Fox, CW line up new shows

`Terminator'-based series expected

`Mars' may be over

May 17, 2007|By

As Fox and the CW prepare to present their slate for next season to advertisers this morning, Fox - fresh off a spring season where most of its new offerings tanked - is expected to add seven new shows, including a series based on the Terminator movies.

Meanwhile, the young CW has reportedly decided to cancel the cult favorite Veronica Mars in favor of adding three dramas, a comedy and two unscripted shows.

The highest-profile pilot expected to make Fox's slate is probably The Sarah Connor Chronicles, an action drama that fills in the gaps between Terminator 2 and Terminator 3. The David Nutter-directed pilot stars Lena Headey as Sarah Connor and Thomas Dekker as her son John, two people trying to prevent an Armageddon brought about by killer robots.

According to the industry trade papers, Fox will also air the Cole Hauser/Anthony Anderson New Orleans cop drama K-Ville, the Lasse Hallstrom-directed immortal detective drama New Amsterdam and the legal drama Canterbury's Law, which marks Julianna Margulies' return to network primetime.

On the comedy front, as Gilmore Girls ended on the CW this week, its creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, will return with The Return of Jezebel James, which is reportedly heading toward a pickup on Fox along with The Rules of Starting Over. Fox had previously committed to 13 episodes of Back to You, starring Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton.

For the CW's second year, executives have green-lighted the series Gossip Girl (from The OC creator Josh Schwartz), The Reaper - about the devil's bounty hunter - and an untitled family drama based on a British series revolving around a veterinarian who moves his family to a game reserve in South Africa.

Also receiving a series order is the comedy Aliens in America, which centers on a teen Pakistani Muslim living in the United States.

As a change of pace, the CW is also pursuing two unscripted magazine-style shows to air on Sunday nights. Online Nation will center on the funniest online/viral videos, while CW Now is an info-tainment look at celebrities and pop culture.

Returning to the CW fold are Smallville, Supernatural, One Tree Hill, Girlfriends and The Game. Everybody Hates Chris already received a full third-season order this year.

Most industry sources agree that All of Us, the Will Smith-produced sitcom, will get the boot. And it looks like fan-favorite Veronica Mars will join it, although there's been no official word yet. Earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter had claimed that a Mars renewal looked likely since a revamped premise for the show was well received. Despite this, it appears that the mood has shifted out of favor for the low-rated PI drama.

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