CW Fall 2007 schedule

TV Arts

David
Same as reported yesterday, apparently.

From Variety

CW announces fall schedule
Network adds six new series
By MICHAEL SCHNEIDER

A year after launching with a safe schedule of mostly returning shows,
the CW is hoping to make its mark this year by adding six new series
to its lineup.

Heading into the weblet's second season, CW entertainment president
Dawn Ostroff said she was looking for shows that would help brand the
fledgling operation.

"Our new shows have attitude and a sense of fun, and they're going to
define this network," said Ostroff. 

As expected (Daily Variety, May 17), the net will take advantage of
its two reality hits to premiere two new dramas that could become
signature shows for the weblet: "Reaper" and "Gossip Girl." A third
new drama, "Life is Wild," will slide into "7th Heaven's" former
Sunday home, keeping the 8 p.m. hour family-friendly.

Net will also keep Thursday and Friday intact.

"With established shows anchoring four nights and providing a launch
pad for new programs, we will also have stability on our successful
Thursday and Friday lineups," Ostroff said. "Shows that can be enjoyed


showcase for both viewers and advertisers."
                                            
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THE CW KICKS OFF ITS SECOND SEASON WITH SIX NEW SERIES 

NETWORK FRESHENS FALL SCHEDULE WITH THREE NEW DRAMAS, NEW COMEDY AND
TWO NEW REALITY SERIES 

New Drama "Gossip Girl," Based on Bestselling Book Series, To Follow
"America's Next Top Model" on Wednesdays 

Returning Hit "Beauty and The Geek" Leads Into Comical New Drama
"Reaper" on Tuesdays 

Comedy Block Remains on Monday Night With Three Returning Favorites
and New Comedy "Aliens In America" 

On Sunday, Two New Series, "Online Nation" and "CW Now," Bring Hottest
Internet Videos and Latest Trends to Television, Followed by New
Family Drama "Life Is Wild," Filming Entirely in South Africa 

Returning Hits "Smallville" and "Supernatural" and The WWE's "Friday
Night Smackdown!" Anchor Thursday and Friday 

Midseason Series Include Returning Hits "One Tree Hill" and "Pussycat
Dolls Present" and Two New Reality Series, "Crowned: The Mother of All
Pageants" and "Farmer Wants A Wife" 

New Series from Esteemed Producers Josh Schwartz ("The O.C."),
Stephanie Savage ("The O.C."), Mark Gordon ("Grey's Anatomy"), Kevin
Smith ("Clerks") and Tom Spezialy ("Desperate Housewives") Fill the
Fall Schedule 

May 17, 2007 (New York, New York) ?? The CW Network unveiled the
schedule for its 2007-2008 season today at Madison Square Garden
before more than 3,000 advertisers, affiliates and national media. The
announcement was made by Dawn Ostroff, President of Entertainment, The
CW. 

"Our new shows have attitude and a sense of fun, and they're going to
define this network," said Ostroff. "With that in mind, The CW is
adding six new series to our schedule this fall. With established
shows anchoring four nights and providing a launch pad for new
programs, we will also have stability on our successful Thursday and
Friday lineups. Shows that can be enjoyed by the whole family will air

on Sunday providing an innovative showcase for both viewers and
advertisers." 

On Wednesday nights, the network's top-rated series, AMERICA'S NEXT
TOP MODEL, showed double-digit growth last season and was the number
one show in the timeslot with women 18-34. AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL


O.C." producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, GOSSIP GIRL is
based on the best-selling young-adult book series of the same name.
The show features an ensemble cast of new and veteran actors,
including Blake Lively ("The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants") and
Leighton Meester ("Surface"), and focuses on the struggle for social
supremacy among teens from both sides of the tracks in a posh
Manhattan prep school. The fun, sexy and dramatic hour is a perfect
companion piece for TOP MODEL'S strong female audience, making
Wednesday "Girls Night In" on The CW. 

Stability is the key on Thursday and Friday nights. On Thursday ??
television's most competitive night ?? SMALLVILLE and SUPERNATURAL
deliver a good mix of male and female viewers. On Friday, the wildly
popular FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN! rules the night with two hours of
original wrestling extravaganzas 52 weeks a year. SMACKDOWN! was last
season's number-one show in male viewers, giving the network a lock on
young men on the night leading into the weekend. 



everything hip, hot and happening in youth culture. From the producers
of the entertainment magazine show "Extra," CW NOW utilizes
eye-catching graphics and visuals in a fast-paced mix of celebrity
gossip and current fashion and lifestyle trends. Advertisers can
participate by incorporating their brand into the fabric of the show,
expanding on the network's success last season with content wraps. At

ONLINE NATION, a series that takes the best of the web's user-
generated video and makes it available to television audiences. At

drama of Africa to television. The show will be filmed entirely in
South Africa, with a diverse cast of American, British and South
African actors, and will feature film-quality production values. LIFE
IS WILD is the story of a dysfunctional blended family from New York
who moves to a rural South African town and finds they must rely on

continue last season's successful strategy of an encore presentation
of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL. 

The popular Monday night comedy line-up returns with three favorites

EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS returns with a first-time ever guest appearance
by the show's co-creator and executive producer, Chris Rock. EVERYBODY
HATES CHRIS provides the perfect lead-in for the ground-breaking new
fish-out-of-water comedy ALIENS IN AMERICA, about a 16-year-old
Wisconsin boy, Justin Tolchuk (Dan Byrd, "The Hills Have Eyes"), whose
mother decides to improve his social status at school by importing an
exchange student to be his friend. When the student turns out to be a
Pakistani Muslim teenager named Raja (Adhir Kalyan, "Fair City"),
issues of diversity, tolerance and coming of age in America take
center stage in this sweet and insightful comedy. 

The Monday comedy block continues with GIRLFRIENDS and THE GAME, the
two highest-rated scripted shows on television among Africa-American
adults and women 18-34, helping to make The CW the number one-rated
programming option for African-American viewers on Monday nights. 


from executive producers Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, will
return with a new crop of beauties and geeks in this funny and
poignant social experiment competition. The devilish new drama REAPER

Tara Butters, Mark Gordon, Deb Spera, Tom Spezialy and executive
producer/director Kevin Smith, this humor-filled adventure is the
story of a slacker named Sam (Bret Harrison, "The Loop," "Grounded for
Life") who learns that his parents accidentally sold his soul to the
devil before he was born, forcing him into a new life as the devil's
bounty hunter. Ray Wise ("24," "The Closer") plays Satan, and Tyler
Labine ("Boston Legal," "Invasion") plays Sam's best friend Bert
"Sock" Wysocki. 

MIDSEASON 

In a strategy designed to give producers time to make a significant
creative change, the hit drama ONE TREE HILL will be held until
midseason. When it returns, the story will have advanced four years
and the characters will have already graduated from college. Online
digital diaries will premiere in the fall, allowing fans to learn what
happened during the college years, and will lead into the midseason
series return. 

Midseason reality series include a second season of the popular
PUSSYCAT DOLLS PRESENT, which averaged eight-million viewers a week in
its premiere season, along with two new reality concepts. On FARMER
WANTS A WIFE, a real-life farmer will search for a wife from the big
city, and on CROWNED: THE MOTHER OF ALL PAGEANTS, mother/daughter
teams must work together to win a beauty pageant. The three reality
shows will enable the network to schedule original reality series in
key time periods over the entire season. 

Following is The CW's 2007-2008 primetime schedule, a night-by-night
breakdown and accompanying details on all the programs. 

THE CW's 2007-2008 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE 

MONDAY 






TUESDAY 




WEDNESDAY 




THURSDAY 




FRIDAY 



SUNDAY 






MONDAY 



Justin Tolchuk (Dan Byrd, "The Hills Have Eyes") is a sensitive, lanky
16-year-old just trying to make it through the social nightmare of
high school in Medora, Wisconsin, with the help of his well-meaning
mom Franny (Amy Pietz, "Caroline in the City"), aspiring-entrepreneur
dad Gary (Patrick Breen, "Kevin Hill"), and his popular sister Claire
(Lindsey Shaw, "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide"), who is
sweetly unaware of how good-looking she is. When Franny signs up for
the school's international exchange student program, she pictures an
athletic, brilliant Nordic teen who will bestow instant coolness on
her outsider son. However, when the Tolchuk's exchange student
arrives, he turns out to be Raja Musharaff (Adhir Kalyan, "Fair
City"), a 16-year-old Pakistani Muslim. Despite the cultural chasm
between them, Justin and Raja quickly develop an unlikely friendship
that just might allow them to navigate the minefield that is
contemporary high school. It's going to be a very interesting year for
Raja, Justin, his family and the entire population of Medora. ALIENS
IN AMERICA is from CBS Paramount Network Television Inc. and Warner
Bros. Television with executive producers Tim Doyle ("Jake in
Progress"), Moses Port ("Just Shoot Me," "Mad About You") and David
Guarascio ("Just Shoot Me," "Mad About You"). Luke Greenfield ("The
Girl Next Door") directed the pilot. 

TUESDAY 



For the first 20 years of his life, Sam (Bret Harrison, "The Loop,"
"Grounded for Life") wondered why his parents went so easy on him.
Whether it was school, sports or career choices, Sam's mom (Allison
Hossack, "Falcon Beach") and dad (Andrew Airlie, "The L Word") always
let him get by with the least possible effort, while at the same time
pressuring his younger brother Keith (Kyle Switzer, "15/Love") to
excel. As a result, Sam skipped college, took a dead-end job and now
wastes endless hours playing video games and wishing he had the guts
to ask out his pretty co-worker, Andi (Nikki Reed, "Thirteen," "The
O.C."). Everything in his slacker world changes the day Sam turns 21
and discovers the ungodly reason his parents let him slide: they sold
his soul to the devil before he was born. Satan himself (Ray Wise,
"24," "The Closer") drops by to personally explain that Sam must now
serve as his bounty hunter, tracking down evil souls that have escaped
and returning them to Hell. At first, Sam refuses to accept his
bizarre fate, but after getting just a glimpse of Satan's temper, Sam
realizes that breaking a deal with the devil has consequences that are
very, very bad. Armed with a constantly changing series of vessels ??
starting with a Dirt Devil mini-vacuum ?? to collect the escapees, Sam
immediately finds that the work is dangerous and frightening, even
with the goofball help of his friends and fellow slackers, Bert "Sock"
Wysocki (Tyler Labine, "Boston Legal," "Invasion") and Ben (Rick
Gonzalez, "Coach Carter"), along with Sock's
former-girlfriend-turned-paralegal, Josie (Valarie Rae Miller, "Dark
Angel"). Still, as weird and scary as his life has become, Sam is
surprised to find that he somehow feels good about his newfound
"mission" ?? removing evil-doers from the world and sending them back
where they belong. With his friends and his trusty vessel-of-the-week
at his side, Sam is ready to face his destiny as the Reaper. REAPER is
from ABC Studios with executive producers Michelle Fazekas ("Ed," "Law
Returning with its ninth cycle, the runaway runway hit series features
supermodel Tyra Banks. The show gives real people an opportunity to
prove that they can make it in the high-stress, high-stakes world of
supermodeling. With mentoring by Tyra Banks and exposure to
high-profile fashion-industry gurus, young women of various
backgrounds, shapes and sizes must endure a highly accelerated
modeling boot camp and face weekly tests to determine who will make
the cut as they vie for a professional modeling contract. The
executive producers are Ken Mok ("Making the Band"), Tyra Banks and
Daniel Soiseth ("Hell's Kitchen"). The reality series was created by
Tyra Banks and developed by Mok and Kenya Barris. AMERICA'S NEXT TOP
MODEL is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with
Bankable Productions. & Order: Special Victims Unit"), Tara Butters
("Ed," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"), Mark Gordon ("Grey's
Anatomy," "Criminal Minds"), Deb Spera ("Criminal Minds"), Tom
Spezialy ("Desperate Housewives") and Kevin Smith ("Clerks," "Jay and
Silent Bob Strike Back"). Kevin Smith also directed the pilot. 

WEDNESDAY 



The privileged prep school teens on Manhattan's Upper East Side first
learn that Serena Van Der Woodsen (Blake Lively, "The Sisterhood of
the Traveling Pants") is back in town the way they learn all the
important news in their lives ?? from the blog of the all-knowing
albeit ultra-secretive Gossip Girl. No one knows Gossip Girl's
identity, but everyone in this exclusive and complicated vicious
circle relies on her text messages for the latest scoop. Serena's
closest friend, Blair (Leighton Meester, "Surface"), is just as
surprised as everyone else to find that Serena has suddenly ended her
self-imposed exile to boarding school and returned to Manhattan. The
tension between Blair and Serena isn't lost on Gossip Girl, who is
determined to uncover and fuel any and all scandals. Does it involve
Serena's brother Eric (Connor Paolo, "One Life to Live"), Blair's
boyfriend Nate (Chace Crawford, "The Covenant") or Nate's buddy Chuck
(Ed Westwick, "Children of Men")? Maybe it has something to do with
Dan (Penn Badgley, "John Tucker Must Die") and his sister Jenny
(Taylor Momsen, "Spy Kids 2," "How The Grinch Stole Christmas"), whose
middle-class background keeps them on the fringes of this exclusive
clique. Even the parents ?? from Serena's mother Lily (Kelly
Rutherford, "Melrose Place"), a former ballerina/rock-groupie, to
Nate's high-powered father Howie "The Captain" Archibald (Sam Robards,
"The West Wing"), to Dan and Jenny's dad Rufus (Matthew Settle,
"Brothers and Sisters"), a former rocker turned art gallery owner ??
are aware that their sons and daughters are constantly checking their
Sidekicks to read Gossip Girl's latest sightings and overheard
tidbits. Overriding all the shifting friendships, jealousies and
turmoil in this wealthy and complex world, the central mystery remains
-- Who Is Gossip Girl? Based on the popular series of young-adult
novels by Cecily von Ziegesar, GOSSIP GIRL is from Alloy Entertainment
in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Paramount
Television Inc. with executive producers Josh Schwartz ("The O.C.") &
Stephanie Savage ("The O.C."), Bob Levy and Leslie Morgenstein
("Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"). Mark Piznarski ("Veronica
Mars," "Friday Night Lights") directed the pilot. 

SUNDAY 



CW NOW blends news and entertainment to create the ultimate source for
everything that's hip, hot and happening right now in the world of
young adults. With a team of experts focusing on the topics and trends
that appeal specifically to The CW generation, this new series will
feature informative and entertaining reports on the hottest fashions,
the coolest music, the must-see movies and the must-have gadgets and
technology. CW NOW will be everywhere young adults are: from
cyberspace profiling the best of the web, to hitting the streets and
getting inside the most popular hotspots. With young adults'
insatiable appetite for all things celebrity, each episode will report
on the latest news and gossip from inside the glitz and glamour of
Hollywood. Moving at a rapid-fire pace and utilizing eye-catching
graphics and visuals, CW NOW fits perfectly with the on-demand
lifestyle of adults 18-34. CW NOW is a co-production of Telepictures
Productions and Warner Horizon Television with executive producers
Lisa Gregorisch ("Extra") and Mike Miller ("Extra"). 



Young adults have taken their quest for fame into their own hands as
the amount of user-generated entertainment continues to explode across
the internet. Now The CW is giving them a nationally televised stage
to show off what they've got. ONLINE NATION scours the nearly infinite
number of websites, blogs and user-generated materials on the internet
to find the best, the hottest, the unique and sometimes, the flat-out
bizarre, and presents it on The CW audience's other favorite screen:
the TV screen. This fun, irreverent weekly series features everything
and anything that has captured the attention of the online world, from
the most popular sites to the addictive viral videos being shared by
millions, to insights from the digital tastemakers. Born of the
internet and tailored specifically for this generation, this series
also features an innovative interactive element as viewers will be
able to see what others are saying and communicate with them live on
the air. The CW is turning mouse potatoes into couch potatoes by
putting all the greatest internet clips in one ready-to-use package.
ONLINE NATION is from Room 403 Productions with executive producers
David Hurwitz ("Fear Factor") and Paul Cockerill ("Trigger Happy TV,"
"Jimmy Kimmel Live"). 



Katie Clarke (Leah Pipes, "Clubhouse") may never forgive her
veterinarian father, Danny (Brett Cullen, "Ghost Rider," "Friday Night
Lights"), for dragging their entire blended family out of New York
City to spend a year living in a broken-down lodge called The Blue
Antelope in a game reserve deep inside South Africa. Everyone in the
family, including Katie's 11-year-old brother Chase (K'sun Ray,
"Smith"), Danny's second wife Jo (Judith Hoag, "Armageddon"), her
rebellious teenage son Jesse (Andrew St. John, "General Hospital") and
7-year-old daughter, Mia (Mary Matilyn Mouser, "Eloise"), is sure
Danny has lost his mind. But Danny's reasons go beyond his desire to
keep his troubled family together while making a difference in the
lives of the people and animals of South Africa: his deceased first
wife Claire grew up at The Blue Antelope and it's still home to her
reclusive father Art (David Butler). After just a few days in South
Africa, the family has already encountered an injured lioness, a lost
cub, and a gentle giraffe. They've also met a few locals, including a
handsome young Brit, Oliver Banks (newcomer Calvin Goldspink) and his
twin sister Emily (newcomer Tiffany Mulheron), whose father Colin
Banks (Jeremy Sheffield), runs a safari business for wealthy tourists,
and Tumelo (newcomer Atandwa Kani), a teen who dreams of becoming a
veterinarian. While they are definitely outsiders, Katie and the rest
of the family are nevertheless beginning to love the breathtaking
vistas of the bush country and the vibrant culture enveloping them. A
year in this strange but beautiful place might not be so bad after
all. LIFE IS WILD is a production of CBS Paramount Network Television
Inc., Warner Bros. Television and Company Pictures, an All 3 Media
Company, with executive producers Michael Rauch ("Love Monkey,"
"Beautiful People"), Charlie Pattinson ("Wild at Heart," "Shameless")
and George Faber ("Wild at Heart," "Skins"). Bryan Gordon ("The
Office," "Curb Your Enthusiasm") directed the pilot. 

MIDSEASON 

"ONE TREE HILL" 

Returning for its fifth season to the town of Tree Hill, this drama
revolves around the lives of two young men, Lucas and Nathan, who have
little in common aside from their love for hoops and the fact that
they share the same father. The star of the high school basketball
team, Nathan hails from a wealthy family, while his half-brother Lucas
is the only child of a single mom. The inhabitants of Tree Hill have
witnessed Lucas' metamorphosis from loner to high school basketball
star, Nathan and Haley's troubled marriage, and Peyton and Brooke's
tumultuous friendship. While the teenagers struggle to find their
places in the world, the adults in Tree Hill continue to deal with the
residue of decisions they made years ago. The series stars Chad
Michael Murray as Lucas Scott, James Lafferty as Nathan Scott, Hilarie
Burton as Peyton Sawyer, Bethany Joy Galeotti as Haley James, Paul
Johansson as Dan Scott, Sophia Bush as Brooke Davis, Barbara Alyn
Woods as Deb Scott, Barry Corbin as Whitey Durham and Moira Kelly as
Karen Roe. ONE TREE HILL is from executive producer and show creator
Mark Schwahn ("Coach Carter"), executive producers Mike Tollin, Brian
Robbins, Joe Davola ("Smallville") and Greg Prange for Tollin/Robbins
Productions and Warner Bros. Television. 

"CROWNED: THE MOTHER OF ALL PAGEANTS" (New Reality Series) 

Judges Carson Kressley ("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"), former Miss
U.S.A. Shanna Moakler ("Dancing with the Stars," "Meet the Barkers"),
and television personality Cynthia Garrett referee an eight-episode
competition that dares to pit mother/daughter teams against each other
in a no-holds-barred beauty pageant. CROWNED: THE MOTHER OF ALL
PAGEANTS explores one of the most emotional and volatile relationships
as mothers and daughters from all walks of life must compete together
?? and against other mother/daughter teams ?? in order to win. Faced
with challenges that focus on preparing them for the pageant show
finale, the women will have to brand a 'style' for their
mother/daughter team via clothing and swimwear, create ways of
expressing a point of view about issues in the world, and practice for
the big pageant dance number. Not only do good looks, talent and a
penchant for world peace have to run in the family, each team must
also have patience, teamwork and a healthy sense of humor. In the end,
one mother/daughter team will be "crowned" the winner and will receive
a valuable prize package, including a $100,000 cash award, and, of
course, a fabulous pair of tiaras. CROWNED: THE MOTHER OF ALL PAGEANTS
is a production of Fox Television Studios, with creator/executive
producer Laurie Girion ("Cheerleader Nation," "Last Comic Standing
2"). 

"FARMER WANTS A WIFE" (New Reality Series) 

The CW cultivates romance a l "Green Acres" with FARMER WANTS A WIFE,
a comedic reality series designed to help one farm boy find the city
girl of his dreams. Based on the hit British format, this first U.S.
version will find a charming, hard-working farmer who is happy with
his life but lacking romance and wondering if he might find happiness
with a woman from the city. The show's producers will search the
nation's cities to select a group of 10 women who have had it with bad
dates in the big city and are open to making a big change. The group
will consist of women looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle
of the city and wondering if a country man with country values might
offer a more attractive lifestyle. FARMER WANTS A WIFE will bring
these city women to the country farmer. The ladies will have to
impress him with their heart and their newfound "love" of the country
life, or they'll be sent back to the city. Are these city girls ready
for the realities of life and work on a farm ?? driving a tractor,
taking care of very large farm animals and attending bingo night?
Through a series of challenges, group activities, shocking
eliminations and cozy dates, 10 fast-lane women will see how they
match up with a back-roads guy on the path to true love. FARMER WANTS
A WIFE is from Fremantle Media North American (FMNA) and Super
Delicious LLC with executive producers Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Adam Cohen,
Cara Tapper, and Joanna xVernetti.