The CW Renews One Tree Hill and Nikita, Cancels Hellcats

The CW had three tough decisions to make regarding its bubble shows Nikita, One Tree Hill, and Hellcats, but word of their fates was leaked today, according to Deadline Hollywood, and there's good news... for two of them.

The long-running soap One Tree Hill has evaded the Axe of Cancellation for several seasons now, but this year... it did it again! The show was renewed for a ninth season today, but with a catch: It will only be back for 13 episodes. This has "final season" written all over it, but we won't know for sure until next year.

Action series Nikita did fine for The CW, but did it do well enough to get renewed? The answer is... wait a sec while I stall for suspense... drumroll... okay I'm opening the envelope... yes! Maggie Q will return for Season 2 as the titular all-legs, ass-kicking spy. There's no word yet on how many episodes the show has been picked up for, but we'll assume it's getting a full season unless we hear otherwise.

You're smart so you can probably figure out what happened to Hellcats. The cheerleader drama from producer Tom Welling didn't have much to cheer about in its first season, and will shake its pom-poms at the pep rally in the sky.

The CW also picked up three new shows to series, including L.J. Smith's Secret Circle, which stars Life Unexpected's Britt Robertson as a teen who finds out she's a witch. Secret Circle will be paired with The Vampire Diaries or I will eat my shoe.

Also picked up was Ringer, which will bring Sarah Michelle Gellar back to television. The show was originally set up at CBS, but handed down to its little-sister network The CW when there wasn't room on CBS' schedule. Gellar will star as a woman who's on the run from the mob and assumes her twin sister's identity. But here's the catch: Her sister is ALSO wanted by the mob! What are the chances of that? On television, 99 percent. Lost's Nestor Carbonell and Life Unexpected's Kris Polaha also star.

Finally, there's Hart of Dixie, from Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz (Chuck, The O.C.). Hart of Dixie is about a young (and unusually attractive) doctor who takes over a practice in a small town. The show will reunite Schwartz and Rachel Bilson, who has a long way to if she's going to convince me that she's a doctor.

Noticeably absent from the network's pickups are the WALKING UNDEAD. Awakening, about two sisters at odds with each other during the onset of a zombie apocalypse, is still awaiting word on its status. The CW reveals its fall season plans on Thursday.

Congratulations to One Tree Hill and Nikita! Are you excited? Will you miss Hellcats? And come on, don't you think The CW needs some zombies?

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