'Home Improvement' goes into syndication on Fox


The pace of new programming is picking up nicely. Fox premieres two more series, "Partners" and "Ned and Stacey," and also takes up "Melrose Place" where it explosively left off last season. CBS, meanwhile, sneaks in a preview of a new sitcom, "Bless This House."

* "Home Improvement" (7 p.m.-7:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- The frequent ratings winner of recent seasons makes its debut in rerun syndication with a show that isn't -- a rerun, that is. Tonight's episode, "Tanks for the Memories," was never screened on ABC. Tim and Jill (Tim Allen and Patricia Richardson) race each other in Army tanks. Fox.

* "Melrose Place" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- When last we met in the season finale, Kimberly (Marcia Cross) was blowing up an apartment complex and Jake and Jess (Grant Show and Don Cortese) were in a serious fight at a construction site. The season premiere resolves those story lines and starts some more. Fox.

* "Bless This House" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- The network calls this a "preview" rather than a premiere, but it is the first showing of a new series starring Andrew Clay and Cathy Moriarty as an argument-prone married couple. (The show will usually air Wednesdays at 8 p.m.) CBS.

* "Partners" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Jon Cryer ("The Famous Teddy Z"), Tate Donovan and Maria Pitillo star in this new series about an unusual triangle involving a man, a woman and the man's business partner. Fox.

* "The American Experience: The Way West" (9 p.m.-10:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Producer Ken Burns' documentary, chronicling the clash between westward-pushing white settlers and the Native American cultures they displaced, gets an encore (concluding tomorrow). Russell Baker is the narrator. PBS.

* "Ned and Stacey" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Thomas Haden Church, who has played Lowell on "Wings," gets his own show as a man who marries his wife (Debra Messing) only to secure a job promotion. Gee, do you think they'll eventually fall in love? Fox.


* "Denali National Park -- Inside Passage" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., The Discovery Channel) -- Somewhere deep in the subconscious of many an urban dweller lies the desire to escape to some high mountain somewhere. Here's a vicarious trip, at least, to America's highest such place: the 20,000-foot Mount McKinley in Alaska.

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