Lauren Graham, left, and Alexis Blendel play Lorelai and Rory Gilmore on the WB's "Gilmore Girls."
Isles will be denied a ‘Gilmore’ fix
Is Hawaii saying goodbye to the "Gilmore Girls"?
The good news is that the WB's popular and critically acclaimed drama, seen here on KFVE, will be part of the fall's program lineup on the new CW broadcast network, a merger of the WB and UPN.
The bad news is that, right now, no local TV station is planning to carry the CW.
On Sept. 5, KFVE will switch to the national programming of MyNetworkTV, a new business venture from the Fox network, KFVE General Manager John Fink says.
Once that happens, unless local fans rally in some way, the upcoming season of "Gilmore Girls" will not be shown in Hawaii. That also means no WB-now-CW episodes of "7th Heaven," "Reba," "One Tree Hill," "Smallville" or "Supernatural," or the wrestling matches of "Smackdown."
Popular UPN shows switching over to the CW -- "Veronica Mars," "Everybody Hates Chris" and "Girlfriends" -- will also be unavailable to local viewers.
MyNetworkTV will provide two hours of prime-time programming six nights a week, focusing on two telenovellas that Fink says will be similar thematically to popular Korean serial dramas.
Two limited series will kick off the season -- "Table for Three" and "Fashion House," which air under the umbrella franchise titles of "Desire" and "Secret Obsessions," respectively.
The first show is about two New Jersey brothers on the run from the mob who fall in love with the same woman when they move to Los Angeles. The second will star Bo Derek as a powerful fashion icon who tries to thwart a woman who is romancing her son.
Future telenovellas include such titles as "Art of Betrayal," "Rule of Deception," "A Dangerous Love" and "To Love & Die."
Fink said that this new network scheduling might better accommodate continued live broadcasts of select University of Hawaii athletic events, perpetuating KFVE's local identifier as "The Home Team."