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The WB Television Network was an American television network that was first launched on broadcast television on January 11, 1995 as a joint venture between the Warner Bros. Entertainment division of Time Warner and the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of the Tribune Company, with the former acting as controlling partner. The network principally aired programs targeting teenagers and young adults between the ages of 13 and 34, with the exception of its weekday daytime and Saturday morning program block, Kids' WB, which was geared toward children ages 7 to 12.

The WB
Type Defunct broadcast television network
Country United States
Availability National
Owner


Key people
  • Jamie Kellner
  • Susanne Daniels
  • Jordan Levin
  • Jed Petrick
  • David Janollari
  • Robert Bibb
  • Lewis Goldstein
  • Garth Ancier
Launch date
January 11, 1995; 21 years ago (1995-01-11)
Dissolved September 17, 2006; 10 years ago (2006-09-17)
Replaced by

The WB Television Network (commonly shortened to The WB and short for Warner Bros.) was an American television network that was first launched on broadcast television on January 11, 1995 as a joint venture between the Warner Bros. Entertainment division of Time Warner and the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of the Tribune Company, with the former acting as controlling partner. The network principally aired programs targeting teenagers and young adults between the ages of 13 and 34, with the exception of its weekday daytime and Saturday morning program block, Kids' WB, which was geared toward children ages 7 to 12.

On January 24, 2006, CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment announced plans to shut down the network and launch The CW later that same year. The WB Television Network shut down on September 17, 2006, with select programs from both it and competitor UPN (which had shut down two days earlier) moving to The CW when it launched the following day, September 18.

Time Warner re-used The WB brand for an online network that launched on April 28, 2008, about 18 months after The WB Television Network ceased broadcasting operations. Until it was discontinued in December 2013, the website allowed users to watch shows aired on the former television network, as well as original programming and shows formerly hosted on the now-defunct In2TV service (which itself was created prior to Time Warner's spinoff of AOL). The website could only be accessed within the United States.

THE WB FIRST NIGHT 1995 CHUCK JONES MICHIGAN J FROG WAYANS (1 OF 3)

The WB television network 1995 - 2006

A Network that captured a generation with a numerious of hit shows.

The WB 2000 Lineup Presentation Promo

presentation written and produced by XcitableBoy Productions for The WB television network.

The CW Preview Reel (2006)

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The WB Signs Off

The final promo of the WB. I figured this is a little piece of television history, it's the first major network I've seen sign off. UPN acutally shut down first, but not ...

CNTwo - The WB Frog Medley

Here's something I made for the 21st Anniversary of the then-defunct TV Network, The WB. Software: Sony Vegas Pro 13 DISCLAIMER: I do not own anything in ...