The CW Orders The Originals to Series, Renews Beauty and the Beast and Hart of Dixie

Sometimes, you just scratch your head and move on. That was certainly my reaction to the following news: The CW has renewed Beauty and the Beast and Hart of Dixie for Seasons 2 and 3, respectively, and also given a series order to The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals. They join Supernatural, Arrow, and The Vampire Diaries on the list of shows confirmed to be returning to The CW for the 2013-2014 TV season.

It appears that "good enough" is the motto of the broadcast networks year. Both Beauty and the Beast and Hart of Dixie have been gutted by critics and are struggling to post 1.5 million viewers weekly (Hart of Dixie only hit the mark four times this season). But with only Arrow, Supernatural, and TVD actually earning (mostly) their keep, The CW needed to renew something

The quick series pickup of The Originals comes the day after its backdoor pilot debuted as an episode of The Vampire Diaries, even though the well-publicized premiere was a slumber party away from a series low in total viewers and was a bit disappointing, according to our own Cory Barker. Still, The CW apparently would rather take its chances with a new series that can sucker in a built-in audience. They might be overestimating things, if you ask me. 

The pickups mean The CW has programmed six of its 10 hours next season, with a seventh probably going to America's Next Top Model. The CW has eight pilots in contention as well as decisions to make regarding Nikita and The Carrie Diaries and whatever stupid reality programs it can come up with (anyone remember Remodeled?). Optimistically, there are five spots available, taking midseason series and backup options into account.

Personally, I like The CW's strategy of becoming a genre channel for young adults, and bringing back Hart of Dixie and Beauty and the Beast definitely hinders the chances for the network's cool-sounding sci-fi pilots. Doesn't The CW know we all want to see The Hundred?

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Yay! I am so glad that Beauty and the Beast got renewed, it is one of my favorite shows.
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CW should be commended for continuing these great shows!!!! I do not watch tv but make sure to tune in for heart of dixie and beauty and the beast. My husband and are are older adults and still get s kick of both. We were very worried they would not continue. Sooo excited they will be back to back, no more being confused sbout days and times. I lovr cw snd even started watching the otherstuff. I disagree that they just had to renew. Cw is amazing ang knows What they r doing.
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So glad both of these are being continued. Love beauty and the beast, and while Hearts of Dixie is so different, I love it too, especially Summer, from the OC
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I actually love this series its different than the usual rubbish lets hope they don't cancel this one aswell
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HOD Greattt, This show is very good and funny, keep it up!!
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Aaaawwwwwwwweeeee yeah!

Beauty and the Beast was slow to start, but after witnessing the developing relationship between the Cat and Vincent with the backdrop of corruption at in the precinct and Evan's involvement with Muirfield, I am officially hooked. This show if very underrated, and although it won't be bringing in any awards anytime soon, it certainly offers enough romance and suspense to keep one entertained for an hour. Its renewal, despite everything I've read on every website (this one included), is a delightful surprise. :-)

Hart of Dixie, on the other hand, has been keeping the same pace two seasons strong. It started out as quaint and enjoyable as the most recently aired episode, and every hour has brought more reasons to smile. The writing is incredibly entertaining, the characters are unique and incredibly likeable, and the casting couldn't possibly be better. I would've been crushed had this small-town show with loads of charm been cancelled, for it is exactly what the light-hearted romantic comedy buff within me yearns for and is most happy to enjoy on a weekly basis.

Thank you for keeping all of my favorite shows, CW! Along with Arrow, Supernatural, and The Vampire Diaries, you remain my go-to network for quality programming. (Note how I didn't mention my love for America's Next Top Model or any given reality show...the exact opposites of quality.)
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Yay for HOD! Love it! Just a feel-good series. Go watch.
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they need to make a justice league type show...i can't help my love for superhero shows with hot men
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I can't believe that I have to write my comment all over again, wtf...anyway...after much consideration I have decided to change my mind and give the Originals a chance, as long as they kill the Marcel character off asap...I have nothing to say about the HOD because I have never watched it and I might give it a chance though, as long as it doesn't drive me up a wall...I still miss Smallville, which is probably stupid but oh well. I am still upset that TSC got cancelled, cuz I liked that show. And I watched The Carrie Diaries and wasn't impressed. I am happy that Supernatural got renewed because I love Sam and Dean. I am hoping that The Vampire Diaries improves, considering that it got renewed, because season 4 has been a slow train wreck in my opinion...I have watched Arrow, and am still in the huh phase..I tried watching Beauty and the Beast and I am going to wait for it to come out on DVD before I give the 2nd season a chance, so I can watch it my way. I am done rambling for now...
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I don't have a TV so I don't watch shows until I can watch them on Hulu or online. So How do those rating factor in? I pretty much use my laptop as my tv. Why bother paying for Cable when I can get my shows on Hulu!
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When you talk about ratings do you consider the other people in the world who download the shows (not so legally) or you just think about US? I don't care much about TV at home but I watch your shows and then you cancel my favorites. I agree there's no profit in keeping a show just because people are downloading it on internet, but what I am trying to say is that these ratings don't actually reflect all the fans that are watching. (Man I'll be surprised if someone gets this one even I don't know what I just said...sorry!) I am very, very happy about all the CW renewals. I am sorry that Emily Owens is not on that list but you Tim ripped the pilot apart. I am surprised they didn't cancelled it right after that :).

I think BB is a lot better than TSC and The Originals can be as good as TVD, but we'll see how it goes.
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In general scr** CW ... they are killing off my favourite characters.. Sean Pierce (Nikita) and... Evan Marks (BATB). He was the only semi-adult character in this whole enterprise... seriously. Give me Emily Owens back in that case. Thank God Winchesters are semi safe in their own show... ;-/
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im glad they ordered the originals to series i liked it so fuck all of u who didnt :)
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They should air Young Justice! They used to air Smallville, and now Arrow. More super hero stuff
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Very excited to hear a renewal for Hart of Dixie. Yes it might be a low ratings show but for me it's a lovely easy going storyline to enjoy. Now all I need to hear is that ABC Family is renewing The Lying Game and I'll be a very happy girl!!!
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I really like HoD. One of my favorite shows, currently! So happy its been renewed! :)
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Fuk beauty and beast, Secret Circle Should have stayed...The Originals just wasnt as exciting as the Vamp Diaries. I hope that pilot with th kids with powers get picked up
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How does beauty and e beast ft renewed and a show like TSC can't make it. What a joke
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Aw please renew the Carrie Diaries that show is just too sweet to get cancelled!
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Why the Hell would anyone renew "Beauty and the Beast?" I never really liked the 80s version, either, but at least that had (semi) decent acting... and the Beast looked like an actual BEAST!

Please renew Nikita... it deserves one more season. JUST one...
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Hart of Dixie is enjoyable, I could watch Rachel Bilson every night.
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Renew Nikita now, please, thank you.
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Huh... who would've thought?
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The Critics are often wrong. I love all the shows CW is keeping. Thanks CW for finally listening to the fans and not the Critics.
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THEY NEED TO RENEW NIKITA!!!!!!!!!!!! D:
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I didn't know anyone even watched Beauty and the "Beast" and here it's getting renewed? I'm still not over the cancellation of TSC and you insult me with this?? Frakkin CW!
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Especially when you take into account the fact that TSC averaged 1.8 million viewers, more than Beauty and the Beast... and still got cancelled...
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Well, the number of viewers doesn't really matter to networks. Does anyone know what TSC got for the 18-49 (or whatever it is) rating? I can't remember. Don't get me wrong, TSC was better than BatB.
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I'm sure as hell not gonna question what is clearly a good decision:) even did the happy dance!!
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please please renew the carrie diaries, CW! i really want to see more of that show!!!
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I suspect the network might have not liked many of it's new pilots. But there's probably also some backdoor politics going on.
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I will definitely give The Originals a chance, but I'm unsure about it. It could be totally awesome. Or I will continue mourning the loss of Klaroline. And obviously I'm thrilled about The Vampire Diaries! I'm rewatching the entire show right now - only after watching back to back episodes of TVD am I starting to realize how fast-paced it is and how many people actually die?! - so I'm definitely happy about that.
I don't get the renewal of Hart of Dixie, it really isn't all that great. But I guess I now might give Beauty and The Beast a chance. I'm way overdue in the guilty pleasure department, just didn't want to get into something if it was going to get cancelled after just one season. Now however... We'll see.
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yet these amazing minds cancelled 3-4 million viewer average Secret Circle last year ... these guys apparently studied at NBC executive school
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Also worth mentioning that not a single CW show's finale - not Supernatural or VD or w/e - matched the 3.2 million viewers of the TSC season finale from last year.
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huh? TSC averaged 1.8 million viewers last year and was certainly never close to 4 million. you need to check your facts
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Revised numbers for the last 4 episodes showed a 2.5 million average with 3.2 million viewers for the season finale. BTB + Hart finales this season = 1.24 + 1.19 = 2.43 million viewers.
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Well, that's still more viewers than B&B based on this article yet it's still getting renewed!
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Aside from Supernatural (which I love to bits) sometimes I doubt the methods used by CW execs in renewal of their series...
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I really like the Original left in The Vampire Diaries, but not so sure about having a new serie. I love Rebecca's character so I will give it a chance :)
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Im happy HoD,BaTB got renewed
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Love this news!! Love all those series and can't wait for the next seasons!! The Originals were fascinating...so very curious about that one...:)
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I'm glad The Originals got picked up.it seems really interesting along with the fact that it could take the place of a possible new reality show which are really just rediculous these days.
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Can someone please honestly explain to me why on earth no one is watches Nikita. Its probably the best show on CW right now with only TVD as it contender.
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because Nikita really sucks ! i stop watching after the 2nd season (the final)
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You don't watch Supernatural, do you? :)
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yep i do, but its not just as great as it used to be.
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Ah, okay. Though I still love the show, I understand what you mean.
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Agreed. Its the only truly adult show on the network and the writing and acting is superb. This show belongs on cable so it can shed the network that has held this show back since its premiere. This season had to deal with no Xander Berkley and it has stayed as strong. This weeks offering was one of its best hours. Signs seem to be pointing to renewal because a fourth season is where it will have enough episodes to syndicate. It would be a very stupid decision to cancel. They renewed it for a third season and the numbers did improve even if no one noticed.
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Also, what pact with the devil did Kristin Kreuk sign in order to continue to get steady acting work?
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The CW has had a stroke and is just randomly pounding characters on the keyboard, leading to renewals of Beauty and the Beast, and Hart of Dixie. That's the only rational explanation for this move, and it explains their new competition series about 10 sexy strangers who stay in a house over the course of 2 nights, there are no lights whatsoever and they're supposed to learn how to juggle before a panel of celebrity judges, it's called "fjwrzxd34p" and it'll be the lead-in for Oh Sit!
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Honestly I didn't think there was a doubt that The Originals wouldn't get picked up. It was a smart move on their part. As said, it comes with a built in audience, and involves fan favorite characters and two of the most charismatic actors on television right now. A backdoor pilot is meant to give a taste. That's what it did. I didn't think twice about the decrease in ratings because you tell a bunch of folks that the main trio aren't featured heavily in the episode and some diehard TVD fans will tune out. I'm happy for it. I think it's a smart choice, it'll do pretty well, and the premise for the most part is interesting. Plus they need something, and this won't be any more expensive to do than TVD.
-BATB continues to surprise me. I'll admit that I watch it, occasionally, although I'm behind a few episodes but I had no idea it would actually make it. I just...huh.

Honestly the fact that HOD and BATB got picked up before The Carrie Diaries which is a shockingly delightful show and bodes well with the teenage feel they're going for, that is disappointing. I'd put stake in that more than the other two.
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Yeah, I think it's totally weird that The Carrie Diaries hasn't been renewed yet? It's a really good show! It's not excellent, but since they cancelled Emily Owens M.D., I need to watch something in the "feel-good"-department.
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Right?! That's what I'm saying!
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They ordered The Originals to series, but not Valley Girls (from 2009). I'm still bitter, so much so I refuse to watch The Carrie Diaries.
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hahahha I watched some episodes of The Carrie Diaries, but I asure you that my 14 years old niece is really enjoying it.
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I am excited about the Originals. Mostly this makes me sort of worried for Nikita. That said, I'm kind of a fan of networks sticking with what they've got, unless it's super super terrible, or unless they have a ton of great pilots coming in that are sure to do well. So these decision don't seem totally absurd to me.
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I wouldn't say that Hart of Dixie has been "gutted" by critics at all. If anything, its been embraced by them. I've read reviews that said things along the lines of "the writers of Hart of Dixie are way to good for such a little show on The CW"
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The Beauty and the Beast pickup is also not surprising. The CW thrives on its shows having a strong online presence (The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Nikita, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill) and BatB has some insanely dedicated fans.
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What about The Carrie Diaries!!?!?
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We like BatB. It is more interesting than Arrow. Why does Tim (is he "all" critics?) keep complaining about it?
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He keeps complaining about it because BatB is a very bad show and an insult to all of us who have seen the original show The Beauty and the Beast
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I’ve watched every episode of ‘the Vampire Diares’ but I’m not at all interested in this spin‐off. Therefore, I’m not very happy about this announcement as I also don’t plan to keep watching neither ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (gave it a shot in the autumn, but didn’t keep watching after the new year — the plot is so stupid and the name of the antagonist organization sooooo ugly!) nor ‘Hart of Dixie’ (watched season 1 and a few episodes of season 2, but I feel the storylines aren’t going anywhere so I most likely won’t pick it up again...) and many of their other pilots sounds rather promising to me.

Also I feel like this pretty much confirms that ‘The Carrie Diaries’, one of the few CW shows I‘d like to see return, won’t be renewed.

Very well, at least Klaus won’t be in Mystic Falls anymore; every cloud has a silver lining.
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I don't even want to think about it but that surely means Nikita is going to be canceled.
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Noooooooooooo
I hope not
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f**k Beauty and the Beast and Hart of Dixie. Who the hell want to watch these shows anyway?
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They could cancel Hart of Dixie for all I care, but I am glad they renewed Beauty and the Beast. I wish the new series wouldn't be the spin-off, but something else that sounded interesting instead. At least they KEEP their new shows instead of just cancelling and getting a new show to replace them that will also get cancelled, because that's what sucks more than anything.
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After watching the backdoor pilot on TVD I'm pretty sure The Originals is going to suck.
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