Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New CBS Motto: Out with the Old

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

New CBS Motto: Out with the Old

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CBS is changing its name to DUH, the network announced this week.

Well, no - but maybe it should. In what sounds like a bad joke but isn't, CBS has canceled "Northern Exposure" and "Christy" and renewed "Touched by an Angel" for fall.

"Angel" gets the 8 p.m. Saturday time slot, following "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," that "Christy" had craved.

The angels-on-Earth drama made last fall's CBS schedule, was pulled off for retooling, aired a few episodes and has reportedly been reworked entirely. If it's now 10 times as good as before, it's still unlikely to be as good as "Christy."

"Rescue 911," "Under Suspicion" and "Under One Roof" aren't on CBS' fall schedule but officially "remain under consideration for midseason."

"Northern Exposure," however, is dead, getting no chance to rebound from an up-and-down season confused by the departure of star Rob Morrow.

CBS is No. 3 and desperate, and CBS Entertainment president Peter Tortorici called the changes "a bold series of moves aimed at broadening the network's audience."

For the first time in 12 years, Sunday nights on CBS will be minus "Murder, She Wrote," which is moving to 7 p.m. Thursdays. In what looks like a response to NBC's shift of "Mad About You" to Sundays, CBS is plugging "Cybill" into the 7 p.m. Sunday slot, followed by a new comedy.

Also getting a new time slot is "Picket Fences," which isn't escaping from Fridays, however. Instead, it will move to 8 p.m., where CBS hopes it will cut into the momentum of Fox's "The X-Files."

CBS also canceled "Diagnosis Murder," "Wright Verdicts," "Eye to Eye," "Woman of the House," "Hearts Afire," "Love & War," "The Five Mrs. Buchanans," "George Wendt" and "The Office."

Comedies renewed included "The Nanny," "Murphy Brown" and "Dave's World," which is moving to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

CBS picked up 11 new series, six comedies and five dramas, for a whopping eight hours of new programming. (ABC has 5 1/2 hours of new programs, to 5 for Fox and just 4 for NBC.)

The new CBS comedies are:

"Almost Perfect," starring Nancy Travis and Kevin Kilner as overachievers trying to find time for romance

"Bless This House," with Cathy Moriarty and Andrew (formerly "Dice") Clay as squabbling marrieds.

"Bonnie," starring Bonnie Hunt as a Chicago television reporter in a show that combines scripted and improvisational comedy .

"Can't Hurry Love," with Nancy McKeon, Mariska Hargitay and Louis Mandylor in "a humorous look at friendship, love and dating in the '90s."

"Dweebs," starring Farrah Forke, Peter Scolari, Adam Biesk, Corey Feldman, David Kaufman and Stephen Tobolowsky as, you guessed it, computer dweebs.

"If Not for You," with Elizabeth McGovern and Hank Azaria as young lovers in love with the wrong people.

The new dramas are:

"American Gothic," starring Gary Cole, "the story of a town twisted out of shape by a demonic force."

"Central Park West," an "urban ensemble drama" from the creator of "Melrose Place," with Mariel Hemingway, Lauren Hutton, Madchen Amick and Justin Lazard. …

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