In an obvious bid to cash in on the cultural resurgence of vampires, The CW has picked upThe Vampire Diaries for next season, a new series with Dawson’s Creek creator Kevin Williamson on board as a writer and producer.
Williamson, who also wrote Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and
other movies, has worked on several series that faltered early in
their runs. But Diaries, based on the books about a girl in a love triangle with a
pair of vampire brothers, seems positioned to tap into the Twilight base.
As expected, the network also announced plans to bring Melrose
Place back in the timeslot after 90210 on Tuesdays. The Beautiful Life,
a drama about the lives of models, will follow America’s Next Top Model
Gossip Girl, Supernatural, Smallville and One Tree Hill will all
return. The most notable omission on the schedule is the planned '80s spin-off of Gossip Girl, which the network declined to pick up despite
hype earlier this year.
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