Tuesday, January 24, 2006

BUT WILL MICHIGAN J. FROG BE INVOLVED? Apparently, next fall, we'll be down to 5 major networks, with UPN and the WB merging to form "CW." No formal announcements on scheduling or what's staying and what's going, though the article suggests that Smallville, Gilmore Girls, Beauty and the Geek, America's Next Top Model, Veronica Mars, and Everybody Hates Chris are all planned to return. My one expectation would be that the new network goes to seven nights, and some shows are likely to face the axe as a result of the merger.

More details in this press release, including that Smackdown "is expected to play a role" and that the CW will program weeknights from 8-10, Sundays from 7-10, Sundays from 5-7, Weekdays from 3-5 (currently "WB Daytime," occupied by ER and 8 Simple Rules repeats), and Kids!WB! will continue on Saturdays.

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