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CW Trades in 'Gilmore Girls' for 'Gossip'

CW network will present its second and very new primetime schedule to advertisers this morning at Madison Square Garden.

Not much left of WB or UPN on the new lineup -- you'll remember CW, which debuted this TV season, is the love child of the two, now deceased, broadcast networks, who were mowed down during maneuvers by corporate behemoths Viacom, NewsCorp. and Time Warner. Really, too sad to think about now.

Monday night's one new comedy "Aliens in America" is about a small-town family, including an out-crowd teenaged guy, who host a Muslim exchange student and hilarity ensues.

Tuesday, "The Reaper" is billed as a lighthearted look at a guy who hunts down souls who have escaped hell and brings them back.

With both "Gilmore Girls" and "Veronica Mars" gone to TV heaven, CW's new chick drama is "Gossip Girl," based on books of same name, from Josh Schwartz who brought us "The OC." Not surprisingly, it gets CW's best time slot, on Wednesday following the network's hit reality series "America's Next Top Model."

Thursday, "Smallville" and "Supernatural" are back. And Friday wouldn't be the same without "WWE Smackdown!" CW doesn't program Saturday, but then the Big Three broadcast networks don't really either, do they?

And finally, on Sunday, while their parents are watching Andy Rooney and Anderson Cooper on "60 Minutes," CW viewers can watch "CW Now" - a celebrity suck-up series from the people who bring you "Extra" paired with "Online Nation" featuring a selection of viral videos from around the Web.

Inexplicably, those are followed by a new drama about a vet and his family who move to a wildlife reserve in South Africa. And after that it's back to "reality" with reruns of "America's Next Top Model."

Here's the schedule:

8:00 "Everybody Hates Chris"
8:30 "Aliens in America" (N)
9:00 "Girlfriends"
9:30 "The Game"

8:00 "Beauty and the Geek"
9:00 "The Reaper" (N)

8:00 "America's Next Top Model"
9:00 "Gossip Girl" (N)

8:00 "Smallville"
9:00 "Supernatural"

8:00 "Friday Night Smackdown!"

You're on your own

7:00 "Online Nation"
7:30 "CW Now"
8:00 "Life is Wild"
9:00 "America's Next Top Model [encores]"

By Lisa de Moraes  |  May 17, 2007; 8:17 AM ET
Categories:  Broadcast TV Upfronts 2007  
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The best show is on Saturday.

Posted by: Lisa1 | May 17, 2007 9:22 AM | Report abuse

What is/was the explanation for the cancellation of Veronica Mars?

Posted by: Stu | May 17, 2007 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I think the explanation for the cancellation of Veronia Mars would be that the ratings are terrible. I love the show (although the three episodes since returning from hiatus were pretty weak), but as Lisa has said before, television is a business. I don't think it's wrong for the CW to say, "Hey, we gave it three years and our best time slot, and still it didn't catch on."

Posted by: Eric | May 17, 2007 1:02 PM | Report abuse

wow. what a weak, weak lineup.

Posted by: methinks | May 17, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Does the CW actually think any of its new cr-p shows is going to get better ratings than Veronica Mars?

Posted by: mizbinkley | May 17, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I thought Girlfriends ended 2 weeks ago- series finale, right?

Posted by: Silver Spring | May 17, 2007 8:55 PM | Report abuse

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