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Published:September 18th, 2006 04:05 EST
A Tribute to the WB Network

A Tribute to the WB Network

By Garrett Godwin

24 hours from now, combined with UPN, WB will become the brand-new CW Network.  But before there is CW, there was the WB Network. For eleven years, this network was the voice for our generation.

Shows such as Dawson`s Creek dealt with teen anguish, but it was more than that.  These weren`t our typical teen soap operas and the same goes for the characters.  The characters were multi-layered, real, and sometimes act more like adults than teenagers.

Others like Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Charmed, mixed the supernatural with metaphors of life.  They also dealt with young adults striving to survive and make it in the real world.  But these shows also deal with the inner and outer struggles of good and evil.

These characters were multi-layered and real because the writers make them real so they can relate to us.  In other words, the characters are dealing with the same issues that we`re dealing with still everyday. 

The WB Network is also known for "girl power".  With Buffy, Charmed, and Smallville, the female protagonists aren`t damsels in distress waiting to be save.  They can hold their own, kick butt, and can play with the big boys.  But at the end of the day, they are still women searching for love and happiness in their lives-- while still saving the world every week as well as looking good doing it.

The WB Network has been the launch pad of rising stars, including Oscar winner Jamie Foxx who had his own self-titled sitcom from 1996-2001.

Before we say hello to the CW Network, say goodbye to the WB Network today starting at 5pm, with pilot episodes of Felicity, Angel, Buffy, and Dawson`s Creek

The WB Network: January 11, 1995-September 17, 2006

Rest in Peace