Melrose Place and Vampire Diaries will return to the CW for their fall schedule.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, both projects on Thursday were given permission to begin staffing, the clearest indication yet by the network that both series will be picked up.
With its name recognition and built-in buzz factor, the updated Melrose Place was an instant favorite before a single page of the script was written.
Still, the CW execs waited to watch the CBS Par-produced pilot and liked what they saw.
For the WBTV-produced Vampire Diaries, based on Alloy's series of books about a girl in a love triangle with two vampire brothers, the network hopes to catch the vampire pop-culture wave ignited by the success of the Twilight franchise and HBO's True Blood.
But in the end, Vampire Diaries scored on its highly praised script and the execution of the pilot.