The broadcast networks used to churn out a fair number of relatively light shows that were often centered on female characters and/or offbeat towns. But after UPN and the WB merged and became the Supernatural
-and-socialite-obsessed CW and USA Network became the Mecca of escapist programming (much of it starring eccentric male characters), shows that recall "Gilmore Girls
," "Northern Exposure," "Veronica Mars
" and "Everwood" have been few and ...