Upfront Buzz: CW Taps Dramas, No Life on 'Mars'


As the CW gears up for its upfront presentation on Thursday (May 17), the network has reportedly given the go ahead to three dramas, a comedy and two unscripted shows. And "Veronica Mars"? Despite initial reports to the contrary, it's not looking good.

The green network has greenlit the series "Gossip Girl" (from "The O.C." creator Josh Schwartz), "The Reaper" -- about the devil's bounty hunter -- and an untitled family drama based on a British series revolving around a veterinarian who moves his family to a game reserve in South Africa.

Also receiving a series order is the comedy "Aliens in America," which centers on a teen Pakistani Muslim living in the U.S.

As a change of pace, the CW is also pursuing two unscripted magazine-style shows to air on Sunday nights. "Online Nation" will center on the funniest online/viral videos, while "CW Now" is an info-tainment look at celebrities and pop culture.

Returning to the CW fold are "Smallville," "Supernatural," "One Tree Hill," "Girlfriends" and "The Game." "Everybody Hates Chris" already had a full third-season order earlier this year.

Most industry sources agree that "All of Us," the Will Smith-produced sitcom, will get the boot.

Sadly, it looks like fan-favorite "Veronica Mars" will join it, although there's been no official word yet. Earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter had claimed that a "Mars" renewal looked likely since a revamped premise for the show was well received. Despite this, it appears that the mood has shifted out of favor for the low-rated PI drama.

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