Tuesday, May 16, 2000

'Frasier' falls back to Tuesday

        Kelsey Grammer's Frasier isn't “Must See TV” any more.

        NBC announced on Monday the move of Frasier back to 9 p.m. Tuesday, where it aired from 1994 to 1998; seven new fall prime-time series; and a third hour for the top-rated Today show.

        Katie Couric, Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and Al Roker will be part of the expansion (9-10 a.m.) that replaces Later Today on the network. Later Today will air on NBC's 13 owned-and-operated stations.

        NBC also canceled all three Saturday dramas — Profiler, The Pretender and The Others — in favor of a movie. Also gone are Stark Raving Mad, Jesse, Veronica's Closet, Freaks and Geeks, Suddenly Susan, Cold Feet, Mike O'Malley Show, Battery Park, Twenty One and God, the Devil and Bob.

        New comedies are:

        • The Michael Richards Show (8 p.m. Tuesday): Seinfeld's Kramer returns as a bumbling Inspector Clouseau-type detective in Los Angeles.

        • D.A.G. (9:30 p.m. Tuesday): David Allan Grier (In Living Color) plays a demoted Secret Service agent assigned to the first lady (Delta Burke from Designing Women).

        • Tucker (8:30 p.m. Tuesday): Teen-ager Eli Marienthal (Unlikely Angel) stars in a Malcolm in the Middle-style comedy about living with his mom (Noelle Beck) and aunt (Katey Sagal, Married with Children).

        • Steven Weber Show (8:30 p.m. Thursday): Chris Elliot and Amy Pietz (Caroline in the City) join the former Wings star in a sitcom about a guy cursed by a jilted blind date.

        The dramas:

        • Titans (8 p.m. Wednesday): With Beverly Hills 90210 gone, NBC tries an Aaron Spelling soap opera set in Beverly Hills with Yasmine Bleeth (Baywatch), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Elizabeth Bogus and Josie Davis (both from 90210), Victoria Principal (Dallas) and Perry King (Melrose Place).

        • Ed (8 p.m. Sunday): NBC picked up this quirky one-hour drama, rejected by CBS, from David Letterman's Late Show writers. Tom Cavanagh (Providence) plays a New York attorney who returns to his Midwest home, opens a law practice, buys a bowling alley and courts his old girlfriend.

        • Deadline (9 p.m. Monday): Oliver Platt (Bulworth, Dr. Dolittle) stars as a crusading New York newspaper columnist who solves a weekly mystery in this Dick Wolf (Law & Order) series.

        Among the midseason series announced by NBC were Steven Spielberg's U.S. Marines' drama (Semper Fi), and a relationship comedy starring Connie Stevens, A.J. Langer, Peter Bonerz and Anderson Township's Vicki Lewis created by Lakota High School graduate DeAnn Heline (These Women).

        Sunday: 7, Dateline NBC; 8, Ed; 9, movie.

        Monday: 8, Daddio; 8:30, 3rd Rock from the Sun; 9, Deadline; 10, Third Watch.

        Tuesday: 8, Michael Richards Show; 8:30, Tucker; 9, Frasier; 9:30, D.A.G.; 10, Dateline.

        Wednesday: 8, Titans; 9, The West Wing; 10, Law & Order.

        Thursday: 8, Friends; 8:30, Steven Weber Show; 9, Will & Grace; 9:30, Just Shoot Me; 10, ER.

        Friday: 8, Providence; 9, Dateline; 10, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

        Saturday: 8, movie. (WWF's XFL football games air here Feb. 3-April 21.)


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