Let's face it: Heroes needs some fixin'. Ratings are plummeting, critics are tearing it a new one, and Mohinder may have the wackiest story in the history of history. So how does one duct-tape up this mess? Add a hunk from a former WB show, of course.
The CW announced its full fall schedule today at the upfront presentation in New York, and it looks a lot like The WB and UPN schedules. One of the surprises the network had in store--previously canceled sitcom Reba has been given a new lease on life.
The network ordered 13 new episodes of the down-home sitcom featuring the sensible mothering techniques of country singer Reba McEntire. Earlier this season, CW execs had indicated the show would not be renewed for another go around.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the move to save the show may have been due to contractual obligations. The penalty for early cancellation of the show is said to be $20 million, since The CW would have to compensate series producer 20th Century Fox for lost revenue.
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The CW, the network formed by the merging of UPN and The WB, has kept fans of many shows on those respective networks in the dark as to the future of their favorite series. When the upfront presentations begin tomorrow in New York, the network is set to allay some fears and confirm others--but even before the upfronts kick off, the network has come clean on a few of its plans.
Fans of WB drama Everwood knew that chances were slim the show would make it to the new net. They were right. The Treat Williams series was pulled from the schedule in January, but was brought back in March to continued poor ratings. Even show creator Greg Berlanti admitted things were looking grim.
Last week, intrepid fans of UPN's Veronica Mars took to the skies in an effort to keep ...Read more
When UPN and WB became CW, some heads rolled.
One of those heads was the series Everwood. While shows like One Tree Hill and Veronica Mars made the cut, fellow bubble dweller Everwood was let go.
The series finale, which airs Monday, June 5, at 8 p.m., promises a bat-mitzvah and the romantic resolution of the Bright and Hannah storyline.
Fans have expressed dismay over the network's decision to cancel Everwood but keep One Tree Hill, a show which suffered equally lackluster ratings.
Mediaweek's Marc Berman writes, "While I understand the CW choosing [Veronica Mars], I personally think the network missed the boat by picking the marginally rated One Tree Hill over Everwood."
On TV.com's Everwood forums, the fans have started a "Save Everwood" thread in which a plan has been hatched to send pinecones to CW exec ...Read more
The season-two finale of UPN's cult show Veronica Mars airs tonight, and many fans are wondering if it will wind up being the series finale instead. With the The CW streamlining the UPN and WB's shows into one schedule, low-rated Mars might not make the cut.
Today, a group of Mars fans is attempting a novel tactic to express their love for the show: an airplane banner. The banner reads "Renew Veronica Mars! CW 2006!" and will fly over parts of a Los Angeles freeway during the evening rush hour.
The three fans, Anna Smith of Atlanta, Kelley Spada of Boston, and Chicago's Mark Israel, met while posting on the TV fansite Television Without Pity. In an interview with Media Life magazine, they talk about how they hatched their plan and what else they have up their sleeves to try and save Mars.
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Treat Williams, the hunky doctor dad from the WB's cult show Everwood, is set to play a different type of doc in a TNT pilot, according to Hollywood Reporter. In Heartland, Williams plays an intense heart transplant surgeon.
In Heartland, Williams will play an angsty, driven character who focuses on his job to the detriment of his personal life. The series comes from The Gaurdian creator David Hollander.
Heartland comes at a time when viewers seem to be craving medical dramas. Fox's House burned up the ratings last season, and ABC's Grey's Anatomy went from retaining its Desperate Housewives lead-in to surpassing it.
Also announced today is news that Everwood creator Greg Berlanti has split from his producing partner, Mickey Liddell, and renamed their production house Berlanti Television. Berlanti will remain at Touchstone TV.
Berlanti TV has two projects at ABC. One comes from ex-Six ...Read more
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.
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The WB is back, baby! The defunct television network is getting revived online in the form of TheWB.com, where it will stream old shows from its library as well as original content from some big-name television producers, Warner Bros. Television Group announced.
First hinted at over a month ago, the new online enterprise will play home to some of television's most beloved teen-aimed shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls, and Veronica Mars. The episodes will be free and ad-supported, and will mainly target women in the prized 16-to-34-year-old group.
Other shows mentioned by Warner Bros. to stream online include Friends, Smallville, The O.C., Everwood, Roswell, The Wayans Bros., All of Us, and One Tree Hill.
In addition to streaming these shows online, Warner Bros. is partnering with cable operator Comcast to stream the aforementioned shows on Fancast.com and through its on-demand service.
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