CW network to replace WB, UPN

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by jschuur, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. jeff125va

    jeff125va New Member

    4,279
    0
    Mar 15, 2001
    Ashburn, VA USA

    Advertisements

    I was just going to wait until they strengthened the signal - my antenna is already in my attic and was so weak the last time I tried it that I was never going to make any extra effort just for one show. I did try using an amplifier which showed a slight increase on the meter on my receiver, but not even the slightest bit of a picture. And I'm only about 35 miles out.
     
  2. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

    30,917
    40
    Sep 19, 2001
    Binghamton, NY
    I don't know which thread to post this next comment so I'll just do it here.

    Note to self. Don't complain to DirecTV about their lack of national/regional WB and UPN. :)

    Wait until they don't provide CW. :D

    Also, what will Dish Network now do with their Superstation Pack? I suspect that I'll save $10.99/month come next year.
     
  3. mwhip

    mwhip All better

    17,309
    49
    Jul 22, 2002
    Dallas
    Wow this is just weird.

    I guess if they decide to keep Charmed it would pair well with Veronica Mars. I would rather see Veronica paired with Gilmore Girls though.
     
  4. JimSpence

    JimSpence Just hangin'

    30,917
    40
    Sep 19, 2001
    Binghamton, NY

    Advertisements

    We can hope that there is enough primetime that all of the better shows will be kept.
     
  5. Lee L

    Lee L Got Basenji?

    9,603
    0
    Oct 1, 2003
    Morrisville, NC
    Wow, this will kill off quite a few stations I would guess. I wonder how SInclair will take it since they have lots of both. Maybe they will try to do their own thing again?
     
  6. mwhip

    mwhip All better

    17,309
    49
    Jul 22, 2002
    Dallas
    I don't want to get political but there are gonna be some angry african-americans. What is going to happen to shows like Girlfriends, Eve, One on One, All of Us, Love Inc. and Cuts?
     
  7. Magnolia88

    Magnolia88 She likes cheese.

    4,768
    0
    Jun 30, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    I thought that both 7th Heaven and Charmed had been given the axe already, or that it was at least understood they were in their last season.

    Gilmore Girls seems like a sure bet to come back and I agree that it makes the most sense to pair it with Veronica Mars. If that happens, I only hope VM can retain most of the GG lead-in because GG has a lot more viewers right now. GG is a much sunnier and more "family friendly" show and VM might put some GG viewers off because of the darker tone and racier subject matter. The tone of VM is different from most of the WB shows.

    But I also read that Kevin Williamson was developing a new show for UPN that was a bit darker and sounded like a good pairing with VM, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
     
  8. cmontyburns

    cmontyburns Excellent.

    20,923
    2,864
    Nov 14, 2001
    Houston, TX
    Of course, on the WB currently, Gilmore is followed by Supernatural -- save for Jared Padalecki, that pairing couldn't be more incongruous on the surface. So who knows?

    Gilmore and Veronica are probably the two best shows from the two networks (even if Gilmore is having a down year creatively, at least so far). So on that basis, I'd love to see them together, although I too doubt things will be scheduled that way. The good news for us Veronica fans is that the roster of lead-in shows that actually draw some kind of an audience is now bigger than it was. It will be interesting to see, however, once channels are changed and times and dates shuffled, whether less-serious viewers actually bother to go looking for any of these shows.

    Edit: Good dissection of the news, and some of the open questions, in James Poniewozik's TV blog on time.com, here.
     
  9. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    58,662
    4,345
    Apr 16, 2003
    Arizona
    Since Viacom owns CBS, it definitely has something to do with Viacom. However, please explain how it has anything to do with Fox.
     
  10. ebonovic

    ebonovic has gone his way...

    11,164
    0
    Jul 24, 2001
    Tinley...
    7th heave for sure is gone.

    Charmed... I am not 100% sure... but "last year" the canceled it, but then brought it back after fan outrage I guess.... Neat trick though, to figure out a way to bring all the characters back from the dead... but I digress.
     
  11. NJChris

    NJChris Kermie Loves Elmo TCF Club

    7,477
    1,532
    May 11, 2001
    Huntington...
    Then, next year.. G4 is going to take it over and cancel all the good shows and bring in repeats of the Man Show...
     
  12. Inundated

    Inundated Face For Radio TCF Club

    25,231
    405
    Sep 9, 2003
    Northeast Ohio
    Viacom split up at the first of the year. CBS Corporation now owns CBS (and UPN, and now a part of "The CW"). The broadcast operations went a separate way from the cable networks and movie studios. It isn't a 100% break, as I believe Viacom's Sumner Redstone is still chairman of both.

    FOX, by the way, owns a few big market UPN affiliates that won't be going with the new "netlet"...due to the Tribune distribution deal. They're duopolies with their existing FOX O&Os.
     
  13. RayChuang88

    RayChuang88 Well-Known Member

    2,109
    50
    Sep 5, 2002
    Sacramento,...
    The ability to create a full 2000-2300 hours Monday-Saturday and 1900-2300 hours Sunday program schedule. That could give the new CW network a lot of marketing clout, important if they are to compete against ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC.
     
  14. Magnolia88

    Magnolia88 She likes cheese.

    4,768
    0
    Jun 30, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    On the CBS conference call, Les Moonves said that pairing Gilmore Girls with Veronica Mars would be a "dream come true" for Dawn Ostroff (head of UPN who will be head of programming at the new CW network) because she has always wanted a more compatible lead-in for VM.

    So that sounds like GG and VM are sure bets to return, probably paired on the same night. I'm guessing Tuesdays, where VM would move back to the 9pm slot it occupied in its first season.
     
  15. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    58,662
    4,345
    Apr 16, 2003
    Arizona
    Do we know yet whether the new network will schedule programs until 2300 ET as opposed to 2200 ET that the current netlets do?
     
  16. cherry ghost

    cherry ghost Well-Known Member

    6,374
    356
    Sep 13, 2005
    Chicago

    The CW will air “a 6 night-13 hour primetime lineup including Monday through Friday nights from 8-10 (EST/PST); Sundays from 7-10 (EST/PST); Sunday from 5-7 (EST/PST) outside of primetime as well as a Monday thru Friday afternoon block from 3-5 (EST/PST) and a 5-hour Saturday morning animation block.”
     
  17. lambertman

    lambertman Chris Lambert, man

    3,887
    429
    Dec 20, 2002
    Indianapolis...
    As I understand it, FOX doesn't program more than 15 primetime hours/week because it would trigger a limit as to how many stations Rupert could own. CW probably wouldn't for the same reasons.
     
  18. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    31,066
    1,293
    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Yep, wonder what Fox is going to do with them?
    I'm leaning towards a mini "FX" type of station.
     
  19. sieglinde

    sieglinde Active Member

    5,378
    1
    Aug 11, 2002
    Sebastopol, CA
    In Los Angeles that means channel 5 KTLA lives and channel 13 KTTV dies. I can't see it going back to the way it was as an Independent because TV has so changed since you could get away with local programming and syndicated shows only.
     

Share This Page

spam firewall

Advertisements