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Encyclopedia > The WB Television Network
The WB Television Network
Type Defunct broadcast television network
Country Flag of United States United States
Availability    National, Flag of Canada Canada, and Flag of Mexico Mexico (Northern)
Founder Jamie Kellner
Owner Time Warner[1]
Key people David Janollari, President
Launch date January 11, 1995
Closure date September 17, 2006

The Warner Bros. Television Network, casually referred to as The WB, or sometimes as The Frog (referring to the network's former mascot, the animated character Michigan J. Frog), was a television network in the United States, founded as a joint venture between the Warner Bros. film studio and Tribune Company on January 11, 1995. Terrestrial television (also known as over-the-air, OTA or broadcast television) was the traditional method of television broadcast signal delivery prior to the advent of cable and satellite television. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Mexico. ... Jamie Kellner is an American television executive. ... Time Warner Inc. ... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1995. ... September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2006. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ... Michigan J Frog in the short One Froggy Evening. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... Warner Bros. ... The Tribune Company is a large multimedia corporation based in Chicago, Illinois. ... is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ...


On January 24, 2006, CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment announced plans to launch The CW Television Network in the fall of 2006. This new joint venture network features programming from both The WB and UPN. The WB shut down on September 17, 2006 followed by the opening of its replacement, the new CW Network. January 24 is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) is an American media conglomerate focused on broadcasting, publishing, billboards, and television production, with most of its operations in the United States. ... The CW Television Network, casually referred to as The CW, or most recently as The New CW (due to it being a new network) is a television network in the United States launched during the 2006 television season. ... A joint venture (often abbreviated JV) is an entity formed between two or more parties to undertake economic activity together. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2006. ... The CW Television Network, casually referred to as The CW, or most recently as The New CW (due to it being a new network) is a television network in the United States launched during the 2006 television season. ...

Contents

History

Much like its competitor UPN, The WB was a reaction primarily to new FCC deregulation of media ownership rules under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and partly to the success of the upstart FOX and first-run syndicated programming during the late 1980s and early 1990s such as Baywatch, as well as the erosion in ratings suffered by independent television stations due to the growth of cable television and movie rentals. UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... The abbreviation FCC can refer to: Face-centered cubic (usually fcc), a crystallographic structure Federal Communications Commission, a US government organization Farm Credit Corporation/Farm Credit Canada, a Canadian government organization Families with Children from China, an adoption support organization Florida Christian College, a college in central Florida Fresno City... Deregulation is the process by which governments remove, reduce, or simplify restrictions on business and individuals in order to (in theory) encourage the efficient operation of markets. ... The Telecommunications Act of 1996[1] was the first major overhaul of United States telecommunications law in nearly 62 years, amending the Communications Act of 1934, and leading to media consolidation. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... Baywatch was a popular American television series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol the crowded beaches of Los Angeles County, California. ...


Past Shows

For the the group of comedians, see Wayans brothers The Wayans Bros. ... Sister, Sister is the name of several works. ... Reba is a United States sitcom starring country music singer Reba McEntire. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Charmed is an American television series that ran for eight seasons on The WB. It was produced by Aaron Spelling and is about three sisters who are the worlds most powerful good witches, known throughout the supernatural community as The Charmed Ones but known to everyone else as the... Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American cult television series that initially aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. ... The Archangel Michael by Guido Reni wears a late Roman military outfit in this 17th century depiction An angel is a supernatural being found in many religions. ... Felicity is a Golden Globe-winning American primetime television drama produced by Touchstone Television and Imagine Television for The WB network. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Dawsons Creek Dawsons Creek is an American primetime television drama, which first aired from January 20, 1998, to May 14, 2003, on The WB Television Network. ... Beauty and the Geek is a reality television show, first aired by The WB network on June 2, 2005. ...

1995-1997: Humble Beginnings

The WB began its life in January of 1995, programming just 2 hours one night a week (Wednesday). The WB's first programs were mostly sitcoms targeted at an ethnically diverse audience. Even though four of the five shows shown in the netlet's first nine moths (The Wayans Bros., The Parent 'Hood, Sister, Sister (picked up after being cancelled by ABC), and Unhappily Ever After) were renewed beyond the first year, none of them made a significant impact. This article or section seems to contain too many examples (or of a poor quality) for an encyclopedia entry. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Parent Hood, was a sitcom that aired from 1995 to 1999 on The WB. The series starred Robert Townsend, Suzzanne Douglass, Kenny Blank, Reagan Gomez-Preston, Curtis Williams Tyrone Burton and Ashli Adams. ... Sister, Sister is an American television sitcom about twin girls, separated and adopted at birth, one day find each other face to face after fourteen years. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... The Malloys, clockwise from top left: Ross, Ryan, Jack, Tiffany, and Mr. ...


The WB began programming on Sunday nights in the 1995-1996 season, but none of the new shows (including the Kirk Cameron vehicle Kirk and night-time soap opera Savannah) managed to garner much viewing interest. Still, the network continued to expand in the 1996-1997 season, adding programming on Monday nights. This season gave the WB modest hits in the family drama 7th Heaven and comedies The Steve Harvey Show and The Jamie Foxx Show. Kirk is a television show which aired for 2 seasons on the WB between August 1995 and November 1997. ... Savannah was a short-lived TV series that ran from March 1996 to February 1997 on The WB. Savannah on the cover of TV Guide magazine. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The Steve Harvey Show (August 25, 1996—February 24, 2002) aired for six seasons on The WB Television Network. ... The Jamie Foxx Show was an American television sitcom-comedy that aired on the WB Network from August 28, 1996 to January 14, 2001. ...


The WB also added the Kids' WB programming block in 1995, which mixed Warners' biggest hit shows (Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs and later Batman: The Animated Series, all of which originated either on FOX, Fox Kids or in syndication) with new productions and original shows. Kids WB! is the Saturday morning cartoon portion of The CW Television Networks weekend programming. ... Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures (also known as Tiny Toon Adventures or Tiny Toons) is an American animated television series created and produced as a collaborative effort between Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. ... Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs, usually referred to as the shorter title Animaniacs, is an American animated television series, distributed by Warner Bros. ... The animated Batman shoots his grappling gun from a rooftop in a scene from the episode, On Leather Wings. ... It has been suggested that Fox Kids Weekday Block be merged into this article or section. ... In broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast radio shows and television shows to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ...


1997-2000: Courting the Teen Market

The WB first began to taste success with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which became a hit with critics when it appeared as a mid-season replacement in March of 1997. It debuted with the highest Monday night ratings in the network's history, attracting not only new teenage viewers, but new advertisers as well.[6]. Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American cult television series that initially aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. ...


Inspired by Buffy's success, The WB intentionally shifted its programming to capture what it perceived to be a heavily fragmented market by marketing to the under-courted teen demographic. While the FOX network, previous destination for teen television, began to court older audiences with shows such as Ally McBeal, The WB began to craft its identity with teen-targeted programs. The networks' breakout hit and signature series was Dawson's Creek, which debuted in January of 1998 to the highest ratings in the network's history. It quickly became the highest rated show on the television among teenage girls, and the most popular show on the network. The popularity of the show helped boost other network shows, such as Buffy, its lead-in on The WB's new night of prgramming, known as "New Tuesday", and 7th Heaven, which enjoyed a massive 81% increase in viewership that season. This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Ally McBeal is an American television series which ran on the FOX network from 1997 to 2002 and was one of the best-known dramedy television series of the 1990s winning several awards. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Dawsons Creek Dawsons Creek is an American primetime television drama, which first aired from January 20, 1998, to May 14, 2003, on The WB Television Network. ...


With three hit shows in its roster, the WB continued to build its teen fanbase the following season with college drama Felicity and the wicca-themed Charmed, both of which set new records for the network when they premiered with 7.1 and 7.7 million viewers, respectively. The network also expanded by beginning to program on Thursday nights. That season, 7th Heaven garnered the WB the highest ratings it would ever see. The episode airing February 8, 1999 attracted 12.5 million viewers. Felicity is a Golden Globe-winning American primetime television drama produced by Touchstone Television and Imagine Television for The WB network. ... Charmed is an American television series that ran for eight seasons on The WB. It was produced by Aaron Spelling and is about three sisters who are the worlds most powerful good witches, known throughout the supernatural community as The Charmed Ones but known to everyone else as the... is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ...


In the 1999-2000 season, The WB expanded once again, adding Friday night programming. New shows that season included Roswell, Popular, and Angel, which premiered with 7.5 million viewers, the second highest premiere for the net at the time. During this season, the WB was the only network to have gains in its audience and each key demographic. This article contains a trivia section. ... Look up popular, populus, populous in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Angel is a spin-off of the American television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ...


2000-2002: Broadening the Focus

As the teen boon of the late 90's began to wane, the WB attempted to broaden the scope of its line-up. Although teen fare like Popular and Roswell premiered to strong ratings, the shows saw serious ratings erosion in their sophomore seasons, leading the WB to cancel both (Roswell would end up being revived by rival network UPN). Meanwhile, ratings for flagship series such as Felicity and Dawson's Creek were sagging. The WB realized that it could no longer rely merely on the tastes of young teenage girls. Thus, the network began moving into more family-friendly fare, attempting to launch a successful sitcom, and generally targeting a more diverse audience. This era saw hits such as Gilmore Girls, which got meeger ratings when it debuted in a tough Thursday timeslot in 2000, but subsequently grew into one the network's most successful shows. Look up popular, populus, populous in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Roswell may mean: Places in the United States of America: Roswell, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta Roswell, New Mexico, known for the purported July 1947 UFO incident (see other uses below) Roswell, Ohio Roswell, South Dakota Other uses: Roswell UFO incident Roswell (TV series), a science fiction television series Roswell... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... Felicity is a Golden Globe-winning American primetime television drama produced by Touchstone Television and Imagine Television for The WB network. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Dawsons Creek Dawsons Creek is an American primetime television drama, which first aired from January 20, 1998, to May 14, 2003, on The WB Television Network. ... Gilmore Girls is an hour-long American television drama/comedy that began on October 5, 2000 and aired its final episode on May 15, 2007. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2001, Smallville debuted with 8.4 million viewers, the highest premiere in the history of the WB. The show was also important to the WB because it was one of its few shows that drew a substantial male viewership. That year the network also launched Reba, arguably the WB's only successful comedic series. Other series to gain attention during this time period were the family series Everwood, and the short-lived but critically-acclaimed soap satire Grosse Pointe. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Smallville is a fictional town in the United States which Superboy protects and where most of his crime-fighting adventures take place. ... Reba is a United States sitcom starring country music singer Reba McEntire. ... Everwood is a prime time television drama which aired in the United States on the WB network. ... Grosse Pointe was an American television sitcom which aired on the WB Network during the 2000-2001 television season. ...


2003-2006: Decline

Despite some early success, the network struggled to shift its focus from the female 12-24 demographic to the more broad 12-34 range. In 2005 The WB abandoned its trademark mascot, Michigan J. Frog, as the network's iconic emblem. WB Entertainment President David Janollari explained in July at the network's summer 2005 press tour, that the animated character "perpetuated the young-teen feel of the network, and that is not the image we want to put to our audience." Michigan J Frog in the short One Froggy Evening. ...


Still, the move did not seem to help the network. The period from 2003 to 2005 produced only three viable new series, One Tree Hill, Beauty and the Geek, and Supernatural (all of which have since moved to The CW), and even those were pale comparisons to the ratings peaks of Dawson's Creek, which signed off in 2003. Ratings dropped for shows like Angel, which was canceled in 2004, and Charmed, canceled in 2006, and the network failed to launch new hit shows to fill their shoes. Beyond the WB's well-known inability to launch successful comedy series that could reliably draw viewers, this period also saw many of the netowrk's high-profile dramas flop as well. Such high-profile failures included Birds of Prey, Tarzan, Greg Berlanti's Jack and Bobby, The Mountain, Jerry Bruckheimer's Just Legal, Marta Kauffman's Related and the Rebecca Romjin vehicle Pepper Dennis. One Tree Hill is an American teen television drama. ... Beauty and the Geek is a reality television show, first aired by The WB network on June 2, 2005. ... Supernatural is an American paranormal drama television series that debuted on September 13 2005 on the WB, and is now part of The CWs lineup, where the second season premiered on September 28 2006. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Dawsons Creek Dawsons Creek is an American primetime television drama, which first aired from January 20, 1998, to May 14, 2003, on The WB Television Network. ... The Archangel Michael by Guido Reni wears a late Roman military outfit in this 17th century depiction An angel is a supernatural being found in many religions. ... Charmed is an American television series that ran for eight seasons on The WB. It was produced by Aaron Spelling and is about three sisters who are the worlds most powerful good witches, known throughout the supernatural community as The Charmed Ones but known to everyone else as the... If you are looking for other meanings of the term, refer to Bird of prey (disambiguation). ... James H. Pierce and Joan Burroughs Pierce starred in the 1932-34 Tarzan radio series 1964 Edition of Tarzan of the Apes Tarzan, a fictional character created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, first appeared in the 1912 novel Tarzan of the Apes, and then in twenty-three sequels. ... Greg Berlanti (born May 24, 1972) is an American television writer and producer. ... Jack & Bobby is a television series on the The WB Television Network. ... The Mountain (in French La Montagne) refers in the context of the history of the French Revolution to a political group, whose members, called Montagnards, sat on the highest benches in the Assembly. ... Jerome Leon Bruckheimer (born September 21, 1945) is a film and television producer in the genre of action, drama, and science fiction. ... Just Legal was a short-lived television courtroom drama that premiered on The WB on September 19, 2005. ... Marta Kauffman created the TV series Friends with David Crane and is the executive producer of that show along with David Crane and Kevin S. Bright. ... Related was an American dramedy series that aired on The WB network during the 2005-2006 television season. ... Rebecca Romijn in 2004 Rebecca Romijn (aka Rebecca Romijn-Stamos) (born November 6, 1972) is a former supermodel currently making the switch to become an actress. ... Pepper Dennis is a short-lived comedy-drama television series that debuted on The WB on April 4, 2006. ...


During the 2004-2005 season, The WB finished behind rival UPN for the first time in several years, and fell even further behind in the fall of 2005. Both networks fell behind the Spanish language network Univision in the overall 18-34 demographic. In 2004, Warner Brothers filmed a one-hour pilot; the pilot was based on the soup opera Dark Shadows . It was to be in the 2004-2005 season, but the WB decided not to pick it up and was not produced. The pilot aired at a Dark Shadows festival. UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... This article is about the international language known as Spanish. ... Univision is a Spanish-language television network in the United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


It was estimated in 2005 that The WB was viewable by 91.66% of all households, reaching 90,282,480 houses in the United States. The WB was carried by 177 VHF and UHF stations in the U.S., counting both owned-and-operated and affiliated stations (the owned and operated stations were not actually operated by Warner Bros. or Time Warner; instead, Tribune owned and operated these stations, thus its stake in the network). The WB could also be seen in smaller markets on cable-only stations, many of these through The WB 100+ Station Group - available to TV markets below the number 100 in viewership as determined by Nielsen in a packaged format, with a master schedule; the addition of local advertisements and news were at the discretion of the local distributor, often a local television station or cable television provider. Very high frequency (VHF) is the radio frequency range from 30 MHz (wavelength 10 m) to 300 MHz (wavelength 1 m). ... This article is about the radio frequency. ... Warner Bros. ... Time Warner Inc. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ... Logo for KCWL-TV (formerly KOWH) in Lincoln, Nebraska. ...

The final image broadcast on the WB was of former mascot Michigan J. Frog taking a final bow after a clip montage thanked the audience for eleven years of service.

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Network closure

Starting on August 14, 2006 with the Daytime WB block, the WB 'bug' was removed from the lower right corner of the TV screen and was replaced with a countdown of days until The CW launched. Some stations which converted to MyNetworkTV or became independent stations received a logo-free feed of the network, while others took the main feed and overlaid their local logo bug over the CW logo. is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2006. ... Daytime WB is an afternoon programming block broadcast by The WB. On September 18, 2006, Daytime WB will be renamed to The CW Daytime. ... In a typical digital on screen graphic, the stations logo appears in a corner of the screen. ... MyNetworkTV (sometimes written My Network TV, and unofficially abbreviated MyNet, MyTV, MNT, or MNTV) is a television network in the United States, owned by News Corporation. ...


The WB closed on Sunday, September 17, 2006 with The Night of Favorites and Farewells, a five-hour block of pilot episodes of their past signature series. The schedule was as follows (times listed are Eastern and Pacific Time zones): September 17 is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2006. ... The Night of Favorites and Farewells was a one-time special aired on The WB on September 17, 2006. ... A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ... The Pacific Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting eight hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ...

Commercial breaks featured re-airings of past image campaigns and network promotions. This plan involved promo spots given to the cable networks carrying these shows in off-network syndication, along with ads for each series' TV-on-DVD box set.[2] Michigan J. Frog was brought back one last time, and a silhouette of him taking a last bow was the last image ever broadcast on the network. Felicity is a Golden Globe-winning American primetime television drama produced by Touchstone Television and Imagine Television for The WB network. ... Angel is a spin-off of the American television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American cult television series that initially aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Dawsons Creek Dawsons Creek is an American primetime television drama, which first aired from January 20, 1998, to May 14, 2003, on The WB Television Network. ... Michigan J Frog in the short One Froggy Evening. ... For other uses, see Silhouette (disambiguation). ...


After the network's closure, The WB's URLs were redirected to The CW's website.


The final night of WB programming netted relatively low ratings. The WB scored a share of 2, meaning just 2% of viewers were tuned in to the WB on its final night.[3] This may mostly be due to certain areas whose WB affiliates became MyNetworkTV affiliates, leaving The WB's final two weeks of programming unavailable in those areas.
When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ... MyNetworkTV (sometimes written My Network TV, and unofficially abbreviated MyNet, MyTV, MNT, or MNTV) is a television network in the United States, owned by News Corporation. ...


Children's programming

Main article: Kids' WB

The WB added the Kids' WB programming block, following its launch, which mixed Warners' biggest hit shows (Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs and later Batman: The Animated Series, all of which originated either on Fox, Fox Kids or in syndication) with new productions and original shows. Kids WB! is the Saturday morning cartoon portion of The CW Television Networks weekend programming. ... Kids WB! is the Saturday morning cartoon portion of The CW Television Networks weekend programming. ... Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures (also known as Tiny Toon Adventures or Tiny Toons) is an American animated television series created and produced as a collaborative effort between Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. ... Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs, usually referred to as the shorter title Animaniacs, is an American animated television series, distributed by Warner Bros. ... The animated Batman shoots his grappling gun from a rooftop in a scene from the episode, On Leather Wings. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... It has been suggested that Fox Kids Weekday Block be merged into this article or section. ...


After the TurnerTime Warner merger in 1996, Kids' WB! formed an alliance with Cartoon Network, and over time, they shared more and more programming. Turner Broadcasting System logo The Turner Broadcasting System (often abbreviated to Turner or TBS) is the company managing the collection of cable networks and properties started by Ted Turner from the mid-1970s to the late-1990s. ... Time Warner Inc. ... Cartoon Network (commonly referred to as CN) is a cable television network created by Turner Broadcasting which primarily shows animated programming. ...


1998-2000

In March 1999, The WB also launched the American version of Pokémon in the Kids' WB! blocks, which they acquired from syndication (TV Tokyo) earlier that year and became a widespread pop-culture phenomenon. WB also acquired the English-language version of the second series Yu-Gi-Oh!. Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... The year 1999 in television involved some significant events. ... Original run Original Series: April 1, 1997 – November 14, 2002 September 8, 1998 – October 25, 2003 Advanced Generation: November 21, 2002 – September 14, 2006 November 1, 2003 – March 3, 2007 Diamond & Pearl: September 28, 2006 – June 4, 2007 – No. ... The logo of TV Tokyo. ... Yu-Gi-Oh!, known in Japan and the rest of East Asia as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters ) is an anime based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga. ...


2000-2005

The Kids' WB! aired mainly animated series but also aired some live-action programming. Kids' WB! aired a television version of R.L. Stine's The Nightmare Room in 2001, though it didn't make it past a season. They also aired a live-action movie known as Zolar, as well as the JammX Kids All-Star Dance Specials. Robert Lawrence Stine (born October 8, 1943), better known as R. L. Stine, is an American writer. ... The Nightmare Room was a television series that aired on Kids WB! created by R. L. Stine, who is the writer of the popular Goosebumps childrens books. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2001. ...


2006

As Kids' WB shared more and more of its programming with Cartoon Network, because of the 1996 Turner-Time Warner merger and the fact that Cartoon Network was outrating Fox Kids, airing Kids' WB! became financially unattractive as broadcast stations started showing only live-action talk shows and sitcom reruns in the afternoon to compete and go after a different audience, figuring children had all moved to watching cable networks in the afternoons. Image File history File links Daytime_WB_logo. ... Kids WB! is the Saturday morning cartoon portion of The CW Television Networks weekend programming. ... Cartoon Network (commonly referred to as CN) is a cable television network created by Turner Broadcasting which primarily shows animated programming. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Turner Broadcasting System logo The Turner Broadcasting System (often abbreviated to Turner or TBS) is the company managing the collection of cable networks and properties started by Ted Turner from the mid-1970s to the late-1990s. ... Time Warner Inc. ... It has been suggested that Fox Kids Weekday Block be merged into this article or section. ... In film and video, live action refers to works that are acted out by human actors, as opposed to animation. ... A talk show (U.S.) or chat show (Brit. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ...


On May 31, 2005, The WB announced the discontinuation of the weekday Kids' WB! block as of January 2, 2006. Kids' WB! continued to air weekdays after this, but with redundant programming and theme weeks until January, and more promotion of Cartoon Network's afternoon Miguzi block and Kids' WB! Saturday during the transition. After Daytime WB started, Kids' WB! Saturday morning lineup was expanded by one hour. is the 151st day of the year (152nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 2nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Miguzi is a cartoon block that premiered on April 19, 2004. ...


The block continues on The CW, which replaced The WB in their merger with UPN beginning September 18, 2006. It has been unofficially dubbed The CW Daytime, however, on-air promos for the block do not give it an actual name. The CW Television Network, casually referred to as The CW, or most recently as The New CW (due to it being a new network) is a television network in the United States launched during the 2006 television season. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Daytime WB is an afternoon programming block broadcast by The WB. On September 18, 2006, Daytime WB will be renamed to The CW Daytime. ...


Station standardization

When The WB was launched during the mid-1990s, the network began branding most of its stations as "WB" or "The WB", then the channel number, with the call signs nearby. The call signs were minimized to the smallest FCC-approved size by the end of the decade.


New York and St. Louis

This meant that, for example, WPIX in New York and KPLR in St. Louis were now both referred to as "WB11". Fox originated such naming schemes, and CBS uses the CBS Mandate on all of their O&O stations. NBC and ABC utilize similar, but less extreme, naming schemes. WPIX, channel 11, is a television station in New York City. ... NY redirects here. ... KPLR-TV is the WB television network affiliate in St. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ...


While Fox and UPN mandated their respective naming schemes on all stations, The WB did not.


Chicago and Los Angeles

Thus, not all WB affiliates followed the naming scheme. WGN-TV in Chicago (on the local feed only as the superstation feed stopped carrying WB programming feed in 1999) used the name "WGN 9 Chicago" in its ID with The WB's logo next to the boxed "9". Most of Tribune's WB affiliates only used the network logo in their station's logo or use "The WB" name after the calls. An example was Los Angeles affiliate KTLA, whose station ID was "KTLA, The WB". Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... d Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... KTLA, channel 5, is a television station in Los Angeles, California. ...


Other affiliates

Most WB affiliates also had another standardization name branding scheme: (City name)'s WB. For example, KHCW (formerly KHWB) in Houston was called "Houston's WB," WLVI in Boston was called "Boston's WB," KDAF in the Dallas / Fort Worth area of Texas was called "Dallas/Ft. Worth's WB" and WDCW (former WBDC) in Washington, D.C. was called "Washington's WB." Some stations which followed this scheme used a regional name instead of a specific city, such as "Capital Region's WB" for WCWN in Albany, New York (formerly WEWB), or "Hawaii's WB" for KFVE in Honolulu, Hawaii and "East Tennessee's WB" for WBXX in Knoxville, Tennessee while others incorporated the channel number, such as WPHL-TV in Philadelphia ("Philadelphia's WB17"), or Mobile, Alabama's WBPG ("The Gulf Coast's WB55"). Many WB 100+ stations also followed either one of these variations on the "The City/Region's WB" scheme. KHCW is the CW affiliate for Houston, Texas, broadcasting on UHF channel 39. ... WLVI (WB 56) is the The WB television affiliate serving Boston, Massachusetts. ... KDAF, channel 33, is the CW affiliate for the Dallas-Fort Worth designated market area. ... Nickname: Motto: Live Large. ... Nickname: Motto: Where the West Begins Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: , Country United States State Texas Counties Tarrant and Denton Government  - Mayor Michael J. Moncrief Area  - City  298. ... WDCW, channel 50, is Washington, D.C.s CW affiliate, owned by the Tribune Company. ... WCWN, known on-air as Capital Regions CW, is the CW network station licensed to Schenectady, New York. ... Location in Albany County and the State of New York Coordinates: , Country United States State New York County Albany Founded 1614 Incorporated 1686 Government  - Mayor Gerald D. Jennings (D) Area  - City  21. ... KFVE, also known by the brand K5 The Home Team, is the licensed broadcast affiliate of Warner Brothers Television Network in Hawaii. ... For the city and county of Honolulu, see City & County of Honolulu. ... WBXX-TV (East Tennessees WB) is the WB affiliate in the Knoxville, Tennessee television market. ... Nickname: Location within the U.S. State of Tennessee. ... WPHL-TV, channel 17, is a television station currently affiliated with the WB television network, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and owned by the Tribune Company. ... It has been suggested that List of people from Mobile, Alabama be merged into this article or section. ... WBPG (The Gulf Coasts WB 55) is the WB affiliate for the Pensacola, Florida and Mobile, Alabama market. ... Logo for KCWL-TV (formerly KOWH) in Lincoln, Nebraska. ...


Legacy

Despite its closure, The WB lives on in a number of ways:

  • The "W" half of The CW stands for Warner Bros. ( The "C" stands for "CBS", which owned UPN).
  • Services offered by The WB carried over to The CW, like Daytime WB (now The CW Daytime) and EasyView.
  • Though it did not start on the network, How the Grinch Stole Christmas began airing in the late 1990s on The WB, due to its ownership by Time Warner's TBS division, after a long run on CBS. The special moved to ABC in the 2006 holiday season.

Kids WB! is the Saturday morning cartoon portion of The CW Television Networks weekend programming. ... How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is one of the best-known childrens books by Dr. Seuss. ... Turner Broadcasting System logo The Turner Broadcasting System (often abbreviated to Turner or TBS) is the company managing the collection of cable networks and properties started by Ted Turner from the mid-1970s to the late-1990s. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ...

See also

The CW Television Network, casually referred to as The CW, or most recently as The New CW (due to it being a new network) is a television network in the United States launched during the 2006 television season. ... The following is a list of programs formerly broadcast by The WB Television Network. ... These are WB stations across the United States. ... Logo for KCWL-TV (formerly KOWH) in Lincoln, Nebraska. ... Between January 24 and September 18, 2006, the United States broadcast television industry was realigned. ... The DuMont Television Network was the worlds first commercial television network, beginning operation in the United States in 1946. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ Sources vary as to the exact composition of The WB's ownership. According to at least one source, as of 2001, the ownership was split among Time Warner (64%), Tribune Company (25%), and Jamie Kellner's firm ACME Communications (11%) [1]. Published reports in early 2006, dealing with the launch of The CW, suggested Tribune was at the time the only minority shareholder, with just 22.5%, which it would be relinquishing [2] in order to avoid shutdown costs for The WB [3].
  2. ^ [4]
  3. ^ [5]

The Tribune Company is a large multimedia corporation based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Jamie Kellner is an American television executive. ... ACME Communications is a television broadcasting company that owns nine television stations. ...

External links

  • Kids WB's Homepage
  • WB Network from The Encyclopedia of Television
  • The WB Image Campaigns
  • Farewell video
  • A Clip of the final few moments.

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