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UPN Fall Schedule Released

By Christian
May 17, 2001 - 1:51 PM

Later this morning, UPN will be officially presenting all its Fall shows to advertisers. But prior to that, the network already released its official schedule for the 2001-2002 television season to the press.

Compared with this season, UPN has ordered only two completely-new shows. But with the acquisition of two series from the WB, there are still substantial changes to the network's line-up. Here's a breakdown of the full schedule:

Dead Zone, the horror series produced by Trek veteran Michael Piller and starring Nicole deBoer (Ezri Dax), has been pushed back as a mid-season replacement. With the three other dramas already having received full-season commitments, this means the show will likely only be able to make it on the air if Special Unit 2 fails to turn into a hit.

One of the shows that has been cancelled is Seven Days. For the past three years, the Jonathan LaPaglia-starring sci-fi show aired as the companion show to Voyager, before being moved to Tuesdays last month. The show failed to hold on to its audience in that timeslot, and has now joined other Tuesday shows such as All Souls and Chains of Love in cancellation.

With its new schedule, UPN is heavily banking on the probability there won't be an actors' stike. Unlike most of the other networks, it won't be airing any reality shows. Especially during the first half of the week, UPN seems intent on moving away from its previous image as the testotesterone network, airing respectable dramas instead of reality fare such as Chains of Love or Manhunt.

More on UPN's line-up, including hopefully more information on Enterprise, should be available later today as details of the network's upfront meeting appear in the press.

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