'Melrose Place' not to return
The CW has avoided making a Sophie’s choice in its renewals, giving pickups to both of its bubble series, “Life Unexpected” and “One Tree Hill.” Netlet has also greenlit two new dramas: a contemporary take on “La Femme Nikita” and the college drama “Hellcats.”To no one’s surprise, CW’s attempt at reviving “Melrose Place” has been put to rest for good. At one point, it appeared that CW was going to have to make a choice between “Life Unexpected” and “One Tree Hill” — and there were pros and cons to the renewal or cancellation of either. But in the end, CW execs decided to keep both its best-reviewed frosh show, “Life Unexpected,” and the aging but still popular “Hill,” which will head into its eighth season. “Nikita” stars Maggie Q as a kick-ass spy and assassin. Warner Bros. TV and McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision are behind the show; Craig Silverstein, Danny Cannon (who directed the pilot), McG and Peter Johnson are exec producers. “Hellcats,” meanwhile, centers on a college student (Aly Michalka) forced to join the cheerleading squad when her scholarship ends. It’s been described as “Glee” but with cheerleaders. Warner Bros. TV and CBS TV Studios produce. “Smallville” star Tom Welling, Kevin Murphy and Allan Arkush (who helmed the pilot) are exec producers.