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Chris Rock to anchor UPN fall lineup

Comedy Thursdays as WWE wrestling moves to Friday
/ Source: Hollywood Reporter

UPN is planning a big shakeup for the fall, shifting its “WWE SmackDown!” wrestling block to Fridays to make room for comedies on Thursdays, anchored by a new coming-of-age series produced by Chris Rock.

The fall 2005 schedule unveiled Thursday morning by UPN brass in New York includes the bold move of launching a comedy block on Thursdays, anchored by newcomer “Everybody Loves Chris,” followed by returning comedies “Eve” and “Cuts,” and capped at 9:30 p.m. by new Shannen Doherty starrer “Love Inc.”

UPN’s Monday lineup remains a comedy stronghold stocked with returning shows: “One on One,” “All of Us” (which relocates from Tuesday), “Girlfriends” and “Half and Half.”

Tuesdays will be anchored by a repeat of “America’s Next Top Model” leading into new drama “Sex, Lies and Secrets.” Original installments of “Top Model” return Wednesdays at 8 p.m., paired with the sophomore season of critically praised drama “Veronica Mars.”

Fridays become the new home of pro wrestling with “WWE SmackDown!” moving in to the 8-10 p.m. berth.