I don’t actually watch anything on The CW currently, but since people actually seem to be enjoying these announcements, why not throw them in. New shows are in bold.
8:00 pm: Gossip Girl
9:00 pm: One Tree Hill
8:00 pm: 90210
9:00 pm: Surviving The Filthy Rich
8:00 pm: America’s Next Top Model
9:00 pm: Stylista
8:00 pm: Smallville
9:00 pm: Supernatural
8:00 pm: Everybody Hates Chris
8:30 pm: The Game
9:00 pm: America’s Next Top Model (repeat)
Here are the descriptions of each new show with my take.
(Drama, Tuesdays 8pm)
An edgy, contemporary spin-off of the iconic drama â€œBeverly Hills, 90210,â€ the new 90210 looks at life through the eyes of Annie Mills (Shenae Grimes, â€œDegrassi: The Next Generationâ€) and her brother Dixon (Tristan Wilds, â€œThe Wireâ€), whose first day at West Beverly Hills High School leaves no doubt theyâ€™re not in Kansas anymore. The Mills family, including dad Harry (casting TBD) and mom Debbie (Lori Loughlin, â€œSummerlandâ€), has relocated to Beverly Hills to keep an eye on Harryâ€™s mother Tabitha (Jessica Walter, â€œArrested Developmentâ€), a feisty-but-faded former television star and a charter member of the Betty Ford Clinic. For Annie and Dixon, the awkwardness of being the new kids is made worse by the fact that their dad has taken a job as the high school principal. The school is one big culture shock for Annie, a sweet and friendly girl with a passion for the theater, and Dixon, a star athlete and scholar who was adopted by the Mills family after they took him in as a foster child. Annie and Dixon have a close sibling relationship, which theyâ€™ll need to help them cope with all the new cliques and classmates, including Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord, â€œNip/Tuckâ€), a hot, spoiled, rich girl; Ethan (Dustin Milligan, â€œRunawayâ€), a popular jock whose abilities rival Dixonâ€™s; Navid (Michael Steger, â€œThe Winnerâ€), an aspiring reporter who heads up the schoolâ€™s daily newscast; and Silver (Jessica Stroup, â€œProm Nightâ€), a rebel who produces and stars in a YouTube-type video series. Even the faculty seems hip and sophisticated at WBHHS, such as smart and funny teacher Ryan Matthews (Ryan Eggold, â€œDirtâ€) and beautiful guidance counselor Kelly Taylor (guest star Jennie Garth, the original â€œBeverly Hills, 90210â€). The Mills family has just begun to realize how much their lives are about to change. 90210 is produced by CBS Paramount Network Television with executive producers Gabe Sachs & Jeff Judah (â€œFreaks & Geeksâ€). Mark Piznarski (â€œGossip Girlâ€) is the director and executive producer of the pilot.
Sean’s Take: Why? Are we so out of ideas for new shows that we now have to go back and revisit the already bad ones? What’s next? My Mother The Car 2008? Oh wait… NBC already has that with the new Knight Rider. My bad. This show is just a bad, bad idea… which means it will probably go for several seasons.
Surviving The Filthy Rich
(Drama, Tuesdays 9PM)
Twenty-three-year-old Megan Smith (JoAnna Garcia, â€œRebaâ€) has a Yale education, a relentlessly positive attitude and a plan to conquer the world of journalism, despite the fact that she is currently slaving away at a tabloid rag. Meganâ€™s plan is thrown off course when, in one whirlwind day, she gets fired, meets cosmetics mogul Laurel Limoges (casting TBD) and becomes the live-in tutor for Laurelâ€™s twin teen granddaughters in the heady Palm Beach world of wealth and power. The girls, Rose (Lucy Kate Hale, â€œBionic Womanâ€) and Sage (Ashley Newbrough, â€œThe Best Yearsâ€), are beautiful, rebellious and less-than-thrilled with their new tutor, but Megan is determined to win them over as she enjoys the perks of her new job, breathtaking private suite, gorgeous convertible and live-in chef Marco (Allan Louis, â€œStomp the Yardâ€). Even the neighbors are fabulous in Palm Beach, and Megan quickly catches the eye of Will (casting TBD), the wealthy and extremely hot dilettante who lives on the estate next door and just happens to be dating Meganâ€™s estranged sister Lily (casting TBD). Completing this romantic quadrangle is Meganâ€™s best friend Charlie (Michael Cassidy, â€œSmallville,â€ â€œThe O.C.â€), who is secretly in love with her. Despite her own complicated romantic and family relationships, Megan is committed to making a difference in the lives of her two headstrong charges as she navigates the treacherous waters of high society in Palm Beach. SURVIVING THE FILTHY RICH is based on the Alloy Entertainment book â€œHow to Teach Filthy Rich Girlsâ€ by best-selling author Zoey Dean (â€œThe A-Listâ€). The series is from Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Paramount Network Television with executive producers Rina Mimoun (â€œGilmore Girls,â€ â€œEverwoodâ€), Bob Levy (â€œGossip Girlâ€) and Leslie Morgenstein (â€œGossip Girl”).
Sean’s Take: This sounds like just about any romantic comedy movie that comes out, so, much to my chagrin, this will probably have at least a season or two of life IF (notice the big “if” there) it is handled correctly and isn’t just screamingly obvious in its writing.
(Reality, Wednesday 9pm)
If â€œThe Devil Wears Pradaâ€ were a reality show, it would be STYLISTA. Eleven aspiring fashion enthusiasts vie for a much-coveted editorial job with Elle magazine. They work as assistants to Elleâ€™s Fashion News Director, Anne Slowey, a demanding but well-respected fashion icon. The competitors will carry out an assistant task and a fashion editorial assignment in each episode. Each week, in consultation with Elleâ€™s Creative Director, Joe Zee, Anne fires one person, until the last assistant standing gets â€œpromotedâ€ to the coveted real-life job opportunity. The grand prize includes a paid editorial position at Elle magazine, a paid lease on a great apartment in Manhattan, and a clothing allowance at H&M, all for one year, valued at $100,000. STYLISTA is from 10 by 10 Entertainment, Inc. and Bankable Incorporated in association with Magic Molehill Productions, Inc. and Warner Horizon Television Inc. with executive producers Tyra Banks, Ken Mok, Eli Holzman, Desiree Gruber and Jane Cha.
Sean’s Take: Eh, it’ll do okay probably. I never thought America’s Next Top Model would do well, and they’re going into their 10th “cycle” I think.
Overall The CW has problems. They are actually going to be leasing out their Sunday night programming to another company, so that tells you how well they’re doing. The return of 90210 is going to bring them some much needed publicity, but we’ll see if it does them any good.