On CW: Cheerleaders and a Female Assassin
CW, refining its focus among young female viewers, is aiming even younger: Hellcats, a series about college cheerleaders, features Disney Channel stars Ashley Tisdale and Aly Michalka, and it's one of just two new series being added for fall.
The other: Nikita, a buzzed-about remake of La Femme Nikita, a feature film and former USA network series. It will star exotic action star Maggie Q (Live Free or Die Hard) as an assassin for a secret government agency who turns against her employers.
Both of the network's "on-the-bubble" series, One Tree Hill and Life Unexpected, are being renewed, at least for partial seasons. And Gossip Girl, 90210, Smallville, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural and America's Next Top Model will be back too, though Smallville's 10th season will be its last.
This summer, CW plans Plain Jane, a makeover/dating show hosted by British fashion expert Louise Roe, who helps spruce up average-looking women.
Despite early failures this fall - The Beautiful Life lasted two weeks and a Melrose Place remake quickly slumped - the network viewership is unchanged from last season at 2 million viewers and is up 6 percent among young adults. That's because CW stopped programming Sunday, historically its weakest night.