‘Roswell,’ ‘Felicity’ avoid expulsion

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‘Roswell,’ ‘Felicity’ avoid expulsion
By Gary Levin, USA TODAY

WB’s fall prime time lineup

WB is keeping its Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday schedules intact, renewing both Felicity and Roswell, while adding six series on other nights, including two from rival networks: ABC’s Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Fox’s clay-animated The PJs, featuring the voice of Eddie Murphy.

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Felicity will return on Wednesdays without repeats. Eleven episodes air in the fall, then the show goes on hiatus. Jack & Jill fills the time slot for 13 episodes beginning in January. In the spring, 11 additional Felicity episodes are scheduled. (The serialized Felicity has performed poorly in reruns.)

In schedule shifts, Popular moves to Friday, and WB’s returning black- focused sitcoms move to Sunday.

After the demise of ABC’s “TGIF” kid block, longtime anchor Sabrina will lead off Friday nights for WB, and The PJs will launch WB’s Sunday schedule.

The four original new shows:

Gilmore Girls, about a young, single mother and her teenage daughter, to be paired with Charmed on Thursdays.

Grosse Pointe, a comedy that goes behind the scenes at an over-the-top prime-time soap, to follow Sabrina.

Hype, a sketch-comedy series with 10 performers satirizing pop culture and entertainment figures.

Nikki, a sitcom starring Nikki Cox (Unhappily Ever After, Norm) as a young Las Vegas showgirl newly married to a pro wrestler. It’s from producer Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show, Norm).

Leaving the schedule, as expected, are Movie Stars, Zoe and 7th Heaven: Beginnings, the Sunday rerun of the network’s most watched series.

WB is battling a 20% ratings slide this season, caused by declining dramas and the network’s loss of WGN on cable.


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