The CW Reveals Midseason Schedule as Leighton Meester Announces Departure from GOSSIP GIRL in Two Years

     December 13, 2010

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Though there aren’t any new series that we care about joining The CW’s programming line-up in January, there’s likely plenty of people who will be interested in the new season of America’s Next Top Model. For information the season premiere of the reality series and an-all new one, you can hit the jump. However, the big news for fans of The CW’s most popular series comes from Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester. The actress revealed to E! Online that she will be leaving the show after her contract expires. That gives fans two more years of Meester living it up with the promiscuous upper class snobs of the popular series, so enjoy it while you can. To see when the series returns in January as well as the plan for the season finale of Life Unexpected, hit the jump.

gossip_girl_tv_show_poster_01Here’s the press release:

December 13, 2010 (Burbank, CA) ─ The CW Network announced today its midseason schedule, with the majority of the network’s primetime schedule returning with original episodes the week of January 24, including a new night for HELLCATS.  The network also announced the premiere of an all new cycle of AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL and the series premiere of SHEDDING FOR THE WEDDING.

The CW’s primetime schedule returns from holiday break with an all-new slate of original episodes the week of January 24, beginning Monday night with original episodes of 90210 and GOSSIP GIRL.

Beginning Tuesday, January 25, HELLCATS cheers for a new night, Tuesdays at 9 p.m., following ONE TREE HILL.  A special season finale of LIFE UNEXPECTED will air in back to back episodes on Tuesday, January 18.

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL returns to the catwalk on The CW Wednesday, February 23 with an all-new Cycle 16, followed by the series premiere of SHEDDING FOR THE WEDDING, hosted by Sara Rue, February 23 at 9 p.m.

Following is The CW’s midseason plan for premieres and the return of new episodes to the schedule (in chronological order):

Tuesday, January 18

8:00-10:00 p.m. – Life Unexpected (Season Finale)

Monday, January 24

8:00-9:00 p.m. - 90210 (Original Episodes Return)

9:00-10:00 p.m.Gossip Girl (Original Episodes Return)

Tuesday, January 25

8:00-9:00 p.m. - One Tree Hill (Original Episodes Return)

9:00-10:00 p.m. - Hellcats (New Night)

Thursday, January 27

8:00-9:00 p.m. – The Vampire Diaries (Original Episodes Return)

9:00-10:00 p.m.Nikita (Original Episodes Return)

Friday, January 28

8:00-9:00 p.m.Smallville (Original Episodes Return)

9:00-10:00 p.m. - Supernatural (Original Episodes Return)

Wednesday, February 23

8:00-9:00 p.m. – America’s Next Top Model (Season Premiere)

9:00-10:00 p.m. - Shedding for the Wedding (Series Premiere)

(All Times Eastern)

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