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Fox puts superhero comedy up against CBS juggernaut

Friday, May 18, 2001

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

Finally.

A year after announcing it would broadcast a live-action series based on the comic book "The Tick," Fox has put the comedic superhero show on its schedule. "The Tick" will need all the super powers it can muster. It's been scheduled for Thursday at 8:30 p.m. opposite CBS's "Survivor III" and NBC's comedy block.

"The Tick" will be paired with the returning animated comedy "Family Guy," which has been off the schedule since last summer.

Otherwise, much of the Fox schedule remains the same. "The X-Files" returns for a ninth season (minus David Duchovny) and "Dark Angel" has been re-upped for a second season.

UPN saved the day for fans of "Roswell," canceled Tuesday by The WB. The teens-as-aliens sci-fi drama will air this fall on UPN Tuesday at 9 p.m. after another WB escapee, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

With "Star Trek: Voyager" ending its seven-year run, UPN goes to the well yet again with "Enterprise" ("Star Trek" isn't part of the show's title for some reason).

Fox canceled "The Lone Gunmen," "freakylinks" and "Police Videos."

"All Souls," "Chains of Love," "Gary & Mike," "Moesha" and "7 Days" will not return to the UPN fall lineup.

Here's Fox's fall schedule with new series 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"

9 p.m.: "Ally McBeal"

TUESDAY

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

8:30 p.m.: "Undeclared" -- Originally intended to air this spring, this half-hour, single-camera comedy comes from the executive producer of "Freaks and Geeks." It's set in a college dorm and stars newcomer Jay Baruchel, Charlie Hunnam (British "Queer as Folk"), Monica Keena ("Dawson's Creek") and Seth Rogen ("Freaks and Geeks").

9 p.m.: "24" -- This drama unfolds over the course of the season in "real time," with each of the show's 24 episodes accounting for one hour in the day, from midnight to midnight. Kiefer Sutherland plays CIA agent Jack Bauer who uncovers a plot to assassinate a presidential nominee (Dennis Haysbert, "Now and Again"). Bauer has only 24 hours -- eight months of this series -- to identify the killer.

WEDNESDAY

8 p.m.: Repeat of a Fox comedy

8:30 p.m.: "Grounded for Life"

9 p.m.: "Titus"

9:30 p.m.: "The Bernie Mac Show" -- Bernie Mac ("The Original Kings of Comedy") plays Bernie Mac, a stand-up comedian who never wanted kids. Neither did his wife (Kellita Smith), a vice president at AT&T. But when Bernie's sister heads to rehab, she leaves her children in Bernie's care. Tough love (and laughs) presumably ensue.

THURSDAY

8 p.m. "Family Guy"

8:30 p.m.: "The Tick" -- With one of the best pilot episodes of last year, this superhero comedy (based on a comic book, which was already adapted as an animated series) is destined to become a cult hit. The Tick (Patrick Warburton, Puddy on "Seinfeld") teams up with nebbish accountant Arthur (David Burke) to fight crime alongside Captain Liberty (Liz Vassey) and Bat Manuel (Nestor Carbonell).

9 p.m.: "Temptation Island II"

FRIDAY

8 p.m.: "Dark Angel"

9 p.m.: "Pasadena" -- Directed by Diane Keaton and written by Mike White ("Freaks and Geeks," "Chuck and Buck"), this dark, twisting soap opera centers on a young mother (Dana Delany, "China Beach") and is told through the eyes of her daughter (Alison Lohman). Natasha Gregson Wagner, Barbara Babcock, Martin Donovan and Balthazar Getty also star.

SATURDAY

8 p.m.: "Cops"

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

Fox also announced two midseason series.

Drama "Emma Brody" stars Arija Bareikis ("Deuce Bigelow") as a woman from Toledo, Ohio, who moves to London to work for the U.S. Embassy, where she experiences romance and excitement in a foreign city.

Steve Levitan ("Just Shoot Me") writes/produces the out-there comedy "Greg the Bunny," about puppets on a kids' show with lives of their own. Seth Green, Sarah Silverman and Eugene Levy are the human stars.

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Here's UPN's fall schedule with new series in bold:

MONDAY

8 p.m. "The Hughleys"

8:30 p.m. "One on One" -- Ladies' man Flex (Mark "Flex" Washington) wants to prove to his ex-wife that he can raise their daughter (Kyla Washington), and when the ex moves to another country, he gets an opportunity to do just that.

9 p.m. "The Parkers"

9:30 p.m. "Girlfriends"

TUESDAY

8 p.m. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

9 p.m. "Roswell"

WEDNESDAY

8 p.m. "Enterprise" -- Scott Bakula stars as Captain Jonathan Archer in this sci-fi drama set 150 years before James T. Kirk helmed the Enterprise in the first "Star Trek" series. The show also stars Connor Trinneer as chief engineer Commander Charlie Tucker, Dominic Keating as Lt. Malcolm Reed, Anthony Montgomery as Ensign Travis Mayweather, Linda Park as Ensign Hoshi Sato, John Billingsley as Phlox and Jolene Blalock as Sub Commander T'Pol.

9 p.m. "Special Unit 2"

THURSDAY

8 p.m. "WWF Smackdown!"

FRIDAY

8 p.m. Movie

For midseason, UPN has ordered "Stephen King's The Dead Zone," based on the best-selling King novel. Anthony Michael Hall plays Johnny Smith, a man who wakes from six years in a coma to discover he can learn about a person's past and future just by touching them. Nicole deBoer ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine") also stars.

You can reach Rob Owen at rowen@post-gazette.com . Post questions or comments to www.post-gazette.com/tv under TV Forum.

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