The CW has made its first series pickups for the new season, greenlighting dramas “Hart of Dixie,” “The Secret Circle” and “Ringer.”
The C-Dub also picked up three new reality skeins and handed renewals to frosh drama “Nikita” and war horse “One Tree Hill” in advance of its upfront presentation on Thursday.
The reality orders are “H8R,” “Re-Modeled” and “The Frame.” The volume of unscripted pickups indicates CW intends to cut down on the frequency of repeats on its Monday-Friday sked.
“Hart of Dixie,” from Warner Bros. TV and Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire banner, stars Rachel Bilson as a New York doctor who faces culture shock when she inherits a small-town practice.
“Secret Circle” also comes from WBTV and is steered by a prominent CW showrunner, “Vampire Diaries’ ” Kevin Williamson. It centers on a young woman who moves to a new town and discovers she’s a witch. Series is based on an Alloy book series of the same name and is co-produced by Alloy Entertainment.
“Ringer” will bring Sarah Michelle Gellar back to the network in a show that revolves around a woman who hides out as her twin sister. Project came from CBS’ development slate.
“H8R,” from Warner Horizon TV, also got a nod. Skein, hosted by Mario Lopez, sees celebrities go head-to-head with civilians who hate them to win their “haters” over.
“Re-Modeled,” from Sony Pictures TV, revolves around an effort to create an uber-modeling agency. “The Frame” turns on a competition among two-person teams who are challenged to live together in a single room for up to eight weeks, with cameras rolling 24/7. The Shed Media show is designed to run twice a week.