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Models & Junkies Get The Ax

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, A&E, Army Wives, Drop Dead Diva, Melrose Place, The Beautiful Life, The Cleaner, The CW, Vampire Diaries on 09/26/2009 at 2:39 pm

The Beautiful Life: TBL

As I mentioned on Thursday, The CW has been having a rough go of it with their new series this season.  Other than Vampire Diaries, none of their new scripted series have been pulling very impressive ratings, including the much ballyhooed Melrose Place remake.  I wasn’t expecting a death so quickly, though, but after only two episodes The Beautiful Life: TBL has been given the ol’ heave-ho.

Other than the swiftness, not much about the cancellation is a surprise.  The first mistake came with the casting of Mischa Barton.  Mistake number two was the bungled PR handling of the show, including the ridiculous nude promotional photos debacle.  On the production side, fault lies with the tepid writing, which was predictable and bland.  We can’t really expect much more, though, from such a dull and overly-used premise (it girl disappears from the spolight, everyone assumes rehab, actually had a baby, surprise!).

There were pops of excitement, but those fleeting moments were mainly visual and were so few and far between.   Watching the show I often wondered why it lasted a full hour.  The network is shoveling episodes of Melrose Place in TBL’s timeslot, which I guess means another free hour for my DVR.

But wait!  There’s more: A&E has declined to renew (read: canceled) their latest new scripted series, The Cleaner.  The show was not exactly a favorite of ours, but many in TV critic circles seemed to enjoy it.  We always thought it was a bit too drab and depressing…only not in a good way.  We did like Benjamin Bratt, though, so we’re kinda bummed for him.

The decision to not renew the series for a third season means, atleast for now, A&E has no scripted series.  Not sure if they have anything in  the pipeline for the future, but the network recently merged with Lifetime, which was bought by NBC and blah blah blah.  Lot’s of business stuff, but we all know that, with Army Wives and Drop Dead Diva, Lifetime has been doing pretty well with scripted series and NBC sister nets like USA and SyFy have been killing it with so many hits the last few seasons to even list.

The Cleaner

Vampire Diaries: Friday Night Bites

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, The CW, Vampire Diaries on 09/24/2009 at 11:23 am

Vampire Diaries

It’s been a rough fall season for The CW so far.  None of their new shows are doing very well in the ratings, which somehow manages to be a bit of a surprise while also being no surprise at all.  Go figure.  The one show they rolled out this year that hasn’t tanked thus far is Vampire Diaries, which is cool by us because we kinda dig the show.

The Vampire Diaries airs each Thurday evening at 8pm on The CW.

One Tree Hill Returns!

In 2009 Fall Season, BBC America, British TV, Gossip Girl, Lipstick Jungle, Melrose Place, One Tree Hill, Skins, The CW, Vampire Diaries on 09/14/2009 at 11:08 am

One Tree Hill

The drama returns!  Tonight marks the return of The CW’s Monday night power duo featuring long-runner One Tree Hill and pop-culture phenom Gossip Girl. We hope you’re ready for the all drama: We certainly are!  While BBC’s Skins has been keeping our teen drama levels from sinking too low and The CW’s premieres of Melrose Place and The Vampire Diaires last week were helpful, we’re ready for some good old American-style overload.

One Tree Hill

Let’s get started with a quick One Tree Hill roundup:

First, we were super excited to learn that Skills would be returning to Tree Hill for a seventh season despite Antwon Tanner’s legal issues.  There was also a whole bunch of promotional trailers posted to The CW’s official youtube channel, including the first four minutes of season 7 episode 1.  There were also not one or two, but three really short teasers they released early this summer.  Also, despite the Brian Austin Green tease, we’re excited to have Lipstick Jungle‘s Robert Buckley joining the cast and curious as to how long Shantel VanSanten will be sticking around as Haley’s older sis, Quinn.  And just in case you missed anything, here’s the season 7 up to speed trailer:

And here’s One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn describing a scene entitled 4:30am (Apparently They Were Traveling Abroad).  On a side note, I like knowing that the creator of a show is still around at the seventh season.  That seems so rare!

One Tree Hill returns for it’s seventh season tonight, September 14th at 8pm on The CW.

Get Ready: Vampire Diaires Tonight

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, 2009 Upfronts, A Darker Truth, The CW, Vampire Diaries on 09/10/2009 at 11:55 am

Vampire Diaries

Don’t forget!  The Vampire Diaries premieres tonight on The CW.  To get you you just a little more excited, we’ve got a few extras for you.  First up we have the fourth installment of A Darker Truth, the teaser webseries The CW has put together.  Down below that you can find a little PSA about the importance of giving blood that the cast did called Starve A Vampire.

In case you missed the first three episodes of A Darker Truth, you might wanna catch up with our previous post.

Also check out our previous posts about Vampire Diaries:

Vampire Diaries – Squeamish promotional trailer.

Vampire Diaries artwork and extended preview.

And the very first promotional trailer that came out around Upfronts.

Vampire Diaries Cast

The Vampire Diaries premieres tonight, Thursday September 10th at 8pm on The CW.

The Vampire Diaries: A Darker Truth

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, A Darker Truth, The CW, Vampire Diaries, Webisodes on 09/04/2009 at 2:15 pm

Vampire Diaries

The CW posted the third episode of A Darker Truth, a pre-Vampire Diaries web series.  Each episode is about one and a half to two minutes in length and follows a kid looking for revenge against his sister’s murder, Stefan Salvatore.  The dialogue is heavy-handed and the acting leaves much to be desired, but hey, it’s a web series.  What do you expect, right?  I assume they’ll release a fourth and final episode sometime before the premiere.  We’ll try to keep an eye for it.

The Vampire Diaries premieres Thursday September 10th at 8pm on The CW.

Vampire Diaries – Squeamish

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, One Tree Hill, Roswell, Supernatural, Teen Soaps, The CW, Vampire Diaries on 08/27/2009 at 10:04 am

Vampire Diaries

I am not gonna lie – of all the teen soaps set to premiere this fall I’m most looking forward to Vampire Diaries.  From the trailers and promotional material I’ve come across, it seems to have a very Roswell meets One Tree Hill with vampires quality to it.  I dig all three of those factors, so I’m guessing it’ll be looked forward to on a weekly basis.  Plus it’s teamed up with Supernatural, so it’s gonna be a very horrorific evening each and every Thursday.

Vampire Diaries premieres Thursday September 10th at 8pm on The CW, followed by the season fifth premiere of Supernatural.

New Supernatural Promo

In 2009 Fall Season, Supernatural, The CW, Vampire Diaries on 08/21/2009 at 1:33 pm


The CW has released a new promotional trailer for sci-fi thriller Supernatural.  The show will be returning this fall for it’s fifth season, which will be sure to please the show’s a cult-like following.  We here at DVR Life are guessing that cult-like following will get a bit of a bump from the hunky demon chasing duo’s new vamp-based lead-in, Vampire Diaries.  Upcoming highlights for the series includes the appearance of Satan and Paris Hilton guest starring as a demon – quite a pair, I’m sure.

Supernatural returns to The CW for it’s fifth season on Thursday September 10th at 9pm.

Preview: Vampire Diaries

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, One Tree Hill, Preview, Teen Soaps, The CW, Vampire Diaries on 06/23/2009 at 1:36 pm

The CW’s bloody teen-soap Vampire Diaries is getting some good hype for it’s coming fall premiere. With the success of all things vampire these days, I don’t imagine much going wrong for all those involved. Around upfronts time the network released a few short clips but there’s now an extended clip that’s painting a broader (and better) view of the show.

My initial thoughts based on the clip? Early One Tree Hill with fangs. Dueling brothers in a small town, one good, one bad, cute girls, bad soundtrack, high school angst and even crows – they’ve got it all. And that’s not a bad thing.

Also discovered today (via The Televixen), some sexy new ads for the show. The design is very CW, reminiscent of Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill ads from the past.

They are not, however, in the same format as other official CW ads for the 2009 Fall season, so no idea if they’re fan work or legit. See what you think:

(Update: It’s been confirmed, these are legit. 6/30/09)


Possibly Not Official:

And finally, the extended clip:

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The CW Announces Premiere Dates

In 2009 Fall Season, 2009 Pilots, Gossip Girl, Melrose Place, One Tree Hill, Smallville, Supernatural, The Beautiful Life, The CW, Vampire Diaries on 06/17/2009 at 12:07 am

The CW announced it’s Fall 2009 premiere dates, including a flip flop for teeny-soap hits Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill. Not sure what’s behind the changed but I don’t mind long as the two are still paired up.

Also check out the new poster for season 7 of One Tree Hill above. It’s a bit sparse without Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton. If you look real closely at the credits, there’s no mention of Antwon Tanner, though I’m not sure if he’s ever been a starring cast member.

Below are the official premiere dates:

Tues. Sept. 8th
8PM – 90210
9PM – Melrose Place

Thurs. Sept. 10
8PM – Vampire Diaries
9PM – Supernatural

Mon. Sept. 14th
8PM – One Tree Hill
9PM – Gossip Girl

Wed. Sept. 16th
9PM – A Beautiful Life

Fri. Sept. 25th
9PM – Smallville

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The CW Previews

In Gossip Girl, Melrose Place, Preview, The Beautiful Life, The CW, Vampire Diaries on 05/22/2009 at 1:22 am

Vampires, models and beautiful people converging on an apartment complex. Below we have a few clips from each of The CW’s new shows for next season. Also supposedly the Gossip Girl spin-off isn’t totally dead quite yet, which sort of ok, considering last week’s test run on Gossip Girl wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I was glad at the time that the entire episode wasn’t dedicated to the spin off, like some shows do, but even Lilly’s 80’s flashback weren’t half bad.

The previews:

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These clips are kinda short and don’t really show much of anything.

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CW 2009/2010 Schedule

In Programming, Smallville, Supernatural, The CW, Vampire Diaries on 05/21/2009 at 6:17 pm
Next year’s CW schedule looks…almost completely like this years. The only surprise is the near-dumping of the network’s long running superhero hit “Smallville”. Here’s the schedule:

8pm “Gossip Girl”
9pm “One Tree Hill”
8pm “90210”
9pm “Melrose Place”
8pm “America’s Next Top Model”
9pm “The Beautiful Life”
8pm “Vampire Diaries”
9pm “Supernatural”
8pm “Smallville”
9pm “America’s Next Top Model” (repeats)
Word was out a while ago what pickups the network would be making and the only surprise left was the scheduling. Pairing the new “Melrose Place” with “90210” was a no brainer. The original Melrose premiered on the back of the original “Beverly Hills 90210” in Fox’s 1992 fall season, so there was little doubt it wouldn’t happen again. Let’s just hope this new Melrose recreation is not as bad as CW’s “90210”.
Placing “Vampire Diaries” with “Supernatural” was a bit more of a surprise. While the premise and style of the two probably match much better than “Smallville” and “Supernatural”, and the two will probably share more fans, I would not have expected the network the simply toss aside a long running series like “Smallville”.
Sure, NBC is doing the same thing to 20 year vet “Law & Order” but that’s due to declining ratings. Having just ended it’s eighth season, which is near unheard of with teen oriented series, the shows ratings this last season remained near identical to the year before. At it’s peak, season 2, the show earned ratings that were surprsingly high for it’s network. The CW (and previously The WB) are kinda known for buzz worthy teen fare with low on air ratings but HUGE download numbers and the slow decline of “Smallville”‘s ratings pretty much relate that.
The Friday 8pm slot is an absolute dead zone. Let’s make no bones about it – Smallville’s audience consists mainly of high school kids with a love of comic books, sci fi and terrible music and TV addicts, such as myself, that watch damn near everything. The TV addicts, of course, have DVR’s and they’ll be reprogrammed, but here’s hoping the high school kids can talk their parents into getting DVR’s if they don’t already have them.
Truthfully, it seems as if it’s been a struggle to get the show on the air the last few seasons with cast members wanting to leave leading to tougher contract negotiations and what not. This year, the show’s ninth, will most likely be it’s last and maybe the network figures to hell with the on air ratings, shove it to Friday and let everyone DVR or download it.