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The CW renews Supernatural; Kripke will not return
 

Lovers of Ian Somerhalder's penetrating and awesomely naughty gaze can breathe a sigh of relief.   The CW has given an early pick-up to five of its shows, including it's new hit show The Vampire Diaries (which shoots here in the cold and snow of Atlanta).  The four other worthy shows are Gossip Girl, 90210, Supernatural and America's Next Top Model

Long-time fan favorites like One Tree Hill and Smallville have yet to get the nod for a next season, but there is no reason to panic yet, people.  Kristin over at E! reports that it's very likely that Smallville will get renewed for a 10th season (for the Friday night death slot that it holds, it's rating are holding up pretty well).  As for One Tree Hill, the show is in a race against The CW's newest show, Life Unexpected, which has been getting glowing reviews (and for my money, I absolutely adore this show!) but has been slow to capture new viewers.  Reports E!, "According to insiders, it's highly likely that only one of these series will survive".  If you are a One Tree Hill fan, you can go here to sign a petition to keep the show on the air. 

Fan of the Jenson Ackles and Jared Padalecki-starred Supernatural (and how can you not be fans of these boys?) were either scratching their heads in confusion or leaping for geeky joy at news of the renewal when, last night,  it was reported that Eric Kripke will not be returning to the series as show-runner next season.  The "scratching their heads in confusion" comes from the fact that only last year Kripke claimed that he only planned for five season of Supernatural and that the main storyline (angels vs demons, God vs Lucifer, etc) would be wrapped up at the end of this season.  Well, as it turns out, the big storyline will end this season as planned but, forgive me, the show must go on - despite it's captain stepping down to a lowlier post.  Here's the sugar in the lemonade: Kripke may not be returning as show-runner (that job will now be filled by Sera Gamble, who has been with the show from day one and who is a perfect fit for the job) but he will be returning - if only in an executive producer position.  But hey, it's better than nothing!  You can get all the sad deets here, via the ever-adorable Michael Ausiello. 

For more info: Maureen Ryan from The Chicago Tribune also reports here.

Go here for more info on your local CW station. 

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