November 13, 1997 |
Hoping to capitalize on the traditional December reliance on repeats by the networks, UPN is scheduling three specials during the month, including an hour-long look at the Spice Girls and a first-ever theme night. The Spice Girls special will air Dec. 2 and include interviews and clips from their new movie. UPN will let viewers pick episodes of its Tuesday night comedies to air on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. As for the theme night, the common thread will be a snowstorm on "In the House," "Good News, "Clueless" and "Sparks.
January 13, 2004 |
WONDER HOW local R&B star Jill Scott ended up on Channel 57's "Girlfriends"? She asked them. "Girlfriends" creator Mara Brock Akil told TV critic Ellen Gray yesterday that "Last season, [Jill's] representatives called and said, 'Hey, Jill loves the show, wants to be on the show.' I met with her, along with my casting director . . . we talked about what she wanted to do, what we were thinking about doing. And actually I had another part for her, which she couldn't do because of touring and this character was created and I thought she'd be perfect for it, and we hammered it out, thankfully.
January 12, 1998 |
The folks in charge at the WB spent their day at the Television Critics' Association Winter Press Tour announcing new series built by big-name creators like Steven Spielberg, showing off new sensations like "Dawson's Creek," and bragging about the success of cult classic "Buffy the Vampire Slayer. " The 3-year-old network was practically as proud as a peacock about its effort to attract its target audience of teens and young adults, in much the same way Fox built its audience when it emerged on the network front about a decade ago. By comparison, the United Paramount Network appears to be scrapping its original plans and starting fresh.
May 17, 2002 |
UPN and Fox yesterday became the last of the major TV networks to announce their fall prime-time program lineups, with Fox introducing 10 series and UPN rolling out three. The new supernaturally inclined dramas Haunted and The Twilight Zone will try to do for UPN what Roswell, Special Unit 2, and Wolf Lake couldn't this season - hold onto the audiences from lead-ins Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Enterprise. Haunted will follow Buffy at 9 on Tuesday. Matthew Fox (Party of Five)
March 12, 1996 |
With only two nights of programming, UPN has been playing at the outside edge of the broadcast arena, along with the other would-be network, WB. Now, UPN moves to three nights, but no closer to respectability, as it expands from Mondays and Tuesdays into Wednesday. Tonight at 9, UPN fills a hole in its existing schedule with The Paranormal Borderline, a show that only underscores how close Paramount is to the borderline of failure. Next Wednesday, at 8, comes The Sentinel.
October 4, 1998 |
Waiting until the big kids left the playground, UPN hoped it would get more notice for its six new fall programs by premiering them in October, two weeks after the other networks had started their seasons. Now, because of a furor over the most ridiculous of the six, and certainly the No. 1 numskull show of 1998-99, UPN may feel that it is getting too much notice. Two African American advocacy groups in Southern California are up in arms over The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer, a show with all the subtlety of Hogan's Heroes, centered on a displaced black English nobleman who is hired as a butler in the Lincoln White House.
August 28, 1995 |
One of the best new concepts of the TV season will premiere tonight at 9. It's called Nowhere Man. Unfortunately, its television address is also nowhere, man. Nowhere Man, about a guy who goes to the bathroom and comes out to a world in which nobody - not even his dog - knows who he is, deserves a bigger audience than it will find on the United Paramount Network (Channel 57), even if it does come right after little UPN's big hit, Star Trek: Voyager. UPN has done a magnificent job of finding entertaining television for its embryonic, four-hour-a-week schedule.
February 16, 2006 |
Philadelphia sister stations CBS 3 (KYW-TV) and UPN 57 (WPSG-TV) will relocate to an office building six blocks north of City Hall, a move that culminates a three-year search for a new home. The stations signed a 20-year lease yesterday with Amerimar Enterprises Inc. for 120,000 square feet at 1500 Spring Garden St. for its studios and office space. Financial terms weren't disclosed. The stations will move in March 2007, around the expiration of their leases at Fifth and Market Streets, according to Michael Colleran, the stations' president and general manager.
May 21, 1997 |
Fox added five new series and UPN four in new fall television schedules announced by the networks yesterday. But the biggest mystery surrounded two popular old series missing from the Fox slate: Living Single and New York Undercover. "They definitely will be back," said Fox spokesman Joe Earley. "When hasn't been determined. " Asked why neither is on Fox's September menu, Earley replied, "I haven't gotten an official answer to that. " Living Single, a situation comedy that aired this season at 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, and New York Undercover, a crime series that followed it at 9, are particularly popular with black viewers.
May 21, 1997 |
Fox's "New York Undercover" is going into hiding and Whoopi Goldberg is going to UPN. As the fourth and fifth (or sixth, depending who you ask) networks announced their fall schedules yesterday, there were increasing indications that next season will be pretty much like last season and the one before: Incredibly confusing. Fox plans to introduce five new series - three hourlong dramas and two sitcoms - as well as a weekly special of outtakes it calls "World's Funniest . . . " UPN, which, like the WB, will expand to a fourth night in the fall, announced four new sitcoms, including the ABC-canceled "Clueless"; a weekly sci-fi movie on Thursdays; and a midseason series, "Ruby," starring an animatronic puppet whose voice will be supplied by Goldberg.