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1999–2000 Broadcast Premieres

Action

Ally

Angel

Battery Park

The Beat

City of Angels

Cold Feet

Daddio

Falcone

Family Law

Freaks and Geeks

Get Real

God, the Devil, and Bob

Grapevine

Greed

Grown Ups

Harsh Realm

Jack & Jill

Judging Amy

Ladies Man

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Love & Money

Making the Band

Malcolm in the Middle

Manchester Prep

The Mike O'Malley Show

Mission Hill

Now and Again

Odd Man Out

Oh Grow Up

Once and Again

The Others

The Parkers

Popular

Roswell

Ryan Caufield: Year One

Safe Harbor

Secret Agent Man

Shasta McNasty

Snoops

Stark Raving Mad

The Strip

Talk to Me

Then Came You

Third Watch

Time of Your Life

Titus

Twenty One

Wasteland

The West Wing

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

Wonderland

Work with Me

WWF Smackdown!

Network television doesn't set trends, it exploits them. Following a wave of teenybopper pop (Hanson, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys) and a sea of teensploitation films (Cruel Intentions, Disturbing Behavior, American Pie), the big four has finally figured out the WB's dirty little secret: The pubescent demographic is where it's at. Consequently, fall 1999 brings more than a dozen new shows that either center around high-school angst or feature fresh young faces.

Conceiving these shows is the easy part. Finding young talent takes some work. Indeed, the networks had to look beyond these shores to fill their rosters. That doesn't bode well for mature actors, who now consider themselves washed up if they haven't landed a series or movie by — gasp — age 25.

Nevertheless, high-school dramas don't completely dominate the entire schedule, and the 1999–2000 season holds more promise than any other in recent memory. The pressure's on network television to churn out edgier, more intelligent shows, with cable continuing to threaten the network's hold on ratings. (HBO earned 74 Emmy nominations, second to NBC's 82.) The networks are also feeling the heat to add minority characters to their casts. Only two shows (UPN's Grown Ups and The Strip) star a person of color. Network suits have promised to remedy this disturbing trend.

Here's a look at the fall 1999 and spring 2000 new shows.