News looks grim for 'Veronica Mars'
The CW has officially greenlit three dramas and two unscripted magazine shows — and it’s looking like the sun is going down on “Veronica Mars.”
Definitely gone: “All of Us,” the Will Smith-produced laffer that ran for three seasons on UPN and CW. Returning shows snagging official pickups: Laffers “Girlfriends” and “The Game,” and dramas “Smallville,” “Supernatural” and “One Tree Hill.” CW picked up “Everybody Hates Chris” for a third season earlier this spring
And while nothing’s official, people familiar with the situation said “Mars” was, indeed, canceled.
As expected, execs at the Green net Tuesday called the producers of “Gossip Girl,” “Reaper” and a remake of Blighty family drama “Wild at Heart” to give them the good news. After some last-minute snags, comedy “Aliens in America” also got the go-ahead Tuesday afternoon.
CW is moving forward with a pair of magazine style shows, both of which will likely air Sunday nights in the 7 p.m. timeslot. “Online Nation” is a sort of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” for the YouTube generation, while “CW Now” is the net’s “ET”-style look at pop culture.
On the scripted side, greenlight for “Gossip Girl” gives exec producer Josh Schwartz his second series order this sea-son. It’s a quick comeback for Schwartz, whose last hit—Fox’s “The OC”— left the air in February.