WB Rescues 'Felicity,' 'Roswell'

At a press conference to herald its new fall lineup, the WB announced that it has spared teen series “Felicity,” “Roswell” and “Popular” from cancelation. The series, ratings’ strugglers all, were fan favorites. “Roswell” enthusiasts bombarded the WB mailroom with bottles of Tobasco sauce (a condiment favored by the show’s teen aliens); “Felcity” fans mailed locks of hair (in reference to “Felcity” star Keri Russell’s infamous haircut). Among the new fall series: “Nikki,” a starring vehicle for Nikki Cox (“Unhappily Ever After,” “Norm”) and “Grosse Pointe,” an inside look at a successful primetime soap from real-life successful primetime soap producer Darren Star (“Beverly Hills, 90210” and HBO’s current “Sex and the City”). The WB also picked up ABC’s “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” and the Eddie Murphy animated series from Fox, “The PJs.” In an interesting move, the WB plans to air “Felicity” and the returning “Jack & Jill” in the same time slot (Wednesdays at 8 p.m.). “Felicity” will air through December, followed by “Jack & Jill” through March and the return of “Felicity” come April.

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