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#21 Posted on 24.7.05 1728.21
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I didn't get a WB affiliate until I moved to Western Canada, so I was happy to get a chance to watch Smallville. Of course, I also did sit through a mind-numbing season of High School Reunion which I am dumber for having watched.

Still no UPN, though.
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#22 Posted on 24.7.05 2028.51
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BTW, WB is finally "retiring" Michigan J. Frog.

Or, maybe they are putting him back in that building's cornerstone, where he can be found in another 200 years.
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#23 Posted on 24.7.05 2250.40
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Fourteen months later and I'm still mourning the cancellation of "Angel". I wouldn't have taken it so hard if it hadn't just started to hit its stride at the time it was cut.

In the last ten years, I thought of the WB most for soapy crap like "Dawson's Creek" and "Gilmore Girls" ("Angel" gets the hook and yet THIS continues to fester the airwaves?).

I've always seen UPN as the African-American channel. Moesha? Girlfriends? Homeboys From Outer Space? This was simply BET without music videos. I'm surprised they didn't add a black guy to Buffy once they made their move after the fifth season.

EDIT: Scratch that. Principal Wood was added for the seventh season. See what I mean?

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#24 Posted on 25.7.05 1056.22
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    Originally posted by odessasteps

    BTW, WB is finally "retiring" Michigan J. Frog.

    Or, maybe they are putting him back in that building's cornerstone, where he can be found in another 200 years.
Well...not TOTALLY retired:


    As part of the discussion, Ancier and Janollari also confirmed that the dancing frog, the mascot of the network up until now, "is dead." Janollari added that the move was part of the overall network strategy to attract an older audience. "That was a symbol that perpetuated the young, teen feel of the network, and that is not the image we want to put out to our audience," he said.

    However, network spokespeople were quick to point out after the presentation that the frog mascot continues to be a part of the network's presence, just not on air in prime time. The frog will continue to be associated with the network, including as part of WBs online and kids' offerings.


    Broadcasting & Cable magazine (broadcastingcable.com)

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#25 Posted on 25.7.05 1058.20
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    Originally posted by odessasteps

    BTW, WB is finally "retiring" Michigan J. Frog.

    Or, maybe they are putting him back in that building's cornerstone, where he can be found in another 200 years.


What year did they end up finding him in the future in the original cartoon? I've always wondered if we've past it yet, seeing as how the cartoon is decades old. (Aren't we living when The Jetsons were supposed to exist?)



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#26 Posted on 25.7.05 1147.55
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The thing I find says that it originally aired in 1955, so I'm guessing it took place in that time. The review I found of it says that it was 100 years later when the frog was found again.

http://www.toonopedia.com/michigan.htm claims that any other appearances by the frog are actually impostors, because the original cartoon shows that the frog does not perform in front of crowds of more than 1.
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#27 Posted on 25.7.05 1234.36
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    Originally posted by It's False
    I've always seen UPN as the African-American channel.


I've always called it the Urban Programming Network, myself.

I'm looking back over history lists now, and honestly can't find a prime-time show on either network (besides Smackdown on UPN) that I'd want to watch again. I never was into the Buffyverse.

Now, KIDS WB... _that's_ a different story.
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#28 Posted on 25.7.05 1249.05
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    Originally posted by vsp


That's funny, because the ONLY thing I can remember about the late-'90s WB was when KISW's Bob Rivers invited a WB programmer (or someone) to be a guest to rundown the new season's line-up, and as they went through it (before they put the guest on) Rivers' sidekick said "'WB' must stand for 'We Black'." Ha ha.

They then proceeded to introduced the guy and it went sort of like this:

BR: "Here's the VP of programming from the WB, John Doe."
JD: "Thanks for having me."
BR: "We've been looking at the line-up for this season...what are you particul--"
JD: "We Black."
BR: [stunned silence]
BR: "Oh, you HEARD that?"

Good times.

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#29 Posted on 25.7.05 1621.06
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    Originally posted by vsp
    Now, KIDS WB... _that's_ a different story.
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The kids from Histeria! are disappointed you forgot about them. Beware the sonic wrath of Loud Kidddington!

(EDIT: Picture removed...stupid Angelfire.)

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