Question: Is the upcoming Wild at Heart on the CW the same show that just finished up on BBC America on Saturday night? Granted, I might be just another put-out Veronica Mars fan, but I wonder why the CW would bill something as a new show when it just completed a run on American television. Overall, I have to say that I am less than impressed with what the CW is offering next season. Do you think there is hope for it to become a competitive network?
Answer: It's the same premise (a family moves to a South Africa game preserve), but the CW's Life Is Wild is an Americanized adaptation of the British Wild at Heart — not the same show. I imagine the CW hopes this will target the same family audience that embraced 7th Heaven for a decade. We'll see. Overall, while I've been awfully hard on the CW since its inception, I've got to say that some of its new shows (Reaper and Aliens in America in particular) are among the brightest and most promising of any network in the fall. Will the C ...
The latest buzz from the CW, which steps up to the upfronts plate on Thursday, has Reaper a supernatural-tinged drama about a bounty hunter employed by Satan perhaps laying claim to the Thursdays-at-9, post-Smallville time slot. But fear not, Winchester fans: Variety says that Supernatural is expected to get that third-season order. UPDATE: S'ville, Supe' and OTH have all been officially picked up.Elsewhere at the No. 5 net: O.C. creator Josh Schwartz's Gossip Girl (already ordered to series) looks poised to follow Top Model on Wednesdays at 9, necessitating a new berth for One Tree Hill. Life is Wild, a family drama set at a South African game preserve, likely will inherit the Sunday time slot of that family drama not set at a South African game preserve, 7th Heaven. Matt Webb Mitovich