- - Thursday, May 17, 2012

The young CW network is hoping to turn around a year of disappointing ratings by making changes this fall on each of the five nights it broadcasts.

The network said Thursday that its new series include a modern take on “Beauty and the Beast,” an action drama, “Arrow,” based on comic book characters, and “The Carrie Diaries,” a prequel to “Sex and the City” about Carrie Bradshaw’s life in the 1980s.

“The Carrie Diaries” begins on Monday nights in January after the series finale of “Gossip Girl.”

The Nielsen Co. says the CW saw its ratings slip by 17 percent this season and 20 percent among the young women who make up its target audience.

Its executives reacted with a dramatic schedule shuffle. It will move the soapy “90210” from Tuesdays to Monday at 8 p.m. The sophomore drama “Hart of Dixie” switches from Monday to Tuesday, preceding a new series, “Emily Owens, M.D.,” about a young doctor who finds her hospital much like high school.

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“Arrow” will air on Wednesdays, followed by the returning drama “Supernatural,” which moves from Friday nights.

“The Vampire Diaries” remains on Thursday, followed by the new “Beauty and the Beast,” where a female detective finds a handsome doctor who’s a beast in his spare time.

“America’s Next Top Model” moves to Friday nights, joining the drama “Nikita.”

Coroner: ‘Swamp People’ star died of natural causes

Authorities in Louisiana say a man who starred in the reality television show “Swamp People” died from natural causes.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said the parish coroner, Dr. John Fraiche, made that determination after a preliminary autopsy on Mitchell Guist.

Mr. Guist, who appeared in segments of the “Swamp People” with his brother, Glenn, died after collapsing Monday while working on a houseboat he was building on Belle River.

Authorities tell the Advocate of Baton Rouge, La., Mr. Guist had just launched the houseboat and was pushing it when he collapsed.

“Swamp People,” which airs on the History channel, features residents of Louisiana’s Atchafalaya swamp country during alligator hunting season.

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