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UPN Makes Play for Thursday with Chris Rock Comedy

May 19, 2005  •  Post A Comment

UPN will premiere the semi-autobiographical single-camera comedy “Everybody Hates Chris” from executive producer Chris Rock on Thursdays at 8 p.m. (ET) next fall. The move is part of an effort to be more competitive on a night when the network has never run regularly scheduled episodic programming. The announcement was made Thursday by UPN President Dawn Ostroff.

Mr. Rock will narrate the Paramount Network Television series, which chronicles Mr. Rock’s boyhood in 1980s Brooklyn. UPN is moving “Eve” from Tuesdays to the 8:30 p.m. Thursday slot and moving the midseason comedy “Cuts” to 9 p.m. At 9:30 p.m. the network will debut the Chase TV/Littlefield Co./Burg/Koules/Paramount sitcom “Love, Inc.,” starring Shannen Doherty.

Former Thursday night veteran “WWE SmackDown” will move to Friday nights, while repeats of “America’s Next Top Model” will now air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. The “Model” repeats’ lead-out will be the Axelrod/Edwards Co./Paramount drama “Sex, Lies & Secrets.”

“Veronica Mars” will move to Wednesdays at 9 p.m., serving as a lead-out to “Model” originals. UPN also picked up a midseason drama, Nuyorican Productions/Flame Television/Paramount’s “South Beach,” from executive producer Jennifer Lopez. The legal drama “Kevin Hill” was not picked up for next season.

UPN’s fall schedule is as follows:

  • Monday: “One on One,” “All of Us,” “Girlfriends,” “Half & Half”

  • Tuesday: “America’s Next Top Model” repeats, “Sex, Lies & Secrets”

  • Wednesday: “America’s Next Top Model,” “Veronica Mars”

  • Thursday: “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Eve,” “Cuts,” “Love, Inc.”

  • Friday: “WWE SmackDown”