Skein stumbles after shuffle
Frosh drama “Safe Harbor” has been cast out to sea by the WB, while Fox has decided to show a little love toward its new “Party of Five” spin-off “Time of Your Life.”
While a Frog croaksman declined to comment, industry sources confirmed that the WB has opted against giving “Safe” a full-season order, ensuring the skein will disappear after it completes its initial 13-seg run. Remaining segs will likely air for a few more weeks.
No time’s ‘Safe’
After “Safe” stumbled in its original 9 p.m. Monday slot, the WB recently shifted the Spelling Television skein from its post-“7th Heaven” slot to Sundays at 7 p.m. Ratings remained lackluster.
It’s expected the WB could return repeats of “7th Heaven” to the 7 p.m. slot next month, with comedies a possibility Mondays at 9 p.m. The WB might also try comedies on Sunday and Monday.
As for “Time,” Fox has ordered six additional segs of the Jennifer Love Hewitt starrer, bringing the total number of episodes to be produced this season to 19. A full season order usually consists of 22 segs, but insiders said the thesp’s contract this season stipulates that no more than 19 segs of the Columbia TriStar skein be produced so that she can maintain her feature career.
‘Time’ gets time
“Time” has been a ratings disappointment Mondays at 8 p.m., but with so much of Fox’s primetime sked in shambles, the net has opted to give the skein time to grow. Net also believes in the long-term star power of Hewitt as well as the abilities of exec producers Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman.