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By Nellie Andreeva
Melrose Place,” “Vampire Diaries” and “Beautiful Life” are a go atthe CW.
The three dramas are being picked up for a fall launch.
The CW hinted at its plans for “Melrose Place” and “VampireDiaries” when it gave both pilots permission to start making offersto writers and directors.
If the CW pairs the “Melrose Place” reboot with “90210,” that wouldbring together the updated versions of the Fox series and itsspinoff.
With its name recognition and built-in buzz factor, “Melrose” wasan instant favorite before a single page of the script was written.
Still, the CW execs waited to watch the CBS Par-produced pilot andliked what they saw.
For the WBTV-produced “Vampire Diaries,” based on Alloy’s series ofbooks about a girl in a love triangle with two vampire brothers,the network hopes to catch the vampire pop culture wave ignited bythe success of the “Twilight” franchise and HBO’s “TrueBlood.”
And with its setting — a co-ed residence of young models — CBSPar/Katalyst’s “Beautiful Life” would make a perfect scriptedcompanion of “America’s Next Top Model.”
It doesn’t hurt that both “Melrose” and “Life” havetabloid-friendly stars — Mischa Barton and Elle MacPherson in”Life” and Ashlee Simpson-Wentz. And “Life” is exec produced byTwitter king Ashton Kutcher.
The CW has a couple of other pilots, the “Gossip Girl” spinoff and”Life Unexpected,” in consideration for midseason.
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