UPN To Announce Fall Schedule May 20By Caillan
March 20, 2004 - 6:43 AM
Will season three be the last for Star Trek: Enterprise? We may not know officially until May 20.
UPN will make its Upfront Sales Presentation for the 2004-2005 television season on that day, according to the Futon Critic. Television networks not only use these presentations to entice potential advertisers to buy air time during their programmes but also reveal which shows have made it onto the schedule for the coming year.
Last month, CBS chairman Les Moonves, who also oversees UPN, said the fate of Enterprise would not be decided until April at the earliest. "'Does [UPN's schedule] include Enterprise?' Very possibly. 'Does it not?' Possibly as well," the executive told reporters, indicating that the series could also move to Fridays as an alternative to cancellation.
Enterprise's lead-out show, Jake 2.0, was cancelled mid-season, so if the latest Trek series survives the axe, it will need a new companion series if it remains on Wednesday nights. Alternatively, if Enterprise moves to Fridays, UPN could try and build up a completely new programming block on Wednesdays. Even though Wednesday has been the network's sci-fi night for many years, the success of a second night of comedy on Tuesdays could encourage UPN to start afresh on Wednesday nights.
Some of the dramas that could be ending up on UPN next season include Beck & Call, a look at New York's fashion industry, Two Kings, about two teenagers from different sides of the track, and Kevin Hill, which follows the life of a playboy lawyer. Detective dramas also figure highly in the possible line-up, with UPN's options including Mystery Girl, about a journalist who solves mysteries, Veronica Mars, which centres around a teenage girl who helps out her private eye father, and Nikki & Nora, about two lesbian investigators.
On the comedy front, UPN has commissioned pilot presentations of Me, Me, Me, which follows two shallow socialites, Second Time Around, a look at the lives of a divorced couple who choose to get married again, and I Do, I Did, What Now?, which centres around a couple's life after the honeymoon. The network is also considering a spin-off of their successful comedy series, One on One.
Some reality series have already been given the greenlight. A full season has been ordered of a currently untitled competition series which gives would-be hip-hop singers the chance to travel on tour with missy elliott. UPN has also commissioned five episodes of I'm Still Alive, which will tell the true stories of people who survive life-threatening ordeals.
The full list of UPN's production line-up for next season can be found at the Futon Critic. Thanks to Craig Morris for this!