Eight years was enough for the WB network’s popular Charmed series. Time Warner and Tribune, the owners of The WB announced Tuesday that they were shuttering their network.

The WB will be merged with the UPN network to form a new network called “The CW” – which will be made up of some current WB and UPN shows as well as new fare.

The WB said among current shows headed for CW are Smallville and Supernatural. But notably absent is WB Sunday night staple, Charmed.

Since Charmed is not heading to the new CW Network, the current, eighth season of the witchy series will be its last.

Below is a list of the new CW Network and My Network TV affiliates. As of March 27, 2006. Please note that both CW and MyTV will most likely add additional affiliates in cities with current WB and/or UPN stations before September.


The CW National Coverage: 68%
My Network TV National Coverage: 56.7%

Size Market CW Station/ Channel Former Affiliation/ Owner MyTV Station/ Channel Former Affiliation/ Owner Newly Independent
Stations
1 New York WPIX-TV
11
WB
Tribune
WWOR-TV
9

UPN
Fox

2 Los Angeles KTLA-TV
5
WB
Tribune
KCOP-TV
13
UPN
Fox
3 Chicago WGN-TV
9
WB
Tribune
WPWR-TV
50
UPN
Fox
4 Philadelphia WPSG-TV
57
UPN
CBS
    WPHL-TV WB
5 Boston WLVI-TV
56
WB
Tribune
    WSBK-TV UPN
6 San Francisco-San Jose KBHK-TV
44
UPN
CBS
KRON-TV
4
Ind.
Young
KBWB-TV WB
7 Dallas-Fort Worth KDAF-TV
33
WB
Tribune
KDFI-TV
27
Independent
Fox
KTXA-TV UPN
8 Washington DC WBDC-TV
50
WB
Tribune
WDCA-TV
20
UPN
Fox
9 Atlanta WUPA-TV
69
UPN
CBS
    WATL-TV WB
10 Houston KHWB-TV
39
WB
Tribune
KTXH-TV
20
UPN
Fox
11 Detroit WKBD-TV
50
UPN
CBS
WDWB-TV
20
WB
Granite
12 Tampa Bay WTOG-TV
44
UPN
CBS
WTTA-TV
38
WB
Sinclair
13 Seattle-Tacoma KSTW-TV
11
UPN
CBS
    KTWB-TV WB
14 Phoenix KASW-TV
61
WB
Belo
KUTP-TV
45
UPN
Fox
 
15 Minneapolis-St. Paul     WTFC-TV
29
UPN
Fox
KMWB-TV WB
16 Cleveland WBNX-TV
55
WB
Winston
WUAB-TV
43
UPN
Raycom
17 Miami-Fort Lauderdale WBZL-TV
39
WB
Tribune
    WBFS-TV UPN
18 Denver KWGN-TV
2
WB
Tribune
    KTVD-TV UPN
19 Sacramento KMAX-TV
31
UPN
CBS
    KQCA-TV WB
20 Orlando-Daytona WKFC-TV
18
WB
Emmis
WRBW-TV
65
UPN
Fox
21 St. Louis KPLR-TV
11
WB
Tribune
WRBU-TV
46
UPN
Roberts
22 Pittsburgh WNPA-TV
19
UPN
CBS
WCWB-TV
22
WB
Sinclair
23 Portland KWBP-TV
32
WB
Tribune
KPDX-TV
49
UPN
Meredith
24 Baltimore     WUTB-TV
24
UPN
Fox
WNUV-TV WB
25 Indianapolis WTTV-TV
4
WB
Tribune
    WNDY-TV UPN
26 San Diego KSWB-TV
69
WB
Tribune
XUPN-TV
13
UPN
Entrevision
27 Charlotte WJZY-TV
46
UPN
Capitol
WWWB-TV
55
WB
Capitol
28 Hartford WTXX-TV
20
WB
Tribune
    WCTX-TV UPN
29 Raleigh-Durham     WRDC-TV
28
UPN
Sinclair
WLFL-TV WB
30 Nashville     WUXP-TV
30
UPN
Sinclair
WNAB-TV WB
31 Kansas City KCWE-TV
29
UPN
Hearst-Argyle
KSMO-TV
62
WB
Meredith
32 Columbus        

WHCP-TV WB
WWHO-TV UPN

33 Milwaukee     WCGV-TV
24
UPN
Sinclair
WVTV-TV WB
34 Cincinnati     WSTR-TV
64
WB
Sinclair
WBQC-CA UPN
35 Greenville     WBSC-TV
40
WB
Sinclair
WASV-TV UPN
36 Salt Lake City         KUPX-TV WB
KPNZ-TV UPN
37 San Antonio    

KRRT-TV
35

WB
Sinclair
KBEJ-TV UPN
38 West Palm Beach WTVX-TV
34
UPN
CBS
    WTCN-CA WB
39 Grand Rapids         WZPX-TV WB
WXSP-TV UPN
40 Birmingham     WABM-TV
68
UPN
Sinclair
WTTO-TV WB
41 Harrisburg         WLYH-TV UPN
42 Norfolk WGNT-TV
27
UPN
CBS
WTVZ-TV
33
WB
Sinclair
43 New Orleans WNOL-TV
38
WB
Tribune
    WUPL-TV UPN
44 Memphis         WLMT-TV UPM
45 Oklahoma City  
 
    KOCB-TV WB
KAUT-TV UPN
46 Albuquerque KWBQ-TV
19
WB
ACME
KASY-TV
50
UPN
ACME
47 Greensboro WTWB-TV
20
WB
Pappas
WUPN-TV
48
UPN
Sinclair
48 Las Vegas     KVWB-TV
21
WB
Sinclair

KTUD-CA UPN

49 Buffalo     WNYO-TV
49
WB
Sinclair
WNLO-TV UPN
50 Louisville WBKI-TV
34
WB
Cascade
WFTE-TV
58
UPN
Block
51 Providence WLWC-TV
28
UPN & WB
CBS
   
52 Jacksonville         WJWB-TV WB
53 Austin         KNVA-TV WB
KBEJ-TV UPN
54 Wilkes Barre-Scranton WSWB-TV
38
WB/UPN
Pegasus
   
55 Albany WEWB-TV
45
WB
Tribune
WNYA-CA
15
UPN
Venture
58 Knoxville WBXX-TV
20
WB
ACME
   
59 Dayton WBDT-TV
26
WB
ACME
   
62 Mobile-Pensacola     WFGX-TV
35
Independent
Sinclair
WJTC-TV UPN
WBPG-TV WB
63 Lexington WKYT-DT
13.2
New
Gray
   
64 Charleston, WV WHCP-TV
30
WB/UPN
Television Properties
   
65 Flint-Saginaw WEYI-DT
25.2
UPN
Gray
    KSCC-TV UPN
66 Fort Myers WTVK-TV
46
WB
ACME
    WEVU-CA UPN
WBSP-CA UPN
67 Wichita KSCW-TV
33
WB
Banks
   
69 Green Bay WIWB-TV
14
WB
ACME
WACY-TV
32
UPN
Journal
70 Toledo WT05
Cable Only
WB
Block
    WNGT-LP UPN
71 Tuscon

KWBA-TV
58

WB
Cascade
KTTU-TV
18
UPN
Belo
72 Honolulu     KFVE-TV
5
WB
RayCom
KIKU-TV UPN
73 Omaha KXVO-TV
15
WB
Pappas
   
74 Portland, ME WPXT-TV
51
WB
Pegasus
    WPME-TV UPN
75 Des Moines KPWB-LP
23
WB
Pappas
   
76 Syracuse     WNYS-TV
43
WB
Sinclair
WTSQ-LP UPN
79 Rochester WRWB-TV
Cable 16

WB
Time Warner Cable

WBGT-LP
18

UPN
WBGT, LLC
80 Paducah     WDKA-TV
49
WB
Sinclair
WQWQ-LP UPN
81 Shreveport KPXJ-TV
21
UPN
Wray
KSHV-TV
45
WB
CCA
82 Champaign- Urbana WBUI-TV
23
WB
ACME
WCFN-TV
49
UPN
Nexstar
83 Columbia, SC WZRB-LP
47
UPN
Roberts
WBHQ-TV
63
WB
Columbia
85 Madison WBUW-TV
57
WB
ACME

WISC-DT
50.2

UPN
Morgan Murphy
86 Chattanooga WFLI-TV
53
WB
Meredith
   
87 South Bend WMWB-LP
25
WB
Weigel
WAAT-LP
69
IND
Weigel
89 Jackson, MS WRBJ-TV
34
UPN
Roberts

WUFX-DT
35.2

New
Jackson TV
91 Bristol-Kingsprt
Johnson City
WCYB-DT
28.2
WB
Bluestone
   
94 Waco KBTX-DT UPN
Gray
KWKT-DT
57.2

WWB
ComCorp

95 Davenport     WBQD-LP
26
UPN
Four Seasons
96 Baton Rouge WBRL-CA
21
WB
Communication Corp of America
WBXH-CA
39
UPN
Raycom
99 El Paso KVIA-DT
17.2
(NEW)
News-Press & Gazette
   
100 Evansville WAZE-TV
19
WB
South Central

WTSN-LP
63

UPN
ComCorp
101 Charleston, SC     WMMP-TV
36
UPN
Sinclair
102 Youngstown WFMJ-DT
20.2
WB (WBCB)
Vindicator
   
103 Lincoln, NB

KWBL
Cable Only

WB
Pappas
   
104 Fort Wayne     WISE-DT
19.2
New
Granite
110 Lansing     WHTV-TV
18
UPN
Spartan
111 Tyler-Longview KCEB-TV
54
WB
ComCorp

KLPN-LP
58

UPN
112 Reno KREN-TV
27
WB
Pappas
   
114 Sioux Falls, SD KWSD-TV
36
WB
Rapid
   
115 Augusta WAGT-DT
30.2
New
Schurz
   
117 Peoria     WAOE-TV
59

UPN
Four Seasons

123 Eau Claire/ La Crosse     WKBT-DT
41.2
New
QueenB
124 Lafayette, LA KLWB
50
WB
Dimension
KLAF-LP
62
UPN
CCA
127 Columbus, GA WLGA-TV
66
UPN
Pappas
   
132 Tupelo     WCBI-DT
35.2
New
Columbus
136 Duluth     KBJR-DT
19.2
UPN
Granite
153 Palm Springs     KPSE-LP
50
UPN
Mirage Media
159 Midland     KOSA-DT
31.2
New
ICA
170 Yuma

KWUB
Cable Only

WB
News-Press & Gazette
   
172 Dothan WTVY-DT
36.2
UPN
Gray
   
173 Elmira     WTTX-TV
30
UPN
Clear Channel
176 Alexandria, LA KBCA-TV
41
WB
Dimension
WNTZ-DT
49.2
New
White Knight
177 Rapid City, SD KWBH-LP
27
WB
Rapid
KKRA-LP
24
i
Rapid
196 Bend KTVZ-DT
18.2
New
News-Press & Gazette
   
201 St. Joseph, MO WBJO
Cable Only
WB
News-Press & Gazette
   
209 North Platte KWPL
Cable Only
WB
Pappas
   
San Juan, PR WSJP-LP
30
UPN/WB
LKK Group
   
St. Croix, VI

WCVI-TV
39

UPN
Virgin Blue

 

 

The companies that own The WB and UPN called it quits. Both networks are to be shuttered in September 2006. The two companies will be merging and forming a new network called “The CW.”

IN a backhanded way, the announcement of the new network included renewal announcements for two science fiction/fantasy mainstays of The WB will be a part of the new CW line up.

The WB’s “Smallville,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Supernatural,” and UPN’s spy-fi-type show “Veronica Mars” will all be part of the new fall lineup on CW according to CW’s new head honcho, Dawn Ostroff, in a press release.

The press release also left off The WB’s other popular fantasy show, Charmed, which will end its run as The WB signs off the air as a network.

The full press release announcing the new CW network follows::

CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment Form New 5th Broadcast Network
January 24, 2006

Each Company To Hold 50% Interest In The CW Television Network

Tribune Broadcasting and CBS Corporation Stations Agree To 10-Year Affiliation Agreements Covering 48% Of The Country

New Television Network To Utilize the Best Programming from CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Dawn Ostroff Is Tapped As President of Entertainment At The New Network;
John Maatta Will Be Chief Operating Officer

The WB and UPN to Cease Operations in September 2006

January 24, 2006 – CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced their intent to form a new 5th network, The CW, to be launched in the fall of 2006. The new broadcasting network will be a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation, with each company owning 50%. In an important strategic move that secures major market distribution for The CW, it was announced that Tribune Broadcasting and the CBS Corporation’s UPN affiliates have agreed separately to sign 10-year affiliation agreements with the new network.

The announcement for the new network was made today in New York by Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation and Barry Meyer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Warner Bros. Entertainment. The Tribune Broadcasting affiliation agreements were announced by Dennis FitzSimons, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tribune Company.

At the same time, it was announced that CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment will cease operations of their respective networks — UPN and The WB. The WB and UPN will continue to broadcast their respective network schedules independently until the fall.

The combination of Tribune’s 16 major market stations and the 12 CBS-owned UPN major market affiliates give The CW instant coverage in 48% of the country. The remainder of the network’s distribution system will be a combination of selected current UPN and The WB stations. The full distribution of the new network is expected to exceed 95% of the country.

Dawn Ostroff, currently President of UPN, will become President of Entertainment and John Maatta, currently Chief Operating Officer of The WB, will become Chief Operating Officer of The CW.

“This new network will serve the public with high-quality programming and maintain our ongoing commitment to our diverse audience,” said Moonves. “It will clearly be greater than the sum of its parts, delivering excellent demographics to advertisers, and building a strong new affiliate body. Additionally, The CW will be able to draw from the creative talent and production resources from the top two television production studios in the business, while also seeking programming from all sources — independent producers or other studios. With this move, we will be creating a viable entity, one well-equipped to compete, thrive and serve all our many publics in this multi-channel media universe. I’d like to thank Dawn Ostroff and all the talented people at UPN who have worked so hard. For many years UPN had financial losses, but under CBS’s guidance, UPN has been able to effect a dramatic creative turnaround in a short period of time.”

“This new network makes sound business and creative sense at every level — for our viewers, advertisers, affiliates and for the shareholders of our companies,” said Meyer. “Every key constituency of the network will now greatly benefit from this combination by being part of a highly rated, competitive, 5th broadcast network that is financially sound. As we form this new joint venture, we are also very pleased that in Dawn and John we have a management team of great creative vision and business acumen, one that will help to guide it successfully forward.”

“This is a very exciting day for Time Warner and its shareholders in the creation of what we believe will be a very strong and viable 5th broadcast television network,” said Jeff Bewkes, President & Chief Operating Officer of Time Warner. “This new network will have all the strategic asset value as an outlet for our programming that The WB presented us, but with a much firmer and more secure financial present and future. The credit goes to Barry Meyer, who continues to have tremendous vision and extraordinary business acumen as the long time leader of Warner Bros. Entertainment, a company that we are proud to say continues to be number one in its class.”

“This is a great day for Tribune and its shareholders, and we are pleased to be the lead affiliate group of what will be a strong network,” said FitzSimons. “We could not have had a better partner than Warner Bros. and Barry Meyer since we together launched The WB 11 years ago. Now, with the ownership role of CBS Corporation and the leadership of Leslie Moonves added to the mix, Tribune’s viewers and advertisers will benefit from an even stronger programming lineup.”

The 16 Tribune affiliated stations will include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Houston, Miami, Denver, St. Louis, Portland, Indianapolis, San Diego, Hartford, New Orleans and Albany. The 12 CBS Station Group television markets will include Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta, Detroit, Tampa, Seattle, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, West Palm Beach, Norfolk, Oklahoma City and Providence. Together, these top two station groups cover the top 13 television markets, 20 of the top 25 television markets and have a total coverage area of more than 48% of the country.

The CW will incorporate The WB’s current scheduling model, which consists of a 6 night-13 hour primetime lineup including Monday through Friday nights from 8-10 (EST/PST); Sundays from 7-10 (EST/PST); Sunday from 5-7 (EST/PST) outside of primetime as well as a Monday thru Friday afternoon block from 3-5 (EST/PST) and a 5-hour Saturday morning animation block. Together, the network will program 30 hours a week over seven days for its affiliated stations.

As the top creative executive, Ostroff will have available a line-up of some of the most popular programming that appeals to young adults in the media business. These programming assets range from hit reality series such as “America’s Next Top Model” and The WB’s “Beauty and the Geek,” to hit dramas like The WB’s “Smallville,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Supernatural,” and UPN’s “Veronica Mars” as well as UPN’s hit comedies “Everybody Hates Chris” and “Girlfriends” and The WB’s hit comedy “Reba.” In addition the WWE’s “Smackdown,” which has been a mainstay at UPN, is expected to play a role in the schedule.

In addition, The CW will also broadcast the schedule of children’s programming now known as Kids’ WB!, a 5-hour original programming block on Saturday mornings from 7:00 am-Noon, considered primetime for kids. Kids’ WB! has been the broadcast network ratings champion since Fall 2000, capturing 16 consecutive sweep victories as the Number One Saturday morning kids’ broadcaster.

All programming, marketing, scheduling, publicity and research functions will report to Ostroff.

Maatta will be responsible for the network’s business operations. Bill Morningstar, The WB’s Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales will become the head of sales reporting to Maatta.. Other responsibilities that will report to Maatta include business affairs, network distribution, legal, finance and human resources.

Meyer added: “This could not have happened without the tremendous energy and talent of Bruce Rosenblum, President of Warner Bros. Television Group and Nancy Tellem at CBS who worked tirelessly and cohesively together to make this new network a reality. I would also like to thank Dennis FitzSimons, who saw the great opportunity this new network presents for the Tribune Company and who continues to be one of the great professionals and broadcasters in the business today.”

Moonves added: “This idea becomes a reality only when a great station group like Tribune comes on board with us and delivers the powerful reach a new network requires. With formidable flagship Tribune stations in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, a great CBS line-up of owned and operated UPN stations, and strong affiliates from every available market, The CW launches as a strong competitor to the Big Four, and that’s good for our business, for the viewing audience, and for free, over the air broadcasting. It is also good news for our shareholders, who will benefit from a much stronger business model, improved economics for our stations and new opportunities for our production businesses.”

CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company with constituent parts that reach back to the beginnings of the broadcast industry, as well as newer businesses that operate on the leading edge of the media industry. The Company, through its many and varied operations, combines broad reach with well-positioned local businesses, all of which provide it with an extensive distribution network by which it serves audiences and advertisers in all 50 states and key international markets. It has operations in virtually every field of media and entertainment, including broadcast television (CBS and UPN), cable television (Showtime), local television (CBS Television Stations), television production and syndication (CBS Paramount Television and King World), radio (CBS Radio), advertising on out-of-home media (CBS Outdoor), publishing (Simon & Schuster), theme parks (Paramount Parks), digital media (CBS Digital Media Group and CSTV Networks) and consumer products (CBS Consumer Products). For more information, log on to www.cbscorporation.com.

Warner Bros. Entertainment, a fully-integrated, broad-based entertainment company, is a global leader in the creation, production, distribution, licensing and marketing of all forms of entertainment and their related businesses. Warner Bros. Entertainment, a Time Warner Company, stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry, from feature films to television, home video/DVD, animation, comic books, interactive entertainment and games, product and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

TRIBUNE (NYSE:TRB) is one of the country’s top media companies, operating businesses in publishing and broadcasting. It reaches more than 80 percent of U.S. households and is the only media organization with newspapers, television stations and websites in the nation’s top three markets. In publishing, Tribune operates 11 leading daily newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Newsday, plus a wide range of targeted publications such as Spanish-language Hoy. The company’s broadcasting group operates 26 television stations, Superstation WGN on national cable, Chicago’s WGN-AM and the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune’s print and broadcast properties and extend the company’s nationwide audience.

Details of the first expansion of the popular GuildWars MMPORPG were announced Tueday. To be called GuildWars: Factions, the expansion pack will bring in two new professions: the Assassin and the Ritualist.

The expansion also will bring in new skills, new lands and a major expansion of the player-versus-player (PVP) part of the game.

According to reports in Variety, Garth Ancier, the network boss of The WB, said primetime shows on his netowrk will be available for download on Apple’s iTunes service “sooner rather than later.”

The WB airs several shows in the sci fi arena, including fantasy series, Smallville, Charmed and Supernatural. The network also is developing a pilot for a new series based on Aquaman for the 2006-2007 season.