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WB Beefs Up Its Prime-Time Lineup : Television: With the addition of Sunday, the network will have two nights and 13 hours of programming, aimed at kids, teens and families.

May 23, 1995|GREG BRAXTON | TIMES STAFF WRITER

The WB Network will inaugurate its second season with a Sunday night block of comedies and a slate of new series featuring such stars as Kirk Cameron and former "Saturday Night Live" performer Ellen Cleghorne.

Warner Bros., which launched the network last January with a lackluster performance in its Wednesday night block, also put a surprise twist in its announcement Monday in making "Sister, Sister," a comedy about identical teen-age twin girls that was canceled by ABC last week, a cornerstone of the WB lineup.

"Sister, Sister," which stars Tia and Tamera Mowry, will lead off Wednesdays nights at 8, and also will air Sundays at 7:30 p.m. Ironically, the comedy is produced by Paramount Studios, the parent of the United-Paramount Network, Warner Bros.' rival in the upstart network race.

With the addition of Sunday night on Sept. 10, the network will have two nights and 13 hours of prime-time programming each week. An hour of children's shows will also premiere Sept. 9, with a three-hour block on Saturday mornings. The WB shows will be aired locally, as last season, on KTLA-TV Channel 5. In addition to "Sister, Sister," new shows for the network include an animated series, "Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky & the Brain," a spinoff of Spielberg's "Animaniacs," which will kick off the Sunday lineup at 7 p.m.

A comedy featuring Cameron, formerly of "Growing Pains," will air at 8 p.m. Sunday. The show, tentatively called "Life Happens," stars Cameron as a bachelor and recent college graduate who unexpectedly becomes a parent to his three siblings.

"Simon," which the network described as "a Forrest Gump-like tale of a youthful wide-eyed optimist in New York," will follow at 8:30. The series stars comic Harland Williams and is from Danny Jacobson, the co-creator and executive producer of "Mad About You."

At 9 p.m., Jackie Guerra will star in "Girlfriends," which was described as a Latino "Living Single." The comedy will be followed at 9:30 p.m. by "Cleghorne," starring Cleghorne in a comedy about a single mother working in a public relations agency. Garrett Morris, another "Saturday Night Live" alumni, also stars.

On Wednesdays, "The Parent Hood," with Robert Townsend, will return for a second season at 8:30 p.m., followed at 9 by a revamped version of "The Wayan Bros." that will feature additional cast members and "less coarse language" than last season, officials said.

"Unhappily Ever After" will return at 9:30 p.m. "Muscle" is the network's only offering from the first season that will not return.

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