WB-UPN Merger Announced
Big news in the TV world today: WB and UPN will merge this fall into a new network, the CW. Details sketchy right now, but WB and UPN each will be shut down. The announcement was made jointly by CBS (which owns UPN) and the Warner Bros. division of Time Warner (which owns WB). Not sure how this impacts the two affiliates here, WB's WSTR-TV (Channel 64) and UPN's WBQC-TV (Channel 38).
If you ran the new CW, what shows would you keep from either network?
"American Idol coming to Channel 64
“American Idol” will have a year-round TV presence starting in September, when weekly repeats air in weekend syndication. Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns WSTR-TV (Channel 64), has bought rights to “American Idol Rewind.” So expect to see it on Channel 64 on weekends this fall.
1937 Flood special
Sorry for the last notice, but at 4 p.m. WMKV-FM (89.3) will air a 1957 WLW-AM special marking the 20th anniversary of the great 1937 flood. Peter Grant and Gene Wilson anchor the half-hour special, which includes Ruth Lyons' remembrances of the Ohio River cresting on Jan. 24 -- 69 years ago today. The show repeats at 3 p.m. Friday on WMKV-FM.
First “Threshold,” now “Surface” has been canceled. The NBC sci-fi drama ends next Monday (8 p.m., Ch 5) with Wilmington under a mandatory evacuation as a tsunami approaches. The title for the 15th and final episode: “Who Will Be Left Behind?” CBS canceled "Threshold" in November, after the move from Friday to Tuesday didn't increase ratings.
I wasn’t surprised that NBC pulled the plug on “The West Wing.” Were you? With John Spencer’s death, and facing the possibility of changing most of the cast after the presidential election, it seemed like a good time to go. I’ll miss it. The first two seasons written by Aaron Sorkin were some of the best TV ever made. “West Wing” ends May 14.
I was also surprised ABC canceled “Emily’s Reasons Why Not” so quickly. The pilot wasn’t bad – but the rest of the shows already shot must have been awful. ABC shut down production after six episodes. We’ll probably never see them.
And why would NBC move "Law & Order" against "Lost?" That's not good news for L&O fans. Is this a sign that NBC is giving up on the original L&O by sacrificing it against one of the hottest shows on TV?