Veronica Mars off CW schedule

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It's been an up and down the past few weeks for Veronica Mars fans. The future of the cult show looked grim but was momentarily turned around after network execs reportedly responded positively to new a direction for the next season. Then, word spread that the CW had picked up three dramas, making a renewal for the detective show unlikely.

Today, the CW released its schedule for the fall season, and--brace yourselves--Veronica Mars was not on it.

New to the schedule are three dramas--Reaper, Gossip Girl, and the newly named Life is Wild--the comedy Aliens in America, and reality shows CW Now and Online Nation.

Gossip Girl gets the advantage of following CW's top-rated show, America's Next Top Model and will air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. The show is a Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (The O.C.) production and focuses on one of the world's most cutthroat battlegrounds: the social ladder of a posh Manhattan prep school.

The Kevin Smith-produced Reaper will follow Beauty and the Geek on Tuesdays. Bret Harrison stars as a burnout who works for Satan as a bounty hunter, following the accidental sale of his soul to the cloven-hoofed one by his parents.

Aliens in America gets slotted right behind Everybody Hates Chris on Monday night. The comedy is about the shakeup of a Wisconsin teenager's life after his mom hosts a foreign exchange student from Pakistan.

Sunday will see the most new programming, with the magazine-style show CW Now advising viewers on what it thinks is cool and hip, the YouTube-extension Online Nation, and the South Africa-based drama Life is Wild.

The drama One Tree Hill is returning but won't re-air until midseason. The show will also change drastically, advancing four years to the cast's postcollege life. To ease viewers into the new time period for the show, online journals will be posted throughout the summer detailing the characters' dormitory days

Other shows that will get a midseason run are Pussycat Dolls Present, back for its second season, and freshman reality shows the-title-pretty-much-says-it-all Farmer Wants a Wife and the mom-and-daughter beauty contest Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants.

Kristen Bell fans shouldn't storm the CW's corporate office yet. Though Veronica Mars isn't on the schedule, The Hollywood Reporter says a final decision on the show may not happen until next month.

Below is the 2007-2008 schedule for the CW.
(New shows are in bold.)

Monday
8:00-8:30 p.m. Everybody Hates Chris
8:30-9:00 p.m. Aliens in America
9:00-9:30 p.m. Girlfriends
9:30-10:00 p.m. The Game

Tuesday
8:00-9:00 p.m. Beauty and the Geek
9:00-10:00 p.m. Reaper

Wednesday
8:00-9:00 p.m. America's Next Top Model
9:00-10:00 p.m. Gossip Girl

Thursday
8:00-9:00 p.m. Smallville
9:00-10:00 p.m. Supernatural

Friday
8:00-10:00 p.m. Friday Night Smackdown!

Sunday
7:00-7:30 p.m. CW Now
7:30-8:00 p.m. Online Nation
8:00-9:00 p.m. Life Is Wild
9:00-10:00 p.m. America's Next Top Model (Encore Presentation)