Northwest Florida Daily News, May 31, 1987

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May 31, 1987

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Northwest Florida Daily News (Newspaper) - May 31, 1987, Fort Walton Beach, Florida Entertainment Sunday, May 31, 1987The News f Herald Page 5CMaking changes: TV networks announce fall lineupsSTEVE SONSKY KnighI-Ridder Wire Just in caso you weren't counting, wo at the bloary-oyed TV census Inireau would like you to know that on Thursday night, NlU' s fine Tlw Days ¿ind of Molly Dodd became the fXitli prime time series to run on the three major commercial networks since this season kicked off last fall. Just a few days before Molly, the 'thankfully) final series debut of this season, the networks announced their lineups for the fall. Naturally, MoUy wasn't among Ihem - "hiatus-ed," as it were, l)efore it even started. Of the other from the Class of 'lUi, 4(1 were consigned to TV history or TV trivia, for the more short-lived ones. This despite the fact that ratings champion NBC, which seems destined to repeat again in 1987-88, is bringing back 21 shows — the most in three decades - - including six of the seven shows it started last fall. But with every action, the physicists say, comes an equal and opposite reaction: NBC's good news (only five new series - three one-hour dramas and two half-hour sitcoms) is CBS' and ABC's bad news. CBS is plugging its holes with seven new hour dramas and two new half-hour sitcoms. ABC has three new hour dramas, four half-hour sitcoms and a two-year commitment to the hourlong Dolly Show, starring Dolly Parton, which marks the return of the variety show to network television.THE CANCELED 46 To make room for all this - The Canceled 4(1. ¡Actually, ABC also has cut hack The Disiwy Sun-d¿iy Movie from two hours to one ) So ... say goodbye to such relative stalwarts as the venerable Hill SIroi'l Bltics. (•inline ¿i Break. Sciirecrow nnd Mrs. King. Mike Hammer. Webster. Mr. Belvedere. Ama/.ing Slones. The Colbys (poor Fallon - lost in space) and Simon & Simon (though CBS has threatened to bring those particular tired boys back again at midseason). The A-Tenm. The Twilight Zone and Remington Steele lüso dropped off along the way. Stingray failed after two midseason gigs and Yon Again'.' flopped after making it from last spring to last fall. And an official adios to much of last fall's new crop -- some of which are alreadv long gone: Lite With Lucy. The Ellen Burstyn Show. Heart of the City. Together We Stand, Kay O'Brien. Better Days, Downtown, Sidekicks. The Wizard. Jack & Mike. Starman. Easy Street. ;!W«and Our World. And fare thee well to much of the \ ear's midseason fare. Some lasted several weeks, a few a couple of months. With others, if you blinked, you missed them: Nothing in Common, Nothing Is Easy, Me & Mrs. C, The Cavanaughs. Harry. Sweet Surrender, The Tortcllis, Roomies, Outlaws, Hard Copy, Mahah, The Popcorn Kid, Shel) Game, Dads, Gung Ho, Roxie, Spies and Take Five. And now you see why television schedules seem so dizzying. Network impatience means more quick yanks; more quick yanks mean more replacement series. There's more new TV product these days than the floating Long Island garbage barge has ports of call. And, unfortunately, most of it smells about as good. Here's one more reason lor the continuing stink. In announcing his fall schedule, NBC Entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff threw a bit of a bouquet to ABC programming chief Brandon Stoddard. Stoddard got the job a year ago, bringing a reputation for good taste and creative respect, and talking about rebuilding ABC on the NBC "quality TV" model.ABC'S FALL SCHEDULE [because of the lag time in developing series, ABC's fall '87 schedule is the first Stoddard can call his own. Tartikoff, speaking to reporters before ABC revealed its schedule, said he expected Stoddard "to err on the side of quality and innovation" with his new programs, adding. "I obviously applaud that." But of course, he quipped, that wouldn't stop him from "doing my best to kill those innovative shows and force him to go out and buy standard detective shows in a hurry." Ah, yes - the peculiar nature of television. The only business, it has been noted, where for one product to succeed, two competitors must go out of business. Then, of course, there is CBS, whose new schedule is already laden with what Tartikoff would dismiss as "standard detective shows." Of CBS' seven new hour series, five are crime dramas. The network where comedy was once king has onlv six comedies on its schedule. (ABC has 10 and NBC 12.) Maybe CBS is waiting for Grant Tinker's new studio, with which it has an exclusive deal, to come through — the comedy cavalry to the rescue. And so it goes (as Linda Ellerbee will be .saying much less often now that Our Worldhas, joined the ranks of the valiant vanquished, murdered by Tartikoff's Cosby). Another season — another gaping maw to pour eight dozen series into. As always, there are some risky welcome summer Add excitement to your weekend! Each Friday, the News-Herald provides new and exciting information about events, entertainment and recreation around the Panhandle in The Entertainer. The Entertainer has a complete listing of the coming week's TV schedule, as well as local columns and information ■ about area entertainment, reviews of movies, books and television shows. Let The Entertainer ' entertain you! News'il Herald CALL rr mA moves and series relocations. The biggest and most interesting is NBC's decision to take Family Ties, the second-most popular series on television last year, out of the Thursday night Cosby comedy cocoon and put it on Sundays opposite Murder, She Wrote — the fourth most popular show on TV. NBC's Tartikoff as much as admits he doesn't expect Ties to beat the entrenched Murder, despite Michael J. Fox's burgeoning celebrity. Tartikoff says he'll be happy if it can simply halve the ratings edge Murder has given CBS on Sunday. As the No. 1 show on television among the 18- to 34-year-old set. Ties has a much younger audience than Murder, and thus should be effective counterprogramming. The move also allows NBC to launch a new comedy behind Ties and, Tartikoff says frankly, allows him to partially pay back Bill Cosby for what he has done for the network. The coveted spot, which virtually guarantees ratings success, goes to A Different World, the new Denise Huxtable-goes-to-college spinofi that Cosby co-created, starring Lisa Bonet.NBC STANDS BY GAMBLE NBC is standing by its big gamble of last year - moving Miami Vice Fridays opposite Dallas, where it has suffered. Tartikoff is hoping Vice can provide a lead-in for Private Eye. a new show by Vice creator Anthony Yerkovich. Still, he hasn't ruled out a flip-flop later on. Private Eye. whose two-hour pilot was shot on a feature-film budget of $().5 million, is reported to be vcrv slick, stvlish and mnsicallv accented, like Vice. It stars Michael Woods ((.fur Family Honor) as a 1950s private detective who works Los Angeles' Sunset Strip with a young street hustler played by Josh Brolin. Speaking of retro, NBC also has gambled with a limited renewal (i:! shows) of the circa '60s Crime Story, which will now play Tuesdays, where NBC hopes the Moonlighting audience is ready to flip channels. ABC's biggest gamble also may involve the hip Friday nexus. It has moved Max Headroom, the critical darling that has received only lukewarm ratings after Moonlighting, to Fridays opposite Vice — hoping the hip yuppie Vice audience is ready to defect. Inexplicably, however ^ and much to the chagrin of ABC News President Roone Arledge — ABC also has moved .'>0-2<Kr<>w its long-successful Thursday niche to Fridays. The network seems to have written off Thursdays altogether, with renewals of Sledge Hammer (the 90th ranked show of last season, the lowest series to get a renewal) and The Charmings (No. 84) opposite Cosby-Bonet, and a movie. ABC also seems to have written off the Golden Girls slot, renewing SOth-ranked O'Hara to compete against Golden Girls on Saturdays. Spenser: For Hire, which tied with O'Hara for 80th, also got a charity renewal and a move to a no-win time slot, opposite Family Ties and Murder. 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