The CW has ordered new seasons of no fewer than five of its highest-profile dramas.
Superboy drama Smallville will be back in the Autumn for its ninth season, Supernatural for a fifth and One Tree Hill for a seventh. Newcomer 90210 gets a second season (plus a pilot order for an updated version of original Beverley Hills 90210 spin-off, Melrose Place – more details here) and Gossip Girl a third.
Not so good news for fans of new CW show Privileged, which was ignored in The CW’s announcement.
With the third season of Army Wives not due to begin until June, the Lifetime channel has ordered a fourth season.
The show, about the day-to-day lives of and problems facing military families, stars former NYPD Blues actress Kim Delaney. It is Lifetime’s most successful show in the channel’s 25-year history.
Like the film, the series follows a number of characters whose lives are randomly intertwined. However, the TV show features new characters unrelated to those in the film, though there are close similarities in some cases.
The first season received generally poor reviews and a new team of showrunners has been brought in to guide season two, led by The 4400’s Ira Steven Behr. Former showrunner, The Shield’s Glen Mazzara will remain as a consultant producer. The show’s biggest-name actor, Dennis Hopper, is expected to return for the new season.