April 24, 2006

“7th Heaven” could get stay of execution

By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "7th Heaven" is entering
the final stretch of its 10-year run on the WB, with two
episodes left before its May 8 series finale. Or maybe not?

For the past month, there has been on-and-off speculation
that the acclaimed family drama might continue on the new CW
network, which will replace both the WB and UPN this fall.

About a month ago, members of "Heaven's" core cast,
including Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, Beverley Mitchell
and George Stults, were approached about the possibility of
returning for another year on the show, sources said. Although
no formal offers were made and there haven't been recent
inquiries to the cast or their representatives, sources
indicate CW executives are keeping the option to bring back
"Heaven" on the table, and no final decision will be made until
the future network's four drama pilots are evaluated.

The WB announced last November -- before the surprise
revelation of the CW -- that it was axing "7th Heaven" despite
strong ratings. Sources indicated that the reason was primarily
financial. As series age, they get more and more expensive,
with the price tag especially high for a show with a large cast
like "7th Heaven."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter