The CW announced this week that it was renewing five of its series: "Gossip Girl," "America's Top Model," "90210," "The Vampire Diaries" and "Supernatural."
The last one is a bit of a surprise, not because it's a bad or struggling show -- it's far and away the network's best offering -- but because creator Eric Kripke had always envisioned the series would run five seasons.
Indeed, this season seems to be setting up a final showdown of good vs. evil that would be hard to top next year. But recognizing "Supernatural's" devoted fan base, the CW decided to bring it back, even though Kripke will part ways with the series. Will the series carry on with the same level of quality without him? I guess time will tell.
The CW hasn't announced its plans yet with "Smallville," "Life Unexpected," "Melrose Place" and "One Tree Hill." The first two seem pretty safe -- the CW has already talked about another year for "Smallville" and "Life" has gotten solid ratings and critical praise.
MAGA KICKS OFF: The Macon Film Festival kicks off today with actress Illeana Douglas dedicating the festival's Best In Show award to her grandfather, Macon-born actor and Oscar winner Melvyn Douglas. And on Saturday, "30 Rock's" Jack McBrayer is in town for a special showing of "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."
For more information about what's playing, check out their Web site at www.maconfilmfestival.com.
THURSDAY'S BEST BETS: Even with the Olympics (NBC, 8 p.m.) going on, ABC is all new with "The Deep End," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice."
"Survivor" is new on CBS at 8 p.m., while Fox airs its new series "Past Life" at 9 p.m. I gave up on the pilot about halfway through because I didn't really buy the premise.
On cable, USA has a new "Burn Notice" at 10 p.m. and FX has a new "Archer" at the same time.