When the UPN and The WB announced they were merging to become a single network, called The CW, there were questions about what would happen to many of their respective shows. Will low-rated but much-loved shows be swiftly killed off? As diehard fans know, it's difficult enough to get one network to listen to reason, let alone two.
According to a January 26 report on zap2it.com, fans of Tyra Banks and her cadre of pouty young wannabes can relax: America's Next Top Model will continue strutting its stuff on the new network. The show has been enjoying its highest ratings this season, and it had already been green-lighted for another two cycles by UPN before the merger was announced. Also probable survivors: Smallville, Everybody Hates Chris, and Gilmore Girls.
In a January 27 press release, the network intimated that WWE Smackdown will also be making the jump. Young men who live for the melodramatic dance-fighting of steroidal men in tights rejoice.
Entertainment Weekly reports that some nervous show-runners haven't heard a definite answer as to their fate. Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas told the magazine that although UPN hasn't made any official announcement, "the buzz is that we are one they plan on keeping." Less optimistic was Greg Berlanti at the WB's Everwood, who said "we're fighting for our life."
Reuters reported today that the WB supernatural pilot The Cult, about a mind-controlling TV show, is the first project to be shelved since the merger. On the flip side, the WB Aquaman pilot is still moving ahead.
The new name may not make the cut, either. On January 27, The New York Post reported the network is thinking about a name change since The CW has already become the butt of Internet jokes.
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