Saturday, March 15, 2008

The CW Network Renews Six Shows; Cuts Staffers

By Heather Chin

(previously published on on March 4, 2008)

Renewed CW shows reveal continued dedication to their tried-and-true formula of sex and the supernatural.

As reported by The Washington Post, the CW network announced Monday that they would be renewing six shows for the Fall season. These include raunchy fan-favorites America’s Next Top Model and Gossip Girl, alongside long-running supernatural standbys Smallville (up for its eighth season) and Supernatural (up for its fourth season).

The seeming dedication to familiar programming shows an optimism that is both surprising and understandable. The network is currently averaging only about 2.6 million viewers this season, notes the Post, which is down 20 percent from the same period last year.

Also renewed for next season are the confounding One Tree Hill and Everybody Hates Chris, which is the only comedy on the list of early pickups. Other comedies that have yet to receive word of renewal are Reaper and Aliens in America. Life is Wild has been cancelled.

In the meantime, the CW Network laid off 25-30 employees on Monday as part of a restructuring effort, reports The Hollywood Reporter. This included the removal of its entire comedy department.

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