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'7th Heaven' Back for an 11th Season

Family Drama Makes Move to The CW

Even though its series finale aired Monday, the veteran family drama "7th Heaven" will make the transition from The WB to The CW for the 2006-07 season, sources close to the network said.

"Heaven," the longest-running family drama in U.S. TV history, is being picked up for an 11th season for the debuting CBS Corp./Warner Bros. Entertainment broadcast network. The CW has been telling advertisers for months that its new schedule would be a merger of the strongest programming from UPN and The WB, but "Heaven" had not been openly touted as a possible returning series.

At the Television Critics Association winter press tour in January, WB executives said they wanted "Heaven" for an 11th season but couldn't make the finances work. But with the creation of The CW, those financial constraints are no longer such a concern. Soon after The CW was announced, speculation about the possibility of "Heaven" returning started to build within the TV industry.

The CW had no comment. CBS Paramount Network Television could not be reached for comment. "Heaven" was created by Brenda Hampton and is executive produced by Aaron Spelling.