First off, 2008 shows that are not coming back: Aliens in America, Beauty and the Geek, Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants, CW Now, Girlfriends, Life Is Wild, Online Nation, Pussycat Dolls Present, and of course, Smackdown! moves to MyNetwork.
Returning in fall: Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, America's Next Top Model, Smallville, Supernatural, Everyones Hates Chris, The Game
Returning in midseason: Reaper
New shows in fall: 90210-yes, a spinoff of Beverly Hills, 90210. The only cast member from the original who is so far listed as coming back is Jennie Garth as Kelly Taylor, who is now a guidance counselor at West Beverly Hills High School. Surviving the Filthy Rich-the story of a just-out-of college journalism major who loses her job and becomes the live-in tutor for some spoiled brats. Based on the book How To Teach Filthy Rich Girls, by Zooey Dean. (The W at Amazon) Stylista-a reality show in which 11 fashion enthusiasts compete for an editorial job with Elle magazine.
The CW has given up programming for Sundays (moving Everybody Hates Chris and The Game to Fridays), and has creative control of that timeslot to Media Rights Capital. Articles say it's an arrangement similar to the deal UPN had with WWE years ago, in which The CW gives up programming and presumably a share of the advertising revenue.
I feel the same way about Reaper. The first half it was the same episode over and over again every week. Smallville and Supernatural were like that the first seasons too, but were better so they didn't have to worry about moving on to a story until later. Reaper needed a change quicker than that and Tony's revolution against Satan and bringing Andi into the fold way sooner than most shows would totally ramped things up.
I also liked Aliens in America but I'm happy that at least one of them made the cut.
Just saw this tonight and John, my reaction was the same as yours: I was expecting some sort of mystery surrounding the crash, as the ads make it seem like it was sabotage or something. Regardless, Denzel is awesome as always. That is all.