Thursday, September 4, 2003

'Juniors' first fall casualty


With the fall television season 2 1/2 weeks away, Fox already has canceled the first series: American Juniors.

The pint-sized American Idol summer talent show will not return Oct. 21, as previously announced. American Idol 3 will begin in January.

The American Juniors Tuesday performance show ranks No. 92 this season, drawing about 8.2 million viewers. The Wednesday results show ranks No. 132, with 6.7 million viewers.

The two American Idols are third and fourth this season, having averaging 21 million each night.

According to wire reports, the producers - 19 TV Limited and FreemantleMedia North America - canceled Juniors to concentrate on American Idol, England's Pop Idol and a two-hour World Idol competition for previous Idol winners.

No word on how Fox will fill 8 p.m. Tuesdays after baseball's World Series ends in late October.

The likely candidate is The Simple Life, a Green Acres-style reality show about hotel heiress Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie (Lionel's daughter) spending four weeks on an Arkansas farm.

That's entertainment

Fox will have another hole to fill in December, because the network already has canceled the Cedric the Entertainer Presents sketch show.

Six Cedric episodes taped last winter will air Wednesdays starting Oct. 29.

It will be replaced by a new series in January.

"Ultimately, we didn't feel that the sketch format was working as well as we would have liked it," says Gail Berman, Fox Entertainment president.

Fox offered Cedric "a deal to come back in another format" (likely a traditional sitcom), but he was too busy making movies, she says.

Survivor note

It turns out that Survivor: Pearl Islands contestant Andrew Savage, the University of Cincinnati law school graduate, has another Cincinnati connection: He once was in-house counsel for the Jerry Springer Show.

He was hired by Studios USA in 1998 "not knowing he would be working for the notorious talk show," reports

Savage, 40, who lived Cincinnati 1985-88, appeared with Springer before Chicago City Council in 1999, after politicians complained about fights on the talk show.

Savage and Deerfield Township Boy Scout master Lillian Morris, 51, are members of the Morgan tribe on Survivor 7, which premieres Sept. 18 (8 p.m., Channels 12, 7).

Enquirering mind

This Enquirering mind wants to know: Why does Horatio Caine (David Caruso) wear dark suits in the Florida heat on CSI: Miami?

"I don't know," says Ann Donahue, an executive producer last season for CSI and CSI: Miami.

The Loveland High School graduate, who will oversee Miami this fall, says she has hired a new wardrobe person, who will dress Caruso in light-colored suits. CSI: Miami begins its second season on Sept. 22 (10 p.m., Channels 12, 2).

Bach on the air

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Bach & Beyond series, taped last spring at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, debuts at 7:30 p.m. Sunday on WGUC-FM (90.9) with Jaime Laredo, violinist and conductor. Bach & Beyond airs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday all this month.

TV today

Bengals fans can Return to the Jungle with a one-hour special previewing the team under new head coach Marvin Lewis (7 p.m., Channel 9). It will be followed by ABC's NFL Kickoff Live concert by Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Aretha Franklin (8 p.m., Channels 9, 2).

Barbara Bain and Martin Landau (Mission: Impossible) play TV news magazine reporters in Savage, a 1973 drama pilot directed by Steven Spielberg that airs during "Brilliant but Canceled" week (9-11 p.m., Trio Channel, Time Warner digital channel 126).

A pharmaceutical salesperson (Heather Locklear) pursues Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) on a Scrubs rerun (9:20 p.m., Channels 5, 22).

Each member of the Without a Trace team is grilled by FBI executives about Jack's (Anthony LaPaglia) handling of an accused pedophile (10 p.m., Channels 12, 7).


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