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Big changes for Fox, UPN

Friday, May 21, 1999

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

Fox's "Millennium" won't be around to greet the next millennium and UPN's "Love Boat: The Next Wave" has sailed for its last time. Both networks announced their new fall lineups yesterday with each giving its prime-time schedule a heavy makeover.

Fox announced plans to air "Ally," a half-hour installment of the hit "Ally McBeal," that will eliminate one or two of the regular plots from the hour-long episodes. "Ally" will include scenes cut from the one-hour version due to time constraints.

Other new series include "Manchester Prep," based on the film "Cruel Intentions," a "Party of Five" spin-off starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and the sci-fi drama "Harsh Realm" from "X-Files" creator Chris Carter.

"Party of Five" moves to Tuesday night, "Futurama" and "King of the Hill" migrate to Sunday and "Family Guy" takes on NBC's "Frasier" Thursday at 9 p.m.

Fox canceled "The World's Funniest," "Brimstone" and "World's Wildest Police Videos."

"The PJs" and "Fox Files" will return at mid-season along with two new dramas, "Dark Angel" (futuristic drama from "Titanic" director James Cameron about a genetically-enhanced woman who's on the run) and "The Opposite Sex" (15-year-old boy finds himself one of only three guys at a Northern California prep school) and a comedy called "Titus" (stars comedian Chris Titus, who rants about his unhappy family life).

As feared, UPN will add a two-hour wrestling show, "WWF Smackdown," set to air Thursday nights, bumping the movie night to Friday. "Dilbert" moves to Tuesday at 8 p.m., while "Moesha" jockeys to the lead spot Monday night.

"Clueless," "DiResta," "Legacy," "RedHanded," "America's Greatest Pets" and "Reunited" were canceled. The animated show "Home Movies" isn't on the fall schedule either.


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


7 p.m. "Malcolm in the Middle" -- Comedy about family life seen through the eyes of 9-year-old Malcolm (Frankie Muniz), a fourth-grader with a high IQ forced into a "gifted" class.

7:30 p.m. "King of the Hill"

8 p.m. "The Simpsons"

8:30 p.m. "Futurama"

9 p.m. "The X-Files"


8 p.m. "Time of Your Life" -- Sarah Reeves (Jennifer Love Hewitt), last seen dissing Bailey's proposal for marriage in this week's "Party of Five" season finale, leaves San Francisco and the Salinger clan altogether this fall when she sets out to answer questions about her adoption, including the identity of her real father. The journey takes her to New York City. Perhaps she'll bump into Julie from "Felicity" who was on a similar search in the Big Apple this season.

9 p.m. "Ally McBeal"


8 p.m. "Ally" -- The half-hour version of the established hit "Ally McBeal."

8:30 p.m. "That '70s Show"

9 p.m. "Party of Five"


8 p.m. "Beverly Hills, 90210"

9 p.m. "Get Real" -- A drama about the Green clan in which each family member, including the three kids, gives his or her perspective on the turmoil du jour. Debrah Farentino and Jon Tenney play the parents, with Christina Pickles as grandma.


8 p.m. "Manchester Prep" -- Just what prime time needs: horny step siblings lusting for one another. Based on the film "Cruel Intentions," this drama tells the tale of Sebastian and Kathryn Valmont, rich New York prep school students and step siblings who try to rule the school through intimidation and one another through manipulation. Don't expect to see any of the film's stars in this incarnation.

9 p.m. "Family Guy"

9:30 p.m. "Action" -- Just as "The Larry Sanders Show" skewered late night TV, the comedy "Action" seeks to do the same for the film industry. Jay Mohr stars as Peter Dragon, an egomaniacal film producer who berates everyone except his uncle, played by Buddy Hackett, who doubles as his chauffeur. Illeana Douglas stars as one of Dragon's friends.


8 p.m. "Ryan Caulfield" -- Drama about a 19-year-old rookie cop (Sean Maher) who gets his high school diploma and follows it up with a badge from the Philadelphia Police Department. Mary McDonnell ("Dances with Wolves") plays Ryan's widowed mother.

9 p.m. "Harsh Realm" -- Fox canceled Chris Carter's "Millennium" to make way for his latest project about a solider (Scott Bairstow) who gets trapped inside a military-created virtual reality world that's part of a simulator. Samantha Mathis plays his real world fiancee, with Terry O'Quinn (Watts on "Millennium") as another player and D.B. Sweeney as a virtual character inside the simulator.


8 p.m. "Cops"

8:30 p.m. "Cops"

9 p.m. "America's Most Wanted"


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


8 p.m. "Moesha"

8:30 p.m. "Mo'Nique" -- A spin-off from "Moesha" starring Countess Vaughn as Kim Parker, a college freshman who gets the ultimate embarrassment when her mom (comedian Mo'Nique) decides to go back to school at the same college.

9 p.m. "The Grown Ups" -- Urkel's back! Jaleel White stars as a young professional who moves in with a woman he's lusting after, only to discover she thinks he's gay.

9:30 p.m. "Malcolm & Eddie"


8 p.m. "Dilbert"

8:30 p.m. "Shasta McNasty" -- This 30-minute, single-camera series follows the adventures of three guys (played by Carmine Giovinazzo, Jake Busey and Dale Godboldo) who make up the hip-hop group Shasta McNasty. The group's music plays a starring role in the show.

9 p.m. "Secret Agent Man" -- An adventure drama similar to "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." that's produced by Barry Sonnenfeld ("Maximum Bob," the new "Fantasy Island"). A trio of agents, working from a secret base beneath the United Nations building, save the world in style. Costas Mandylor, Dina Meyer, Dondre Whitfield and James Remar star.


8 p.m. "Seven Days"

9 p.m. "Star Trek: Voyager"


8 p.m. "WWF Smackdown" -- Mercifully relegated to cable until now, wrestling comes to broadcast prime time with superstars Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock in tow.


8 p.m. "Blockbuster Video's Shockwave Cinema" (action-oriented TV movies)

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