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January 24, 2006

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Shawn Bowers

I got on-line this morning and read this news and for some reason I thought it was a big joke. I don't know why, but the idea of shutting down both of them and starting another just seemed impossible to me. I guess I don't think big enough. I don't think CW enough, you could say.Anybody figured out what the CW actually stands for yet? Cause I sure haven't.

VP19

CW stands for CBS-Warner, I presume. I can't say I'll miss either network all that much; I'm still a bit ticked off at the WB for ruining great animated programs such as "Animaniacs" and "Pinky & the Brain." On the other hand, at least the WB gave "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" a home for a few seasons after ABC became obsessed with "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" and ditched much of its primetime schedule. (I will admit, however, that the WB "Sabrina" episodes were nowhere as charming as the ABC eps, and the final season, without the aunts, was dismal.)

Grubber

“See FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN followed by GILMORE GIRLS tonight on CW. “I want to see the crossover episode.

rashad khan

Remember when I commented, a few entries back:Ken: How do you fill TEN hours with nothing???Me: I dunno, let’s ask the UPN.I guess today's announcement was the UPN's way of answering that question.Seriously, Ken, do you have ANY idea of which shows will survive the merger, and which won't?

Rob

As the bastard network that no respectable viewer will touch, I wonder if this is actually a boon to UPN. Shows like Veronica Mars and Everybody Hates Chris can get some legitimacy (maybe) if CW can get rid of every rapper-turned-actor project.On the other hand, this could kill the WB. Never a great network, but one that has had many solid shows over the years. I worry they'll lose whatever identity they have in the merger.

rashad khan

"On the other hand, this could kill the WB. Never a great network, but one that has had many solid shows over the years. I worry they'll lose whatever identity they have in the merger."From Broadcasting & Cable magazine:Though neither UPN nor The WB have big ratings, the merger seemed to be a way for Time Warner, under pressure from investor Carl Icahn and in the midst of belt-tightening, to throw in the towel. Likewise, The Tribune Co. has been slashing budgets and personnel. Getting out from under the 22% ownership stake it has in The WB while still getting fresh programming from the new CW channel is a win-win proposition.Therefore, the implication seems to be that if not for the merger w/ CBS Corp. and UPN, there was a very real chance of the WB folding entirely.Uh, I hope no one minds that I shared that just now? Especially Ken (yikes)?

Frank Strovel III

Here's hoping everything works out with your parents. It's always the children who suffer.

MoviePen

"Hardly watched?" Not a Buffy fan, I take it.I'm looking forward to the new network -- maybe it will be a stronger contender. Its established shows give it a little maturity, and it has enough youth to encourage daring and innovation (hopefully in the one-hour drama arena).

AdicaRoy

I'm worried. As a member of the generation raised on The WB, I am keeping my fingers crossed that they don't fire any of the writers. The audience may have been thirteen-year-old girls, but those shows cranked out some socially relevant plot lines with witty, intelligent dialogue.http://www.myspace.com/adicaroy

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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