Network greenlights dramas, including 'Life'
CW is going for sexy singles, sexy vampires and sexy models next season.Web has given series greenlights to three dramas — “Melrose Place,” “Vampire Diaries” and “The Beautiful Life” — in advance of its sked presentation on Thursday. The “Melrose Place” redo, from CBS Television Studios, was penned by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer. Like the Fox sudser from the early 1990s, series revolves around a group of twentysomethings who live in a swanky L.A. apartment complex, but with a murder mystery twist right from the get-go. “Vampire Diaries” taps into the “Twilight” craze, revolving around a small-town teenage girl who falls for a mysterious new boy in school who happens to be a centuries-old vampire. Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec penned the pilot, based on the book series by L.J. Smith, for Warner Bros. TV. CBS Television Studios’ “Beautiful Life” revolves around a group of up-and-coming models in Gotham. Skein was written by Adam Giaudrone and is exec produced by the “Swingtown” duo of Mike Kelley and Carol Barbee. Still to come are CW’s midseason pickups. The dramedy “Light Years” is looking good for an order, but the “Gossip Girl” spinoff is down for the count. As expected, gone from CW are dramas “Privileged” and “Reaper” and laffers “The Game” and “Everybody Hates Chris.”