Fox bets on ‘Greed,’ moves it to Fridays

'Wildest Police Videos' will lead into gameshow

Fox apparently thinks “Greed” will be good on Friday nights.

The “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” ripoff, which has dramatically boosted Fox’s fortunes on Thursday nights since bowing in November, will shift to Fridays at 9 p.m. starting Jan. 7. Leading into the gameshow at 8 p.m. will be “World’s Wildest Police Videos.”

To help build interest, Fox will air extra segs of “Greed” at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5 and Thursday, Jan. 6. Fox will fill Thursday nights with movies and specials. Extra segs of “Greed” on occasional Thursdays are also a possibility.

A Fox test of the “Wildest”/”Greed” combo last Friday scored solid Nielsen numbers and helped the net score its first adults 18-49 win of the season. The new Friday lineup replaces the duo of “Harsh Realm” and “The Badlands,” which quickly bombed this fall.

Meanwhile, the WB will try out comedies on Monday nights starting next month. Frog net will sked the new laffer “Brutally Normal” at 9 p.m., followed by the second season of “Zoe” (nee “Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane,” nee “Zoe Bean”) at 9:30 p.m. Both comedies are from Touchstone Television and will bow Jan. 24.

Two laffers replace the canceled “Safe Harbor” (Daily Variety, Dec. 9.) Repeats of “7th Heaven” will return to Sundays at 7 p.m. next month.

“Brutally Normal” is about three highschoolers struggling through their teens. Exec producers are Mike Greer, Greer Shephard, Tommy Swerdlow and Michael Goldberg.

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