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<small>Popular, Grosse Pointe, Jack and Jill, & Roswell (noted in another thread) have all possibly been cancelled.</small>


New York, NY (May 15, 2001) - <small>The WB Network unveiled its 2001-2002 primetime schedule this morning in front of 3,000 advertisers and national journalists in a presentation led by Susanne Daniels and Jordan Levin, Co-Presidents, Entertainment for The WB.

The highlights of the fall schedule include five new comedies; an all-new Tuesday night line-up of GILMORE GIRLS and SMALLVILLE; the continuation of the all-original FELICITY hour on Wednesday night teamed with Kevin Williamson's new series GLORY DAYS at midseason; and the announcement of multi-year commitments for veteran series 7th HEAVEN, DAWSON'S CREEK, CHARMED and SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH.

"The top priority for the network is to create a break-out comedy that can lead us to our next level of success while maintaining our advantage in the young adult and teen drama category, and I believe we have accomplished our goals with this line-up," said Ms. Daniels. "This is the best comedy line-up we've ever had and it came by investing in the best level of comedy show runners we've ever attracted, which led to us making a record 17 comedy pilots. In comedy, it just takes one to break through to build from and we think this line-up presents us with our best shot at a comedy hit."

"The next priority going into the scheduling sessions was to ensure that Tuesday nights on The WB continue to be appointment television for our loyal fans and I believe we accomplished that in the sleeper hit of this past season, 'Gilmore Girls,' and the new Superman series 'Smallville,'" said Mr. Levin. "We also believed that the Wednesday night wheel with 'Felicity' in all originals reignited that series, allowing it to reach its highest ratings levels ever. This year we are pairing it with Kevin Williamson's new drama 'Glory Days,' continuing to make Wednesday night the destination night for 12-34 year-old women." </small>


The WB programming department developed comedies to match up with SABRINA, giving the network the most powerful line-up of shows on Friday catering to young families. They include MAYBE I'M ADOPTED at 8:30 p.m., created by Suzanne Martin ("Frasier") starring newcomer Reagan Dale Neis, Julia Sweeney ("Saturday Night Live") and Fred Willard ("Best in Show"); DEEP IN THE HEART at 9:00 p.m., from Allison Gibson ("Home Improvement," "Boy Meets World") starring Reba McEntire, country music superstar and current Broadway sensation in the title role in "Annie Get Your Gun"; and RAISING DAD at 9:30 p.m., created by Jonathan Katz ("Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist") starring Bob Saget ("Full House") and newcomer Kat Dennings. As GILMORE GIRLS was last year, RAISING DAD was developed with the support of the Family Friendly Forum's script development fund.

Sunday night will feature the new relationship comedies MEN, WOMEN & DOGS at 8:30 p.m., starring Bill Bellamy ("The Brothers," "How to Be a Player," MTV) created by Emmy-nominated writers Dan Staley and Rob Long ("Cheers"); and OFF CENTRE at 9:30 p.m., from hot comedy writers Paul and Chris Weitz ("American Pie," "Antz") and Danny Zuker ("Just Shoot Me," "Roseanne"). The new shows will be protected by popular veteran comedies THE STEVE HARVEY SHOW at 8:00 p.m. and NIKKI at 9:00 p.m., which remain in their current timeslots. </small>


A major scheduling move is the announcement of an all-new Tuesday night line-up with the critically acclaimed, family-friendly GILMORE GIRLS anchoring the night at 8:00 p.m. followed by the new Superman drama SMALLVILLE at 9:00 p.m. The first series to make it to air supported by the Family Friendly Forum's script development fund, GILMORE GIRLS, a multi-generation dramedy for all ages, has emerged as one of the most critically praised shows on television in its first season.

"The fact that 'Gilmore Girls' beat 'Friends' in female teens this May sweep and is building Emmy buzz has been extremely gratifying for a freshman series," said Mr. Levin. "The show's broad appeal will perfectly platform 'Smallville,' a project with three breakout young stars that promises to be another successful chapter of the evergreen Warner Bros. Superman franchise."

On Thursday, The WB is adding two half-hour series, POPSTARS 2 and ELIMIDATE DELUXE, with the strategic goal of creating half-hour time slots in the network's solid Monday through Thursday drama blocks. A second season and new incarnation of the synergistic hit POPSTARS leads off the night at 8:00 p.m., followed by the new dating game show ELIMIDATE DELUXE at 8:30 p.m. With the limited-run nature of POPSTARS 2, Thursdays could eventually be another night to add comedies, possibly by midseason.

"'Popstars' was a grand slam across many divisions within AOL Time Warner," said Ms. Daniels. "The show set ratings records for The WB, the debut single from Eden's Crush topped the music charts and notched record downloads for AOL, and the album shipped gold, debuting in the top 10. 'Elimidate Deluxe' blends the quest for love with exotic locales to create a lighthearted tone akin to 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' meets 'The Dating Game.'"

The WB's second highest-rated series, the supernatural hit CHARMED, returns to its highly successful Thursday night timeslot at 9:00 p.m. CHARMED also has been secured well into the future as The WB has extended its rights to the series through the 2003-04 season.

Additionally, The WB will launch a "reality wheel" Sunday nights during the 7:00 p.m. hour beginning with the fall premiere of LOST IN THE USA. A new reality-based, viewer-interactive game show from the creators of "The Real World," LOST IN THE USA each week pits four teams against each other in a grueling 48-hour gauntlet of tests, tasks and time trials that could take them anywhere in the U.S.A. That series will be replaced in midseason by NO BOUNDARIES, a new adventure reality series from executive producers Jim Jusko and Brady Connell ("Survivor," "Eco-Challenge," "The Amazing Race") that follows a group of contestants on a trek across North America's most rugged terrain. A third series will be named for the timeslot to provide all original programming on Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

"For our audience, we believe reality shows are a viable form of storytelling as long as it extends the core themes and values ascribed to our scripted series," said Mr. Levin. "The elements of empowerment, fantasy and wish fulfillment - qualities that made 'Popstars' a winner in upscale homes and a hit with advertisers - will be prominent in all of our reality development." </small>


The WB's Wednesday night remains unchanged with DAWSON'S CREEK at 8:00 p.m. and FELICITY at 9:00 p.m. The progressive strategy to air all original episodes in the 9:00 p.m. time slot helped FELICITY finish its junior year with a flourish, ranking as The WB's top-rated program among women 18-34 and tying with DAWSON'S CREEK in adults 18-34. Next season, DAWSON'S CREEK takes a creative turn as the main teenage characters - played by James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Joshua Jackson, Michelle Williams and Kerr Smith - head off to college.

"We took a risk last season, dividing the run of 'Felicity' in order to deliver viewers 30 weeks of original programming after 'Dawson's Creek,'" said Mr. Levin. "The risk paid off. 'Felicity' finally took off in the ratings and 'Dawson's' laid claim to the 8:00 p.m. hour after the departure of '90210' and saw its 18-34 and 18-49 demos soar over last season."

Again next season, FELICITY will air consecutive original episodes throughout the fall, and will be replaced midseason by a new drama from Kevin Williamson, GLORY DAYS. FELICITY star Keri Russell and the rest of the cast will return to finish out the season and their senior year of college with all new episodes.

"We are thrilled to be back in business with Kevin Williamson," said Ms. Daniels. "Kevin played an instrumental role in the early success of The WB when we teamed up on 'Dawson's Creek,' and it's only fitting that this next chapter be paired with his first series. The show's lead, Eddie Cahill, had star-making turns on 'Felicity' and 'Friends' last season and is poised to be a break-out talent." </small>


On Monday, The WB's 8:00 p.m. hour has belonged to 7TH HEAVEN for six years, where it has grown into the network's highest-rated series for four straight seasons and a benchmark for quality family-friendly programming. Next season, 7TH HEAVEN will be touched by an ANGEL when the action-adventure drama series starring David Boreanaz moves to Mondays at 9:00 p.m.

"'7th Heaven' is that rare commodity in television - it not only improves with age creatively, but also continues to grow in ratings," said Ms. Daniels. "While 'Angel' may not be an obvious lead-out for traditional family fare, we've had the most success following at 9:00 p.m. with action-adventure series in one of television's most competitive timeslots." </small>


Across all six nights of programming, veteran series anchor the line-up at 8:00 p.m., with THE STEVE HARVEY SHOW on Sunday, 7TH HEAVEN on Monday, GILMORE GIRLS on Tuesday, DAWSON'S CREEK on Wednesday, POPSTARS on Thursday and SABRINA on Friday. Enhancing the strength in the schedule is the announcement of multi-year commitments for 7TH HEAVEN, DAWSON'S CREEK, CHARMED and SABRINA.

"We have believed from the beginning that a new network needs stability from year to year, advantaging our audience, advertisers and studio suppliers," said Mr. Levin. "We have accomplished that by anchoring the nights with proven series to give new shows a chance to find an audience and ensuring our appointment series will be around for several more years." </small>


In addition to the five new comedies on the schedule for fall, The WB ordered one comedy for midseason: A YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO BECOMING A ROCK STAR. Starring Oliver Hudson, the unique series created by John Riggi ("The Larry Sanders Show") is based on the popular British comedy series of the same name.

"Oliver Hudson, like his sister Kate, is clearly going to be a big star," said Ms. Daniels. "He is an example of casting at its best and there's nothing else like 'Rock Star' on television."

Also in the stable for midseason is the veteran relationship comedy FOR YOUR LOVE. Starring Holly Robinson Peete, James Lesure, Tamala Jones, Edafe Okurume, Dedee Pfeiffer and D.W. Moffett, FOR YOUR LOVE will be returning for its fifth season. </small>


The WB also announced programming for the summer months, planning to launch new series DEAD LAST on Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. and a Wednesday movie night featuring new classics from the extensive Turner library. From the writers of feature films "Grosse Pointe Blank" and "High Fidelity," Steve Pink and D.V. de Vincentis, DEAD LAST is a suspenseful comedic thriller chronicling the misadventures of a struggling rock band with the power to see ghosts.

"The WB's core audience is looking for something new during the summer, and launching shows against largely repeat programming makes great sense for us," said Mr. Levin. "If 'Dead Last' attains the level of success we think it can, we could then order more episodes for midseason. We have always felt that a movie night would be a perfect fit with The WB, and now in partnership with Turner we are able to broadcast movies that will appeal to our target young adult and teen audience in the summer, while giving our Wednesday night series line-up a rest for the summer."

A night-by-night breakdown of the schedule and accompanying details on all the programs are attached to this release.</small>


7-8 pm "LOST IN THE USA"
8-8:30 pm "The Steve Harvey Show"
8:30-9 pm "MEN, WOMEN & DOGS"
9-9:30 pm "Nikki"
9:30-10 pm "OFF CENTRE"

8-9 pm "7th Heaven"
9-10 pm "Angel"

8-9 pm "Gilmore Girls"
9-10 pm "SMALLVILLE"

8-9 pm "Dawson's Creek"
9-10 pm "Felicity"

8-8:30 pm "Popstars 2"
9-10 pm "Charmed"

8-8:30 pm "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"
8:30-9 pm "MAYBE I'M ADOPTED"
9-9:30 pm "DEEP IN THE HEART"
9:30-10 pm "RAISING DAD"

7:00-8:00 p.m. "LOST IN THE USA"
From the creators of MTV's hit series "The Real World" comes a new reality-based game show that hits the open road. Each week, four teams will run a grueling 48-hour gauntlet of tests, tasks and time trials that could take them anywhere in the U.S.A. Supplied with RV's yet deprived of any funds, the teams must rely on cooperation, creativity and quick thinking to garner points as they race to complete "scavenger hunt" type missions. Sometimes dangerous, often embarrassing, these tests capture the flavor of a region-like bungee jumping off Seattle's space needle or getting a snapshot of the team stark naked with inhabitants of a nudist colony. Via the internet and telephone, viewers will collaborate and conspire with the players in real time, and at the end of each show, members of the two teams that were the last to cross the finish line have a chance to plead their case before one team is voted out. Each week, the top team collects its prizes (like SUV's or trips around the world), and a new local team replaces the losers. On every mysterious leg of this never-ending cross-country trek, adventure is calling. Mary-Ellis Bunim, John Murray ("The Real World," "Road Rules") and Rick de Oliveira serve as executive producers for Artists Television Group and Bunim-Murray Productions.

8:30-9:00 p.m. "MEN, WOMEN & DOGS"
In this new single-camera relationship comedy, Bill Bellamy ("The Brothers," "How to Be a Player," MTV) stars as one of four twentysomething guy friends whose lives center around their girlfriends, their careers and their dogs-but not necessarily in that order. At L.A.'s happening dog parks, the guys share their latest adventures in romance while using their canines as date magnets. The friends include talented chef Jeremiah (Bellamy) with a penchant for seducing women via his irresistible charm and decadent chocolate desserts, sensitive idealist Clay (Daniel Pino) who is nursing the wounds of his first broken heart, prototypical surf bum Eric (Niklaus Lange) who's just moved in with his girlfriend Michelle (Heather Stephens), and penny-pinching Royce (Mike Damus, "Brutally Normal"). More likely to know how to pamper their pets than how to treat a lady, these four friends often succeed in shedding some light on each other's inadequacies and fallacies, and maybe with some help from a dog's sixth sense, they'll also learn how to meet-and then keep-a woman for good. Emmy-nominated writers Dan Staley and Rob Long ("Cheers") serve as executive producers for Paramount Network Television.

9:30-10:00 p.m. "OFF CENTRE"
Hot comedy auteurs Paul and Chris Weitz have stamped their inimitable randy brand of humor on such big-screen hits as "American Pie" and "Antz." Now they're bringing their unique point of view to the small screen for the first time in an unconventional buddy comedy for The WB. Staid and slightly neurotic, Mike is the yin to his British friend Euan's (Sean Maguire) slick, sophisticated and decidedly decadent yang. Former roommates at Oxford, the two move in to a posh New York pad, but their opposing views on the opposite sex are glaring. As each tries to prove that his way is best, peccadilloes, predicaments and pranks force them to examine relationships from the other's viewpoint - which keeps them both off-balance and wondering if the other one isn't right after all. "Off Centre" also stars Lauren Stamile, John Cho, Kimberly Davies and Jason Winston George. The Weitzes serve as executive producers with Danny Zuker ("Just Shoot Me," "Roseanne") for Warner Bros. Television and Dreamworks SKG.

9:00-10:00 p.m. "SMALLVILLE"
This new action-adventure drama is a dynamic reinterpretation of the enduring Superman franchise and its classic characters as seen through the eyes of teenage Clark Kent (Tom Welling). The series explores Clark's struggle to come to grips with his emerging superpowers during his formative years in Smallville, Kansas. Clark feels responsible for the strange and unexplained phenomena that have plagued Smallville since the meteor shower that brought him to earth, and he vows to use his ever-growing powers to put an end to them. With realistic portrayals and state-of-the-art special effects taking the mythology back to its roots, "Smallville" will introduce Clark Kent, Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum, "Zoe") and Lana Lang (Kristen Kreuk) to a new generation. The series also stars Eric Johnson, Samuel L. Jones, Allison Mack, John Schneider ("Dukes of Hazzard") and Cynthia Ettinger. Writers Alfred Gough & Miles Millar ("Shanghai Noon") are executive producers along with Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins ("Varsity Blues"), Joe Davola and David Nutter ("X-Files," "Roswell") who directed the pilot for Tollin/Robbins Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

8:00-8:30 p.m. "POPSTARS 2"
The debut album Popstars from music sensation Eden's Crush shipped gold earlier this month, and "Get Over Yourself" marked the biggest-selling debut single ever for a new female group. Like the music group, "Popstars" the series also was an overnight sensation, garnering record-breaking ratings for The WB as it brought viewers along on the journey of stardom from the grueling audition process to final selection and ultimately the debut concert. "Popstars 2" will prove that this is not a one-hit wonder. Open auditions in cities across the country will take place in June to find the talented few who will become America's next big thing...with a surprising new twist. David G. Stanley and Scott A. Stone serve as executive producers for this Stone Stanley Entertainment Production.

8:30-9:00 p.m. "ELIMIDATE DELUXE"
Dating is always a process of elimination, and this new lighthearted relationship show based on the quest for true love takes singles on adventurous dates in exotic locales and lets healthy competition take it from there. "Elimidate Deluxe" streamlines the search for romance by giving one lucky guy or girl the opportunity to go on a lavish dream date with four potential love connections at once. From luxurious settings across the globe including Costa Rica, Greece, Paris and the Bavarian Alps, the cameras capture every exciting moment of the dating game as "candi-dates" are vetoed one by one - until only Mr. and Ms. Right remain. A reality-based adventure of wish-fulfillment and romance from executive producer Alex Duda, "Elimidate Deluxe" is a Telepictures production.

9:00-10:00 p.m. "CHARMED"
Loses one sister, returning for its fourth season on The WB, the series stars Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, Brian Krause and Julian McMahon. Aaron Spelling, E. Duke Vincent and Brad Kern serve as executive producers on the series produced by Spelling Television, Inc.

8:30-9:00 p.m. "MAYBE I'M ADOPTED"
This new half-hour comedy centers on 15-year-old Molly Stage (Reagan Dale Neis) who - like most girls her age - feels as if she's surrounded by a family of freaks. Molly's torturous coming of age plays out in a house crammed with odd knick-knacks and even odder people, headed by an insanely frugal mother (Julia Sweeney, "Saturday Night Live") and a soccer-obsessed dad (Fred Willard, "Best in Show"). Recently emerged from braces and baby fat, Molly is determined to blossom...if the Stages don't make her wilt. Andrew Walker, Patrick Levis ("So Weird"), identical twins Danielle and Deanna Cantermen star as Molly's eccentric siblings, along with Vicki Davis. Pop-up graphics and voice-over narration enliven this offbeat - though upbeat - family comedy from writer/executive producer Suzanne Martin ("Frasier") for Warner Bros. Television and Touchstone Television.

9:00-9:30 p.m. "DEEP IN THE HEART"
Country superstar Reba McEntire makes her first foray into series television as part of a bright comedic ensemble in this new series which spruces up the all-American family with a spirited Southern look at suburban mania. The Hart family is in the midst of a divorce as Texas soccer mom Reba (McEntire) watches her white-picket-fenced world collapse before her very eyes. Along with the news that her soon-to-be-ex-husband (Christopher Rich, "Murphy Brown") is marrying his impossibly perky and unfortunately pregnant dental hygienist (Melissa Peterman, "Fargo") comes the revelation that her 17-year-old drill-teaming daughter (Joanna Garcia, "Freaks and Geeks") is also pregnant by the high school's dim-bulb football star (Steve Howey). Toss into the mix her other two kids (Scarlett Pomers, "Star Trek: Voyager"; Mitch Holleman, "Daddio") and they certainly aren't candidates for a Rockwell portrait, but Reba and her family muddle through their domestic morass the only way they know how - with brutal honesty and bare-knuckled poise. Writer Allison Gibson ("Home Improvement," "Boy Meets World") serves as executive producer with Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel ("Tucker") for Twentieth Century Fox Television.

9:30-10:00 p.m. "RAISING DAD"
Jonathan Katz ("Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist") brings his incisive wit and masterful comedic understatement to this new family-friendly comedy starring Bob Saget ("Full House") and newcomer Kat Dennings. High school is tough enough without the embarrassing addition of your dad as a teacher. Matt (Saget) is a widower doing his best to raise two daughters - Sarah (Dennings) and Emily (Brie Larson) - with both help and hindrance from his live-in dad, Sam (Jerry Adler, "The Sopranos"). With adolescence rearing its ugly head, the last thing 15-year-old Sarah needs is her father invading her space...and mucking up her cool image...every day in his classroom. Unfortunately, as an English teacher at Sarah's high school, Mark is doing just that. Meagan Good ("Eve's Bayou") and Andy Kindler ("Everybody Loves Raymond") also star. Like the freshman hit "Gilmore Girls," "Raising Dad" was developed with the support of the Family Friendly Forum's script development fund. The series was created by Jonathan Katz, who serves as executive producer along with John Markus for Paramount Television. <small>


Having expressively tapped into the teenage psyche with the hit series "Dawson's Creek," Kevin Williamson returns to The WB with a new drama series about the need to go home again...even if home wants nothing to do with you. Mike Dolan's (Eddie Cahill, "Friends," "Felicity") first novel was a smash hit, and even became an Oscar-winning film. Culled from his past growing up in a seemingly idyllic small Maine town, the bestseller had it all: lust, prejudice, madness and betrayal. Now, at 27 and six years after his wunderkind success, Mike hasn't written a word and reluctantly returns home to Lake Glory in search of an antidote to his writer's block. Unfortunately, Mike's family and friends - whose personal lives and dirty laundry were the fodder for his book - aren't flattered about being his inspiration and welcome him back with all the warmth of a lynch mob. "Glory Days" is a co-production of Warner Bros. Television and Miramax Television.



<small>From the writers of "Grosse Pointe Blank" and "High Fidelity" comes a suspenseful comedic thriller about the invisible world all around us - the one populated by the ephemeral denizens we call ghosts. With an attitude and style all its own, "Dead Last" chronicles the misadventures of a struggling rock band (The Problem) on the verge of being discovered when they make a discovery of their own - an ancient amulet that gives them the unwanted power to see the spirits that walk among us. Suddenly, their popularity skyrockets (if only with the dead) as they find themselves stuck with the unwelcome task of helping an endless parade of apparitions move on to the next world, while still trying to keep the band together. The series stars Kett Turton, Tyler Labine ("Breaker High"), Sara Downing ("Roswell") and Wayne Pére ("Pirates of Silicon Valley"). Created by Steve Pink, D.V. de Vincentis and Patrick O'Neill, the series is from Warner Bros. Television.

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Not happy that they cancelled Jack & Jill. Major eye candy on that show.
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I am looking forward to Smallville.
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I will miss grosse POinte & Popular
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They better move Smallville so that it doesn't conflict with Buffy. Or did UPN move Buffy to a different time slot?
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Originally posted by grunter
They better move Smallville so that it doesn't conflict with Buffy. Or did UPN move Buffy to a different time slot?
As far as I have read, Buffy is keeping her time slot.
Tues at 8pm on UPN, with Roswell at 9pm.

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