In a surprise move to many, The CW has picked up both One Tree Hill and Life Unexpected for the new season. It was widely considered that the network was deciding between the two shows. Benefits of keeping the long-running OTH was its strong ratings growth seen this season.
But Life Unexpected showed a lot of creative strength, which the network noticed. They also see a lot of potential in the future of the series, according to Deadline. More importantly, or more likely a reason the network was able to renew both, Life is a much cheaper show to produce than OTH. That means, The CW can afford a little patience to see if it starts to click more with their target young female audience.
In other news regarding the new season, the network has reportedly also picked up their revamping of the long-running USA series La Femme Nikita, shortening the title to just Nikita, and the coming of age college drama Hellcats. Here's what the network says about both series.
Nikita stars international action-film star and martial arts expert Maggie Q (Mission Impossible III) in the title role as a spy and assassin for a top secret U.S. government agency, who rebels against the system that created her and will stop at nothing to bring their powerful operation to an end. Nikita is from Warner Bros. Television in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision, with executive producers Craig Silverstein (Bones, K-Ville), Danny Cannon (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Chuck), McG (Supernatural, Chuck, The O.C., Charlie’s Angels), and Peter Johnson (Supernatural, Chuck). The pilot was directed by Danny Cannon. Co-starring are: Lyndsy Fonseca (Desperate Housewives), Shane West, Aaron Stanford, Ashton Holmes (Boston Legal), Tiffany Hines (Bones), Melinda Clarke (The Vampire Diaries) and Xander Berkeley (24).
Hellcats is a coming-of-age drama about a you pre-law student (Aly Michalka, Bandslam) whose world is turned upside-down when she loses her scholarship and has to join the college’s competitive cheerleading squad. This fun, energetic series is a behind-the-scenes look at the drama, politics and pressure surrounding the high school football program at a Southern university. Hellcats is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Tom Welling Productions, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives), Tom Welling (Smallville) and Allan Arkush (Heroes). The pilot was directed by Allan Arkush. Co-starring are: Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical), Heather Hemmens (CSI: Miami), Robbie Jones (One Tree Hill), Matt Barr (Harper’s Island), Sharon Leal (Private Practice) and Gail O’Grady (NYPD Blue).
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