CW the new kid on the sked block

Slates meet on new net

The CW will launch its first lineup with a heavy dose of drama and a new Sunday block of comedies anchored by UPN critical darling “Everybody Hates Chris.”

Netlet, a co-prod of CBS Corp. and Warner Bros., will unveil its maiden sked today in Gotham. Prexy Dawn Ostroff, however, is expected to unveil a sked with far less new programming that originally expected (Daily Variety, May 17).

As for the C-Dub, expect the net to go for laughs on Sundays, with “Chris” kicking off a two-hour block of comedies. It’ll be followed by blended-family laffer “All of Us,” “Girlfriends” and “Girlfriends” spinoff “The Game.”

Execs were still debating whether to run comedies from 7 to 9 p.m. or 8 to 10 p.m. Latter sked would be potentially problematic, since it would mean the femme-skewing “Girlfriends” would compete against fellow femme faves “Desperate Housewives” and “Cold Case.”

Conversely, airing “Chris” at 7 means it’ll compete against frequent football runovers on Fox or CBS. Whatever the CW decides, look for one hour of Sunday to be a repeat, perhaps of new drama “Runaway.”

On Mondays, “7th Heaven” likely will remain in its old WB slot of 8 p.m., followed by “Runaway.” Returning WB skein “Gilmore Girls” stays on Tuesday at 8, followed by UPN refugee “Veronica Mars.”

Expect reality at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, with UPN’s “America’s Next Top Model” and “Beauty and the Geek” likely to share a timeslot (with “Top Model” starting in the fall). Frog’s “One Tree Hill” seems a logical fit at 9 p.m.

Thursdays should see the return of Frog dynamic duo “Smallville” and “Supernatural,” with wrestling staying put on Fridays.

After much buzz about how many WB and UPN skeins would make the transition, in the end, new sked boasts a roughly even mix of programming from both the nets being folded into the CW. UPN skeins make up 5½ hours of the lineup, with Frog programs filling 5 hours (though the midseason return of “Beauty and the Geek” takes latter tally to 6).

Just 90 minutes of the fall sked is fresh, with one drama and one comedy.

(Rick Kissell contributed to this report.)

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