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WB upgrades ‘Supernatural’ to twice a week

In a move to cut its losses and to bolster two of its newest dramas, The WB network will stop airing new programming during the timeslots dominated by ABC hit shows Lost and Desperate Housewives.

In a massive shuffling of programming at WB, the network is overhauling its Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday lineups. Two of its new shows, Supernatural and Related, will air twice a week.

Two shows, Blue Collar TV and Living with Fran join Just Legal in hiatusville. Although the network is continuing production of new episodes of Blue Collar and Fran shows and plans to bring them back with nine new episodes each – probably in the summer.

In its biggest show of confidence, the WB is moving repeat episodes of creepy thriller Supernatural, the best performing new show for The WB, to Sunday nights at 9 p.m. Replacing the outgoing Blue Collar TV, the so-called “encore” episodes of Supernatural will immediately follow the aging Charmed series (and take on ABC’s Desperate Housewives).

The WB says it will continue to air new episodes of Supernatural Tuesdays at 9 p.m. But the move to Sunday is sure to feed the rumor mills that Supernatural has been chosen as the successor to Charmed, which is considered to be in its last season.

If that happens, look for the Supernatural-Charmed switcheroo after May sweeps.

The New WB Primetime Schedule:
Sundays (starting October 23)
5/4c – Charmed (Repeats)
6/5c – What I Like About You (Easy View)
6:30/5:30c – Twins (Easy View)
7/6c – Reba: Beginnings (Repeats)
7:30/6:30c – Reba: Beginnings (Repeats)
8:/7c – Charmed
9/8c – Supernatural (Repeats)

Mondays (starting of October 31)
8/7c – 7th Heaven
9/8c – Related (New Time)

Tuesdays (no change)
8/7c – Gilmore Girls
9/8c – Supernatural

Wednesdays (starting of November 2)
8/7c – One Tree Hill
9/8c – Related (Repeats)

Thursdays (no change)
8/7c – Smallville
9/8c – Everwood

Fridays (starting October 21)
8/7c – What I Like About You
8:30/7:30c – What I Like About You (Repeats)
9/8c – Reba
9:30/8:30c – Twins (New Time)

David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.
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