CBS and Warner Brothers have announced the end of the line for CBS' UPN and WB's The WB networks effective this fall as the two units will combine to form a new single entity to be coined "The CW". The new network will offer carry-over prime-time programming from both UPN and WB when it launches in September, along with keeping the children's afternoon and Saturday morning offerings currently called "Kids WB". The move will have the biggest impact on Metro Detroit's WDWB-TV 20, which will be left without a network affiliation once the WB ceases operations this summer. Current CBS-owned UPN affiliate WKBD-TV 50 will become the Motor City's home for The CW.
Across the rest of Michigan, it is uncertain what the effect will be once the new network begins operations. Currently, Lansing/Jackson has a full-time UPN affiliate on WHTV-TV 18 and West Michigan viewers can see UPN shows on a series of low-power stations called 'The X' (based at WXSP-CA channel 15). UPN programs are also available on several other stations on a tape-delayed basis or as part of HD secondary channels. The WB has several cable-only outlets across the state in addition to an HD secondary channel offered by WEYI Saginaw and on a tape delayed basis on WZPX-TV 43 Battle Creek.
UPN, The WB Merging Into CW Network (Media Week)
UPN and WB TV networks merged into new CW net (Detroit Free Press)