CW relying on reality hits

'Geek,' 'Top Model' the star attractions

The CW will double up on reality this fall in a bid to launch two scripted dramas.

Meanwhile, as Fox prepared to unveil its new lineup Thursday, there was word that longtime “Law & Order” exec producer Walon Green has signed on to serve as exec producer/showrunner on the net’s new drama “Canterbury’s Law.”

Mike Figgis directed the Juliananna Margulies starrer, which comes from exec producers Denis Leary, Jim Serpico and Dave Erickson. Sony Pictures Television is producing.

Over at the CW, draft  of the Green net’s sked making the rounds Wednesday has  both “Beauty and the Geek” and “America’s Next Top Model”  on the air this fall. Skeins will likely air Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8, respectively.

This past season, “Geek” aired while “Model” was on break. But the spring success of “Pussycat Dolls Presents” apparently convinced CW execs that more reality can be a good thing.

According to the draft sked floating around town, “Geek” will lead into the new supernatural comedy thriller “Reaper.” Red-hot “Top Model” will give a lift to Josh Schwartz’s “Gossip Girl,” which is inheriting the 9 p.m. Wednesday timeslot where Schwartz’s Fox drama “The O.C.” became a pop sensation.

Look for Thursdays to stay the same, with “Smallville” and “Supernatural” continuing. Wrestling remains on Friday.

On Sundays, most believe the C-Dub will air some combination of the unscripted skeins “CW Now” and “Online Nation” in the 7 p.m. hour, with South Africa-set family drama “Life is Wild” airing at 8 p.m.

Comedies will continue to make up the CW’s Monday lineup. “Everybody Hates Chris,” back for its third season, remains at 8 p.m., followed by newcomer “Aliens in America.” “Girlfriends” and “The Game” air from 9-10 p.m.

Net has done well with “America’s Next Top Model” repeats Sundays at 9 p.m., so there’s no reason to expect it will alter that game plan.

On the bench will be “One Tree Hill,” which is expected to return later in the season, perhaps for a nearly uninterrupted flow of 22 episodes.

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