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In February, The CW gave early renewals for their best-performing shows. Arrow, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Reign all received another season. With upfronts just around the corner, the network is cleaning house. Find out which shows were canceled and were saved from the chopping block below.

But first, let’s briefly cover the four new shows the CW picked up. iZombie, Jane The Virgin, The Messengers and The Flash all received series orders. The latter isn’t surprising given all the hype and plot tie-ins to Arrow. Another potential spinoff, however, was nixed. Bloodlines which aired a backdoor pilot on a recent episode of Supernatural wasn’t picked up. More info about these shows will be released when The CW makes its formal presentation next week at the upfronts.

Without further ado, find out the statuses of your favorite CW shows below.

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Man Crush: Chris Wood

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The other day I re-watched arguably the best Girls episode ever. The one where Hannah and the girls headed to the faux Hamptons and Shoshanna went all Medieval on all their asses. I didn’t think anything could ever top the Bushwick episode but this definitely did.

An added bonus of this episode gave us the gorgeousness that is Chris Wood. He was one of Elijah’s (Andrew Rannells) friends. I’ve had my eye on this stud since he first appeared on The Carrie Diaries during the show’s second season.

Wood is a 2010 graduate of Elon’s acclaimed music theatre program. His other television credits include Major Crimes and Browser. Prior to dabbling in television, Chris played Melchoir in the national tour of Spring Awakening and Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees at Paper Mill Playhouse. Check out several photos of Chris below.

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No one loves awards shows more than the gays. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler acknowledged that fact during their hilarious Golden Globes opening monologue. It’s only natural we have our own critics association to declare the best in film and television from the past year. The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) is like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association but just queer. It consists of 80 entertainment journalists in the U.S. and Europe. The LGBT group just revealed the nominees for their annual Dorian Awards.

In addition to the typical serious categories, the Dorians honor the campiest films as well. That explains how Lindsay Lohan’s The Canyons and the box office bomb Carrie remake made the film shortlist and House of Versace and Sharknado were honored on the TV side. The association also highlights quality shows that deserve more recognition. Daniel Radcliffe’s Kill Your Darlings and The Carrie Diaries were among some of the nominees.

GALECA has named Lily Tomlin the recipient of its special “Timeless Star Tribute,” given to “an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit.” Check out all the individuals in the running for a Dorian below. Winners will be announced Tuesday, January 21, and GALECA’s annual toast will be held Sunday, March 9, in Hollywood.

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It’s the moment Sex and the City fans have been jonesing for ever since The Carrie Diaries premiered midseason last year. At long last, the moment is here. The CW prequel finally introduces one of Carrie’s lifelong pals.

Who better for young Carrie to meet first than the one and only Samantha Jones. The younger version is portrayed by Lindsey Gort. It’s impossible to match the brilliance of Kim Cattrall, but based on first impression, Gort does a decent job of capturing the iconic character. She definitely has big Manolo pumps to fill. Cattrall was such a pro with her comedic skills that Samantha never became a ridiculous caricature.

The young Sam Jones makes her debut on the second season premiere titled, “Win Some, Lose Some,” on October 25th. After a series of surprising events, Carrie meets one of the greatest loves of her life while spending the summer in Manhattan living with Walt (Brendan Dooling). Check out the Samantha preview below.

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Just a couple of days after The Carrie Diaries announced it found its young Samantha Jones, the CW show releases the first promo pic featuring Lindsey Gort as the iconic character. She definitely looks the part, but will Gort capture Samantha’s fabulously slutty essence? Fingers crossed that she does.

“In another nerve-wracking search to create the amazing characters we all came to know and love on ‘Sex and the City,’ we went out in search this year for a young Samantha Jones,” executive producer Amy B. Harris said. “Lindsey Gort walked into the room and owned the part. Funny and sexy with a whiff of vulnerability and an amazing dash of outrageousness, Lindsey is our exciting choice to play the young Samantha Jones.”

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The Carrie Diaries Finds Its Samantha Jones

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One of the biggest surprises of last season was arguably The CW’s decision to renew The Carrie Diaries. Even by the network’s relatively low standards, the ratings were anemic at best. While The Sex and the City prequel didn’t catch on with viewers, I found the adorable show surprisingly entertaining and ecstatic that a second season was in store. Adding to my excitement was the fact producers had plans to introduce a young Samantha Jones.

“Through a surprising connection, our young Carrie Bradshaw will meet one of the most important people in her life this season in a role made iconic by Kim Cattrall: Samantha Jones, a ballsy, beautiful and sexy young woman from the panhandle of Florida who has made her way—and already a name for herself—in the rock ‘n’ roll scene of 1980s NYC.” – The Carrie Diaries’ producers

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While a move to Friday nights isn’t going to help The Carrie Diaries, at least the Sex and the City prequel is getting a second season. Silver lining right? I thought I was alone in enjoying the show, but after asking Homorazzi.com readers their thoughts on a Season 2 renewal, I was surprised by the resounding support. After hearing producers’ plans for next season, I’m glad The CW gave it another shot.

In Season 1, we discovered how Carrie’s (AnnaSophia Robb) love for Manolo Blahniks and cosmopolitans began. Though we met her BFFs during her high school years, none of our favorites from the HBO series appeared. But that’s all about to change come Fall. On the season finale Standford Blatch’s name was dropped as Bennet’s club-promoter roommate. Maybe a young Standford is in our future? But one thing is certain… Charlotte, Samantha or Miranda is being introduced next year. Find out who and how below.

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Should The CW Renew The Carrie Diaries?

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When I wrote last week’s Should NBC Renew The New Normal post, I expected mostly a negative response. Surprisingly though, the overwhelming consensus on our FB Fan Page and the post, was that most people wanted a second season. I’m curious to know if our readers feel the same way about The Carrie Diaries.

The CW Sex and the City prequel aired its season finale last night. Like The New Normal, it’s been struggling in the ratings and overall quality consistency. As annoying and neurotic, teenage Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) is to the grown-up version (Sarah Jessica Parker), I really do quite enjoy the show. Truth be told, it’s the only teen-centric show I watch right now. Perhaps it’s the nostalgia I feel from all the music, fashion and trends the show uses brilliantly that keeps me coming back. Speaking of music, I love that in several episodes a classic track began the show and a cover of an 80s song typically ended it. Keep that up. Oh, and I want more of Carrie’s teen nemesis, bitchy Donna LaDonna (Chloe Bridges).

Beyond the trip down memory lane, a storyline I find really fascinating is Walt’s (Brendan Dooling) coming out story. If a Season 2 happens, I’m curious to know how the show will handle the gay teen story arc with the 80s AIDS epidemic in background. I hope they keep Walt’s crush SLASH mentor Bennett (Jake Robinson) in the mix. They’re so adorable together.

Now, to what I don’t like. I want to love teenage Carrie, but she’s far too neurotic for her age. No disrespect to Robb, who does an excellent job of channeling Parker. Perhaps, too good of a job. I want her to be a normal’ish teen and not a 40-year-old damaged Carrie that appeared in the HBO series. Also, kinda annoying is Carrie’s BFF Maggie (Katie Findlay). She’s no Miranda, Charlotte or Samantha. The only reason why I want her character around is to keep seeing her hot cop hookup (Josh Salatin).

Well, there’s my two cents on the show. I want to hear your thoughts. Sound off below. I’ve posted Walt & Bennett’s kissing scenes just in case you wanted to relive them or missed it.

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