CW heats up 'Melrose Place,' 'Vampire Diaries'

Fox has added the Warner Bros. TV drama “Past Life” to its tally of 2009-10 season pickups as it preps for Monday’s upfront presentation in Gotham.

Reincarnation-themed drama about a psychologist and an ex-NYPD homicide detective who team up to help people solve past-life traumas and present-day crimes comes from scribe David Hudgins. Cast includes Kelli Giddish, Nicholas Bishop, Richard Schiff and Ravi Patel.

Net made it official with the studio Thursday afternoon. “Past Life” joins the comicbook-based fantasy “Human Target” and laffer “Sons of Tucson” on Fox’s authorized pickup list. Laffer “Brothers,” featuring former NFL player Michael Strahan, remains a contender. But overall, Fox isn’t expected to acquire too much more on the scripted side for the coming season.

In other pilot buzz, the evidence that CW is about to greenlight the “Melrose Place” redo and pilot “Vampire Diaries” mounted as both shows were aggressively shopping for staff writers and producers. CW unveils its lineup on Thursday.

Chatter about ABC’s prospects is growing louder as its presentation on Tuesday draws near. The Patricia Heaton comedy “The Middle” has gained a lot of steam in recent days. Courteney Cox’s “Cougar Town” is high on the hot list, as is the buddy cop laffer “The Law” featuring Cedric the Entertainer.

Alphabet also is said to be weighing two projects with stars that the net wants to be in business with, even if the overall pilot results were less than home runs: “Romantically Challenged,” starring Alyssa Milano, and “Awesome Hank,” toplined by Kelsey Grammer.

Drama-wise, Jerry Bruckheimer’s “The Forgotten” is believed to be bound for ABC’s sked. “Eastwick,” “Happy Town,” “Inside the Box” and “V” are the other top contenders, according to industry insiders.

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