‘Champs’ in for ‘Coach’

ABC will insert “Champs” the first primetime series from DreamWorks – in the coveted slot following “Home Improvement” starting Jan. 9, temporarily benching the Universal TV veteran “Coach.”

The network was said to have promised DreamWorks a shot with “Champs,” which stars Timothy Busfield and is produced by Gary David Goldberg, in that 9:30 p.m. Tuesday berth. “Coach” is expected to leave the schedule after Dec. 19 and will return later in the season, with its next timeslot to be determined in part by how well “Champs” performs on Tuesday.

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