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TV Notes: 11/5/01

Monday, November 05, 2001

"Bob" bounced

ABC has canceled "Bob Patterson" -- the second prime-time series featuring a "Seinfeld" alumnus that has failed to survive more than a few weeks.

The heavily promoted comedy, starring Jason Alexander as a motivational speaker, was produced by Touchstone Television, which, like ABC, is a unit of Walt Disney Co.

The premiere of "Patterson" received mediocre ratings and quickly dropped from there. An effort to salvage the show by moving it to a different night also failed, as ABC has experienced steep overall ratings declines vs. last season.

Michael Richards, another one of the key "Seinfeld" supporting players, starred in his own short-lived NBC comedy last season, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus is due to return in a series on that network next year.

"Patterson" is the first ABC cancellation this fall. CBS already has dropped three new series: the comedy "Danny" and dramas "Wolf Lake" and "Citizen Baines."

(Brian Lowry, Los Angeles Times)

New "South Park" alert

New episodes of Comedy Central's hilariously profane "South Park" will air for the next six weeks beginning Wednesday at 10 p.m. Episodes airing Dec. 5 and 12 will have a Christmas theme.

(Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor)

Pitt has friends

Jennifer Aniston's husband Brad Pitt dons a fat suit for a guest appearance on "Friends" on Nov. 22. Pitt will play a high school pal of Monica (Courteney Cox Arquette), who once was the only person fatter than she was.


Election coverage

PCNC will televise a special election edition of "NightTalk with John McIntire" tomorrow at 9 with political analyst Bill Green. It will be followed by an expanded, one-hour edition of "The 10 O'Clock News."


Karaoke show finale

The first season finale of "The Starquest TV Challenge" airs at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on low-power station WBGN. Hosted by Charles Vandergrift, the show features Pittsburghers competing in Karaoke contests. For details on the series, visit http://www.starquesttv.com/.


Local on "Showtime"

Curtis Lewis of Monaca will appear on the syndicated series "It's Showtime at the Apollo" after midnight Sunday at 1 a.m. on WNPA. Lewis, 26, will sing in competition with a rapper, gospel quartet and a R&B/soul duo.


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