UPN has announced it will expand its prime-time programming from three to five nights each week for the 1998-99 season.
But Utah Jazz fans needn't worry - Jazz games are still the top priority with KJZZ, Ch. 14, according to program director Bob Quigley."We have an agreement with UPN that we will air all their programming after Jazz games," Quig-ley said.
Quigley's statement was a response to the UPN announcement that its new five-night schedule begins Thursday and Friday, Oct. 8 and 9, with new comedy and dramatic series and two-hour movies, starting at 7 p.m. each evening.
"The shift in airing will not interfere with Jazz games," Quigley said. "Pretty much the same way it's going now."
The network's CEO, Dean Valentine, said he was "encouraged by the enthusiastic support from our affiliates."
At the same time, Quigley had nothing but good to say about UPN. "We have had high hopes for Mr. Valentine and have seen some of the progressive programming he has planned for the future."
UPN's programming schedule will be announced May 21.
Meanwhile, Ch. 14 has also picked up the syndicated reruns of "Friends," which will air five days a week beginning in the fall. "That, combined with `Frasier,' is a boost to us," Quigley said.