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'X-Files' and new blood in Fox lineup

Friday, May 19, 2000

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

The truth is still out there.

"The X-Files" will return on Fox for an eighth season, and with it, series star David Duchovny and creator Chris Carter (co-star Gillian Anderson was already signed for another year).

Duchovny settled a lawsuit with Fox over the sale of "X-Files" reruns and got himself a pay raise. He'll now be making as much as $400,000 per episode, according to Daily Variety, but he will only appear in half of next season's 22 episodes.

Carter's "X-Files" spin-off, "The Lone Gunmen," will wait until January to debut Thursdays at 8 p.m., followed by a new Michael Crichton ("ER," "Jurassic Park") drama that doesn't yet appear to have a concept.

Fox will pair David E. Kelley's latest comedy-drama, "Boston Public" (formerly titled "The Teachers" and before that "The Faculty"), with "Ally McBeal" on Monday night. The Sunday night lineup remains intact, but Wednesday and Friday feature all-new shows.

Here's the Fox fall schedule and descriptions of new programs (in bold):

SUNDAY

7 p.m. "Futurama"

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

8 p.m. "The Simpsons"

8:30 p.m. "Malcolm in the Middle"

9 p.m. "The X-Files"

MONDAY

8 p.m. "Boston Public" -- The personal and public lives of teachers at a suburban Boston high school are the focus of this series starring Anthony Heald, Jessalyn Gilsig, Fyvush Finkel, Nicky Katt and Chi McBride.

9 p.m. "Ally McBeal"

TUESDAY

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

8:30 p.m. "Titus"

9 p.m. "Dark Angel" -- "Titanic" director James Cameron teams with Charles Eglee ("Murder One") on this sci-fi adventure set in post-apocalyptic America. Jessica Alba plays a genetically enhanced human who escapes from her military handlers.

WEDNESDAY

8 p.m. "Don't Ask" -- John Goodman ("Roseanne") stars as a single gay dad who moves his kids in with his divorced best friend (Anthony LaPaglia) from college. Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner ("The '70s Show," "3rd Rock From the Sun") created this "Odd Couple"-like sitcom.

8:30 p.m. "Schimmel" -- Stand-up comic Robert Schimmel gets a sitcom in which he's cast as a husband and father to two teen daughters.

9 p.m. "The $treet" -- Darren Star, creator of "Sex and the City," "Melrose Place" and "Beverly Hills, 90210," turns his attention to the sharks of Wall Street in this ensemble drama starring Tom Everett Scott, Adam Goldberg, Christian Campbell, Sean Maher and Jennifer Connelly.

THURSDAY

8 p.m. Movies and baseball until midseason

FRIDAY

8 p.m. "Fearsum" -- The producers of "The Blair Witch Project" take a stab at TV with this sci-fi drama about a Webmaster (Ethan Embry) who discovers photos of his long-dead brother alive and well on the Internet. The show will exist both on TV and at the Web site www.freakylinks.com.

9 p.m. "Night Visions" -- An anthology series in the tradition of "The Twilight Zone" and "The Outer Limits."

SATURDAY

8 p.m. "Cops"

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

Midseason dramas on Fox will include "Celebrity," an ensemble series about the lives of six young famous people (starring Shemar Moore); "Killer App," from Tom Fontana ("Homicide: Life on the Street") and writer-cartoonist Garry Trudeau ("Doonesbury"), goes behind-the-scenes at a start-up Seattle software company; "Ultraviolet" uncovers an underground world of vampires in New York.

Comedies planned for the second half of the 2000-2001 season include "Grounded for Life" about a family that catches up on each other's lives every weekend; Jenny McCarthy stars in "Live Girls" as one of a group of friends, and a live-action version of the cartoon/comic book "The Tick" will finally make it to air with Patrick Warburton (Puddy on "Seinfeld") in the title role.



UPN'S FALL SEASON:

UPN will remain fairly stable this fall, hoping to build on ratings gains from this past season. Monday remains a sitcom night, although "Malcolm & Eddie" and "Grown Ups" were canceled. UPN picked up "The Hughleys," canceled earlier this week by ABC.

UPN's movie night, formerly titled "Blockbuster Videos' Shockwave Cinema," gets a new name and moves to Tuesday night.

The network also announced it will broadcast XFL games live on Sundays at 7 p.m. beginning in February 2001. NBC will air XFL games Saturday nights.

Here's the UPN fall schedule and descriptions of new programs (in bold):

MONDAY

8 p.m. "Moesha"

8:30 p.m. "The Parkers"

9 p.m. "The Hughleys"

9:30 p.m. "Girlfriends" -- Four African-American girlfriends share the good times and the bad in this comedy from Kelsey Grammer's production company. Tracee Ellis Ross, Leslie Silva ("Providence"), Golden Brooks, Christina Cox and Reggie Hays star.

TUESDAY

8 p.m. "UPN's Night at the Movies"

WEDNESDAY

8 p.m. "7 Days"

9 p.m. "Star Trek: Voyager"

THURSDAY

8 p.m. "WWF Smackdown!"

FRIDAY

8 p.m. "Freedom" -- Producer Joel Silver's "The Strip" flopped on UPN last fall, but he's back again with this futuristic drama set in America after a military coup. Martial arts (think: "The Matrix") play a big role in this series about a group of rebels out to vanquish a dictator and restore America. Bodhi Elfman (Jenna Elfman's husband) stars.

9 p.m. "Level 9" -- John Sacret Young, creator of the acclaimed drama "China Beach," returns to series television with this look inside a top secret government operation that gets help from a street savvy L.A. cop (Tim Guinee).

Midseason shows in production for UPN include "All Souls," about young doctors who work in a haunted hospital; "Special Unit 2" follows the adventures of a secret New York police squad that tracks paranormal species and the sketch comedy "Out of Bounds" features a multiethnic cast.

UPN also picked up "Gary and Mike" for midseason. The stop-motion comedy about two guys on the road was developed for Fox and was once scheduleD to premiere on Fox this summer.



MORE BACKUP SHOWS:

Midseason replacements on The WB include "Dead Last," about teen-age rock stars who see dead people, and animated comedy "The Oblongs," about misfits, including conjoined twins (based on the work of underground cartoonist Angus Oblong).


Rob Owen can be reached at 412-263-2582 or rowen@post-gazette.com. Post questions or comments about TV to www.post-gazette.com/tv under PG Online Talk.



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