Sunday, April 30, 2006

MORE ON THE WB

As you know the CW is coming this fall with the merger of the WB network with UPN. Just recently they announced that WNLO Channel 23 Buffalo was going to be the new CW affiliate here.

Anyway, Nikki Finke is livid and outraged about the end of the WB. She has it on good authority that this is in her own mind a UPN "takeover" of the WB, and that there are only three WB shows that are "locks" to join the CW: Smallville, Supernatural and Gilmore Girls. But there's nothing new about that, those three have been locks to join the CW for weeks anyway. ( I read there was turmoil at Gilmore Girls, though, with creator/head honcho Amy Sherman-Palladino quitting.) But Finke is complaining that even more of the UPN shows are "locks" including not only good shows like Smackdown! and America's Next Top Model, but also utter junk like Girlfriends.

Finke is mad about all this. Who does she blame? Why, who else. Les Moonves, because CBS has a big stake in the new network. She's claiming CBS prez Moonves is behind giving Viacom all the power in the new operation.

What she doesn't say is that much of the current lineup on the WB is unwatchable! Charmed is being cancelled and has been lousy ever since Shannen Doherty left; so is the much-hated 7th Heaven. Most of the WB lineup consists of shows that the kids quit watching a long time ago, or new stuff that isn't getting an audience like these lame reality shows they keep on running (Survival of the Richest). No one is watching the WB, folks! It's not the network it used to be.

1 comment:

PG said...

Agreed that most WB shows are lame, but so are most UPN shows. There are barely enough watchable shows on each to make one decent network.

WB's Smallville, Supernatural, Gilmore Girls, plus UPN's Everybody Hates Chris, ANTM (I find it idiotic but every other woman I know can't stop watching) and the reruns of stuff like Sex & the City should make for a more viable network.

One thing about UPN, though -- at least in the U.S., it's sort of considered the "black" network, with more shows featuring African American actors and advertisements targeting the black market than the other networks. I'll be interested to see how much of that identity survives in the merger.