Sticking with stability in a year when few networks are playing it safe, UPN will add a new comedy night next season but otherwise stick to the status quo.
Only one of the netlet’s incumbent series will make the move next season: “One on One” will move from Mondays to kick off UPN’s new Tuesday laffer lineup.
Insiders had expected the netlet to launch another night of yuks, given the success of UPN’s Monday night lineup of young-skewing, multi-ethnic comedies (Daily Variety, May 14).
UPN wasn’t eager to tinker with that Monday sked, especially since it has become the netlet’s true bright spot. Instead, new laffer “The Opposite Sex” (Warner Bros. TV/Greenblatt-Janollari), starring rapper Eve, will take over “One on One’s” 8:30 slot.
Otherwise, “The Parkers” stays in its 8 p.m. position, with “Girlfriends” returning at 9 and frosh “Half and Half” back at 9:30.
“All of Us,” the Warner Bros. TV/Overbrook laffer from Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, will debut Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. following “One on One.”
Fellow newcomer “Rock Me Baby” (Warner Bros. TV/Flame TV) launches at 9 p.m., followed by another tenderfoot, “The Mullets” (Warner Bros. TV/Tannenbaum Co.).
UPN will keep “Enterprise” in its Wednesday 8 p.m. slot, leading into the netlet’s only new drama, “Jake 2.0” (Viacom Prods./Roundtable Entertainment).
Thursday’s “WWE Smackdown” and Friday’s movie franchise stay put.
Not on the fall sked are “Platinum,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Haunted” and “Abby.” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” has also ended its run.