‘Blue’s’ Franz sees red over preemption

”NYPD Blue” star Dennis Franz was fuming about ABC’s decision to bench the Steven Bochco drama for six weeks and try out the new David Kelley drama ”The Practice” in the Tuesday 10-11 p.m. slot.

According to industry sources, Franz was unaware of the decision by ABC to put ”The Practice” in the ”NYPD Blue” slot when he attended the network’s bash capping the annual press tour Jan 8.

When reporters asked Franz how he felt about the decision, the actor turned to ABC TV Network president David Westin and demanded to know why he hadn’t been briefed.

”NYPD Blue” would probably be in reruns for at least part of those six weeks, since the tryout for ”The Practice” immediately follows the February sweeps.

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