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Scott D. Pierce: The CW adds 2 shows

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Aly Michalka in "Hellcats."

Aly Michalka in “Hellcats.”

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Network wannabe The CW is adding only two shows, but making changes to 60 percent of its 10-hour weekly lineup.

Returning series "90210," "One Tree Hill," "Life Unexpected" and "Supernatural" are all moving to new nights.

And, in a departure for the 4-year-old CW, there will be no regularly scheduled repeats in that 10-hour schedule.

NEW SHOWS: "Hellcats" (Wednesdays, 8 p.m.) is about pre-law student Marti (Aly Michalka) at a fictional Tennessee university who loses her scholarship and, in order to stay in school, reignites "her dormant teen gymnastic skills to win a place on Lancer's legendary cheerleading team, the Hellcats." Ashley Tisdale ("High School Musical") co-stars as Marti's roommate, a "petite, peppy Texan." The executive producers include "Smallville" star Tom Welling and Kevin Murphy ("Desperate Housewives").

"Nikita" (Thursdays, 8 p.m.) is a reworking of the 1997-2001 series "La Femme Nikita," which was itself based on the 1990 film "Nikita." A young woman (Maggie Q) was saved from death row by a secret government agency. Unbeknownst to her, she was being trained as a spy and assassin. After she was betrayed by those she thought were her friends, Nikita went into hiding. Now she's "seeking retribution and making it clear to her former bosses that she will stop at nothing to expose and destroy their covert operation." From producers of "CSI" and "Chuck."

SUMMER SERIES: The reality show "Plain Jane" features one total makeover each week, as British fashion expert Louise Roe gives women head-to-toe transformations and builds their confidence. Then the women surprise their unsuspecting crush, and "a love connection is — or isn't — made."

MIDSEASON REPLACEMENT: The CW announced just one — a reality show with the working title "Shedding for the Wedding." Ten overweight, engaged couples will live together and compete to lose pounds and win their dream wedding.

CANCELED SHOWS: As expected, The CW axed "Melrose Place." And "The Beautiful Life: TBL" was dropped way back in September (after only two episodes aired).

The CW's fall schedule

New shows are in italics; an asterisk (*) indicates a new night and/or time.


90210* 7 p.m.

Gossip Girl 8 p.m.


One Tree Hill* 7 p.m.

Life Unexpected* 8 p.m.


Next Top Model 7 p.m.

Hellcats8 p.m.


Vampire Diaries 7 p.m.

Nikita8 p.m.


Smallville 7 p.m.

Supernatural* 8 p.m.

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