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The CW announces its fall lineup

The C-Dub hopes its new drama from ”The O.C.” creator Josh Schwartz (”Gossip Girl”) and comedy-horror series from director Kevin Smith (”Reaper”) will prove there’s more to the network than ”Top Model”

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The people in attendance at The CW’s upfront presentation on Thursday (May 17) left feeling giddy and excited. Now, that may have just been all of the sugar supplied by the network — the CW had servers on hand doling out Jamba Juice, candy, and pastries to the guests. But CW President Dawn Ostroff would like to think the enthusiasm was over her network’s Wednesday night lineup, which was what she first laid out in her presentation.

The CW’s top-rated show, America’s Next Top Model (whose current season Ostroff awkwardly called ”fierce”), will remain at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, while new series Gossip Girl will follow at 9 p.m. Girl, from the mind of Josh Schwartz (The OC), is a catty soap about teens living on the Upper East Side in New York. Think Cruel Intentions meets Dawson’s Creek.

Thursdays and Fridays will remain the same with Smallville, Supernatural, and wrestling all staying put.

Sunday has the most new programming of the week for The CW. From 7 to 8 p.m., CW Now, a half-hour news magazine show about hot trends, will be paired with Online Nation, a weekly roundup of the Internet’s best user-made clips. Following at 8 p.m. is the new family drama Life is Wild, about a vet who relocates his brood to Africa, which, oddly enough, is mostly populated by attractive, young Caucasians and few Africans.

Monday’s comedy block will remain the same with Everybody Hates Chris starting off the night. Ostroff revealed that series creator Chris Rock will appear in this year’s season premiere as a school guidance counselor. The only new comedy, Aliens in America, at 8:30 p.m., is a sitcom about a family who adopts a Muslim exchange student to be a friend to their lonely son. Girlfriends and The Game round out the night at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., respectively.

The geeks and the ladies who love them will yet again pop up on a new season of Beauty and the Geek on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.. After the Geek, look for Reaper, a new horror-comedy from Kevin Smith (Clerks). It’s about a young guy who finds out his parents sold his soul to the devil and has to pay back Mr. Satan by being a bounty hunter. It’s hard to describe but looks awfully fun.

Ostroff also previewed a few of the network’s midseason series, including the reality show Farmer Wants a Wife (the title even made Ostroff chuckle) and the potentially genius competition Crowned. The latter is a beauty pageant in which young girls and their moms must team up. At the end of each episode, one pair is ”de-sashed” and stripped of their title via bedazzled scissors! And for those that are worried about Chad Michael Murray and the gang of One Tree Hill — don’t be. The series will return at midseason flash-forwarded four years later. The cast will be out of college so there won’t be any awkward 90210-We-All-Go-To-The-Same-University nonsense.

The CW Lineup, Fall 2007

* New programs

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

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

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

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

8:00-10:00 p.m.: Wrestling

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 *