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Posted at 06:56 PM ET, 05/11/2012

CW orders five new shows including ‘Carrie Diaries,’ renews ‘Gossip Girl,’ ‘Hart of Dixie,’ ‘Nikita’


AnnaSophia Robb as a young Carrie Bradshaw. (CW/AP)
CW announced a slew of show pick-ups Friday afternoon, including “The Carrie Diaries,” a prequel to “Sex and the City” about a 16-year-old Carrie Bradshaw, and “Arrow,” based on the original “Green Arrow” character from DC Comics.

(In one of those TV coincidences, DC Comics is owned by Warner Bros., which is partners in CW network. And “Sex in the City” ran on HBO, owned by Time Warner, Warner Bros. parent company.)

In addition, the network has greenlit ”Beauty and the Beast,” a modern update of the 1980s CBS series (CBS also owns CW.) Plus, “First Cut,” starring Meryl Streep’s daughter, Mamie Gummer, as a former nerd-turned-medical intern who finds out that life in a hospital is just like high school.

And finally, “Cult,” about TV show’s rabid fanbase that takes a creepy cult-based series a little too seriously, is brought to you by the same team that helms CW’s “Gossip Girl.”

Speaking of which, “Gossip Girl” has been renewed for a sixth and final season. Also receiving pick-ups are “Nikita” and “Hart of Dixie.”

As for cancellations, “Ringer,” Sarah Michelle Gellar’s return TV, has ended, long with teens-as-witches show “The Secret Circle.”

CW president Mark Pedowitz’s stated goal is to have more original programming on the schedule, so no word about whether this is the end of the series pick-ups.Meanwhile, the network already renewed “Supernatural,” “The Vampire Diaries” and “90210” earlier this month.

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