UPN ANNOUNCES PREMIERE DATES FOR FALL 2005
"WWE SMACKDOWN!" Moves To Friday on Sept. 9
"R U THE GIRL" Live Finale to Air Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9PM
UPN's New Thursday Comedy Block Debuts on Sept. 22
UPN's New Drama "SEX, LOVE & SECRETS" Premieres Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 9:00PM
UPN will roll out the premieres of its new 2005 fall schedule beginning the week of Sept. 19 and continue through Tuesday, Sept. 27. With several returning favorites and three new, quality series, including two comedies and one drama, UPN has created a more cohesive schedule that targets adults 18-34 with a focus on young women.
The legions of loyal WWE SMACKDOWN! fans can catch all of their favorite superstars in action on Friday when the enduring franchise moves to its new night on Sept. 9 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT).
UPN's hit Monday night comedy block premieres on Sept. 19, with the addition of the third season of ALL OF US (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) from executive producers Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
On Tuesday, Sept. 20, UPN presents the live finale of R U THE GIRL WITH T-BOZ AND CHILLI (9:00-10:00PM, ET/PT) featuring a concert performance with T-Boz, Chilli and the newly crowned winner.
On Wednesday, Sept. 21, the runaway dramality hit AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL returns for a 5th cycle on UPN (8:00-9:00PM, ET/PT), immediately followed by the sophomore season premiere of the critically acclaimed VERONICA MARS (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) as TV's hottest detective finds herself embroiled in another mystery.
UPN takes its first bold step in to series programming on Thursday nights with the debut of its comedy line-up on Sept. 22. The night kicks off with the debut of UPN's new comedy EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS (8:00-8:30PM, ET/PT), the season premieres of EVE (8:30-9:00PM, ET/PT) and CUTS (9:00-9:30PM, ET/PT), and the series premiere of LOVE, INC. (9:30-10:00PM. ET/PT).
UPN's sexy, new primetime soap SEX, LOVE & SECRETS, with Denise Richards headlining an ensemble cast, makes its debut on Tuesday, Sept. 27 (9:00-10:00PM, ET/PT), following the time period premiere of the AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL encores.
Following are the UPN's 2005 Fall premiere dates:
FRIDAY, SEPT. 9
8:00-10:00 PM WWE SMACKDOWN! Time Period Premiere
(Original episodes 52 weeks a year)
MONDAY, SEPT. 19
8:00-8:30 PM ONE ON ONE Season Premiere
8:30-9:00 PM ALL OF US Season Premiere (New Time)
9:00-9:30 PM GIRLFRIENDS Season Premiere
9:30-10:00 PM HALF & HALF Season Premiere
TUESDAY, SEPT. 20
9:00-10:00 PM R U THE GIRL WITH T-BOZ AND CHILLI Live Finale
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21
8:00-9:00 PM AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL Cycle 5 Premiere
9:00-10:00 PM VERONICA MARS Season Premiere
THURSDAY, SEPT. 22
8:00-8:30 PM EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS Series Premiere
8:30-9:00 PM EVE Season Premiere (New Time)
9:00-9:30 PM CUTS Season Premiere (New Time)
9:30-10:00 PM LOVE, INC. Series Premiere
TUESDAY, SEPT. 27
8:00-9:00 PM Encore Presentation of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL Time Period Premiere
9:00-10:00 PM SEX, LOVE & SECRETS Series Premiere
Monday, Sept. 19
ONE ON ONE (Monday, 8:00-8:30 PM) -- Kicking off its fifth season, 18-year-old Breanna and her boyfriend Arnaz are entering a new phase in their lives as young adults living away from home. After graduating from high school, Breanna is ready to start the next phase of her life by moving from Baltimore to California to attend college and live on her own for the first time, while her best friend and boyfriend Arnaz has decided to come along to follow his dreams to pursue his music career. Once in Los Angeles, the two will find themselves living a house with a whole group of new friends.
ALL OF US (Monday, 8:30-9:00 PM) -- Inspired by the domestic adventures of entertainment superstars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, this comedy reflects a new generation's enlightened attitude toward juggling ex-spouses, dating and professional lives with humor, sensitivity and heart. This season, the show will focus on Robert and Neesee's relationship and how they deal with raising Bobby Jr., which draws them together, while exploring separate personal lives.
GIRLFRIENDS (Monday, 9:00-9:30 PM) -- This comedy takes an authentic look at the lives of four funny and spirited African-American women and provides an open, honest exploration of the hot-button issues about family, friends, relationships and life facing women today. It reminds us that life is always more fun when shared with girlfriends.
HALF & HALF (Mondays, 9:30-9:00 PM) -- At the onset, twenty-something half-sisters Mona (Rachel True) and Dee Dee (Essence Atkins) had only one thing in common -- their father. Though they grew up separately, when these two virtual strangers become neighbors in the same San Francisco apartment building, they realize that despite their different upbringings, they share more similarities than they thought.
Tuesday, Sept. 20
R U THE GIRL WITH T-BOZ AND CHILLI � Live Finale Event - (Tuesday, 9:00-10:00 PM) -- In the exciting and dramatic live finale, T-Boz and Chilli decide which one of the remaining contestants will go on to join them in the studio and on stage in a live concert event.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL (Wednesday, 8:00-9:00 PM) -- UPN's hit dramality series featuring Tyra Banks gives 13 real people an opportunity to prove that they can make it in the high-stress, high-stakes world of supermodeling. The series follows participants of various backgrounds, shapes and sizes, while they live together in a loft and compete in weekly tests as they vie for a modeling contract
VERONICA MARS (Wednesday, 9:00-10:00 PM) -- In the wealthy, seaside community of Neptune, the rich and powerful make the rules. They own the town and the high school, and desperately try to keep their dirty little secrets just that�secret. Unfortunately for them, there's Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), a smart, fearless 18-year-old apprentice private investigator dedicated to solving the town's toughest mysteries.
Thursday, Sept. 22
EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS (Thursday, 8:00-9:30PM) -- Inspired by his childhood experiences, comedian Chris Rock narrates the hilarious, touching story of a teenager growing up as the eldest of three children in Brooklyn, New York during the early 1980's. Uprooted to a new neighborhood and bused to a predominantly white middle school two-hours away by his strict, hard-working parents, Chris struggles to find his place while keeping his siblings in line at home and surmounting the challenges of junior high. This responsible, resilient adolescent brings a distinct, funny spin to his everyday trials and traumas.
EVE (Thursdays, 8:30-9:00 PM) -- Returning for a third season of her eponymous hit series EVE, Grammy Award-winning hip hop sensation Eve stars as Shelly, a beautiful, intelligent fashion designer trying to navigate the exhilarating world of 21st century love, romance and career in trendy Miami. Strong and confident, Shelly brings a fresh attitude to her relationships and coolly expects to receive just as much as she gives.
CUTS (Thursdays, 9:00-9:30 PM) -- Kevin Barnes (Marques Houston), "ex-hairstylist to the rap stars," finds himself co-managing his family's former barbershop with the new owner's spoiled daughter, Tiffany Sherwood (Shannon Elizabeth). With differing ideas and opinions, these two partners successfully turn the old shop into a hot, new urban day spa in burgeoning Baltimore.
LOVE, INC. (Thursday, 9:30-10:00PM) -- A group of savvy matchmakers at a full-service dating consulting firm help lovelorn single men and women present the best image possible to just the right prospects, while they all continue to grapple with their own romantic struggles and entanglements. These modern day wingwomen and wingmen work day and night in the field, whether it be at a club or restaurant, bringing desperately seeking single strangers together to make beautiful relationships. Privately, they continue a personal journey to find their own love, whether it is by simple compatibility or chance.
Tuesday, Sept. 27
SEX, LOVE & SECRETS (Tuesday, 9:00-10:00PM, ET/PT) -- Set in the small, hip neighborhood of Silver Lake on the outskirts of Hollywood, this fresh, edgy, new drama explores the intimate and often complex relationships of a tight-knit group of friends finding out who they are and what they want in life. These twenty-somethings have become a family sharing everything, but as with any family, the need to protect each other can often compel these friends to keep secrets that sometimes do more harm than good.
On this night, rebroadcasts of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL will move to their regularly-scheduled time period (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT).