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WB Doing Over Most of its Lineup, 05.14.02 ...


In a significant scheduling revamp, WB will switch to comedies on Thursdays, try tested dramas on Sundays and premiere fresh companions for veteran series 7th Heaven and Dawson's Creek.

In a schedule being unveiled to advertisers today, the network will add two dramas, four comedies and a weekly repeat of early Gilmore Girls episodes on Sundays, echoing a repeat strategy that has been successfully employed for 7th Heaven.

The Tuesday Gilmore-Smallville pairing will remain intact, but programming changes are in store on all other nights. On Mondays, 7th Heaven is joined by another homespun family drama, Everwood. On Wednesday, Dawson's Creek is followed by Birds of Prey, a fantasy-action drama about a trio of female crime fighters.

On the comedy side, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Reba remain on Friday, joined by two newcomers.

Among shows "on the bubble" between cancellation and renewal, Raising Dad and Maybe It's Me were dropped. Off Centre won a reprieve and will move, along with hidden-camera comedy The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, to Thursday night, where a Family Affair remake also will battle NBC's Friends for young viewers.

And Sunday, where WB has repeatedly failed in attempts to air new comedies, will become a drama night, with Angel and Charmed moving to new homes there along with the Gilmore reruns.

WB's new series:

Everwood, a drama starring Treat Williams as a Manhattan widower surgeon who moves his family to small-town Colorado.

Birds of Prey, based on the Batman comics spinoff about three female crime fighters.

Family Affair, a remake of CBS' 1960s comedy, starring Gary Cole in the Brian Keith role and Tim Curry replacing Sebastian Cabot as Mr. French.

Do Over, a comedy about a man who can relive his teenage years.

What I Like About You, a comedy led by former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes, with Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills, 90210) as her older sister.

Greetings From Tucson, a comedy about a Latino family in Arizona.

Another family comedy, The O'Keefes, starring Judge Reinhold, has been ordered for midseason.
Credit: USAToday.com


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