Although the WB is damming up “Dawson’s Creek” — with a finale to the 6-year-old series airing Wednesday — the network will keep wooing teenage girls and young women this fall, when it presents brooding, long-haired actor Travis Fimmel as the star of the new “Tarzan and Jane,” from the makers of the movie “Spider-Man.”
At a fall preview of its new shows, the WB (which, like PEOPLE, is part of AOL Time Warner) announced that the new series will shift the locale of the loin-clothed hero from the jungles of Africa to contemporary New York (which of course, has often been likened to a jungle).
Also on the WB roster will be “Fearless,” a crime drama with film starlet Rachael Leigh Cook (1999’s “She’s All That”) and the variety show “Steve Harvey’s Big Time,” produced by Madeleine Smithberg, who worked with David Letterman and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” Reuters reports.
All told, the WB is unveiling six new shows as the network tries to strengthen its hold on younger viewers. For midseason, the network is planning an as-yet-untitled spin-off of the “Gilmore Girls” that will center on Milo Ventimiglia’s character Jess Mariano, boyfriend of Rory Gilmore.
In other WB news, the hit “Smallville” will move to Wednesdays at 8 p.m., to lead into the “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” spin-off “Angel.” “Smallville” is currently on Tuesdays at 9.