Bochco’s ‘Byros’ nest at ABC midseason

This article was corrected on July 2, 1993. Past credits for Channing Gibson, who will be an exec producer on the ABC midseason series “The Byrds of Paradise,” were incorrect in Thursday’s paper.He previously worked on “Moonlighting” and “St. Elsewhere.”

Steven Ginsberg is the screenwriter of the movie “Family Prayers.” An item Thursday incorrectly listed the scripter.

ABC has added another one-hour series from Steven Bochco Prods., the tentatively titled family drama “The Byrds of Paradise,” to its midseason roster.

The web also confirmed orders on three other midseason series, all previously reported: “Sister, Sister,” a sitcom featuring 13-year-old twins Tia and Tamera Mowry, from Paramount Network TV; “Birdland,” a Columbia Pictures TV drama starring Brian Dennehy as chief of psychiatry at a major metropolitan hospital; and “The Critic,” a Gracie Films/Columbia animated series from “The Simpsons” producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss featuring the voice of Jon Lovitz (Daily Variety, June 30).

In addition, Tim Reid (“WKRP in Cincinnati,””Frank’s Place”) and Jackee (“227 “) have been cast as the adult leads in “Sister, Sister,” playing the widowed father and single mother thrown together to create a family when the two separated-at-birth teenagers are reunited. Jackee was last seen as a late addition to Paramount’s short-lived “The Royal Family.”

“Byrds” will film in Hawaii and comes from producers Charles Eglee (“Moonlighting”) and Channing Gibson (Bochco’s “Doogie Howser, M.D.”), who will exec produce along with Bochco. The show involves a Yale professor who moves with his three children to the islands after the murder of his wife, becoming a headmaster at a small private school.

The show is the sixth under Bochco’s 10-series deal with the network, which became effective in summer 1988. Other projects generated since then were “Doogie Howser,””Cop Rock,””Capitol Critters,””Civil Wars” and the upcoming fall drama “NYPD Blue.”

ABC is also holding the returning series “Dinosaurs,””FBI: The Untold Stories” and “American Detective” in reserve, as well as a fourth hour from its news division, “Moments of Crisis.”

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