You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

CBS will revive ‘Bodies’

CBS will move Twentieth TV’s first-year drama “Picket Fences” to Thursday nights starting in April and bring back the David Jacobs-Lorimar TV summer series “Bodies of Evidence” in “Fences’ ” current slot at 10 p.m. Fridays as of April 2.

The move sets up a scenario in which “Fences” exec producer-creator David E. Kelley will face off at 10 p.m. Thursdays against his old Twentieth series, “L.A. Law,” which will return from a March hiatus with new episodes overseen by another “Law” alumnus, William M. Finkelstein.

The shift also will give the network a chance to evaluate the critically lauded “Fences” in a different, higher-profile slot and establishes the series as a candidate to replace longtime slot occupant “Knots Landing,” which will complete its 14-year run after this season.

“Knots” will air its last regular episode in March and conclude with a two-hour finale held back for the May sweeps (Daily Variety, Jan. 11).

“Evidence,” which stars Lee Horsley as a homicide cop, performed well in the “Knots” slot during a trial stint last summer, averaging a 10.3 rating, 18 share in Nielsen despite lower HUT (homes using TV) levels in the summer and stiff competition from the Summer Olympics.

Network officials believe the show has a chance of holding its own in the Friday slot opposite news magazine “20/20” and NBC’s lineup, which usually consists of repeat “Perry Mason” movies.

CBS has tried repeatedly to boost exposure for “Fences,” including a couple of Monday airings in “Northern Exposure’s” slot.

More TV

  • Super Bowl LII - Tom Brady,

    Verizon Plans Multiple Ad Plays Leading to Super Bowl Commercial

    If Verizon gets its way, its Super Bowl advertising plans will include a 60-second commercial during the game – and a half-hour documentary that gives viewers even more of what will be discussed in the ad. The telecommunications giant is often scrutinized for the communications resources it provides its customers, but its Super Bowl campaign [...]

  • Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce

    Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce GLAAD Media Award Nominations

    Mj Rodriguez and Nico Santos are set to announce the nominees for the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards. The “Pose” star and “Crazy Rich Asians” funny man will make the announcement during a live-stream from the AT&T Hello Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 25. “The images and stories recognized by the [...]

  • Naomi Watts

    Naomi Watts to Star in Jason Blum-Produced Quibi Series 'Wolves and Villagers' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Naomi Watts has been cast in the lead role in the upcoming Quibi series “Wolves and Villagers,” Variety has learned exclusively. The exact plot of the short-form series is being kept under wraps, but Quibi co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg has previously described the show as “Fatal Attraction 2.0.” Jason Blum is executive producing the series, with [...]

  • HBO's 'Breslin And Hamill' Documentary Drops

    HBO's 'Breslin And Hamill' Documentary Drops Trailer

    “Revolutionary,” “superstars,” “the voice of true New Yorkers” — that’s how Spike Lee and other influential figures describe journalists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill in the trailer released for HBO’s “Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists” documentary. The film, which premieres Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, follows the two newspaper columnists whose dedication and wit [...]

  • Riverdale Chapter Twenty-Six

    TV News Roundup: 'Riverdale' Sets 'Heathers' Musical Episode

    In Thursday’s roundup, “Riverdale” is set to tackle “Heathers: The Musical,” and Freeform has announced its second annual summit. DATES  The musical episode of the CW’s “Riverdale,” featuring nine songs, will air Wednesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. On the show, Riverdale High School takes on “Heathers: The Musical,” with queen bees Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content