Inside Move: ‘Sabrina’ on ABC

TV pic to go against double episodes on WB

Get ready for “Sabrina” vs. “Sabrina.”

In a trick that Melissa Joan Hart’s character might have conjured up, ABC has scheduled the repeat made-for-TV pic “Sabrina, Down Under” on Friday, May 25, at 8 p.m. — smack opposite two episodes of “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” on the WB.

That puts ABC back in the Friday “Sabrina” business, at least for one night. “Sabrina” aired there for four years before Paramount moved the laffer last year to the WB. Without “Sabrina,” the Alphabet web made its Friday night “TGIF” franchise disappear.

ABC, however, still held the repeat rights to “Sabrina Down Under,” which first aired in the “Wonderful World of Disney” Sunday timeslot back in September 1999.

Meanwhile, back-to-back Friday night episodes of “Sabrina,” followed by a double dose of “Pop Stars,” are just two of the WB’s summer scheduling plans.

The WB will also double pump “7th Heaven” on Mondays. And the weblet has told affiliates it plans to launch a movie night starting this June, either on Tuesday or Wednesday nights. Titles loaned to the WB from sister cabler Turner Broadcasting include “Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”

A Tuesday movie would pre-empt drama defector “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel.” WB insiders said that no plan had been finalized — but it’s a good bet the WB, which loses “Buffy” this fall — will probably move that drama to a less desirable slot.

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