‘Dr. Quinn’ will operate for CBS in Saturday slot

CBS hopes “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” will provide the cure for its ailing Saturday night lineup.

The drama about a pioneering woman doctor who practices medicine on the American frontier will anchor the night at 8 p.m. beginning Jan. 2.

“Raven,” which was pulled while the web purged its entire low-rated Saturday night sked, will return to the 9 p.m. slot.

CBS indicated that an announcement would be made shortly about a 10-11 p.m. Saturday series.

One of the rumored candidates is “The Hat Squad,” which has run last in its 8 p.m. Wednesday period.

Last Wednesday, CBS performed competitively with a two-hour “In the Heat of the Night” movie leading off the night. “Heat” scored a second-place 13.1 rating/19 share from 8-10 p.m., good enough to finish ahead of the usual 8-9 p.m. time period winner, NBC’s “Unsolved Mysteries.”

‘Heat’ shift possible

That has given rise to speculation that CBS may shift “Heat” and “Hat Squad” in December.

One big clue: The next scheduled Wednesday airing for “Hat Squad” is at 9 p.m. Dec. 9.

CBS had originally scheduled “Dr. Quinn” to run in the 9-10 p.m. Saturday slot at the start of the season, but instead opted to wait for an 8 p.m. opening.

Series features Jayne Seymour

The series, which is from CBS Entertainment Prods. in association with the Sullivan Co., stars Jane Seymour.

Before it settles into its regular slot, CBS will provide the show with a two-hour preview at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

“Raven,” from Invader Prods. in association with Columbia Pictures Television , stars Jeffrey Meek as an American martial arts master and Lee Majors as his buddy private eye.

The program was part of a Saturday night lineup that was quickly yanked.

The last surviving component, “Brooklyn Bridge,” is on hiatus, with seven episodes left to air later in the season.

The network intends to replace “Bridge” with a new 8 p.m. Saturday reality hour, “Miracles and Other Wonders.” A short-term series hosted by Darren McGavin , it will focus on inexplicable events.

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