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The Fall Lineup TV SEASON PREVIEW

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The four major broadcast networks are raising the curtain on the fall season. Here is TV critic David Zurawik's guide to where and when to find your old favorites and new prospects on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. Nightly schedules include the times shows will appear and the dates of their season premieres. Times and dates are subject to chance.

SUNDAY

* "Brotherly Love." 7 p.m., NBC. Joey Lawrence, Matthew Lawrence, Andrew Lawrence and Melinda Culea. Sitcom set in a car repair garage and starring the Lawrence brothers. Makes the competition, "America's Funniest Home Videos" on ABC, seem deep. C-

* "Space." 7 p.m., Fox. Morgan Weissner, Kristen Cloke, et al. Young friends in space, action adventure and intergalactic warfare with the forces of evil. From the producers of "The X-Files." B-

* "Minor Adjustments." 7:30 p.m., NBC. Rondell Sheridan and Wendy Raquel Robinson. Sheridan plays a child psychologist in this "Cosby" wannabe. C+

* "Almost Perfect." 8:30 p.m., CBS. Nancy Travis and Kevin Kilner. Sitcom about two young achievers who meet at the wrong time career-wise and fall in love . . . or something. Funny pilot, talented stars, good time period. (Kilner's a Baltimore native and graduate of the Johns Hopkins University. The executive producer, Ken Levine, did Orioles broadcasts for WBAL a couple of seasons back.) B+

* "Too Something." 8:30 p.m., Fox. Eric Schaeffer and Donal Lardner Ward ("My Life's in Turnaround"). A "Dumb and Dumber" version of the young-friends-in-New-York sitcom formula. Good time slot after "The Simpsons." C-

* "Misery Loves Company." 9:30 p.m., Fox. Dennis Boutsikaris, Stephen Furst, Julius Carey, Lorraine Tossaint. Sitcom about divorced guys as friends. Not available for preview.

MONDAY

* "Can't Hurry Love." 8:30 p.m., CBS. Nancy McKeon, Mariska Hargitay and Louis Mandylor. Another New York sitcom with young single friends in which nightmare is defined as not having a date on Saturday. Good time slot could save this blatant rip-off of not only "Friends," but also "Cybill." C-

* "Partners." 9 p.m., Fox. Jon Cryer, Tate Donovan and Maria Pitillo. Smarmy sitcom from two producers of "Friends." C

* "If Not for You." 9:30 p.m., CBS. Elizabeth McGovern and Hank Azaria. CBS describes it as "a sitcom about two young lovers engaged to the wrong people." Not available for preview.

* "Ned & Stacey." 9:30 p.m., Fox. Thomas Haden Church and Debra Messing. Sitcom about two career-driven types who enter a sham marriage because he's got a great apartment and she needs a place to live. C-

TUESDAY

* "The Client." 8 p.m., CBS. JoBeth Williams, John Heard, Ossi Davis and Polly Holliday. Drama based on the movie, which was based on the book by John Grisham. The gruel's pretty thin by the time it gets to television on this one. C+

* "Hudson Street." 8:30 p.m., ABC. Tony Danza and Lori Loughlin. Sitcom about the sparks between a divorced detective (Danza) and a liberal newspaper reporter (Loughlin). Surprisingly nice chemistry between Danza and Loughlin. Very nice time slot between "Roseanne" and "Home Improvement." B+

* "The Pursuit of Happiness." 9:30 p.m., NBC. Tom Amadeus, Melinda McGraw, Larry Miller and Brad Garrett. Sitcom about an attorney, wife and friends from the producers of "Frasier." Lots of promise, especially in the gay partner played by Garrett. Good time period after "Frasier." B+

WEDNESDAY

* "Bless This House." 8 p.m., CBS. Andrew Clay and Cathy Moriarty. Working-class sitcom that's supposed to be part "Honeymooners" and part "Roseanne." Could succeed if enough viewers can forget about Clay's past as the Diceman. B-

* "The Drew Carey Show." 8:30 p.m., ABC. Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Ryan Stiles and Christa Miller. A blue-collar "Friends" set in Cleveland. C+

* "Central Park West." 9 p.m., CBS. Mariel Hemingway, Madchen Amick, Lauren Hutton, John Barrowman, Nikki Sheridan. A prime-time soap opera about the world of the young, rich and glamorous folks in New York City from the creator of "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Melrose Place." The John Kennedy Jr. (Barrowman) stuff is too-too much to bear. C

* "The Naked Truth." 9:30 p.m., ABC. Tea Leoni ("Flying Blind"), Jonathan Penner and Holland Taylor. Sitcom about a socialite who has to take a job as a photojournalist at a sleazy celebrity tabloid. Leoni is going to be a big star someday -- maybe even in this show, despite its messy pilot. B

* "Courthouse." 10 p.m., CBS. Patricia Wettig, Annabeth Gish, Robin Givens and Brad Johnson. Dreary drama about life inside a big-city courthouse. The most interesting character is a lesbian judge (Jenifer Lewis). Beyond that, not much. Wettig looks as if she's sleepwalking. C

THURSDAY

* "Charlie Grace." 8 p.m., NBC. Mark Harmon, Cindy Katz and Leslie Loeb. Harmon stars in this drama as an ex-Los Angeles cop who's now a private eye and single dad to a 13-year-old girl. Likable enough. B-

* "The Crew." 8:30 p.m., Fox. Rose Jackson, Kristin Bauer, David Burke and Charles Estin. Fox describes it as "a half-hour comedy about four young friends who live together in Miami and work together as flight attendants." What a great idea. F

* "The Single Guy." 8:30 p.m., NBC. Jonathan Silverman, Jessica Hecht, et al. Sitcom about a young novelist whose married friends keep trying to set him up with Ms. Right. C+

* "The Monroes." 9 p.m., ABC. William Devane, Susan Sullivan. Soap about a powerful political family. I thought we got over this kind of show when the '80s ended. D

* "New York News." 9 p.m., CBS. Mary Tyler Moore, Joe Morton, Madeline Kahn, Gregory Harrison, et al. Drama about a New York City tabloid. Not available for preview

* "Caroline in the City." 9:30 p.m., NBC. Lea Thompson, Eric Lutes, Amy Pietz. Sitcom about a young woman in the big city, looking for Mr. Right. She's the creator of a comic strip like "Cathy." Is she up to the challenge of delivering the huge audience from "Seinfeld" to "ER" a half-hour later? B

* "Murder One." 10 p.m., ABC. Daniel Benzali. Drama from Steven Bochco about a high-powered, criminal attorney in Los Angeles. Oh, yeah, it's got O. J. dripping from every pore. But Benzali is mesmerizing. A

FRIDAY

* "Dweebs." 8 p.m., CBS. Peter Scolari, Farrah Forke, Corey Feldman and David Kaufman. A sitcom about a computer guru (Scolari) and his dweeby followers . . . plus the beautiful Corey (Forke), a computer-illiterate office manager who can take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile. C+

* "Strange Luck." 8 p.m., Fox. D. B. Sweeney as an alternately charmed and cursed photographer. C

* "The Bonnie Hunt Show." 8:30 p.m., CBS. Bonnie Hunt and Mark Derwin. Hunt plays a Chicago TV reporter in this sitcom from David Letterman's production company. Not available for preview.

* "American Gothic." 10 p.m., CBS. Gary Cole is positively wicked as a small-town sheriff in the South who does evil things. Sam Raimi -- Mr. "Evil Dead" -- produces. Talented young feature film directors, such as Mike Binder ("Crossing the Bridge"), do turns as guest directors. The perfect place for Fox "X-Files" fans to turn at 10 p.m. Fridays. A

SATURDAY

* "JAG." 8 p.m., NBC. David James Elliott. Drama about the attractive young Navy officers in the Judge Advocate General's office. B-

* "Maybe This Time." 8 p.m., ABC. Marie Osmond and Betty White. Sitcom set in a coffee shop run by Mom (White) and daughter (Osmond). Much better than you might think . . . but then it had to be, didn't it? B

* "The Jeff Foxworthy Show." 8:30 p.m., ABC. Jeff Foxworthy. Sitcom with Mr. You-Might-Be-a-Redneck Foxworthy as the owner of a heating and air-conditioning company. Not available for preview.

* "The Preston Episodes." 8:30 p.m., Fox. David Alan Grier and Clive Revill. Grier plays a kind of male Mary Tyler Moore who quits an Ivy League teaching job to work for a celebrity mag rag. Not available for preview.

* "The Home Court." 9:30 p.m., NBC. Pamela Reed. Sitcom about an overwrought family court judge and single mother to four kids. Proves not all NBC sitcoms are funny. C-

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