WPIX skeds dating duo

'Love,' 'Heart' weekday combo part of new fall lineup

NEW YORK — WPIX is giving a big break to Warner Bros.’ new “Love Connection”/”Change of Heart” combo, scheduling the two dating shows in the middle of a “Jerry Springer” sandwich.

Finally taking the wraps off its fall lineup Tuesday, the Tribune-owned WB flagship announced that “Love” and “Heart” will air weekdays from 10-11 a.m., hammocked between the hugely successful 9 and 11 a.m. airings of “Springer.”

The one downside for the two frosh gameshows: They’ll have to compete against a revamped “Rosie O’Donnell Show,” which remains a dominant first on WABC at 10 a.m.

Birds of a feather

While gameshows and talkshows usually aren’t compatible, WPIX general manager Paul Bissonette believes “Springer” will work well as a lead-in to “Love” and “Heart.”

“They’re very much relationship shows more than they are gameshows,” he told Daily Variety. “They’re all about people and what people do in peculiar circumstances … It feels like a good fit coming out of ‘Springer.’ ”

Meanwhile, as expected, “Friends” and “Frasier” will anchor WPIX’s evening lineup, airing at 7 and 7:30 p.m., respectively. “Friends” will get a second run weeknights at 11:30 p.m. and will also air Saturdays at 11 p.m.

As part of WB’s national syndie rollout of “Friends,” the series will bow Sept. 21 with a one-hour special consisting of an expanded pilot episode, outtakes and a musical number from Lisa Kudrow.

Judge runs again

In daytime, WPIX will add a second run of “Judge Mills Lane” at 12:30 p.m., with “Hard Copy” and “Real TV” paired from 1-2 p.m.

Following afternoon kids’ programming, “Full House” will kick off the station’s early fringe comedy block at 5 p.m., followed by “Family Matters,” “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Boy Meets World.”

WPIX’s powerhouse latenight lineup will continue to lead off with “Seinfeld” at 11 p.m., followed by the second run of “Friends,” “Cheers” and “Murphy Brown.” A second run of “Love Connection” and “Change of Heart” will air from 1-2 a.m.

On weekends, WPIX will continue airing four hours of movies on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, with “Xena” and “Hercules” remaining in primetime on Saturdays.

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