This was supposed to be the last season of 7th Heaven. The expensive show, which had run for 10 seasons, was a casualty of the UPN/WB merge that is creating The CW.
Mediaweek reports that The CW has received an infusion of new cash from its corporate parents, CBS and Warner Bros., and will bring the show back for at least 13 episodes this fall.
Heaven, starring Stephen Collins as a minister, is the longest-running family drama in television history, surpassing The Waltons' nine seasons. The show averaged 5.2 million viewers last season, making it The WB's most-watched series.