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CW adds 5 dramas; renews ‘Nikita,’ ‘Gossip’

'Carrie,' 'Cult,' 'Beauty,' 'Arrow,' 'Cut' join the sked

The CW is picking up five drama series for its 2012-13 schedule.

“The Carrie Diaries,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cult,” “Arrow,” and “First Cut” will be added to the netlet’s primetime schedule. As expected, “Gossip Girl” has gotten an 11-episode order for a sixth and final season. Also renewed was bubble drama “Nikita” for a third season and “Hart of Dixie” for a second season. Two series introduced last year, “Ringer” and “The Secret Circle,” are not getting renewals.

All five new series hail from the studio arms of the CW’s joint owners. Not making the cut are “The Selection,” “Shelter” and “Joey Dakota.” There’s been speculation that CW will hold back “Cult” for midseason.

“Carrie” follows the teen years of the character of Carrie Bradshaw from HBO’s “Sex and the City.” Series is from Fake Empire in association with WBTV with executive producers Amy B. Harris, Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Len Goldstein and Candace Bushnell. Miguel Arteta directed the pilot, which was written by Harris.

“Cut” is about a female medical student who finds the politics of being a hospital intern is not too different from her high school days. Series is from CBS TV Studios and WBTV with executive producers Jennie Snyder Urman, Dan Jinks and Bharat Nalluri, who directed the pilot.

“Cult” is about a series of mysterious deaths and disappearances that are linked to a fictional TV show. Series is from Fake Empire and Rockne S. O’Bannon Television in association with WBTV and CBS TV Studios, with executive producers Rockne S. O’Bannon, Schwartz, Savage, Len Goldstein and Jason Ensler, who directed the pilot.

“Arrow” is an adaptation of the DC Comics superhero Green Arrow. Series is from Bonanza Prods. in association with Berlanti Prods. and WBTV, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and David Nutter.

“Beauty” is an adaptation of the classic fairy tale from CBS Television Studios with executive producers Jennifer Levin, Sherri Cooper, Bill Haber, Paul J. Witt, Tony Thomas, Ron Koslow and Gary Fleder.

The CW upfront is scheduled for May 17.

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