CW slates heavy dose of reality


The CW is loading its schedule with unscripted fare for next season.

Hits "America's Next Top Model" and "Beauty and the Geek" will both be on in the fall, along with new entries "CW Now" and "Online Nation."

Three more reality series are on deck for midseason: a second season of "The Pussycat Dolls Present" as well as the mother-daughter beauty contest "Crowned" and the dating show "Farmer Wants a Wife." Also waiting in the wings for midseason is the veteran teen drama "One Tree Hill."

Along with "CW Now" and "Online Nation" (previously "User-Generated Show"), the CW will introduce four new scripted series next season: the dramas "Gossip Girl," "Reaper" and a South Africa-set project and the comedy "Aliens in America."

"Model" and "Beauty" will be used as launching pads for new scripted series.

The Tyra Banks-hosted "Model" is expected to stay put at 8 p.m. Wednesday, followed by hot scripted newcomer "Gossip," a new teen drama from "The O.C." creator Josh Schwartz.

"Beauty," which alternated with "Model" in the 8 p.m. Wednesday hour this season, will now get its own time slot. It will anchor Tuesday night at 8 p.m., succeeding "Gilmore Girls" and leading into quirky new dramedy "Reaper."

With the pickup of the single-camera comedy "Aliens," the CW's Monday comedy block would feature "Everybody Hates Chris," followed by "Aliens," "Girlfriends" and "The Game."

Thursdays and Fridays are expected to stay status quo with the sci-fi combo of "Smallville"/"Supernatural" and "Friday Night SmackDown!" respectively.

Entertainment newsmagazine "CW Now" and user-generated video-themed "Online Nation" would lead off Sunday night at 7, followed by the new drama set at a South African game preserve and a "Top Model" repeat.

Still in contention for midseason are comedy pilots "Dash 4 Cash" and "Eight Days a Week."

Meanwhile, there still is a flicker of hope for cult favorite "Veronica Mars," whose final fate might not be sealed until next month.