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The WB looks back as it signs off on September 17

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 30th 2006 5:31PM
The WB logoThe WB is scheduled to breathe its last breath on Sunday, September 17. In a look back at its eleven-year run, the netlet will run the pilots of the five shows it considers to be its most important. So, starting at 5 PM, viewers will get to see the pilots of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dawson's Creek, Felicity, and Angel. During commercial breaks, the network will air promos from the various campaigns shown over the network's run. Hopefully they'll also bring back Michigan J. Frog, who they summarily dismissed last year; the poor guy deserves some respect.

And, yes, I only named four shows. Felicity airs from 5-6PM, followed by Angel from 6-7PM, Buffy from 7-9PM, and the Creek from 9-10PM. Why not air the pilots for Smallville, Gilmore Girls, or 7th Heaven? Because they're still running, silly; they're all part of The CW's fall lineup. According to this article in Variety (registration required), getting the rights to air these pilots from the studios and their current cable homes was tough, but deals were struck that included date and time promos for the cable reruns and ads for the DVD releases by the studios.

Anyway, it should be a fun day of nostalgia before the CW takes over the next day.

[Thanks to Jeff, Dorv, Scott and Tammy for the tips. ]

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Jen

I'm just sorry that Everwood didn't make the list.

July 01 2006 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diane

I think that its really good. Its a great way to say goodbye to the WB. Im just happy that all of my favorite shows(One Tree Hill, Gilmore Girls, Top Model, 7th Heaven, Smallville) are moving to the CW.

July 01 2006 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tammy

I will definitely record this! If only we could have the pilot for Gilmore Girls as well. I know that's moving to the CW but it would just be the perfect sixth hour of programming for that night.

June 30 2006 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jgreene

i know where i'll be on the 17h

June 30 2006 at 7:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ryan

I just think this is a brilliant idea and a fitting end. Wow, the WB did something that was a brilliant idea? Yeah I'm shocked, too.

June 30 2006 at 6:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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