I was busy working on two other posts when this shock of a shocker came in via e-mail alert from Variety.com. It’s taken me a little while (just over an hour) to post it because I wanted to have a little fun with Photoshop first.
Per the article:
CBS Corp., Warner Bros. Entertainment and Tribune Co. announced Tuesday they’re shutting down both the struggling WB and UPN and merging the two into a new entity called The CW.
Move will unite shows such as “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “Veronica Mars” on one network, distributed by CBS and Tribune-owned stations.
The new fifth network, a 50-50 joint venture between CBS and Time WarnerTime Warner, will be distributed on CBS and Tribune-owned stations, reaching 95% of the country.
I wonder what The CW stands for? I’m betting it’s Coloreds (&) Whites. The Coloreds (&) Whites Television Network. Aw, c’mon, don’t act like I’m the only one who
believes knows UPN was suffering from a serious case of hyperpigmentation.
(Just in case you want some clarity on the definition of hyperpigmentation, the Dermatologic Disease Database defines it as “a […] usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin.” In this case, I would say that UPN would be the dark patches, and ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and The WB were the “normal” surrounding skin.)
It should be a decent match. Both netlets have choice demographics. The WB has the much-coveted youth market down pat, and UPN has the ever-so-popular “Black people…they’re just like us!” thing going on. I wonder if they’ll cross-pollinate some of the shows or do mirror versions of them to provide balance. I can’t wait to see The CW’s version of Eve…
…which I imagine will be called Dawn (get it?).
Or what I’m sure is destined to become a cross-pollinated runaway hit:
Everybody Hates Reba
Let the fun with young and urban demographics begin!!!