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Signs of life for next year with The CW as it renews six series

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February 24th, 2009

via TV Week

In the clearest sign yet that The CW will live to fight another season, the network has given early renewals to a half-dozen existing series, including Superman drama "Smallville."

The CW President Dawn Ostroff began telephoning executives at Warner Bros. Television and CBS Paramount Network Television about the decision Tuesday morning. The network could announce the news as early as this afternoon.

In addition to "Smallville," the series renewed for next season are "Gossip Girl," "90210," "America's Next Top Model" (cycles 13 and 14), "One Tree Hill" and "Supernatural." While the solid ratings for all six shows made pickups likely, the renewals were not all foregone conclusions.

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Shows on the bubble at The CW include “Reaper,” “Privileged,” “The Game” and “Everybody Hates Chris.” The latter series, which has already filmed enough episodes for syndication, is considered a long shot to return.

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