[07/03/03 - 12:00 AM]
TBS Adds 'Futurama,' 'Family Guy'; Bravo Schedules 'West Wing'
By Brian Ford Sullivan (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) -- TBS hopes to cash in on Cartoon Network's success as the cable channel announced yesterday it plans to add repeats of "Futurama" and "Family Guy" to its daytime schedule beginning July 7. The fellow Turner-owned network will run "Futurama" weekdays at 2:00/1:00c and "Family Guy" at 2:30/1:30c starting on Monday.

Both animated comedies have been monster successes for Cartoon Network since debuting on the channel three months ago, particularly in the key 18-34 demographic. TBS hopes the series will provide a jolt into its daytime schedule, which includes such series as "Roseanne," "Home Improvement" and "The Drew Carey Show."

Meanwhile, Bravo has scheduled its off-network run of NBC's "The West Wing." The network will kick off things with a special "West Wing Weekend" on August 7-10. Several "presidential"-themed movies and specials will highlight the series, culminating with a marathon of the drama on Sunday, August 10.

Episodes are then scheduled to run Monday through Thursday (the same episode three times a day - 11:00/10:00c a.m., 7:00/6:00c p.m. and 11:00/10:00c p.m.) beginning Monday, August 11. A mini-marathon of that week's four episodes will then air every Sunday from noon-4 p.m. eastern.

  [july 2003]  


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