The CW Renews ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘Hart of Dixie, Cancels ‘Ringer’ and ‘Secret Circle’
And with that, it seems The CW has just about settled its lineup for the fall season. There were some clutch renewals and intriguing pilots picked up for sure, but now all of the major series have been accounted for. So where ‘Gossip Girl‘ and ‘Hart of Dixie‘ will live to fight another day, poor Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s ‘Ringer’ sadly won’t live up to ‘Buffy’s seven-season legacy, and the truth is out about ‘The Secret Circle.’
Deadline reports that The CW has closed the books on which of its existing series to order and renew, today clearing out the last of its inventory. It seems long-running soap opera ‘Gossip Girl’ will finally come to a close with a sixth, and final truncated order of 11 episodes. Meanwhile, struggling Rachel Bilson vehicle ‘Hart of Dixie’ was gifted with a full-season pickup, while kitschy soap-opera ‘Ringer’ and teen magic drama ‘The Secret Circle’ will both close up shop after only one season.
Additionally, ‘Gossip Girl’ will change executive producers from Josh Safran to Sara Goodman, with Safran leaving to take over NBC’s freshman musical drama ‘Smash.’ ‘Gossip Girl’ joins the other existing CW shows to be renewed, including ‘Supernatural,’ ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ ‘90210,’ and the recently-announced ‘Nikita.’
Both ‘The Secret Circle’ and ‘Ringer’ struggled with ratings and critical reception, though ‘Ringer’ held with it a considerable amount of buzz and star-power in Sarah Michelle Gellar and actors Ioan Gruffud and Nestor Carbonell. Sarah Michelle Gellar’s recently-announced pregnancy may have influenced the decision, as a difficult complication to explain for two characters, Gellar playing both twins Siobahn and Bridget.
As much as we love and want SMG to succeed, poor ‘Ringer’ just wasn’t very good, even for a trashy CW soap. What say you, though? Are you happy to have ‘Gossip Girl’ back for a final season, along with another shot of life for ‘Hart of Dixie?’ Does no one weep for ‘The Secret Circle?’ Hit us back with your favorite CW cancellations and renewals in the comments below!