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CW picks up Canadian drama ‘The L.A. Complex’


”18 to Life” didn’t quite work out for the CW in 2010. (Bertrand Calmeau/THE CW)

The drama, which debuts in Canada Tuesday night, will follow six “sexy, young” performers — what other kind would there be on the CW? — as they live together in an apartment-style motel and try to make it big in Hollywood.

Networks have been using scripted Canadian imports for awhile now to grab ratings, especially during the summer, though with mixed results. Things didn’t work out so well for the CW in 2010, when the network pulled “18 to Life” (in which two 18-year-old kids from warring families get married) off the schedule halfway through its scheduled run.

However, CW parent company CBS had much better luck with cop drama “Flashpoint.” So did ABC with cop drama “Rookie Blue.” We would sense a theme here, but CBS’s cop drama “The Bridge” was pulled after three episodes in 2010.

“The L.A. Complex” will premiere on the CW sometime later this spring.

Here’s the trailer:

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.

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