As Noel mentions, Valentine had a clear sense of what he wanted to be UPN to be; he just needs someone to reign him in a bit. One of the major knocks against The CW has been how elitist its programming is. “How are middle American girls supposed to relate to the Gossip Girls?” is often thrown around. Valentine’s mandate was antithetical to that.He wanted to target the middle and, if done properly, I can’t help but wonder if it would have worked.

PS: 12 year old me was in LOVE with Katie Holmes. Now, not so much.