The CW confirmed pickups of two new hourlong series, as well as renewal of bubble shows “Life Unexpected” and “One Tree Hill.”
The network also confirmed that its reboot of "Melrose Place" has been canceled.
Meanwhile, as expected, the network ordered spy-thriller “Nikita,” which stars “Mission: Impossible III” high-kicker Maggie Q in the title role as a U.S. agency operative. Craig Silverstein (“Bones,” “K-Ville”) executive producers, along with “Chuck” producer Peter Johnson, Danny Cannon and McG. The series comes from Warner Bros. Television.
Also ordered was Bonanza Productions’ coming-of-age drama “Hellcats,” starring Aly Michalka as a pre-law student forced to turn to cheerleading so she can get her tuition paid. Kevin Murphy (“Desperate Housewives”), Tom Welling (“Smallville”) and Allan Arkush (“Heroes,” “Crossing Jordan”) are the executive producers.
Meanwhile, premiering to much internal CW excitement at midseason, “Life Unexpected” produced lower-than-expected ratings … but still apparently has belief among network officials.
The long-running “One Tree Hill” produced enough of a late-season ratings bounce to yield an eighth season.
CW gives its upfront presentation on Thursday.