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The CW cancels ‘Beautiful Life’

We have the first casualty of the fall season.

After two episodes, The CW has canceled Ashton Kutcher’s scripted drama “The Beautiful Life.”

Wednesday’s episode was seen by just 1 million viewers and generated a 0.5 rating in the adult demo.

The decision comes on the heels of two reality show pickups by the network, “Fly Girls” and a Tinsley Mortimer docusoap.

The CW’s freshman revamp of “Melrose Place” has had difficulty achieving liftoff as well, but Thursday night’s “Vampire Diaries” has been performing strong. Last night’s third “Diaries” episode grew in the adult demo despite facing increased competition.

The CW has not yet announced a replacement for the “Beautiful Life” slot. The new reality shows won’t be ready until January. One option is airing “Melrose Place” encores (like the way the network double-pumped “90210” last season). Another option, less likely, is to bring “Smallville” back into the midweek mix.  “Smallville” was shifted to Friday nights for its final season and debuts this evening.

The Hollywood Reporter

ETA: Production has been shut down on the show and there are currently no plans to air the episodes that were filmed. Melrose Place repeats will take TBL’s slot. Zap2it

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