WB's 'Creek' runs course

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

May sweeps shifts into high gear with overlapping season enders and series finales. "Dawson's Creek" (7 p.m., WB) wraps up its last season with a two-hour episode set five years in the future.

Bad news emerges as the gang converges for a wedding in 2008. Look for hugs, tears and film-savvy dialogue.

"Creek's" 1998 debut marked a major milestone in the evolution of The WB network from the home of comedies ("Sister, Sister," "The Wayans Bros.") with predominately black casts and urban audiences, to a showplace for hormonally charged teen dramas with nearly all-white characters from a decidedly preppy caste. The "Creek" sensation begat "Felicity," which made way for "Young Americans" and other J.Crew fantasy-dramas. Could "Smallville" and "Everwood" be far behind? Of course, "Creek" was not the first such show on The WB. The cult success of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" also made the network a teen destination. The history of that show, which has since moved to UPN and ends its run next Tuesday, unfolds on tonight's "Biography" (7 p.m., A&E).

Tonight's other highlights

Late night

Sean Hayes and Avril Lavigne appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno hosts Jerry Seinfeld, dog diving and music by Third Eye Blind on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).