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Creator: The WB
Kiss the frog, baby.

"OK, everybody, it's time for a song from the little network with a really big sign!"
Michigan J. Frog at the beginning of a music video promoting the network

The WB was a joint venture between Time Warner and Tribune Company. As a reaction to the success of the fledgling Fox network, TW launched their own network in 1995, with Tribune's then-independents (WPIX in New York, KTLA in Los Angeles, WGN in Chicago, KWGN in Denver, etc.) serving as the network's nucleus. Unlike UPN, it also had a major boost with WGN's national cable network carrying it for its first four years until it could get more affiliates. This network was rolled up with UPN to form a new network called The CW in 2006, with The WB's final primetime block, A Night Of Farewells And Favorites, airing on September 17, 2006.

The network is remembered differently depending on how old you are. If you were a kid in the mid-'90s, you may fondly remember The WB as the host network for Animaniacs after it was acquired from Fox, along with other Steven Spielberg-helmed Saturday morning cartoons such as Freakazoid! and the Animaniacs spin-off Pinky and the Brain. If you were a kid in the late '90s and early 2000s, you remember it for pretty much selling out Saturday mornings to 4Kids. Those who were teenagers during the late '90s or early 2000s will remember it for giving the world such teen dramas as 7th Heaven, Dawson's Creek, and Everwood — shows that the network is, without a doubt, most famous for. Still others (teenagers and genre fans alike) remember the network for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Roswell until those two series were picked up — perhaps ironically, in hindsight — by UPN (The WB still held onto Angel at least). And of course, the network churned out quite a bit of Sitcom and particularly Dom Com flavored shows during its life.

And of course, many still remember it for reducing Michigan J. Frog into a cheap corporate shill for the network (to the point where some TV writers referred to The WB as "The Frog") until the frog quietly exited the stage from advertisements and promotions during the last two years of the network's life (though his image was one of the last transmitted by the network; the last thing shown was the end credits of the pilot episode of Dawson's Creek).

Lately, The WB was reborn as an online network, airing both older shows (including most of their old teen dramas) and original programming. This site was discontinued and replaced by a promotional site called Warner Bros. Television Media to Go for programs from Warner Bros.' TV studio. So yeah, The WB is no longer available even on the internet.


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