The fall will bring only a moderate number of scheduling changes at Los Angeles TV stations, with KNBC-TV downgrading “Donahue” to make room for “Sally Jessy Raphael” and indies adding a few new talkshows, magazines and sitcom reruns to their lineups.
But one off-net comedy that had been expected to premiere in September, Twentieth TV’s “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” will remain on hold for another year. The syndicator has refused to give Tribune Broadcasting-owned indie KTLA permission to run the strip ahead of its scheduled fall ’94 launch date.
The L.A. stations have yet to officially announce their fall schedules, potentially leaving room for last-minute changes.
Yet KTLA has the only lineup that still appears to be totally up in the air. It’s kicking around a number of scenarios for the 5-8 p.m. block, even though the fall premiere deadline for most TV logbooks has passed.
KTLA has Warner Bros.’ “Family Matters” ready to go, but the station’s general manager Greg Nathanson said he is still trying to decide whether to launch off-net episodes of the potential MCA TV powerhouse “Coach” in the fall orwait another year.
In the mornings, meanwhile, Nathanson confirmed a Sept. 6 launch date for the new KTLA9 a.m. talkshow hosted by the four primary “Morning News” personalities.
Over at KNBC, the station intends to shift Multimedia Entertainment’s “Donahue” talkshow to 2 p.m. and insert the syndicator’s “Sally Jessy Raphael” at 3 p.m.
“Sally” is moving to the station this fall from KCAL-TV. “Donahue” has been on a downward spiral over the past several sweeps books, which has hurt the station’s 4 p.m. news.
KNBC also intends to scrap “Donahue” reruns in the mornings, opting instead for “The Best of Sally Jessy Raphael” at 10 a.m. — taking the show out of direct competition with KABC-TV’s dominant 9 a.m. talker “Live WithRegis & Kathie Lee,” which will go head-to-head with network fare on the Peacock O&O.
The NBC station will have “Entertainment Tonight” and “Hard Copy” airing from 7-8 p.m. for another year (when the two programs move to KCBS-TV), and carry Buena Vista Television’s new weekly high-profile newsmag “The Crusaders” from 7- 8 p.m. Saturdays.
KCBS intends to stick with Genesis Entertainment’s “Real Stories of the Highway Patrol” and Warner Bros.’ “Love Connection” in access.
With KCBS hurting from 3-4 p.m., the station is hoping Warner Bros.’ “The Best of Love Connection” and half-hour reruns of MTM’s “Rescue: 911” will eventually be able to make a dent.
Neither show has performed well this summer, and they could face a long, slow build in a time period when there are fairly entrenched viewing habits.
KABC-TV, meanwhile, will continue to glide with King World’s threatening threesome of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (3-4 p.m.), “Jeopardy” (7 p.m.) and “Wheel of Fortune” (7:30 p.m.).
Among the indies, the schedules are shaping up this way in the 5-8 p.m. early fringe/access block:
o Chris-Craft/United’s KCOP intends to stick with the status quo from 6-8 p.m., with the only change coming during the first hour. The indie will air Columbia’s new “Ricki!” talk strip there, replacing the current entrants, Viacom’s “The Cosby Show” and “A Different World.”
Rounding out the block, KCOP will continue to air Viacom’s “Roseanne” at 6 p.m., “Cosby” at 6:30 and Paramount’s “Star Trek: The Next Generation” from 7-8.
As previously announced, “Roseanne” will continue airing at 11, with Par’s “The Arsenio Hall Show” in from 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
o Fox-owned KTTV is expected to shift Turner Program Services’ “The Wonder Years” from 6:30 to 5:30 p.m., where “I Love Lucy” reruns are now airing for the umpteenth time.
o At Disney-owned KCAL-TV, Warner Bros.’ “Jane Whitney Show” will continue to occupy the 5 p.m. hour, with “Empty Nest” dwelling in the old “Golden Girls” home at 6 p.m., local news at 6:30, King World’s “Inside Edition” at 7 and KW’s new companion strip “American Journal” at 7:30.