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News Corp.'s new network fills UPN void

NEW YORK -- News Corp. said yesterday it would launch a new network called My Network TV that will supply prime-time programming for the 10 TV stations the company owns that were left without programming after UPN said it would close.

The core of the new programming lineup will be two serial drama shows that will air six days a week with 13-week story lines, similar to the telenovela format that has been a big success on Spanish-language networks like Univision. The two shows, called ''Desire" and ''Secrets," will be one-hour prime-time shows.

The new network will launch Sept. 5 on stations in cities that include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas.

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