CW renews “Life Unexpected,” “One Tree Hill”; picks up “Nikita,” “Hellcats”

The CW has avoided making a Sophie’s Choice in its renewals, instead giving pickups to both bubble series “Life Unexpected” and “One Tree Hill.”

Netlet has also given a greenlight to two new series: A contemporary take on “Nikita” and the college drama “Hellcats.”

News also means that the CW’s attempt at reviving “Melrose Place” has been canceled, as expected.

At one point, it appeared that the Dub net was going to have to make a choice between “Life Unexpected” and “One Tree Hill” — and there were pros and cons to both being renewed or canceled.

But in the end, CW execs decided to keep both its best-reviewed new show, “Life Unexpected,” and the aging but still popular “Hill.”

As for the new series, “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) who’s forced to join the cheerleading squad when her scholarship ends.

Warner Bros. TV and CBS TV Studios produce, along with “Smallville” star Tom Welling’s production company. Kevin Murphy, Welling and Allan Arkush (who helmed the pilot) are exec producers.

“Life Unexpected” enters its second season this fall, while “One Tree Hill” will be back for its eighth season.

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  1. Jennifer says:

    We love you Tom Welling! Congratulations on your shows.

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