Fox confirms sitcom slots

Fox Broadcasting Co. has confirmed Sunday and Tuesday berths, respectively, for new sitcoms starring George Carlin and Henry Winkler, as expected (Daily Variety, Nov. 24).

Warner Bros. TV’s “The George Carlin Show” gets the better of the two time periods, airing at 9:30 p.m. Sunday starting Jan. 16, following “Married … With Children.” The series, exec produced by “The Simpsons’ ” Sam Simon, Carlin and Jerry Hamza, features the comic as a cab driver and co-stars Alex Rocco.

“Monty,” a Disney TV sitcom originally developed at NBC that features Winkler as a conservative talkshow host, will be asked to lead off Tuesday starting Jan. 11, with “Roc” moving to 8:30 and “Bakersfield P.D.” going on broadcast hiatus until the late spring after its Jan. 4 telecast (Daily Variety, Dec. 14).

The show will be previewed Jan. 9 behind “Married” before taking its regular Tuesday slot. Winkler and Marc Lawrence are exec producers.

Separately, CBS said it will flop “Hearts Afire” and “The Nanny” starting Dec. 29 in the 8 p.m. Wednesday hour, with the latter TriStar comedy now leading off the night and the Mozark Prods. sitcom batting second. Both shows have been struggling, with “The Nanny” building slightly on its lead-in.

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