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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

That's All Folks For WB, UPN; New Frankensteined Network To Be Formed From Flaming Wreckage

Holy shit.

In a huge announcement today seemingly out of nowhere, CBS (owner of UPN) and Time Warner (owner of The WB) say they're merging the two mini-nets to form one giant... uh... mini-net.

Sifting through the press release, they'll seemingly pick and choose the best shows from both networks (all three of them), and run them on the affiliates they deem most desirable.

It actually makes a ton of sense- almost too much sense, in fact.

The WB and UPN, as they're known today, will be kaput as of Fall 2006.

The network will get to pick and choose shows from their current schedules, including America's Next Top Model, Beauty and the Geek, Smallville, Gilmore Girls, Supernatural, Veronica Mars, Everybody Hates Chris, Girlfriends, Reba, and WWE Smackdown

I doubt the "big four" are shaking in their boots. But it's still likely to be more successful than the status quo.

3 other geekspeak:

  • "Everybody Hates Chris" is one of the best comedies on TV. Any change is fine as long as they keep that show.

    By Blogger Roon, at 3:42 PM  

  • The real question is what will happen with all the former WB & UPN stations that end up NOT carrying the CW? The UPN stations in 9 of the top 10 markets are owned by Fox, and will not be carrying the CW. I wonder if Fox is going to be launching a new network on those stations....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:10 PM  

  • There has been some talk about "Fox2" but that seems to be just that, talk which execuatives at Fox have been down playing. Apparently the merger will orphan something like 100 stations when all is said and done, which might be enough for a revival of first run syndication. Then there's something the Tribune itself has tried. They have been offering the old Canadian series DaVinci's Inquest for syndication and running it in prime time on their satellite WGN. The result is a program that is new (in the US) with all the production costs paid by the original foreign network (the CBC in Canada). It has done reasonably well to the point where Tribune has bought two other Canadian series. so why not series from other English speaking countries syndicated on American stations?

    By Blogger Brent McKee, at 1:45 PM  

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