How 7th Heaven got its groove back
We thought the show was over. It was announced way back in November of 2005 that this would be the last season of the WB's family drama 7th Heaven. Then, The CW came along, which merged the UPN and WB networks into one, and there were new rumors of the show being renewed. The rumors became truth this past week when The CW announced an 11th season of the show during its upfronts.
This, of course, led everyone else to the most logical question to ask about this whole situation: What the hell?
It turns out that the executives at The CW were probably asking the same question themselves, since they didn't know the status of the show until the last minute. According to statements made at Thursday's upfronts the renewal decision was made sometime between the promotion of and airing of the series finale and the upfront presentation. After looking at the show's ratings (7 million for the finale and 5.2 million during the rest of the season, making it the most-watched show on either the WB or UPN) the cost of the show, and the rest of the new CW schedule, the decision was made to bring back the Camden brood.
Actually, cost was the main reason for 7th Heaven's cancellation in the first place. However, things have changed now that the WB and the UPN have been combined. Since the show is produced by CBS Paramount Network TV, and since CBS owns half of The CW network, an easier deal could be made to continue the series.
7th Heaven will return to its familiar Monday night time slot with most of the cast intact and creator Brenda Hampton still at the helm. It will be paired with the new drama Runaway, which features a family that becomes fugitives when their father is falsely accused of a crime he didn't commit.