In an unprecedented turnabout, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
will move from the WB to rival network UPN this fall and its sister series Angel
may follow it there. After months of intense negotiations, the WB ultimately refused to cave in to the financial demands of Buffy
's producer, 20th Century Fox, paving the way for UPN to snatch it up. According to Variety
, the deal "represents the first time in modern TV history that a hit series has jumped networks solely over economic issues." The home of Moesha
and WWF Smackdown!
has ordered 44 installments of Buffy
to air over two years at a per-episode price of $2.33 million. The UPN pact also includes a two-year pickup for the Buffy
if the WB decides to cancel it a move that now appears likely.