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The CW cancels comedies and Sundays, shrinks Fridays, adds a vampire show

Nina Dobrev as Elena in The Vampire Diaries CW photo

The CW will go into battle this fall with three new shows, one-and-a-half fewer nights and no comedies.

Sundays, disastrously outsourced last fall to Media Rights Capital, are being given back to affiliate stations. CW also has subtracted an hour from its Friday night schedule, leaving the returning Smallville alone on an island this September.

Canceled as anticipated is Everybody Hates Chris after a four-season run. CW now has gotten entirely out of the predominantly black "urban" comedy business, at least for the near future.

The network's three new series include the previously announced re-do of Melrose Place, which will be paired with 90210 on Tuesdays. Evicted is Privileged after one season.

CW also is seeking program compatibility on two other fronts. It's teaming the returning Supernatural with a newcomer, The Vampire Diaries, on Thursdays. And the Wednesday night schedule has another installment of America's Next Top Model and The Beautiful Life, a scripted series about models.

Here are further details on CW's three new fall series:

Melrose Place (drama) -- Original series star Laura Leighton returns as "still beautiful" landlady Sydney Andrews. She's basically messed up all of her tenants' lives, including the "handsome and rebellious" David Breck (Shaun Sipos), with whom she's had an affair after first shacking up with the kid's father. And so on.

The Vampire Diaries (drama) -- Two orphaned teens whose parents were killed in a car wreck try to keep their chins up in the small town of Mystic Falls, Virginia. But the still grieving Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) is fated to hook up at high school with two clandestine vampire brothers who wage a war for her soul. One's a nice guy while the other (played by Ian Somerhalder of Lost) is "the embodiment of vampire violence and brutality." He probably should be on the wrestling team.

The Beautiful Life (drama) -- Slinky Mischa Barton from The O.C. fronts an Ashton Kutcher-produced series about sexy, cutthroat high fashion models.

Here's CW's night-by-night fall lineup, with all times central:


7 p.m. -- Gossip Girl
8 p.m. One Tree Hill


7 p.m. -- 90210
8 p.m. -- Melrose Place


7 p.m. -- America's Next Top Model
8 p.m. -- The Beautiful Life


7 p.m. -- The Vampire Diaries
8 p.m. -- Supernatural


7 p.m. -- Smallville

CW also has a midseason series in mind. Parental Discretion Advised is about a 15-year-old girl named Lux (Britt Robertson from Swingtown) whose quest to became an emancipated minor leads to her bar-owning, infantile father, Nate "Baze" Bazile (Kristoffer Polaha, Mad Men). Lux also learns that her biological mother hosts the Morning Madness radio show, which she's been listening to for most of her life. And that's all, folks.