The WB's longest-running series, "7th Heaven," may not be ready for the afterlife just yet.
Although the network is promoting this season's conclusion as "the final three episodes ever," there's talk that the show could wind up on the schedule of The CW come fall. The new network is likely to keep at least two of The WB's other hour-long series, "Smallville" and "Gilmore Girls," with a few others from both The WB and UPN also in contention.
Until recently, though, "7th Heaven" hasn't been mentioned much as a possible contender for The CW. According to The Hollywood Reporter, though, cast members Catherine Hicks, Stephen Collins, Beverley Mitchell and George Stults have all been asked if they'd like to continue the show for another year. No formal offers were made.
Earlier this year there was also talk of a "7th Heaven" spinoff that would focus on some of the Camden kids, but that seems to have fallen by the wayside as pilot season has marched on.
The new network is reportedly holding off on making a final decision on "7th Heaven" as a way of keeping its options open while it looks over the four drama pilots it's developing. The projects include a series about the young Aquaman from the creators of "Smallville" and a soap set in Palm Springs from "Dawson's Creek" creator Kevin Williamson.
The CW will have 13 hours of primetime to program next fall; seven to 10 of those hours will likely be filled by shows currently airing on UPN and The WB. The CW also has four comedy projects in development to go with its four drama pilots.
With an audience of about 5.2 million viewers per week, "7th Heaven" is the most-watched show on either The WB or UPN this season.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times