Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Good Witch, Bad Witch

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Good Witch, Bad Witch

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A talk show featuring a Sabrina, the Teenage Witch star may take over for the flailing Dr. Laura

With Dr. Laura Schlessinger's TV show struggling in the ratings, there are reports that Paramount, which produces the show, is rushing a new show starring Caroline Rhea into production as a possible replacement. New York Post columnist Michael Starr, citing unnamed sources, reported that Rhea, who stars in the WB's Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, is being primed because of a possible Dr. Laura cancellation.

Of course, the silence from Paramount regarding the three Caroline pilots that have been shot only adds to the speculation. Representatives for Schlessinger and Rhea wouldn't comment on the pilots or the programs' connections either.

But stations that carry Schlessinger weren't so reticent about making their views known. At least five CBS-owned affiliates announced in early November that they were exiling the failing program to the equivalent of programming Siberia: 2 a.m. The stations included the biggest markets in the nation, among them New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. …

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