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Former CW Head Dawn Ostroff to Launch Conde Nast Entertainment

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 10th 2011 6:15AM
Dawn OstroffMagazine publisher Condé Nast has signalled its intention to move into TV programming for the first time with the appointment of heavy hitter Dawn Ostroff as President of the newly created Condé Nast Entertainment.

In a statement, Robert A. Sauerberg Jr., President of Condé Nast, announced that Ostroff will be responsible for the development, creation, production and distribution of original television, film and digital initiatives based on Condé Nast brands.

"There is an enormous, untapped opportunity at Condé Nast to develop unique and engaging programming," said Sauerberg.

"Dawn's extensive experience in cable and digital entertainment, coupled with her strategic expertise, makes her the perfect choice to oversee the launch of this new venture."

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Twilight Vs. Roswell: Are aliens more romantic than vampires? - VIDEO

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 2nd 2008 10:02AM
twilight vs roswell
Even before I caught Twilight on the big screen, I was comparing it to Roswell, the great teen sci-fi/romance series that aired on The WB (and later The CW UPN) from 1999-2002. The Twilight ads and trailers seemed to tell the same story Roswell told more than nine years ago: A sensitive girl is saved by a supernatural hunk who makes it his mission to protect her at all costs. The two fall in love, but the relationship is complicated by his other-worldly circumstances.

It's not exactly the most original story in the world. This sort of thing goes back to Bram Stoker's Dracula, (and probably further back than that). Still, after watching Twilight, I was a bit shocked by its similarities to Roswell, especially since Roswell wasn't half as popular as Twilight. I haven't read the Twilight or Roswell book series, so I can't tell you if the similarities persist in print (but my friend Stephanie can). I can only compare the big screen and TV versions.

From major plot points to character motivations, these two franchises have a lot in common, but one clearly stands above the other. Let's compare, and you'll see what I mean:

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Wanted: Buffy/Angel episode(s) to watch

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 25th 2008 8:04PM
Buffy and AngelOkay, I'm a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, but not a normal one. I've read all the comic books for both properties and seen the original movie that launched the phenomenon about three times over the years. And yet, for some reason I've never seen a full episode of either show.

When Buffy first came out, I lived in a city that didn't have The WB. And by the time it was available to me I was already several years behind, and I hate coming into the middle of something. Then, for whatever reason, it has remained on my "to do" list over the years.

So where does that leave me for the Retro Squad Buffy/Angel week? I want to participate, but in a way I'm a newbie to the show. So how about you guys tell me a good episode to immerse myself into the world of the Buffy-verse? In fact, maybe one from each show? I'm hearing from the Squad that 'Hush' is a good candidate.

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Watch The CW or it could be gone next year

by Bob Sassone, posted May 16th 2008 4:21PM

The CWI know, I know -- a lot of you are shrugging and saying "so?"

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that if ratings don't improve for the last place network, buzz is that The CW could actually vanish next year. Ratings in the 18-49 demographic are down 28%, and the ratings for the May sweeps are down 22%. I guess Gossip Girl just isn't enough to prop up an entire network, and they just lost Friday Night Smackdown, not to mention that Smallville, Supernatural, and Reaper are probably going into their last seasons.

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WB coming back on the web

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 10th 2008 3:24PM
Gilmore Girls - dinerThe coffee at Luke's Diner is perking again. Well, sort of. The WB television network is being resurrected it as a new web site. The WB, tentatively called wb.com, will offer free streaming episodes of Gilmore Girls, Everwood and What I Like About You, to start.

Those are all shows that were WB-produced during 1995-2006, before the WB merged with UPN to become the CW. It has yet to be determined if other series, including Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Felicity and Dawson's Creek are slated for the wb.com stream. Like other online streaming venues that allow people to watch for free, the shows will be paid for by ads. In addition to the shows, the site is also going to create new, short (approximately five minute) vignettes targeting the old WB audience, primarily women 12-34.

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Out of the Blogosphere

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 6th 2007 10:26AM

JJ AbramsWhat's happening on other blogs via the interweb.

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Spider-Man swings over to the Kids' WB

by Richard Keller, posted Jun 27th 2007 9:40AM

Teenage Spider-Man and Mary Jane are coming to the Kids' WB!I am about to do something that is against all of my beliefs: I am going to give The CW network some credit. Not for the way they have handled their first season on the air, because it frankly stunk. I'm going to give them credit for keeping the Saturday morning block of cartoons that used to air on the WB, aptly named Kids' WB!, after that network and UPN merged to become one. Not only did they keep it but they added new programs such as Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue that have become favorites.

Now, they are about to add another animated program that will probably become an instant favorite. According to Betsy McGowen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Kids' WB!, a new Spider-Man cartoon will be gracing Saturday morning television screens in early 2008. Titled Spectacular Spider-Man, the series will focus on a 16-year-old Peter Parker has he juggles his new role as super-hero with the daily pressures of teenage life. The series will be produced by Culver Entertainment, a division of Sony Pictures Television.

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Top TV Stories of 2006: The CW

by Richard Keller, posted Jan 8th 2007 12:31PM

The CW -- The new 5th network(Part 5 of 5) In the winter of 2006 CBS and Warner Brothers got together to create a new 5th network . . . The CW. You read right, I said 5th network. That's probably confusing you right now since you thought there were six major broadcast networks on the air last winter: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, WB, UPN. Yes, that's true, but The CW was to do something unique to make it the 5th network. It was going to combine the programming of both the WB and UPN, eliminating those networks completely.

It sounded like a good idea at first. Take the best programming from both WB and UPN and put it on one network. No more jumping between the two networks to find the show you wanted to watch. No more confusion as to whether Veronica Mars was on WB or UPN. Plus, there was elimination of much of the mediocre crap that filled their weeknight schedules.

Like I said, it sounded like a good idea.

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More scripts ordered for Veronica Mars and One Tree Hill

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 10th 2006 2:32PM
Veronica MarsWhether you think the whole shorter mystery arc is working for Veronica Mars or not, the CW has ordered three more scripts of the cult fav. Also eluding the chopping block this week is soapy One Tree Hill, which also received a three script order.

I'd love to see Veronica Mars stick around so long as it doesn't head down that strange, slow death path that took the life out of Alias when the creators were pressured to make its twisty plotlines more accessible to newcomers. It's hard for me to care about the continuation of One Tree Hill only because I'm old and do not understand the ways of these so-called teenagers -- at least teenagers who aren't also noirish super sleuths. It's great news for the fans, however, who couldn't even be sure they'd see their favorite shows back post-WB and UPN merger.

Now we'll just have to keep our eye on the Gilmore Girls to see whether The CW will issue a mercy killing on behalf of Team Palladino.

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The N picks up One on One

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 13th 2006 6:04PM
one on oneIf you were a fan of the UPN series One on One and bummed it didn't make the transition to The CW, here's a bit of good news for you. Starting on October 27, teen network The N will begin airing reruns of the defunct UPN series which focused on Breanna Barnes (Kyla Pratt), who lives with her father after her parents divorce. The series will premiere on The N as part of the "Fresh One Weekend," which will also include episodes of Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Twelve One on One episodes will air back to back starting at 6 pm. The series will then fall into its regular timeslot Monday through Thursday with two back to back episodes airing at 7 and 11 pm starting on October 30.

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Here are the Nielsen ratings for the season

by Bob Sassone, posted May 28th 2006 11:00AM
There were 156 TV shows on this season. It's no surprise that American Idol was #1 (and, actually, #2), but I was kinda surprised Veronica Mars was waaaaaaaay down at 145. Sure, I knew all the worst rated shows would be on the WB and UPN, but I thought Veronica Mars would be up higher than that. But it's coming back, whereas Everwood (#130) and Heist (#96) have both been canceled.

The top 10 are fairly predictable (Idol, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, CSI, etc), but it's cool to see exactly where your favorite show stands in the grand scheme of things.

Surface was #53, ahead of Prison Break, The Simpsons, America's Funniest Home Videos, Bones, and The Office, all of which are returning.

[via TV Tattle]

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Aquaman might be alive after all

by Bob Sassone, posted May 22nd 2006 12:30PM
Last week it was announced that The CW had passed on Aquaman, but now it looks like, officially, it's not dead yet. It is still in contention as a mid-season replacement. The superhero show is from the Smallville people, and many thought the show was a shoo-in to make the fall schedule.

And for those of you who were ticked that Reba had been canceled, it too might come back mid-season. So I guess all you Reba/Aquaman fans (can't wait for that crossover episode) will have just pray that one of the new shows does really badly.

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Invasion going to the CW?

by Bob Sassone, posted May 14th 2006 9:50AM
Invasion There's been no official word yet (ABC unveils its new fall schedule this Tuesday), but SyFy Portal is reporting that they have heard from inside sources that Invasion will not be renewed by ABC and that the new CW network might be interested in picking it up. I wonder if this would have any effect on Supernatrual or Smallville. Nah, I'm sure there's more than enough room on the network for all three.

Whatever happens, if it turns out that Invasion sticks around for another year and Surface doesn't, I'll be pissed.

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Kristen Bell isn't worried about renewal

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 30th 2006 10:30PM
Veronica MarsFrom the many e-mails and comments we've gotten here at TV Squad, we know that you really want to see Veronica Mars be one of the shows that survives the merger of UPN and the WB into the CW. Many are worried, the show won't be renewed, but not star Kristen Bell:

"We've gotten phone calls and optimism from the people that we need to get it from [CW President of Enertainment] Dawn Ostroff and Les Moonves have been very involved, saying 'don't worry.' They have never hidden their support."

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No love lost for Love Monkey

by Richard Keller, posted Mar 20th 2006 11:28AM

Tom Cavanagh is a Love Monkey no
moreIt looks like Love Monkey, which was yanked off of the CBS Tuesday night schedule after only three episodes, is really and truly dead, according to E! Online.

According to the Watch With Kristin column the potential talks with UPN and then the CW did not pan out. In addition, it seems that the lead Love Monkey, Tom Cavanagh, is up for a new pilot, while Larenz Tate, who played Shooter, will be starring with Joe Pantoliano in a new CBS drama series called Waterfront.

With Pantoliano's luck in television lately (the cancelled CBS dramas Dr. Vegas, and The Handler) Mr. Tate may be looking for another series sooner than he thinks.

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