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The CW picks up Nikita, Hellcats, renews One Tree Hill, Life Unexpected


The CW has picked up Nikita and Hellcats while renewing One Tree Hill and freshman drama Life Unexpected.

More soon.

NIKITA stars international action-film star and martial arts expert Maggie Q (“Mission Impossible III”) in the title role as a spy and assassin for a top secret U.S. government agency, who rebels against the system that created her and will stop at nothing to bring their powerful operation to an end. NIKITA is from Warner Bros. Television in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision, with executive producers Craig Silverstein (“Bones,” “K-Ville”), Danny Cannon (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Chuck”), McG (“Supernatural,” “Chuck,” “The O.C.,” “Charlie’s Angels”), and Peter Johnson (“Supernatural,” “Chuck”). The pilot was directed by Danny Cannon. Co-starring are: Lyndsy Fonseca (“Desperate Housewives”), Shane West, Aaron Stanford, Ashton Holmes (“Boston Legal”), Tiffany Hines (“Bones”), Melinda Clarke (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Xander Berkeley (“24”)

HELLCATS is a coming-of-age drama about a you pre-law student (Aly Michalka, “Bandslam”) whose world is turned upside-down when she loses her scholarship and has to join the college’s competitive cheerleading squad.  This fun, energetic series is a behind-the-scenes look at the drama, politics and pressure surrounding the high school football program at a Southern university. HELLCATS is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Tom Welling Productions, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Kevin Murphy (“Desperate Housewives”), Tom Welling (“Smallville”) and Allan Arkush (“Heroes”).  The pilot was directed by Allan Arkush. Co-starring are: Ashley Tisdale (“High School Musical”), Heather Hemmens (“CSI: Miami”),  Robbie Jones (“One Tree Hill“),  Matt Barr (“Harper’s Island”), Sharon Leal (“Private Practice”) and Gail O’Grady (“NYPD Blue”)

The CW has also passed on Hayden Panattiere produced HMS. You know, the one with the sexy freshman class at Harvard Medical School. Thank god.

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