History Creator / UPN

8th Feb '18 7:24:50 PM nombretomado
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The network had a children's block for its first four years called "UPN Kids", which was known for Creator/MarvelComics cartoons, a cartoon based on ''WesternAnimation/{{Jumanji}}'', and cheesy teencoms like ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' and ''Series/BreakerHigh'' (teencom on a CoolBoat). It was not well-remembered or well-rated, and was purposefully played down in order to not cannibalize the UsefulNotes/{{ratings}} of Viacom stablemate Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}. By 1999, UPN gave up and let Creator/{{Disney}} have the time for ''Disney's One Too'', the last gasp of ''WesternAnimation/TheDisneyAfternoon'' and an extension of OneSaturdayMorning which lasted until 2003.

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The network had a children's block for its first four years called "UPN Kids", which was known for Creator/MarvelComics cartoons, a cartoon based on ''WesternAnimation/{{Jumanji}}'', and cheesy teencoms like ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' and ''Series/BreakerHigh'' (teencom on a CoolBoat). It was not well-remembered or well-rated, and was purposefully played down in order to not cannibalize the UsefulNotes/{{ratings}} of Viacom stablemate Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}. By 1999, UPN gave up and let Creator/{{Disney}} have the time for ''Disney's One Too'', the last gasp of ''WesternAnimation/TheDisneyAfternoon'' and an extension of OneSaturdayMorning Creator/OneSaturdayMorning which lasted until 2003.
2nd Feb '18 5:08:44 PM nombretomado
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The United Paramount Network (1995-2006) was a network launched by boat company Chris-Craft (through subsidiary station ownership group United Television, hence the "United" in "United Paramount Network"), and Creator/{{Viacom}} (whose Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures is part of the namesake). Viacom would buy CC's share in 2000 (the same year Viacom merged with the original Creator/{{CBS}} Corporation), and CC's UPN stations were sold to Fox the next year; they later formed part of the nucleus of MyNetworkTV. During UPN's last nine months of operation it was owned by CBS Corporation (the new name for the original incarnation of Viacom when Viacom was split into two companies at the start of 2006). In September 2006, it [[NetworkDeath merged with]] Creator/{{The WB}} to form Creator/{{The CW}}, which is owned half by Creator/{{CBS}} and half by Time Warner through Creator/WarnerBros Entertainment.

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The United Paramount Network (1995-2006) was a network launched by boat company Chris-Craft (through subsidiary station ownership group United Television, hence the "United" in "United Paramount Network"), and Creator/{{Viacom}} (whose Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures is part of the namesake). Viacom would buy CC's share in 2000 (the same year Viacom merged with the original Creator/{{CBS}} Corporation), and CC's UPN stations were sold to Fox the next year; they later formed part of the nucleus of MyNetworkTV.Creator/MyNetworkTV. During UPN's last nine months of operation it was owned by CBS Corporation (the new name for the original incarnation of Viacom when Viacom was split into two companies at the start of 2006). In September 2006, it [[NetworkDeath merged with]] Creator/{{The WB}} to form Creator/{{The CW}}, which is owned half by Creator/{{CBS}} and half by Time Warner through Creator/WarnerBros Entertainment.



UPN also had the broadcast rights for Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown!]]'' program up until the end. Despite several efforts to [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screw the show]] (including a move to the FridayNightDeathSlot and bowing to pressure, as well as in turn applying pressure to the WWE itself, over the controversial ForeignWrestlingHeel Muhammad Hassan character after [[TooSoon the London terrorist bombings in 2005]]), it remained one of the network's strongest-rated shows until the literal end (the network faded to black at the end of a ''[=SmackDown=]'' episode without any ceremony), and even made the transition to Creator/TheCW (though it only lasted two years on the new network before moving to Creator/{{MyNetworkTV}}). UPN's final two weeks of programming weren't seen in markets where [=MyNetworkTV=] replaced UPN, as it launched nearly two weeks before The CW. (''[=SmackDown=]'', however, was picked up for those weeks on Tribune-owned WB stations that were transitioning to The CW.)

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UPN also had the broadcast rights for Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown!]]'' program up until the end. Despite several efforts to [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screw the show]] (including a move to the FridayNightDeathSlot and bowing to pressure, as well as in turn applying pressure to the WWE itself, over the controversial ForeignWrestlingHeel Muhammad Hassan character after [[TooSoon the London terrorist bombings in 2005]]), it remained one of the network's strongest-rated shows until the literal end (the network faded to black at the end of a ''[=SmackDown=]'' episode without any ceremony), and even made the transition to Creator/TheCW (though it only lasted two years on the new network before moving to Creator/{{MyNetworkTV}}).Creator/MyNetworkTV). UPN's final two weeks of programming weren't seen in markets where [=MyNetworkTV=] replaced UPN, as it launched nearly two weeks before The CW. (''[=SmackDown=]'', however, was picked up for those weeks on Tribune-owned WB stations that were transitioning to The CW.)
29th Dec '17 10:16:28 AM lakingsif
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Most of UPN's comedies succeeded by targeting an audience that, for decades ([[Series/GoodTimes with]] [[Series/SanfordAndSon a]] [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir few]] [[Series/TheCosbyShow exceptions]]), had been largely ignored by the major networks -- African-Americans. This led to it getting a reputation of being [[MinorityShowGhetto "the black people's channel"]] (complete with such backronyms as "the [[FunWithAcronyms Urban People's Network]]"), frequently winning the ratings in that demographic even though, overall, it lagged far behind the "Big Four" broadcast networks (Creator/{{CBS}}, Creator/{{NBC}}, Creator/{{ABC}} and Creator/{{Fox}}) for its entire existence. During the creation of Creator/TheCW, there was a lot of concern that the merger would see the WB side "whitewash" the UPN side in order to attract the former network's more lucrative white, upper-middle class audience -- fears that seemed to have been confirmed when shows like ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'' and ''Series/TheGame'' got canceled after just a few years of running on The CW.

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Most of UPN's comedies succeeded by targeting an audience that, for decades ([[Series/GoodTimes with]] [[Series/SanfordAndSon a]] [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir few]] [[Series/TheCosbyShow exceptions]]), had been largely ignored by the major networks -- African-Americans. This led to it getting a reputation of being [[MinorityShowGhetto "the black people's channel"]] (complete with such backronyms as "the [[FunWithAcronyms Urban People's Network]]"), frequently winning the ratings in that demographic even though, overall, it lagged far behind the "Big Four" broadcast networks (Creator/{{CBS}}, Creator/{{NBC}}, Creator/{{ABC}} and Creator/{{Fox}}) for its entire existence. During the creation of Creator/TheCW, there was a lot of concern that the merger would see the WB side "whitewash" the UPN side in order to attract the former network's more lucrative white, upper-middle class audience -- fears that seemed to have been confirmed when shows like ''Series/EverybodyHatesChris'' and ''Series/TheGame'' ''Series/TheGame2006'' got canceled after just a few years of running on The CW.
23rd Dec '17 4:09:13 PM nombretomado
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UPN also had the broadcast rights for Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown!]]'' program up until the end. Despite several efforts to [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screw the show]] (including a move to the FridayNightDeathSlot and bowing to pressure, as well as in turn applying pressure to the WWE itself, over the controversial ForeignWrestlingHeel Muhammad Hassan character after [[TooSoon the London terrorist bombings in 2005]]), it remained one of the network's strongest-rated shows until the literal end (the network faded to black at the end of a ''[=SmackDown=]'' episode without any ceremony), and even made the transition to TheCW (though it only lasted two years on the new network before moving to Creator/{{MyNetworkTV}}). UPN's final two weeks of programming weren't seen in markets where [=MyNetworkTV=] replaced UPN, as it launched nearly two weeks before The CW. (''[=SmackDown=]'', however, was picked up for those weeks on Tribune-owned WB stations that were transitioning to The CW.)

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UPN also had the broadcast rights for Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown!]]'' program up until the end. Despite several efforts to [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screw the show]] (including a move to the FridayNightDeathSlot and bowing to pressure, as well as in turn applying pressure to the WWE itself, over the controversial ForeignWrestlingHeel Muhammad Hassan character after [[TooSoon the London terrorist bombings in 2005]]), it remained one of the network's strongest-rated shows until the literal end (the network faded to black at the end of a ''[=SmackDown=]'' episode without any ceremony), and even made the transition to TheCW Creator/TheCW (though it only lasted two years on the new network before moving to Creator/{{MyNetworkTV}}). UPN's final two weeks of programming weren't seen in markets where [=MyNetworkTV=] replaced UPN, as it launched nearly two weeks before The CW. (''[=SmackDown=]'', however, was picked up for those weeks on Tribune-owned WB stations that were transitioning to The CW.)
8th Nov '17 2:43:48 PM CaptainAmazing
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The United Paramount Network (1995-2006) was a network launched by boat company Chris-Craft (through subsidiary station ownership group United Television, hence the "United" in "United Paramount Network"), and Creator/{{Viacom}} (whose Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures is part of the namesake). Viacom would buy CC's share in 2000 (the same year Viacom merged with the original Creator/{{CBS}} Corporation), and CC's UPN stations were sold to Fox the next year; they later formed part of the nucleus of MyNetworkTV. During UPN's last nine months of operation it was owned by CBS Corporation (the new name for the original incarnation of Viacom when Viacom was split into two companies at the start of 2006). In September 2006, it merged with Creator/{{The WB}} to form Creator/{{The CW}}, which is owned half by Creator/{{CBS}} and half by Time Warner through Creator/WarnerBros Entertainment.

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The United Paramount Network (1995-2006) was a network launched by boat company Chris-Craft (through subsidiary station ownership group United Television, hence the "United" in "United Paramount Network"), and Creator/{{Viacom}} (whose Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures is part of the namesake). Viacom would buy CC's share in 2000 (the same year Viacom merged with the original Creator/{{CBS}} Corporation), and CC's UPN stations were sold to Fox the next year; they later formed part of the nucleus of MyNetworkTV. During UPN's last nine months of operation it was owned by CBS Corporation (the new name for the original incarnation of Viacom when Viacom was split into two companies at the start of 2006). In September 2006, it [[NetworkDeath merged with with]] Creator/{{The WB}} to form Creator/{{The CW}}, which is owned half by Creator/{{CBS}} and half by Time Warner through Creator/WarnerBros Entertainment.
14th Jul '17 8:04:40 PM nombretomado
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UPN also had the broadcast rights for Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s ''[[WWESmackDown SmackDown!]]'' program up until the end. Despite several efforts to [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screw the show]] (including a move to the FridayNightDeathSlot and bowing to pressure, as well as in turn applying pressure to the WWE itself, over the controversial ForeignWrestlingHeel Muhammad Hassan character after [[TooSoon the London terrorist bombings in 2005]]), it remained one of the network's strongest-rated shows until the literal end (the network faded to black at the end of a ''[=SmackDown=]'' episode without any ceremony), and even made the transition to TheCW (though it only lasted two years on the new network before moving to Creator/{{MyNetworkTV}}). UPN's final two weeks of programming weren't seen in markets where [=MyNetworkTV=] replaced UPN, as it launched nearly two weeks before The CW. (''[=SmackDown=]'', however, was picked up for those weeks on Tribune-owned WB stations that were transitioning to The CW.)

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UPN also had the broadcast rights for Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s ''[[WWESmackDown ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown!]]'' program up until the end. Despite several efforts to [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screw the show]] (including a move to the FridayNightDeathSlot and bowing to pressure, as well as in turn applying pressure to the WWE itself, over the controversial ForeignWrestlingHeel Muhammad Hassan character after [[TooSoon the London terrorist bombings in 2005]]), it remained one of the network's strongest-rated shows until the literal end (the network faded to black at the end of a ''[=SmackDown=]'' episode without any ceremony), and even made the transition to TheCW (though it only lasted two years on the new network before moving to Creator/{{MyNetworkTV}}). UPN's final two weeks of programming weren't seen in markets where [=MyNetworkTV=] replaced UPN, as it launched nearly two weeks before The CW. (''[=SmackDown=]'', however, was picked up for those weeks on Tribune-owned WB stations that were transitioning to The CW.)
23rd Jun '17 4:31:02 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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The '''United Paramount Network''' (1995-2006) was a network launched by boat company Chris-Craft (through subsidiary station ownership group United Television, hence the "United" in "United Paramount Network"), and Creator/{{Viacom}} (whose Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures is part of the namesake). Viacom would buy CC's share in 2000 (the same year Viacom merged with the original Creator/{{CBS}} Corporation), and CC's UPN stations were sold to Fox the next year; they later formed part of the nucleus of MyNetworkTV. During UPN's last nine months of operation it was owned by CBS Corporation (the new name for the original incarnation of Viacom when Viacom was split into two companies at the start of 2006). In September 2006, it merged with Creator/{{The WB}} to form Creator/{{The CW}}, which is owned half by Creator/{{CBS}} and half by Time Warner through Creator/WarnerBros Entertainment.

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The '''United United Paramount Network''' Network (1995-2006) was a network launched by boat company Chris-Craft (through subsidiary station ownership group United Television, hence the "United" in "United Paramount Network"), and Creator/{{Viacom}} (whose Creator/{{Paramount}} Pictures is part of the namesake). Viacom would buy CC's share in 2000 (the same year Viacom merged with the original Creator/{{CBS}} Corporation), and CC's UPN stations were sold to Fox the next year; they later formed part of the nucleus of MyNetworkTV. During UPN's last nine months of operation it was owned by CBS Corporation (the new name for the original incarnation of Viacom when Viacom was split into two companies at the start of 2006). In September 2006, it merged with Creator/{{The WB}} to form Creator/{{The CW}}, which is owned half by Creator/{{CBS}} and half by Time Warner through Creator/WarnerBros Entertainment.
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