Jump to content



Sign up for a free account!

Signing up for an account is fast and free. As a member you can join in the conversation, enter contests to win things like this Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote and you won't get the popup ads that guests get. Click here to create your free account.

Photo
- - - - -

WB and UPN to merge into one network


This topic has been archived. This means that you cannot reply to this topic.
71 replies to this topic

#1 of 72 GARY C

GARY C

    Second Unit

  • 252 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 27 1999

Posted January 24 2006 - 03:53 AM

http://www.hollywood...._id=1001883859

I think this is the right area for this.

Interesting.
Technology is a way of organizing the universe so that man doesn't have to experience it.

#2 of 72 Kristian

Kristian

    Supporting Actor

  • 946 posts
  • Join Date: Jun 16 2001

Posted January 24 2006 - 03:57 AM

I was shocked and a little frightened when I first heard about this, but I was relieved to read that the only three shows I watch on either network (Gilmore Girls, Smallville and Veronica Mars) will still be around for the move.
Film Lists: 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | Pre-2006 | 2009
CollectionsMusic

#3 of 72 Chris Lockwood

Chris Lockwood

    Producer

  • 3,215 posts
  • Join Date: Apr 21 1999

Posted January 24 2006 - 04:13 AM

CW Network makes it sound like another country music channel.

#4 of 72 CherylJ

CherylJ

    Stunt Coordinator

  • 214 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 01 2005

Posted January 24 2006 - 04:30 AM

Quote:
I was shocked and a little frightened when I first heard about this, but I was relieved to read that the only three shows I watch on either network (Gilmore Girls, Smallville and Veronica Mars) will still be around for the move.

When I first saw the announcement, I was worried about Veronica Mars, but all three of those shows are listed, so I would guess they are coming back next year. I'm sure Supernatural is safe also.

I also like Everwood and worry about it not being mentioned with the others.

I know 7th Heaven and Charmed are getting the axe, so that frees up some space on the schedule.

#5 of 72 Jason Seaver

Jason Seaver

    Lead Actor

  • 9,306 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 31 1969

Posted January 24 2006 - 04:41 AM

Hmmm... So I'm guessing that Chris-Craft and Tribune are going to be out of the picture (though Viacom may already have bought Chris-Craft out)? I also imagine that this could get very ugly with the affiliates: Here in Boston, I figure "CW" (CBS/Warner?) will wind up on Tribune-owned WB56 (since Tribune is going to need to be compensated for being out of the loop, even if UPN-38 would be the more logical choice as an owned-and-operated station), so what ends up on 38? Do they go back to showing movies, try to make a deal with the Celtics (because the Red Sox and Bruins aren't coming off NESN), or what? There's not a whole lot of first-run syndicated dramas that can be plugged into six days of prime time.

Oddly enough, though, if you look at all the holes in the two networks' schedules, you could probably make a guess at what the combined scheudle will look like:

Sunday
7:00 - Inevitable Seventh Heaven spinoff
8:00 - Charmed
9:00 - Veronica Mars
- Charmed is pretty much unkillable, it seems, and now the network and the studio will be sister companies. Veronica should get increased budget for the same reason, and there's no other youth-oriented stuff on Sunday (and no crime, once football starts on NBC)

Monday
8:00 - One on One
8:30 - All of Us
9:00 - Girlfriends
9:30 - Half and Half
- If Seventh Heaven weren't ending, I'd see it sticking around. UPN's programming for black audiences could be in real danger, and that could lead to some ugly press.

Tuesday
8:00 - Gilmore Girls
9:00 - Supernatural
- Ain't broke, and UPN barely programs Tuesday any more.

Wednesday
8:00 - America's Next Top Model/Beauty and the Geek
9:00 - One Tree Hill
- The two unscripted shows could probably share the timeslot well; I see Veronica Mars more likely to be bumped to another night.

Thursday
8:00 - Smallville
9:00 - Aquaman. Two weeks later, Everwood
- UPN's urban comedies tend to run their course after five years to be replaced by another one. Eve will probably end up on Monday night, but I don't know which show it replaces.

Friday
8:00 - Everybody Hates Chris
8:30 - Reba
9:00 - Living With Fran
9:30 - New comedy
- I'm guessing Chris winds up fitting WB's Friday night block better than UPN's Monday one.

And, supposedly, Smackdown! will still figure in, but I'm guessing that'll be monthly specials or something.
Jay's Movie Blog - A movie-viewing diary.
Transplanted Life: Sci-fi soap opera about a man placed in a new body, updated two or three times a week.
Trading Post Inn - Another gender-bending soap, with different collaborators writing different points of view.

"What? Since when was this an energy...

#6 of 72 Jon Martin

Jon Martin

    Screenwriter

  • 2,219 posts
  • Join Date: Sep 19 2002

Posted January 24 2006 - 04:42 AM

I was also worried about GILMORE and VERONICA. And what about AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL? That does fairly well.

Now I'm worried about what channel this will be on. I have both a UPN and WB channel on my cable system. Which will be the new channel? And since the other channel isn't a network, will my cable system drop it? (They've been dropping a lot of local channels lately, leaving only one of each network).

The move does make sense though. I often confuse the two, forgetting which show is on which channel (must be the whole BUFFY thing).

#7 of 72 John Mansor

John Mansor

    Stunt Coordinator

  • 217 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 09 2003

Posted January 24 2006 - 04:49 AM

I was worried about Everwood before the announcement. This might have sealed its fate. I hope Everwood gets another year.

#8 of 72 Pete Battista

Pete Battista

    Screenwriter

  • 1,959 posts
  • Join Date: Sep 20 1999
  • Real Name:Pete
  • LocationPrincess Anne, Md. USA

Posted January 24 2006 - 05:15 AM

I just read about this on Futon Critic...
I am still a little worried they will mess this up... but hopefully it will all work out for the best... and without losing any good shows.

Jason...

I am pretty sure Charmed is in it's last season now... even as much as I love that show... I think it is about time for it to go. Besides... if I am not mistaken... I think I read somewhere that all 3 of the girls' contracts end with this season. So I pretty much think this will be it.

#9 of 72 todd s

todd s

    Lead Actor

  • 6,842 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 08 1999

Posted January 24 2006 - 05:16 AM

I wonder what will happen with WWOR in NY here once they lose their UPN contract deal.
Bring back John Doe! Or at least resolve the cliff-hanger with a 2hr movie or as an extra on a dvd release.

#10 of 72 Steve Phillips

Steve Phillips

    Screenwriter

  • 1,526 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 18 2002

Posted January 24 2006 - 05:17 AM

I wonder how many stations will find it difficult to go back to being independent and just shut down?

In Las Vegas, the UPN affiliate is a LP station that took years just to get added to the cable system, and without network programming, I wonder what they'll do? Maybe run religious or shopping shows?

#11 of 72 Greg_S_H

Greg_S_H

    Executive Producer

  • 14,836 posts
  • Join Date: May 09 2001
  • Real Name:Greg
  • LocationNorth Texas

Posted January 24 2006 - 05:25 AM

I don't mind the consolidation, but I hope my shows all survive. Two of them have been mentioned as being mentioned (VM and Smallville), but I hope Supernatural makes the cut as well.

#12 of 72 Jason Seaver

Jason Seaver

    Lead Actor

  • 9,306 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 31 1969

Posted January 24 2006 - 05:33 AM

Quote:
I am pretty sure Charmed is in it's last season now... even as much as I love that show... I think it is about time for it to go.
I haven't watched it in years, but given how its surviving this long has seemed so improbable, I'm going to have to see Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs both working on other shows before I really believe it's dead. Posted Image

Okay, stick Everwood in that slot.

Quote:
I wonder how many stations will find it difficult to go back to being independent and just shut down?
This could get really ugly. I imagine that there will be some negotiated settlement between CW and the now-unffiliated stations, but I imagine several will shut down. I suppose Pax and Univision could expand their reach, but there's not nearly as much local sports to fill the schedule with now, and the money from selling ad time for edited-for-TV movies can't be nearly as good as the money for original programming.
Jay's Movie Blog - A movie-viewing diary.
Transplanted Life: Sci-fi soap opera about a man placed in a new body, updated two or three times a week.
Trading Post Inn - Another gender-bending soap, with different collaborators writing different points of view.

"What? Since when was this an energy...

#13 of 72 TheLongshot

TheLongshot

    Producer

  • 4,119 posts
  • Join Date: May 12 2000

Posted January 24 2006 - 05:34 AM

Personally, I'm surprised it took this long. Neither had quite enough quality programming to make a network worth watching. Going to be interesting to see if the combined power can have them rise above the basement.

Jason

#14 of 72 DeathStar1

DeathStar1

    Producer

  • 3,291 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 28 2001

Posted January 24 2006 - 06:14 AM

Personally, I hope that Cablevision just dumps one and adds a new channel to replace it, rather than keeping a network that might switch to religious, local, or infomercial programing, but I'm not holding my breath...

#15 of 72 WadeLil

WadeLil

    Stunt Coordinator

  • 56 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 22 2005

Posted January 24 2006 - 06:37 AM

This could actually free up more space for syndicated action shows on some of the stations left out.That segment has been on decline for years now, perhaps this could give it new life.
1988-IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK
2005-IT TOOK A NATION OF SELLOUTS TO HOLD US BACK.

#16 of 72 Tony_La

Tony_La

    Stunt Coordinator

  • 59 posts
  • Join Date: May 23 2002

Posted January 24 2006 - 06:39 AM

Quote:
I haven't watched it in years, but given how its surviving this long has seemed so improbable, I'm going to have to see Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs both working on other shows before I really believe it's dead.


True - Charmed has been doing well in it's Sunday time slot. I think a spinoff with Billie being a possibility. I read that

Marne Patterson is being brought in as her sister. Replace three hot women with two hot blondes? Works fo me. Posted Image


#17 of 72 todd s

todd s

    Lead Actor

  • 6,842 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 08 1999

Posted January 24 2006 - 06:42 AM

I guess they will finally start having a Saturday night block.

Greg, I read somewhere that Supernatural will probably be safe. Posted Image
Bring back John Doe! Or at least resolve the cliff-hanger with a 2hr movie or as an extra on a dvd release.

#18 of 72 Daniel-M

Daniel-M

    Second Unit

  • 333 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 09 2005

Posted January 24 2006 - 06:53 AM

i will be very suprised if Smackdown doesn't go to Sunday.

Smallville will stay put. I hope they move VM away from Lost

Charmed is going away(yipee)

#19 of 72 Jason Seaver

Jason Seaver

    Lead Actor

  • 9,306 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 31 1969

Posted January 24 2006 - 06:54 AM

Quote:
I guess they will finally start having a Saturday night block.
I doubt it, unless it's all repeats. The only network that springs for original programming Saturday nights is Fox, and I don't exactly think Cops and America's Most Wanted cost very much.

Quote:
i will be very suprised if Smackdown doesn't go to Sunday.
Remember, starting this fall, NBC will be running football Sunday nights. Even if it looks like UPN's programmers are in charge, not even they are dumb enough to put Smackdown! up against that.
Jay's Movie Blog - A movie-viewing diary.
Transplanted Life: Sci-fi soap opera about a man placed in a new body, updated two or three times a week.
Trading Post Inn - Another gender-bending soap, with different collaborators writing different points of view.

"What? Since when was this an energy...

#20 of 72 Daniel-M

Daniel-M

    Second Unit

  • 333 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 09 2005

Posted January 24 2006 - 06:59 AM

Sunday
Smackdown

Monday
Comedy-night

Tuesday
Gilmore Girls
Supernatural

Wednsday
Veronica Mars
ANTM

Thursday
Smallville
Aquaman

Friday
comedy-night


Back to TV Programming



Forum Nav Content I Follow