The CW announces fall schedule: 'Melrose Place' paired with '90210'

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The CW would officially like to invite you to the early ’90s: The network revealed its fall 2009 schedule this morning and, as was reported yesterday, it paired its highly anticipated Melrose Place reboot with 90210 for a Tuesday evening one-two punch of sudsers set in LA. The original shows shared Wednesday night when Melrose Place launched after Beverly Hills, 90210 on Fox in July 1992.

“Tuesday night gives us a perfect match with 90210 and Melrose Place,” Dawn Ostroff, the network’s president of entertainment said in a press release. At The CW’s presentation to advertisers in NYC, Ostroff added that there will likely be some character crossover between the two Tuesday night soaps.

But while The CW is loving the ’90s, apparently the ’80s are, like, so over: The throwback Gossip Girl spin-off, Lily, which aired a backdoor pilot set in the glamorous decade earlier this month, was not picked-up. Ostroff told reporters, however, that the spin-off could be a possibility for midseason. “We’d love to find a place for it,” she said.

In addition to Melrose, The CW greenlit two other new dramas: The Mischa Barton and Elle Macpherson-led The Beautiful Life, about models living in NYC, and Vampire Diaries, a Twilight-like drama riding the wave of vampire mania in Hollywood right now. Very fittingly, The Beautiful Life takes the post-America’s Next Top Model spot that was unsuccessfully filled by Stylista last fall and 13: Fear is Real this spring. Top Model is The CW’s top-rated show (pulling in 3.9 million viewers this spring), so The Beautiful Life, which is produced by Ashton Kutcher, has a beautiful opportunity to use that lead-in to its advantage.

Meanwhile, in a surprising scheduling move, Vampire Diaries is set to lead The CW’s Thursday night, followed by Supernatural, which means that former companion show Smallville will be bumped over to the network’s anemic Friday night and paired with a repeat of America’s Next Top Model. Reacting to rumors about the upcomign season being Smallville’s last, Ostroff added: “It’s not necessarily the last season. We hope it’s not.” Former Friday night occupants Everybody Hates Chris and The Game were unsurprisingly canceled, making The CW the only broadcast network that has given up on comedies. Ostroff reminded the press that The CW “decided to stop developing comedies a few years ago.” And she added: “Maybe at some point in the future we’ll make a go of it again.”

Monday nights remain the same, with Gossip Girl leading into One Tree Hill. Reaper and Privileged, which looked like they might have a chance at a second season, were officially canceled. Meanwhile, Parental Discretion, a drama about a teenager who’s spent her life in foster care but is now determined to meet her biological parents, was also announced for a to-be-determined midseason launch.

THE CW FALL 2009 SCHEDULE

MONDAY
8-9 p.m.: Gossip Girl
9-10 p.m.: One Tree Hill

TUESDAY
8-9 p.m.: 90210
9-10 p.m.: Melrose Place

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m.: America’s Next Top Model
9-10 p.m.: The Beautiful Life

THURSDAY
8-9 p.m.: Vampire Diaries
9-10 p.m.: Supernatural

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m.: Smallville
9-10 p.m.: America’s Next Top Model repeat

SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Local affiliate programming

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addCredit(“Melrose: Patrick Ecclesine/The CW; 90210: Art Streiber/The CW”)

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  • lala

    Why couldnt they make the gossip girl spinoff an midseason series, because gossip girl always leaves for a few weeks

  • Tasha

    They cancelled The Game & Everybody hates Chris? Oh well no reason for me to watch the CW ANYanymore!! I can believe the revised 90210 & now Melrose Place( which will star a dead girl) but the #1 & 2 show in African American households gets the boot! So long CW its been nice knowing ya!!!

  • Tasha

    They cancelled The Game & Everybody hates Chris? Oh well no reason for me to watch the CW ANYanymore!! I can believe the revised 90210 & now Melrose Place( which will star a dead girl) but the #1 & 2 show in African American households gets the boot! So long CW its been nice knowing ya!!!

  • Natalie

    Tasha, next time use your spell check and hit the enter once! However I do agree wit your comments. I wont be watching the CW anymore either. No real shows of substance left.

  • Lizzette

    I hate the CW they took off the only two urban comedies left….the only thing I will be watching is Supernatural….

  • BeanRainbow

    Supernatural is only the best show ever on the CW!

  • kristie

    The only reason I watch CW is for Supernatural. It’s the only good show on CW, in my opinion.

  • Realist

    Thanks for canceling Reaper CW, now I can finally stop watching your channel altogether and skipping those lame promos during the commercials.

  • Buddy

    Why not put the Gossip Girl spin off at 9:00 on Monday and move One Tree Hill to Friday instead of a repeat. It’s as old and solid as Smallville. It could stand the move. I just hate seeing repeats programmed into a schedule. It’s just lazy.

  • Derek

    Can’t wait for 90210 & Melrose Place Tuesdays!

  • Elena

    I heard that Lily, Body Politic and another pilot which I can’t seem to remember right now are still midseason players??
    I agree that maybe OTH should have moved to Fridays instead of Smallville…I’m not a fan of either show but it seems stupid to push your second Highest rated show on a friday?? Is CW purposely trying to be shut down??
    I am excited abbout Vampire Diaries and Beautiful Life though! And of course GOSSIP GIRL!!!

  • Veronica

    I can’t believe they cancelled The Game…. This was a huge mistake. That show was the only reason I watched the CW. The network has officially lost me as a viewer.

  • andrew

    really cw, you move your most sucessful show smallville to friday. Way to treat one of your top shows for eight years in it’s last season.

  • Peggy

    By moving Smallville to Friday, the CW shows that it no longer considers the show a strong contender. But it gives me something decent to watch on Fridays now.

  • Jay

    Nope, not a single show I am interested in. CW will not be watched in my household for even a second. Someone needs to shoot this network and put it out of its misery.

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