WB net shifting sked, expanding to 6 nights

Netlet stocking up on dramas

NEW YORK — The WB netlet is planning to move two of its franchise dramas, “Charmed” and “Felicity,” to new nights, while expanding to a sixth night of programming this fall, with comedies on Fridays.

The WB does not announce its new schedule until Tuesday, but some details of its new lineup began falling into place over the weekend. Sophomore drama “Charmed” is expected to shift to Thursday at 9 p.m. and “Felicity” to Sunday at 8 p.m.

Insiders say the WB netlet plans to pick up five new dramas and just one new comedy, the animated sitcom “The Downtowners,” for its fall lineup. The most surprising pickup at the WB is a 22-episode order for 20th Century Fox/Regency TV’s “Roswell,” which had been a strong contender at the studio’s sister web, Fox Broadcasting.

When it became clear that Fox wouldn’t have room for the young-skewing high school show on its fall sked, the WB gave it a full-season order and plans to air “Roswell” in the Wednesday 9 p.m. slot after “Dawson’s Creek.”

The WB’s newest night of programming is likely to be led off by “The Downtowners,” followed by “The Jamie Foxx Show,” “The Steve Harvey Show” and “For Your Love,” although the WB may change the order of those comedies.

The other new series sources say the WB is ordering for fall include Touchstone TV’s “Popular,” which will likely air Thursdays at 8 p.m., leading into “Charmed”; 20th Century Fox’s TV’s “Angel,” which is expected to follow “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” on Tuesdays; Spelling TV’s “Safe Harbor,” which will air after “7th Heaven” on Mondays; and Warner Bros. TV’s “Jack and Jill,” which is likely to follow “Felicity” on Sundays.

Repeats of “7th Heaven” are expected to air again in the Sunday 7 p.m. timeslot.

Shows that aren’t expected to return include “Smart Guy,” “Sister, Sister,” “The Wayans Bros.” and “Unhappily Ever After.” The comedy “Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane” was expected to receive a midseason order.

Dick Wolf’s drama “D.C.” also received a 13-episode pickup for midseason.