Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Weren't They Sort of Interchangeable Anyway?

I could never remember which channel to set and would end up taping the WB when I wanted to tape Enterprise.
CW network to replace WB, UPN - Jan. 24, 2006
"This new network will serve the public with high-quality programming and maintain our ongoing commitment to our diverse audience," said Les Moonves, the chairman of CBS, in a statement.

Prime time programming will target the profitable 18-34 age group, officials of Warner and CBS said.

The new network will broadcast such UPN shows as "America's Next Top Model" and "Veronica Mars," as well as WB programs "Beauty and the Geek" and "Smallville."

UPN and the WB have struggled to attract viewers from the four established networks since they were launched in the mid-1990s. But each has its strengths.

The WB has had some hits throughout its history, particularly with younger audiences, having done well lately with shows such as "Smallville" and "Gilmore Girls."

UPN has recently gained some critical acclaim and strong ratings for its sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris," which airs on Thursday nights and fared well against shows such as NBC's "Joey" and Fox's "The O.C."

Both networks will cease operations in September, broadcasting their respective network schedules independently until then.
At the beginning of the season I thought I would have a 5 show trainwreck on Wednesday nights at 9. Veronica Mars and Lost were the winners in that competition. Now with one less channel in the fall we will either get better programming on one channel, or more of the same boring stuff on all of them.

The unspoken part of this is all of the people who become unemployed. Maybe they can find work in the car industry or finance or programming.

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