Reporter Claire McNear of the Ringer diligently did what Sony, the show’s parent company, failed to do. McNear vetted Alex Trebek successor Mike Richards with material that was out there in plain sight, finding many instances of sexist and offensive remarks he had made on a podcast. McNear’s story was published last Wednesday. By Friday, Richards had been bounced as new host, after only one day of filming and not much more than a week after his appointment had been announced.
The CW has renewed Gossip Girl and Nikita as well as freshman drama Hart of Dixie and ended the run of buzzy freshman dramas Ringer and The Secret Circle.
The returns of Ringer and 90210 are pushed back to make room for encore airings of Remodeled, the network’s new modeling reality series.
In one fell swoop, The CW has given full-season orders to all of its three freshmen series. Following the pickup of Ringer earlier Wednesday, the network also has given back-nine orders to fellow rookies Hart Of Dixie and The Secret Circle.
Ringer, starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, was originally developed by CBS which then passed it on to its sister network. The Secret Circle comes from The Vampire Diaries executive producer Kevin Williamson and Andrew Miller. Hart of Dixie re-teams The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz with star Rachel Bilson.