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Nobody's laughing at The CW

The CW, billing it as a cost-cutting consolidation, fired its top comedy-development executives and Monday and folded their division into the drama-development department. By itself that might just be the dénouement of one of Hollywood's endless turf wars. But at the same time, The CW also announced a list of early renewals of its series for next season. They included a second season of Gossip Girl, an a fourth of Supernatural, a sixth of One Tree Hill, an eighth of Smallville and yet another round of America's Top Model. Only one comedy was on the list -- a fourth season of Everybody Hates Chris.

Nothing was officially canceled, so there's still a chance that sitcoms The Game, Aliens and Reaper might make it back. (The network's other sitcom, Girlfriends, was canceled right after the writers' strike ended.) But it looks like The CW is casting its lot with dramas and reality shows.

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