Tuesday, January 24, 2006

What The CW's 2006 Fall Lineup might look like

For those who have not heard, UPN (CBS's Netlet) and The WB (Warner Bros. Netlet) are entering a partnership that will merge the netlets into one, thus becoming The CW.

So which shows are likely to make this new netlet

From UPN: Everybody Hates Chris, (WWE) Friday Night Smackdown, America's Next Top Model, Veronica Mars, All Of Us, Girlfriends, Half & Half

From The WB: Everwood, Reba, Smallville, Supernatural, Beauty and the Geek

Rick Porter from Zap2it.com has more

We should start by saying that everything we're about to talk about in this story about The CW, the network that will result from UPN and The WB merging, is speculative.

In making the announcement about the new network -- a joint venture between CBS Corp. and Warner Bros. -- Tuesday (Jan. 24), no one from either company made any firm statements about a schedule. There were, however, a few hints.

CBS President and CEO Les Moonves name-checked The WB's "Smallville," "Gilmore Girls," "Reba," "Beauty and the Geek" and Supernatural" in his remarks, along with UPN shows "Veronica Mars," "America's Next Top Model," "Everybody Hates Chris" and "Girlfriends."

He also had this to say about one potential pairing: "The idea of putting 'Gilmore Girls' with 'Veronica Mars,' for [UPN President Dawn Ostroff, who will run the new network], is a dream come true. She finally has a potential lead-in that could help that show."
With that in mind, then, we started mentally making up our own CW schedule.

Before we get to that, though, we should mention that we think CBS and Warner Bros. missed an opportunity in naming the network. We get the CBS + Warner Bros. = CW idea, but we would have taken the first letters of WB and UPN and called the new entity WU. Not only is it fun to say ("Whoo!"), but we think the possibility for cross-promotion with the Wu-Tang Clan would have been outstanding. Heck, maybe they could have even brought "Method & Red" back to the air (never mind that it aired on FOX the first time around).

Next, a couple of ground rules: We're making this schedule up based on WB and UPN shows -- pilots included -- that have a chance of being on the air next year. Thus "7th Heaven," which is scheduled to end its 10-year run in May, won't show up. We're also looking at the other networks to avoid DVR nightmares (a la "Veronica Mars" vs. "Lost") and bad matchups wherever possible.

With that in mind, here's what we came up with:

Monday: UPN's comedy block has been a solid performer there for some time, and we're leaving it mostly intact. The one exception: "Everybody Hates Chris" moves over from Thursday to lead off the night and provide a bigger platform for "All of Us," "Girlfriends" and "Half & Half." "One on One" draws the smallest audience of the current Monday shows, so it's out.

Tuesday: Les Moonves is no dummy, so we're going to take his suggestion and pair "Gilmore Girls" and "Veronica Mars" on this night. We'd be hard-pressed to find a better two-hour block of dramas on network TV.

Wednesday: We start with an unscripted hour -- "America's Next Top Model" in the fall and spring, with "Beauty and the Geek" filling in between cycles. "Pepper Dennis," a WB midseason show, gets the 9 p.m. spot and hopes the reality shows will help it attract viewers the way "Top Model" has helped "Veronica Mars" this year.

Thursday: "Everwood" has held its own this season in a brutally competitive 9 p.m. hour, so it gets to stay put. We have other plans for "Smallville," but we like the idea of superheroes in the 8 p.m. spot. So we're betting on "Aquaman," a pilot from the "Smallville" guys that's been in development at The WB, to survive the transition and put it in the leadoff spot.

Friday: "Smackdown!" has performed pretty well there this year, so we see no reason to move it.

Sunday: This is probably the biggest gamble in our fictional schedule, but we're playing with house money, so who cares? We'll give the 7 p.m. hour to "Reba" and "Out of Sync," the "Odd Couple"-like project in development at UPN. Then it's action night, with "Smallville" at 8 leading into "Supernatural" at 9. This is a tough night, but "Smallville" fans have shown they'll follow the series wherever it goes, and we're hoping some of them then stick around for "Supernatural."

This will be intresting, especially Sunday nights. If they can get the men away from FOX then The CW has a shot on Sunday nights. Otherwise you might see some good shows fade away before they are given some great ending and a great sendoff especially Smallville.

Gillmore Girls and Veronica Mars. Sounds like a great Girl Power night regarding Tuesdays. Mondays, well that will still be a night of African American Sitcoms, and Chris Rock is the man to lead it off. The actual one and the kid (Tyler James Williams) who plays him.

Fridays, well it appears that CBS is not going to give all of WWE all to NBC-Universal (They own USA Network which carries WWE Raw), and now Warner Bros. will have a piece of WWE too. Their parent company owned the now defunked WCW before selling it to WWE.

Again this may not be the final layout, but this is going to be intresting



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