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Few '98 shows survive return for CBS fall season

Thursday, May 20, 1999

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

The doctors are out. Some more than others.

Yesterday CBS canceled "L.A. Doctors" but renewed an overhauled "Chicago Hope" (only Hector Elizondo, Adam Arkin, Mark Harmon and Rocky Carroll remain in the cast; Mandy Patinkin will be back for half the episodes), moving it to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Among new series from the 1998-1999 season, only "Becker," "King of Queens" and "Martial Law" will return. "Maggie Winters," "The Magnificent Seven," "Promised Land," "Payne," "Turks" and "Sons of Thunder" have been canceled. "Candid Camera" will return at midseason.

"Cosby" moves to 8 p.m. Wednesday, "60 Minutes II" moves to Tuesday, and the Tuesday night movie shifts to Wednesday. The network will introduce three new dramas and three new comedies.

Miniseries for the 1999-2000 season include "Jesus" (the life story of Christ), "Aftershock: Earthquake in New York" (starring Tom Skerritt, Charles S. Dutton and Sharon Lawrence), "Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story" (the tale of a fictional rock band), "Sally Hemmings" (about Thomas Jefferson's mistress) and "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town" (the JonBenet Ramsey story).

Here's the fall schedule and descriptions of new programs:


7 p.m. "60 Minutes"

8 p.m. "Touched by an Angel"

9 p.m. "CBS Sunday Movie"


8 p.m. "The King of Queens"

8:30 p.m. "Ladies Man" -- Alfred Molina stars as a man trying to maintain order among his wife (Sharon Lawrence, "NYPD Blue"), ex-wife (Park Overall) and mother (Betty White).

9 p.m. "Everybody Loves Raymond"

9:30 p.m. "Becker"

10 p.m. "Family Law" -- Three women -- played by Kathleen Quinlan ("Apollo 13"), Dixie Carter ("Designing Women") and Julie Warner -- join together to form a new law firm after one woman's husband leaves her and takes their clients with him. This drama is from Paul Haggis, creator of "Due South" and "EZ Streets."


8 p.m. "JAG"

9 p.m. "60 Minutes II"

10 p.m. "Judging Amy" -- Amy Brenneman ("NYPD Blue") plays a single mom who leaves New York City to become a judge in Hartford, Conn., where she moves in with her opinionated mother (Tyne Daly) and free-spirit brother (Dan Futterman).


8 p.m. "Cosby"

8:30 p.m. "Work With Me" -- Nancy Travis ("Almost Perfect") and Kevin Pollak ("The Usual Suspects") star in this sitcom as a married couple who are partners in their own law firm.

9 p.m. "CBS Wednesday Movie"


8 p.m. "Diagnosis Murder"

9 p.m. "Chicago Hope"

10 p.m. "48 Hours"


8 p.m. "Kids Say the Darndest Things"

8:30 p.m. "Love or Money" -- "Melrose Place" notwithstanding, stories about love and friendship in an apartment complex don't usually do well (anyone remember "The Building" or "Married People"?), but CBS will try again with this ensemble comedy set in a New York City apartment tower. Swoosie Kurtz, David Ogden Stiers, Paget Brewster and Brian Doyle Murray star.

9 p.m. "Now & Again" -- A romantic "Six Million Dollar Man" from "Moonlighting" creator Glenn Gordon Caron, this series stars Eric Close as a man whose body is destroyed except for his brain. The government offers him a second chance, but only if he'll become a government agent and forsake his old life. Dennis Haysbert plays his boss, Margaret Colin is his wife, with Heather Matarazzo as his daughter and Gerrit Graham as his best friend.

10 p.m. "Nash Bridges"


8 p.m. "Early Edition"

9 p.m. "Martial Law"

10 p.m. "Walker, Texas Ranger"

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