope some network is smart enough to bring it back even the CW. What are you guys thinking?????/PLEASE BRING IT BACK give us something to watch please

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Anonymous March 17, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Please bring back Girlfriends. I personally think that next to The Game as well Smallville. Girlfriends happens to be one of the best television show around. Please don’t cancel this show!!! Think about all of the fans!!! Please at least consider about bringing back for one more season.

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kristen March 16, 2008 at 2:20 pm

im so excited smallville is staying please let my couple stay together lana and clark. and americas next top model . please keep it on longer then 2 seasons though iwant to be onit. at least 3 or 4 more seasons please. and omg ilove one tree hill let peyton and lucas be together. and brooke and stphen colliti. and gossip girl wow love that show love blair and chuck. and dan and serena. and love jenny and nate. love 2 see mysterious gossip girl on the show love kirsten. but wish verionca mars would come back. girl that said she wouldnt watch tv anymore has 2 watch one tree hill and gossip girl.

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B March 9, 2008 at 8:51 pm

I really hope Reaper stays on the air. The show concept is creative, and the cast really has good chemistry together. Why is Everybody hates Chris even on the air?

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Kai March 9, 2008 at 7:39 pm

I hated to see girlfriends go. I LOVED my mondays, Watch everyone hates chris, (aliens in america) then girlfriends then my new love, the game. It was the only shows I watched. Especially the game and girlfriends. I think the CW needs better judgement especialy when it comes down to this geographic. No tact, no respect and no understanding, especially how they did the girlfriends. Maybe another network should take girlfriends, the game, aliens in america. It would do nicely on abc, nbc, fox or something like that. I would be so happy to see them return. But if they don’t, I guess I just won’t watch tv anymore. http://www.tfpaa.com

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Dawn March 9, 2008 at 3:52 am

Reaper is WAY too special to let ‘cool’ as you say. I am getting so tired of networks just losing faith in a show without any time for it to catch on. They seem to forget that people have busy lives that don’t ALWAYS revolve around the boob tube! That means it may take a bit for something to gather the full support and fan base it should, but even exec’s must take vacations or have to, at least occasionally, take their children to little league or something, right?How about a little loyalty to those of us who are expected to be so loyal to them???

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D Noel W. March 4, 2008 at 11:20 am

Girlfriends has meant a lot to me. I’ve followed the show since the beginning and I wish it would come back. Please bring it back. All good things come to an end!!!

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