Mark your calendars -- the launch of the new network, which is a merge of UPN and The WB happens on September 18th. If you want to know more about the merge, check out my old blogpost at http://popcornandtwizzlers.blogspot.com/2006/06/smackdown-gilmore-girl.html


From Wikipedia:


The WB will close their network on Sunday, September 17 with a five-hour block of pilot episodes of their past signature series, including Felicity, Angel, Buffy (which was a two-hour episode) and Dawson's Creek, and during commercial breaks, re-airings of past image campaigns and network promotions. This plan will involve promo spots given to the cable networks currently carrying these shows in off-network syndication, along with ads for each series' TV-on-DVD box set.

It is expected that UPN will close the preceding Friday, September 15, likely with its usual airing of Friday Night SmackDown!; whether the network will air its usual (optional) repeat block that weekend is unknown. The low-key closure is not surprising given that in some of the largest cities, where the local affiliate is owned by Fox and is joining My Network TV, UPN will not be available, at least on those stations, once MNTV launches on September 5. It is unclear what will happen to UPN or The WB programming on the applicable MNTV affiliates in other markets, i.e. if it will be dropped or aired in overnight hours.

The network will likely launch with a premiere special on September 18, and air season finales from the previous season for the first week, except for America's Next Top Model and Friday Night Smackdown, which will launch their new seasons on September 20 and 22 respectively, with full-night premieres. The network's second week will consist of all season/series premieres for all other series from September 25-October 1, with the exception of Veronica Mars, which will debut their third season on October 3.


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I think it's a hoot (well not really) that they are showing Angel, Buffy and Felicity...all of which "barely" survived at some point or another, and were either cancelled before their time or forced to end prematurely, or had to jump to another network.
The CW stinks :(

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