More TV renewals and pick-ups for you today. This round is brought to you by The CW. Here are the headlines:
- Renewals: Nikita, starring Maggie Q, will be around for a third season with an unspecified number of episodes. The Rachel Bilson-starrer Hart of Dixie will see 22 episodes in its second season. Gossip Girl has been renewed for a sixth-season, which may be its last.
- Pick-Ups: The Green Arrow-centric series, Arrow; the Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries and the reboot of the 1980s series, Beauty and the Beast have all been picked up by the network. Medical drama, First Cut, starring Mamie Gummer and mystery series, Cult, are other new additions.
- Cancellations: Freshman series Ringer, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and the bewitched The Secret Circle have been dropped.
Hit the jump for more.
In the new CW drama series Ringer, premiering on September 13th, actress Sarah Michelle Gellar makes her return to television in a dual role. Bridget witnessed a murder before going on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister, Siobhan. Trouble is, Siobhan’s seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one Bridget is trying to leave behind.
During a recent interview to promote the serialized thriller, Sarah Michelle Gellar talked about the technical challenges of playing twins, how they plan to have two or three flashbacks per episode, that she had missed getting to develop a really kick-ass role (or in this case two) over a longer period of time, and that the show will provide answers, even if those answers lead to more questions. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
The strange duality of Ringer – reflective of the CW show’s content – that while at once being one of the most highly anticipated of the Fall 2011 TV season (The return of Buffy!), almost no one knows anything about it. So clouded under a veil of mystery and enticing riddles, the only known facts are these: Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a “woman in trouble” who takes over the life of her recently deceased (or is she?) identical sister and then, well… I have no clue, but color me intrigued. Intrigued enough to attend the 2011 Comic Con panel (featuring the likes of Gellar, Ioan Gruffudd, Nestor Carbonell, Kristoffer Polaha and series creators Eric Charmelo & Nicole Snyder) in the pursuit of answers to just what the hell this show’s about. Choice highlights (and maybe answers) follow along with a new trailer after the jump.
If you didn’t know by now, Sarah Michelle Gellar is making her return to TV on The CW’s new series Ringer. We reported the series pick-up last week along with some clips from the series itself, but now The CW has released an extended trailer that gives us a much better idea of what this show is all about. The series features Gellar as a woman, who after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out by assuming the life of her wealthy identical twin sister only to learn that her sister’s seemingly idyllic life is just as complicated and dangerous as the one she’s trying to leave behind. I’m not entirely convinced this is a must-watch series yet, but plenty of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans will surely want to see Gellar’s return to the network. As for me, The CW has never really delivered the kind of programming I’m usually fond of, but I might give this a try. You can decide for yourself after watching the trailer after the jump.
We’ve already heard about the scripted series pick-ups on The CW, but today the network has released their full schedule and the official series synopses for all the brand new series. Below you can find details on the drama/thriller series Ringer which will mark Sarah Michelle Gellar’s return to television, Vampire Diaries-companion The Secret Circle, medical drama Hart of Dixie, the Mario Lopez-hosted reality series H8R, another modeling reality show called Re-Modeled and a game show called The Frame.
Details, the first images from the new series, and the full 2011-2012 schedule can all be found after the jump.
With upfronts in full swing, The CW has announced several bits of information regarding its Fall 2011 slate. First up, the good news (for the series’ involved, at least): Nikita and One Tree Hill (which will most likely outlive all of us) have both been renewed for their second and ninth seasons respectively. On the other side of things, InsideTV is also reporting that cheerleading drama Hellcats will not return for its second season.
In addition to its renewals and cancellations, The CW has also announced a number of new shows set to premiere later this year. Most notably of these is the drama/thriller series Ringer which will mark Sarah Michelle Gellar’s return to television. Ringer ends up at The CW after being passed on by its parent network CBS who claimed that the pilot didn’t align with its brand (which, for me at least, is an indication that the show may actually be worth checking out). In addition to Ringer, the network also added Vampire Diaries-companion The Secret Circle, medical drama Hart of Dixie, and the Mario Lopez-hosted reality series H8R (which may take my own personal award for “Worst Idea I’ve Ever Heard”). Hit the jump to check out official synopses for each of these new shows.
A trailer for Activision and Treyarch’s upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops expansion pack, Call of the Dead has been released. While it’s not exactly our usual news story, the level looks pretty damn cool. Inspired by zombie Godfather George A. Romero, the level features playable versions of Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Danny Trejo (Machete), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) and Romero himself.
Hit the jump to check out Call of the Dead. The new map pack is set to become available for Xbox 360 users on May 3rd.
CBS has ordered a pilot for Ringer, a thriller in which Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a young woman on the run from the mob. Per Vulture, “[Gellar] assumes the life of her wealthy twin sister, only to find out that said sibling has a bounty on her head as well.” From the sound of it, Gellar will play both characters, not to mention her role as co-executive producer. The series comes from Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder (Supernatural).
I’ll happily welcome the beloved Buffy the Vampire Slayer star back to television at the center of such craziness. It doesn’t sound like it fully fits the CBS brand, but the network has a history of trying something different with at least one among its series pickups in recent years. As of now, I’m rooting for Ringer to earn that spot.