TV Upfront

The CW Goes Big With Sci-Fi

Network Confirms Four Drama Pickups

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The CW is looking more and more like the teenage version of Syfy. Following the success of series like "Arrow" and "Supernatural," the network is picking up four drama series for next season, three of which involve aliens, post-apocalyptic earth and superpowers.

CW has renewed 'Nikita,' about a government-trained assassin gone rogue
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The network, which is jointly owned by CBS and Time Warner, said it has picked up "The Tomorrow People," "Reign," "The 100" and "Star-Crossed" (working title). The new entries will join "Arrow," "Supernatural," "The Vampire Diaries," "Hart of Dixie," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Carrie Diaries" and "Nikita," which have all been renewed. It previously announced the pickup of "The Originals," a spin-off of "The Vampire Diaries."

The CW has been trying to broaden its audience, which traditionally has predominantly consisted of teenage girls. With both "Gossip Girl" and "90210" ending this season, the network is filling those holes with more genre series. It has yet to make any major push into comedies.

"The 100," an adaptation of the young adult book series, is set nearly 100 years after a nuclear war. Surviving humans on a spaceship send 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to clean it up and prepare it for habitation.

"Star-Crossed" follows a high-school girl who falls in love with a foreign exchange student who turns out to be an alien.

"The Tomorrow People" is based on the 1970s British drama of the same name and focuses on young people with special powers who team up to save the world from evil forces.

The one black sheep of the group is "Reign," a period piece set in France during Mary Stuart's rise to power in the 16th century.

The CW will present its full fall schedule to media buyers and advertisers at its presentation at New York City Center on May 16.

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