Buffyverse fans, rejoice: Not only is ”Angel” coming back next fall, but the show will add another of Buffy’s bloodsucking boyfriends, James Marsters’ Spike. Expect an announcement to that effect on Tuesday, when the WB reveals its fall lineup at the network’s annual ”upfront” presentation in New York.
According to trade reports, ”Angel” will remain in place on Wednesdays, to be preceded by ”Smallville,” moving from Tuesday to replace the departing ”Dawson’s Creek.” The new Tuesday follow-up to ”Gilmore Girls” will be ”Fearless,” a drama about a young FBI agent (”She’s All That”’s Rachael Leigh Cook) who is genetically incapable of fear. (The much-touted ”Gilmore” spinoff, centering on Rory’s pal Jess, is expected to debut midseason.)
Among other new shows on the WB, there’s ”Tarzan & Jane,” in which the ape man gets the ”Smallville” treatment and becomes a hip, young vineslinger who moves to Manhattan to be with police detective Jane. Steve Harvey returns to the network as host of ”Steve Harvey’s Big Time,” a variety/talk show featuring non-celebrity guests. (It airs in the Thursday death slot opposite ”Friends.”) In other odd-couple comedies, ”Kangaroo Jack”’s Anthony Anderson stars in ”All About the Andersons,” playing a single dad who moves back in with his folks (”Good Times”’ John Amos plays his father); Holly Robinson Peete stars in ”Like Family,” about black and white families who share a home; and ”Run of the House,” about two grown siblings raising their teenage sister.