Network orders more 'Melrose,' 'Vampire'
The CW has given a full-season order to veteran drama “One Tree Hill,” and has also ordered additional scripts for frosh entries “The Vampire Diaries” and “Melrose Place.”The netlet had ordered just 13 episodes of “One Tree Hill” this season, but the early pickup now secures the show a full seventh season. As for “Diaries,” the CW has picked up nine more scripts – a good sign that a full-season order is in the cards. And it’s no surprise: Show holds the record as the CW’s most-watched premiere ever (4.9 million viewers). Then there’s “Melrose,” which has so far been a disappointment for the Dub. But net execs are still holding out hope for a turnaround – especially once Heather Locklear shows up in November. The CW believes the show is creatively on track enough to earn an order for six additional scripts. CW execs were waiting Wednesday night to see how the second episode of its other new drama, “The Beautiful Life: TBL,” performs. That show struggled in its opening and now faces even tougher competition vs. the launch of ABC’s highly touted 9 p.m. comedies.
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