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This time of year is so full of good news and bad news, often on the same day. The networks seem intent on getting all the cancellation and pickup news out before their big “upfront” schedule presentations to the advertisers, which take place next week. Here’s the latest:

Hot on the heels of the sad breaking news that Awake was canceled by NBC comes the excellent news from The CW that Green Arrow-based Arrow and the reboot of the 1980s series Beauty and the Beast have both been picked up for series, and spy-fi Nikita has been renewed for a third season. Sadly, first year show about teen witches The Secret Circle has been cancelled.

Variety first broke the news about the pilot pickups. As a reminder, which apparently even Variety needs, this Beauty and the Beast is not the reimagining of the classic fairy tale; that Beauty and »

- Erin Willard

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