CW renews five series

'Vampire Diaries,' '90210' among those getting early pickups

The CW took a major step toward firming up its schedule for the fall.

The young-female-targeted network issued early renewals to five series Tuesday: freshman breakout hit "The Vampire Diaries," Josh Schwartz's "Gossip Girl," sophomore soap "90210," veteran drama "Supernatural" and its flagship reality staple "America's Next Top Model."

All will return next season.

"Vampire Diaries" quickly became the CW's most-watched show, averaging 4.6 million viewers.

On Thursdays, "Diaries" has aided "Supernatural," which has improved over last season among the network's target demo of women 18-34. "Supernatural" creator Eric Kripke will step down as showrunner, however, and will be replaced by executive producer Sera Gamble.

Freshman "Melrose Place" was absent from the list. Despite the addition of Heather Locklear, the show has struggled for ratings and is considered unlikely to return next year. Friday's "Smallville" is thought to be likely to continue, with star Tom Welling under option for a 10th season.

The 7-year-old "One Tree Hill" and freshman family drama "Life Unexpected" are considered on the bubble for a renewal.