As expected, the ill-fated "Melrose Place" remake was stuffed in the truck of an Impala and pushed off a cliff in Malibu.

  But, on the bright side, "90210" is back.

  Here's the new CW schedule, and there are no great changes to speak of, although "Supernatural" fans will have to reset their DVR's to Friday, etc. Next season should be a little dramatic because this will be the last season of "S'Natural," I believe, while "Smallville" will end next season after ten years. Those will be very big holes to fill.

  Meanwhile, here's the lineup and new program descriptions follow:



8:00-9:00 PM              90210 (New Night)

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9:00-10:00 PM            GOSSIP GIRL





8:00-9:00 PM              ONE TREE HILL (New Night)

9:00-10:00 PM            LIFE UNEXPECTED (New Night)

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8:00-9:00 PM              AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL

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9:00-10:00 PM            HELLCATS (New Series)





8:00-9:00 PM              THE VAMPIRE DIARIES




9:00-10:00 PM            NIKITA (New Series)








8:00-9:00 PM              SMALLVILLE


HELLCATS is a coming-of-age story about Marti Perkins, a young, pre-law student at Lancer University in Memphis, Tennessee.  Marti is cool, hip and alt, but her world flips upside down, literally and figuratively, when she loses her scholarship, and realizes the only way she can stay in school is by reigniting her dormant teen gymnastic skills to win a place on Lancer’s legendary cheerleading team, The Hellcats.  Against her every
instinct, Marti goes for it and makes the squad, and is thrust into a world of camaraderie, backstabbing and the intersection of sports, backroom academia and big money.  Marti’s new roommate, Savannah Monroe, a petite, peppy Texan, is among the diverse cast of athletes, undergrads, family and friends, all set on the sprawling campus of a powerhouse college football program in the deep South.  The series stars Aly Michalka as Marti Perkins, Ashley Tisdale as Savannah Monroe, Heather Hemmens as Alice Verdura, Robbie Jones as Lewis Flynn, Matt Barr as Dan Patch, with Sharon Leal as Vanessa Lodge and Gail O’Grady as Wanda Perkins.  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,” “Crossing Jordan”).  The pilot was directed by Allan Arkush.

        “NIKITA”When she was a deeply troubled teenager, Nikita was rescued from death row by a secret U.S. agency known only as Division, who faked her execution and told her she was being given a second chance to start a new life and serve her country.  What they didn’t tell her was that she was being trained as a spy and assassin.  Ultimately, Nikita was betrayed and her dreams shattered by the only people she thought she could trust.  Now, after three years in hiding, Nikita is seeking retribution and making it clear to her former bosses that she will stop at nothing to expose and destroy their covert operation.  For the time being, however, Division continues to recruit and train other young people, erasing all evidence of their former lives and turning them into cold and efficient killers.  One of these new recruits, Alex, is just beginning to understand what lies ahead for her and why the legendary Nikita made the desperate decision to run.  The series stars Maggie Q as Nikita, Lyndsy Fonseca as Alex, Shane West as Michael, Aaron Stanford as Birkhoff.