While a final decision has
yet to be announced on the fates of Ringer, Hart Of Dixie, and The Secret Circle, [Scratch that: See update below.] The CW has ended speculation on at least one of its bubble shows by renewing Nikita for a third season. The Maggie Q-starring action series will return alongside previously saved stalwarts Supernatural, 90210, and The Vampire Diaries, as well an all-new slate of original shows that The CW ambitiously hopes will appeal to the young girl inside us all, and won't end up being mentioned in the opening sentence of an article just like this a year from now.
Most of these we've already become familiar with—not only because we've been tracking their development, but because they're based on nostalgic properties: The Carrie Diaries will explore the 1980s formative years of Sex And The City protagonist Carrie Bradshaw, as puberty awakens her capacity for puns; the Beauty And The Beast reboot will re-explore the 1980s formative years of women who developed confusing feelings for Ron Perlman's sewer-dwelling, poetry-writing cat-man; and the Green Arrow adaptation Arrow will take The CW back to the days when it still had Smallville.
Also picked up today were the medical dramedy First Cut, in which a young rookie doctor discovers that hospitals are staffed by the sort of selfish, comically back-stabbing people that staff all hospital-set TV shows; and Cult, in which the production assistant from a popular crime show and an investigative blogger discover that fans of the series are recreating said crimes in real life, then, uh, blog about it, we guess. (This is not to be confused with Fox's Kevin Williamson drama The Following—about a cult leader who uses social media to goad his followers into killing for him—even though it surely will be.)
UPDATE: Mere seconds after posting this, word came through that the network has opted to cancel Ringer and The Secret Circle, sparing only Hart Of Dixie, and giving Gossip Girl a shortened sixth and final season of "10 or 11 episodes," according to TV Line. It's a good day for plucky country doctors and big-city rich kids; not such a good day for witches nor the Sarah Michelle Gellars who used to fraternize with them.