Who didn't love at least one show on The WB? Back in the day, it was the one network that spoke to my generation, with shows like Dawson's Creek, Felicity, and Gilmore Girls all reaching the ranks of must-see TV. But ratings dropped over the years, and in 2006, The WB and and UPN merged into the new CW; The WB was no more.
Until today, that is. As of now, the network is back as The WB.com, with full episodes and full seasons of favorite WB shows (and Warner Bros.-produced shows that aired on other networks). At its launch, the lineup includes the whole first season of Veronica Mars, 10 episodes of The OC, and a sampling of episodes from Friends, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Gilmore Girls, among others.
The site's also loaded with special features for folks who like to make their own videos, including a clip maker called the "Wblender," and a bunch of quizzes and games (I'm a little embarrassed to admit I just killed some time playing The OC Memory Match, which is just an online version of the childhood game Memory but with pictures of those pretty, pretty Orange County kids). The site will also be rolling out a bunch of original shows in the coming months, so to hear about those and watch a trailer, just read more.
TheWB.com has recruited Josh Schwartz, McG, and other big-name producers to create original online series for the site. Among the shows lined up:
- Sorority Forever — from McG, this show is a mystery/drama set in a sorority house. It'll premiere Sept. 8.
- Blue Water High — Up now, it's about an Australian surf academy.
- Whatever, Hollywood — Up now, this show's about three best friends making online videos (how meta!).
- Untitled Josh Schwartz Project — Schwartz and music supervisor extraordinaire Alexandra Patsavas are teaming up for a show set in the LA music world.
Here's a video taste of what it's all about. Do you think you'll check out the The WB.com?