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Network Piggypacks On Our Very Own Fox

January 15, 1995

By Jim Kershner
The Spokesman-Review

The United Paramount Network (UPN), one of the new contenders for America’s fifth TV network, launches this week.

Will Spokane get UPN? Yes and no.

Spokane won’t have a UPN affiliate to call its own, due to the fact that all four of Spokane’s broadcast stations are already affiliated with other networks. UPN is hooking up with independent stations in most markets.

However, in a creative bit of maneuvering, all of UPN’s five new series will be carried on Spokane’s Fox affiliate, KAYU-Channel 28 (channel 3 on Cox Cable).

The only catch is that these shows will be shown strictly on the weekends, when they won’t conflict with the regular Fox lineup.

UPN is scheduled to begin broadcasting Monday, but here that means programming will actually begin next weekend.

The first show will be UPN’s showcase series, “Star Trek: Voyager.” It kicks off on Saturday at 6 p.m. with the two-hour season premiere (repeated at 10 p.m. Jan. 22). After that, “Star Trek: Voyager” will be a regular one-hour show every Saturday at 6 p.m. The other UPN series:

Marker” – A drama set in Hawaii starring Richard Grieco. Runs Sundays at 5 p.m.

The Watcher” – A drama set in Las Vegas. Runs Saturdays at 10 p.m.

Platypus Man” – A sitcom based on the comedy of Richard Jeni. Runs Sundays at 11 p.m.

Pig Sty” – A sitcom about five guys sharing an apartment in New York. Runs Sundays at 11:30 p.m.

This Fox-UPN partnership is not exclusive to Spokane. UPN is piggybacking onto Fox in a number of cities, mostly in the smaller markets.

A UPN sneak preview

You can catch an early glimpse of UPN today at 10 p.m., when KAYU airs “Star Trek: Inside the New Adventure” a “making of” special about “Star Trek: Voyager.”

What about Warner?

The other new network starting up is the Warner Brothers’ network, The WB.

Will we be getting that one in Spokane? The answer is much simpler: No. Not yet at least.

Sunday, January 15, 1995

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