Network change

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The term network change refers to the phenomenon in which a television series moves from one network to another. Generally this term only refers to original episodes of a series; repeats of a long-running series will usually be picked up by other channels in syndication, often before the series ends production.

Network changes are uncommon occurrences; in most cases, pickup by a network is made conditional on giving that network the first opportunity to order additional seasons. Generally a network change will only occur if either the original network cancels the series, or the show's producers choose to move to another network for financial reasons. The latter circumstance is rare, partly because the producers would typically have to wait out an exclusive negotiation window with the original network, and – especially in recent years – partly because of vertical integration (specifically, major networks ordering most of their series from companies under the same corporate umbrella).

Only 4% of US television shows changed network between 2000 and 2012, excluding the one-off merger of UPN and The WB to form The CW.[1]

List of TV shows that have switched networks[edit]



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United States[edit]

UPN/WB merger into The CW[edit]

The WB and UPN networks effectively merged into a new network called The CW at the start of the 2006-2007 seasons, with The CW's lineup featuring a mixture of programming that originated on both UPN and The WB along with its own original programming. Due to the unusual circumstances, these shows are listed separately.


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