Positive Buzz For UPN's Fall Line-Up

By Caillan
July 18, 2004 - 8:48 AM

UPN's Kevin Hill and Veronica Mars are among the most talked-about series of the new season, according to a report from the Television Critics Association press tour.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jonathan Storm surveyed many of his colleagues at the press junket and found that UPN's new line-up was getting the thumbs up from critics. "It's beyond bizarre that this year ABC and UPN are the buzz networks," Arizona Republic critic Bill Goodykoontz told Storm.

Kevin Hill, which will take over the Wednesday 9 p.m. time slot next season, was described as a "surprisingly poignant drama about a swinging bachelor lawyer who becomes an instant daddy". Tuesday 9 p.m. freshman Veronica Mars, about a teenage girl who joins her father's detective agency, was said to combine "Nancy Drew perkiness with ominous overtones of Elmore Leonard".

"I'm stunned that my two favorite dramas are on UPN," said the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Gail Pennington. Melanie McFarland of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer was more muted about UPN's revitalisation: "I think you have to hold UPN to standards that are lower than for a regular network. It's pretty much better than what they had last year. They're moving up. They're not leaping. They're kind of slithering."

Star Trek: Enterprise has vacated its Wednesday 8 p.m. timeslot, where it will be replaced by America's Next Top Model, and will air on Fridays at 8 p.m. next season. The original news item can be found here at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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