‘7TH HEAVEN’

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UP TV Show aired on WB net­work from 1996 to 2007. Re­runs aired on UP from July 2012 to Oc­to­ber 2014.

Con­tro­versy: Stephen Collins, who played beloved fa­ther the Rev. Eric Cam­den on “7th Heaven,” made head­lines last fall af­ter an au­dio record­ing emerged in which he ad­mit­ted ex­pos­ing him­self to teenage girls. De­tec­tives in Los An­ge­les and New York said they be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ac­tor in 2012 af­ter al­le­ga­tions were first made. The busi­ness stakes: The At­lanta-based UP TV chan­nel fo­cuses on “faith-friendly” pro­gram­ming. “7th Heaven” made up 21 hours of weekly pro­gram­ming on the lowrated net­work. The show “has been a beloved fam­ily show and a fan fa­vorite on our net­work,” Charley Hum­bard, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of UP, said in a state­ment fol­low­ing ini­tial news of the al­le­ga­tions.

Af­ter­math: UP pulled the se­ries from its lineup in Oc­to­ber and put re­runs of “Su­per­nanny” in its place. Hum­bard said the fam­ily-friendly net­work was “deeply con­cerned for the fam­i­lies that are po­ten­tially af­fected by th­ese dis­turb­ing al­le­ga­tions sur­round­ing ac­tor Stephen Collins.” In De­cem­ber, Collins pub­licly ad­mit­ted that he en­gaged in sex­ual mis­con­duct with three girls decades ago.

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