The WB Responds to 'Buffy's' UPN Move
by Kate O'Hare
LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - As
announced by 20th Century Fox
Television and UPN late on Friday,
April 20, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
is officially relocating to UPN this
fall, ending a five-season run on The
WB. The deal comes at the end of a
protracted war of words involving
series creator Joss Whedon and
producing studio 20th Century Fox
on the one hand, and The WB on
In the end, UPN has agreed to a two-year, 44-episode pickup
for the series, which stars Sarah Michelle Gellar (who has
just announced her engagement to Freddie Prinze Jr.). The
fate of "Buffy" spin-off and Tuesday-evening WB sked-mate
"Angel" -- created and executive-produced by Whedon and
David Greenwalt -- remains an open question. An
announcement about that show is expected at the latest by
May, when The WB reveals its fall schedule.
In the meantime, in a statement, The WB responded to the
loss of "Buffy," saying: "20th Television has made an
inauspicious decision for the television industry by taking one
of their own programs off of a non-affiliated network and
placing it on a network in which they have a large vested
interest, through their acquisition of Chris-Craft and public
comments that Fox and UPN are discussing ways to merge.
The WB will continue to develop successful, innovative
programming that delivers a high concentration of young
adults and teens."
"We wish Sarah, Joss and David Greenwalt well."