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Dare You Hope? Maybe, Maybe Not (Updated)

By RD Heldenfels Published: March 16, 2006

A report in today's Variety included this tantalizing passage:

While the CW hasn't officially announced any new pickups, the network did pass out materials that listed shows such as "Veronica Mars," "One Tree Hill," "Supernatural," "Gilmore Girls," "Everwood," "Reba" and "Everybody Hates Chris" as dramas and comedies "returning 2006-2007."

''Veronica,'' ''Gilmore'' and ''Chris'' have been on a lot of lists of shows expected to survive the merger of UPN and The WB. But the survival of ''Everwood'' and ''One Tree Hill'' would send out hosannas in some concerned corners.

Unfortunately, when I talked to a CW rep today, I was told that the presentation materials referred to existing shows available from the two networks, not shows that were definitely being picked up. ''On May 18,'' he said, referring to the network's fall-lineup announcement, ''all will be revealed.''

Update: I received a copy of the presentation packet that Variety was talking about, and it sure seems less ambiguous than the CW rep was making it sound. In a section called ''CWhat's Now!'' the material showcases a bunch of UPN and WB shows, each with a ''returning 2006-2007'' note accompanying.

The shows in the package are: ''All of Us,'' ''America's Next Top Model,'' ''Beauty & The Geek,'' ''Everwood,'' ''Everybody Hates Chris,'' ''Friday Night Smackdown,'' ''Gilmore Girls,'' ''Girlfriends,'' ''One Tree Hill,'' ''Reba,'' '"Smallville,'' ''Supernatural'' and ''Veronica Mars.'' So, as you can see, it's not everything on the two networks. And ''returning'' sounds pretty definite.

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