WB UNVEILS FALL LINEUP

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(May 15, 2001) -- Trying to recoup after losing its hit show Buffy to the UPN recently, the WB has decided to head in another direction -- more comedies -- as a part of its upfront programming announcement today.

Five comedies will make the network's new fall schedule. Three of the five will land on Friday: Maybe I'm Adopted focuses on a 15-year-old as she deals with her weird family and will air at 8:30 p.m; Deep in the Heart stars Reba McEntire trying to hold together a family with domestic problems, at 9 p.m.; and Raising Dad, starring Bob Saget, is about a widower raising two daughters, at 9:30 p.m.

The network's biggest push comes from hour-long drama Smallville, based on the young life of Clark Kent in his hometown before becoming Superman. It airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. Another drama, Glory Days, is about a young troubled screenwriter who comes home. It'll debut mid-season in Felicity's time slot at 9 p.m. Wednesday after that series completes its consecutive run of original epsiodes starting in the fall.

Another major makeover is on Sundays. Its 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. time slot will be the home for reality-based limited series. The first will be Lost in the USA, in which four teams will complete a series of tests and tasks in a quick 48-hour period. After this run, No Boundaries will air, in which contestants will attempt to traverse wild terrain in 30 days. Ford Motor Co. is paying for the production of the show -- and will use it to push most of its sport utility vehicles.

Two other comedies debut on Sunday -- Men, Women & Dogs, about four male friends, their relationships and their dogs, airing at 8:30 p.m., and Off Centre, about two ex-Oxford college roommates. -- Wayne Friedman

Copyright May 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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