Thursday, May 19, 2005

UPN Fall Shows 

UPN has so little to offer in the way of new programming that they've broken rank with the other networks and provided in the press release complete descriptions of not only the new stuff but the returning shows as well. The entire release is a fitting tribute to their apparent target audience, with much use of "bold," "aggressive," "hot," and of course, Smackdown!

Yes, they spotlight WWE Smackdown! as "one of the most established franchises on television." My sympathies to the younger/smaller sisters of all the adolescent boys out there who enjoy re-enacting the antics they witness on each Friday's broadcast. I've been there, and it's no fun.

Their self-proclaimed bold move is in being the only network to schedule a two-hour block of comedies on Thursday night.

They have a new hour long drama that appears to be a cross between Friends and Melrose Place. Denise Richards leads the eye candy, I mean cast, of Sex, Lies & Secrets. UPN describes it as a "hot, edgy new drama," then later as a "fresh, edgy new drama." Eric Balfour of very early Buffy fame (Xander's best friend who gets turned in the first episode) and later star of the cool but ill-fated Veritas: The Quest costars. This one's on Tuesdays at 9:00, opposite Commander In Chief.

Shannon Doherty has Charmed her way back to a starring role as a matchmaker who of course can't find herself a perfect match, on Love, Inc. Half-hour sitcom also starring Ion Overman (Carpenter Candace from Season 1 L Word) and Holly Robinson Peete (did you just love her on 21 Jump Street?). Will Shannon fare better than Alicia? I doubt it. You can see for yourself Thursdays at 9:30.

Now that Buffy is done and Enterprise has gone where no other Trek franchise boldly went at such a young age, I see no new incentives to tune in to UPN next season. It's not like they even tried very hard.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 1:02 PM