Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The WB's 2005

The WB today announced their Fall 2005 lineup and the shows that have been cancelled. (List and grid originally provided by The Futon Critic).

Cancelled: Big Man On Campus, Drew Carey's Green Screen, Grounded For Life, High School Reunion, The Mountain (a cancelled some time ago). The Futon Critic doesn't list Jack & Bobby as being cancelled but it doesn't appear anywhere on The WB's list of shows, so unless another network has picked it up, consider it dead as well. Unfortunately.

Retained: 7th Heaven, Gilmore Girls, What I Like About You, Reba, Living With Fran, Charmed.

Moved: Blue Collar TV (also expanded to one hour) One Tree Hill, Smallville, Everwood,

New: Just Legal, Supernatural, Related, Twins.

Complete Schedule (New Series in Capitals)

5:00-5:30 p.m. Easy View presentation of What I Like About You
5:30-6:00 p.m. Easy View presentation of What I Like About You
6:00-7:00 p.m. Easy View presentation of One Tree Hill
7:00-7:30 p.m. Reba (encore presentation)
7:30-8:00 p.m. Reba (encore presentation)
8:00-9:00 p.m. Charmed
9:00-10:00 p.m. Blue Collar TV (new day and time)


8:00-9:00 p.m. 7th Heaven
9:00-10:00 p.m. JUST LEGAL

8:00-9:00 p.m. Gilmore Girls
9:00-10:00 p.m. SUPERNATURAL

8:00-9:00 p.m. One Tree Hill (new day and time)
9:00-10:00 p.m. RELATED

8:00-9:00 p.m. Smallville (new day and time)
9:00-10:00 p.m. Everwood (new day and time)

8:00-8:30 p.m. What I Like About You
8:30-9:00 p.m. TWINS
9:00-9:30 p.m. Reba
9:30-10:00 p.m. Living With Fran

The WB also has two comedies and two dramas available as mid-season replacements.

Here are some brief summaries of The WB's new programs. Complete summaries can be found at The Futon Critic site:

Just Legal: A legal procedural series with Jay Baruchel as a brilliant 19 year-old legal prodigy and Don Johnson as a once great lawyer now eking out a living in a beachfront law office. Think Doogie Howser crossed with Erin Brokavich with maybe just a touch of The Rockford Files.

Supernatural: What The WB calls "a completely new kind of thrill ride; a journey into the dark world of the unexplained that will deliver the terror of films like 'The Ring' and 'The Grudge. '” Two brothers and a '67 Chevy Impala criss-cross the mysterious backroads of the country trying to find their missing father and hunt down supernatural forces.

Related: Four sisters ranging in age from 33 to 19 alternately nurture each other and fight each other in what the network describes as a "comedy ensemble drama." In short a little bit of everything there.

Twins: A comedy about twin sisters (presumably fraternal twins rather than identical) who inherit their family lingerie firm. On sister takes after her father and is brilliant at business, while the other sister is a beautiful lingerie model who isn't exactly a deep thinker - like their mom. Cast includes Oscar nominee Melanie Griffith and Mark Linn-Baker (Larry from Perfect Strangers) as the parents.

Comments: No real surprises in the cancellations (except, as I said, the Futon Critic doesn't list Jack & Bobby as cancelled) the big surprise is the decision to radically shake up the line up by moving Smallville and Everwood to Thursday night. With the elimination of Jack & Bobby this allows the network to pair up three new dramas with established programs, but it does put Smallville and Everwood on one of the toughest nights on TV. Beyond that, I simply have difficulty imagining how you can stretch Blue Collar TV to fill an hour.

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