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BUFFY!! ANGEL!! FELICITY!! Learn How The WB Plans To Say Goodbye!!

Published at: June 30, 2006, 12:19 a.m. CST by staff

I am – Hercules!!

The last day of broadcasting for The WB is Sept. 17, and the netlet is saying goodbye by broadcasting the pilots of, among other things, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel” and “Felicity.”

Now, the “Buffy” and “Angel” pilots were swell, to be sure, but J.J. Abrams’ “Felicity” pilot was genius, right up there with his “Alias” and “Lost” pilots. It left you dying to see what happened next.

And I would have substituted the incredible "Roswell" pilot for the "Dawson's Creek" opener in a New York minute. But who cares what stupid Herc thinks?

How now will UPN shut down the day before? "Voyager"? "Enterprise"? "Veronica"? "Smackdown"?

Read more of how the former Frog Net celebrates its final hours here.









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  • June 30, 2006, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Nice.

    by OurManInMontr

  • June 30, 2006, 12:26 a.m. CST

    um...ok

    by Drworm2002

  • June 30, 2006, 12:27 a.m. CST

    by Nairb The Movie

    WHATTT?

  • June 30, 2006, 12:27 a.m. CST

    crap...

    by Drworm2002

    missed first by 7 seconds. LOL. oh and I am in Korea...so guess I&#39;ll just have to watch them on DVD.

  • June 30, 2006, 12:58 a.m. CST

    I think that&#39;s a nice gesture.

    by Novaman5000

    Well played, WB.

  • June 30, 2006, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Wouldn&#39;t it of made more sense to show the finals?

    by JediShaft

  • June 30, 2006, 12:58 a.m. CST

    They Should End It All...

    by SeedyAl

    with the company big wigs blowing their brains out on live TV, right up against a plate of glass in front of the camera. In super slow motion.

  • June 30, 2006, 1:03 a.m. CST

    the reason that Roswell won&#39;t be shown..

    by torpor_haze

    is probably because WB doesn&#39;t classify it as success.

  • June 30, 2006, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Dawson&#39;s Creek had a great first episode

    by Neo Zeed

    So great it was copied and reshot as the pilot for "Life As We Know It" Anyway...Dawson&#39;s Creek had 2 very good seasons. Then Kevin Williamson left and it went all to hell. Roswell was ok, I liked the look of the show (it had great lighting..everything seemed bathed in golden light) and Katherine Heigl was mindblowingly hot! The WB&#39;s golden years were when Buffy, Angel, Roswell, and Dawson were on at the same time. Then dropped Buffy, cancelled Angel for the Mountain, and well...you know the rest.

  • June 30, 2006, 1:07 a.m. CST

    UPN should show its entire debut lineup

    by themikejonas

    kind of a "wasn&#39;t it obvious even back then that we were headed for the crapper?"-a-thon. "Platypus Man," "Pig Sty," "Marker," "The Watcher"...ahhhh yeah, party like it&#39;s 1995...

  • June 30, 2006, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Life As We Know It was great.

    by Shermdawg

    Thats the only non sci-fi teen drama that I watched and actually liked. Peter "DaDinkaDink" Dinklage was great in it. And the show had some great funny bits, mostly from it&#39;s gimmick of freezing scenes and having one of the four guys talk to the audience, sure it&#39;s been done before, but they pulled it off nicely. Frankly, this would have done well on the WB or even Fox, but abc, just wasn&#39;t the right network for it. The only semi-teen related show to actually make it on abc was Life Goes On. CORKY THATCHER FTW!!!

  • June 30, 2006, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Good lord I used "great" a bit too much there. >_<

    by Shermdawg

  • June 30, 2006, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Wow, they picked exactly the four pilots I would have

    by AshFett

    I remember watching all four of those shows on a loyal basis circa 1999. Buffy and Angel were simply awesome, Felicity was a really well done show and Dawson&#39;s was for awhile there the 91201/OC zeitgeist guilty pleasure teen soap of the moment. Very classy move WB.

  • June 30, 2006, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Hrrmmm.....

    by Hairy Nutsack

    Do you think they&#39;ll end the evening with Angel and then show that "Thanks from your friends at the WB." message? Yeah thanks friends, you guys might still be going strong if you hadn&#39;t of cancelled Angel. Say, why aren&#39;t they showing the pilot episode of Birds of Prey?

  • June 30, 2006, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Roswell was only on WB for two seasons

    by snowpuff

    And then was picked for one season by UPN, making this one of two shows to air new episodes on both nets (the other of course being Buffy). As excellent as Roswell was, can&#39;t imagine a show that WB dropped after two seasons being on their minds. Incidentally, I saw Shiri Appleby at [store] the other day. Name removed to protect the most beautiful girl in the world.

  • June 30, 2006, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Where&#39;s the Star Jones news?

    by veritasses

    That b!tch Star Jones leaves/gets kicked off the airwaves, has a cat fight with Barbera Walters and it&#39;s not reported on AICN? That&#39;s the best thing that&#39;s happened to free TV since Magic Johnson lost his talk show. It&#39;s only a matter of days before we see her sorry @ss on The Surreal Life. Oh, and Buffy and Angel were (for the most part) good shows season after season but Felicity took a nose dive into boredom real quick. And while Voyager and Enterprise turned into big disappointments, I hope someone - maybe on the SciFi channel - revives the Trek franchise with more of a BSG type of feel.

  • June 30, 2006, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Life as we know it may have been "great"

    by Neo Zeed

    I just couldn&#39;t get past the pilot where they shamelessly ripped off Dawson by 1. Having the mom cheat on the dad and getting caught by the son and 2. The whole teacher/student relationship. But hey the other episodes could have been good. Anyway, UPN never had a shot. "Marker" with the Greico was shitty and so was Sir Mix-A-Lot&#39;s show (oh you read that right folks Sir Mix-A-Lot)"The Watcher." Voyager was decent for a couple of seasons, Platypus Man was not bad I think (Homer Simpson liked it!) But when they cancelled Nowhere Man, otherwise known as "the greatest show UPN ever had," I threw in the towel. Add in Homeboys in Outer Space and Desomnd Pfeiffier and UPN should not only be canned, it should be condemned!

  • June 30, 2006, 2:42 a.m. CST

    I can&#39;t believe I&#39;m responding to "Hairy Nutsack"...

    by AshFett

    But still, I gotta say: Look, the WB cancelling Angel sucked big time, but considering it never got the ratings of Smallville or 7th Heaven, neither of which was able to keep The WB going, I hardly think our favorite brooding vampire could have changed things.

  • June 30, 2006, 3:15 a.m. CST

    The teacher storyline on Life As We Know It...

    by Shermdawg

    Is what got me hooked. (I never watched Dawsons Creek, the WB wasn&#39;t a reliable network in my area, after WGN dropped it, we didn&#39;t get it for years afterwards.) But from the few moments I caught of it on TBS, the kids on LAWKI were much more realistic than the Dawson brats.

  • June 30, 2006, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Buffy pilot? Or Buffy premiere?

    by hulk_beanpoll

    Cuz the pilot was that twenty minute thing, with someone else playing Willow. It&#39;s never been included on a dvd so I&#39;m assuming they can&#39;t clear the material to air it. I&#39;m also assuming that when they say "Buffy pilot" here, they mean the debut episode.

  • June 30, 2006, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Obviously its the 1st ep, as originaly shown by WB

    by pokadoo

    If your going to get pedantic about the term "pilot", why not show the horrible,cheesy five minute Angel pilot? Neither of these were meant to be shown on network TV. You can find them both on youtube, though.

  • June 30, 2006, 7:39 a.m. CST

    UPN will shut down with...

    by Kid Z

    ... a last dying wheeze, followed by an explosive evacuation of its bowels!

  • June 30, 2006, 7:48 a.m. CST

    "explosive evacuation of its bowels..."

    by SpikeTBB

    ..is an accurate desription of 95% of UPN&#39;s broadcasting history.

  • June 30, 2006, 8:56 a.m. CST

    "If your going to get pedantic about the term pilot..."

    by hulk_beanpoll

    "...why not show the horrible,cheesy five minute Angel pilot?" Or better yet, just not call them pilots in the first place, since they&#39;re not. It may be a term most people are familiar with but that doesn&#39;t make it an accurate one.

  • June 30, 2006, 9:22 a.m. CST

    "I&#39;ll bring the croutons."

    by BrandLoyalist

    - Captain Janeway

  • June 30, 2006, 9:29 a.m. CST

    hulk.....stop whining

    by MrFusion

    seriously, stop bitching over the proper or improper use of a word, you sound like a little girl

  • June 30, 2006, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Smackdown on UPN

    by Rizzle Bizzle

    Am i the only one who misses the Corporate Ministry?

  • June 30, 2006, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Show Nowhere Man, The Watcher, that Vegas show,....

    by Big Bad Clone

    the Sentinal (bad show, good pilot), that monster cop show, and Liveshot.

  • June 30, 2006, 10:02 a.m. CST

    ROSWELL

    by THE KNIGHT

    I think Roswell had the greatest first season of any of these shows... But then again, I didn&#39;t watch the first season of any of these but Angel... Seriously, Roswell first season was truly something... Kudos to Jason and Shiri for their on screen chemistry.... *tears*

  • June 30, 2006, 10:07 a.m. CST

    YackBacker, GREAT IDEA!!!

    by Shermdawg

    And since Kreuk is my wife, I&#39;ll be there the day they film that sucka! Hell, I might even get in on that action!

  • June 30, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Now That I Think About IT

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    Nowhere Man and Veronica Mars are the only really good show UPN aired in 11 years. That&#39;s not much of a track record.

  • June 30, 2006, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Actually the best way to signal the end of the WB...

    by DirtyRatBastard

    Would be to get a real frog with a top hat stapled to its head and put a firecracker in its mouth...a BIG one. Then when the frog has been exploded, we can take the remnants and wipe them all over the front office door of PETA. I hated the WB and I hate PETA, so wouldn&#39;t that be like mixing peanut butter and chocolate? Yes. Yes it would.

  • June 30, 2006, 12:29 p.m. CST

    OK... So; avoid WB on Sept 17. Thanks for the warning.

    by ZeroCorpse

    I will not miss this half-assed, crappy network. There was never ONE show I would have bothered to watch. It was all aimed at people who are younger, dumber, and more girly than me. My only regret is that they didn&#39;t kill the network before Buffy got going, so we could be spared the extraordinarily annoying Whedonites all over the Internet. Good riddance, WB. I knew you&#39;d suck, and I knew you&#39;d be gone in a short while.

  • June 30, 2006, 12:43 p.m. CST

    So what&#39;s happening to the two channels?????

    by quadrupletree

    Is one of them going away or are both channels going to broadcast CW content? Will one revert to a local station? Im so confused....

  • June 30, 2006, 1:02 p.m. CST

    re: quadrupletree

    by themikejonas

    In most instances, one will be a CW station, and the other will revert to a local station. Many of the latter (particularly former UPN stations owned by Fox, like KCOP in Los Angeles) will become "My Network TV" affiliates, the new quasi-network from News Corp that will carry American attempts at a "telenovela" format (i.e. a first-run sudsy dramatic series that runs five days a week for a limited duration).

  • June 30, 2006, 1:09 p.m. CST

    THE KNIGHT is right...

    by Annamaria

    Buffy is my favorite show of all time, but I really thought the first season was definitely the worst... Angel was pretty good during all of its seasons, but Roswell really did have the greatest first season out of all the shows theyre repeating on Sunday... I don&#39;t think it had any "bad" season, it was pretty consistent... Thank god for the dvds...

  • June 30, 2006, 1:19 p.m. CST

    A Much Better Farewell ...

    by Itchy

    would be a two hour special featuring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Michelle Trachtenberg wearing bikinis and making out. In fact, if that we&#39;re their only program, they&#39;d probably be the highest rated network in the history of time.

  • June 30, 2006, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Doping@ Tour deFrance. Sun rises in east, sets in west.

    by paulh

    Fucking clockwork, this. Another drug scandal yesterday which has KO&#39;d almost 60 cyclists due to blood doping. This thing is burnt toast before one millimeter is pedaled. Way to go, cycling; your sport has more dopers per square foot than pro wrestling or baseball. And cowboy up, OLN; your coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals might not be the lowest rated sporting event in the history of human history after this latest dagger to the sport&#39;s integrity.

  • June 30, 2006, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Star Jones...

    by Kid Z

    ... What the hell happened to this non-celeb??? AIDS? An extended trek through the Sahara with no supplies? Probably just one of those "Stomach staple" jobs, I guess. She could install a zipper in those neck flaps and hide stolen jewelry and a gun in there like that old Dick Tracy villain "The Pouch"!

  • June 30, 2006, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Roswell was only good for 1/2 a season

    by Rinse

    It was the great blend of sci-fi and teen drama for the first half season. After that it was retooled and became a teen drama first, thereby destroying what made it unique in WB&#39;s line up in the first place. After two seasons I couldn&#39;t be bothered to watch it anymore.

  • June 30, 2006, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Fuck it all! 24 HOURS OF REBA, BABY!!!

    by Uncle Stan

  • June 30, 2006, 4:47 p.m. CST

    If I were UPN...

    by lynxpro

    On the network&#39;s last night of existence, I&#39;d reshow the pilot episode to *Nowhere Man*, *Special Unit 7*, *Shasta McNasty* (where&#39;s the DVD set, fools!), and *Dilbert*. And on the next day, I&#39;d stick the material of each of those series up on iTunes.

  • June 30, 2006, 4:53 p.m. CST

    go all out..

    by SpikeTBB

    In addition to the Summers Sisters Sapphic Sendoff, let&#39;s add the entire female cast of Buffy and Angel, Veronica Mars, Chloe and Lana,with Shannon Elizabeth and Nikki Cox for rounding things out. Damn, that just might save the network.

  • June 30, 2006, 5:19 p.m. CST

    by filmcans

    UPN will celebrate by having World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio lose again..and again...and again! In fact--the party has already started!!!

  • June 30, 2006, 6:11 p.m. CST

    GET THIS PARTY STARTED 24/7

    by paulh

    OK, so they only filmed 2 episodes, but we could see each of them 12 times each per day. Kristin from Laguna Beach, baybee!

  • June 30, 2006, 8:09 p.m. CST

    "hulk.....stop whining"

    by hulk_beanpoll

    I was just trying to fit in. But my spiteful nitpicks are like the work of an infant compared to the hate-filled bile that is the norm around here. You&#39;re right. I&#39;ll never measure up. Hulk sad.

  • June 30, 2006, 8:57 p.m. CST

    aww the good old days of the WB

    by Everett Robert

    on like one or 2 nights a week, had the ripoff/spin off whatever the hell you want to call it of Married with Children with Nikki Cox, some show about a gym, Wayan&#39;s Bros and I think Steve Harvey but I could be wrong....

  • June 30, 2006, 9:02 p.m. CST

    No one mentioned 7 Days

    by snowpuff

    That was not such a bad show. Except, technically speaking, no one on the show except Parker should have any memory whatsoever of him ever successfully going back in time. Read: There is problem. Parker is sent back. He fixes the problem. They only know he&#39;s appeared from the future - but he&#39;s the only one who will remember successfully using the time sphere thing. Plus, they never really explain where the present day Parker goes when he appears from the future (in the past). I&#39;m sure somewhere with deeper knowledge of the show will nitpick a bit - but there are some paradoxes they let slide because it&#39;s a fun show, not true sci-fi. Plus, the episode with Robert Picardo as the devil battling Parker was up there with Mr. Rourke battling Satan on Fantasy Island.

  • June 30, 2006, 9:28 p.m. CST

    WB should close by

    by smackfu

    airing 24 hours of that frog singing &#39;hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime gaaaaaaal&#39;. Seriously, obviously your ratings don&#39;t mean shit on your last day of broadcasting, it should be the televisual equivilant of your last day working at a call-center or a fast food joint. Go out in style.

  • June 30, 2006, 10:17 p.m. CST

    devil fights

    by Everett Robert

    another good devil fight was Sam Beckett on Quantem Leap fighting the devil who looked like Al and also had one of the first, at least i remember, young historical figures appearing in QL, with Stephen King...

  • July 1, 2006, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Rinse

    by nalapou

    How wrond you are my friend. If you think Roswell peaked in the first half of the first season you are diluted. White Room, Destiny and Departure are easily the three best episodes, from the end of the first and second seasons. The third season, I will admit, did bring the series down as a whole, preventing it from being an all time Great But Cancelled classic. But that was for 2 reasons: Katherine Heigls hair, and that CSI Miami trainwreck Jesse piece of shit that sucked up every scene he was in. Overall though still one of my fav shows ever, much better than most of the stuff on tv today and 99% of the stuff WB has ever put out. Minus Buffy.

  • July 1, 2006, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Charmed?

    by mrfan

    anyone?

  • July 1, 2006, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Charmed

    by Yeti

    Actually the first ep of Charmed showed promise. They&#39;ll probably show it.

  • July 1, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST

    UPN already shut down in my Cable system

    by zekmoe

    I hardly noticed.

  • July 1, 2006, 12:50 p.m. CST

    nalapou

    by Rinse

    If you liked it, that&#39;s cool. The sci-fi aspect for me was just really crappy after the first 1/2 season. The show just about lost me when it was revealed that they were alien prince and princess or whatever.. Bleh. But I hung in there for another season, and it was just awful for me, so. *shrug*

  • July 1, 2006, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Just checked wikipedia

    by Rinse

    and I had it backwards. WB didn&#39;t push the teen drama to the foreground.. They pushed the sci-fi to the foreground. That makes more sense, since it was the sci-fi that I found weak after the first 1/2 season..

  • July 1, 2006, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Can&#39;t air finales...don&#39;t own all of them...

    by Foxxed

    They can&#39;t air the Buffy finale because...it moved to UPN for the last 2 seasons. The pilot of Buffy doesn&#39;t really do the show much justice. Maybe they could show the Season 5 finale, The Gift? Or it would cool if they could show the pilots and finales! Oh well, I don&#39;t have the WB anyway.

  • July 1, 2006, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Uh, yes it can.

    by Shermdawg

    Who do you think the WB is merging with? U-P-N.

  • July 1, 2006, 5:01 p.m. CST

    bring Shasta McNasty to DVD

    by lynxpro

    Maybe it&#39;ll take a rich fan to buy up the rights like what happened with Moffat&#39;s great show *Joking Apart*.

  • July 1, 2006, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Make it a 24 hour marathon of...

    by mrfan

    Charmed.

  • July 1, 2006, 7:35 p.m. CST

    The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfieffer!

    by Big Bad Clone

    That show where Lincoln acts a drunkard, adulterer and all around asshole.

  • July 2, 2006, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Charmed marathon eh?

    by Fudgemonkey

    The only way a 24hr charmed marathon would work is if we get Itchy and SpikeTBB to direct it as a 3way lesbian lovefest in which those three talentless cumbuckets eat each other non-stop for 24hrs......that show sucked serious balls!!

  • July 2, 2006, 6:52 a.m. CST

    True.

    by mrfan

    But look at the network and I think that tells you why.

  • July 3, 2006, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Next on the 4400

    by tonagan

    "Somebody dies, and it&#39;s not who you think."

  • July 3, 2006, 5:13 p.m. CST

    I said goodbye to Whedon&#39;s Shite a long time ago

    by Dark Knight Lite

    So overrated. But keep flogging that dead horse, Herc old buddy.

  • July 4, 2006, 11:23 a.m. CST

    But thing about Buffy is, it&#39;s fucking TIMELESS.

    by ForumFatale

    50 years from now, when Whedon is a megastar and has created the biggest movie franchises on the planet and that, Buffy is STILL gonna be remembered. You think anyone is gonna remember ROSWELL then? Or SUPERNATURAL? Or THRES-FUCKING-MOTHER-SUCKING-HOLD? Course not. Buffy is the only show from modern times, aside from Lost, which will be remembered.

  • July 4, 2006, 12:50 p.m. CST

    They could show the Gift cause Buffy&#39;s death should

    by spike fan

    have been the way to end the show. Lets face it the last 2 seasons of Buffy with the exception of the odd episode here and there was shite. And Do not get me started on that rancid crap that Chosen. Yes Buffy in its hay-day was great but Whedon did dragged it into the ground.

  • July 4, 2006, 11:42 p.m. CST

    I liked "Do Over"

    by iloveryan

    I even wrote a DO fan-fic. I know. I am a very sick man. I will go chastise myself now.

  • July 6, 2006, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Popular?

    by Mr. Profit

    They should air the "Caged" episode. Mary Cherry still makes me laugh every time I see it.