Cosby’s ‘Kids’ gets series nod

CBS is rejiggering its Friday family lineup. The network is benching the low-rated sitcom “Meego” on Jan. 9 and leading off the night with the new half-hour Bill Cosby-hosted “Kids Say the Darndest Things” series, which has performed exceptionally well for the Eye web as specials.

“The Gregory Hines Show” will move from 9 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and “Family Matters” will move from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. “Step By Step” remains at 9:30 p.m., and “Nash Bridges” stays at 10 p.m.

No new ‘Meegos’ ordered

This past Friday night, the hour-long “Kids Say” special won its timeslot in homes (12.9/22) and adults 18-49 (5.4), giving CBS its highest Friday ratings of the season. “Meego,” preempted for much of the November sweeps, is the lowest-rated of CBS’ Friday sitcoms, and it’s the one new series that CBS hasn’t given an order for additional episodes.

‘Hines’ gets Monday test

“Gregory Hines” is a critical favorite, but it isn’t considered a great fit for the Friday lineup, so CBS has decided to test the show on Monday, Dec. 15, at 8:30 p.m., leading out of “Cosby” and into “Everybody Loves Raymond” at 9 p.m. “Hines” will also air three times the week of Dec. 22, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 p.m., to get some extra exposure and try out new timeslots.

In other programming news:

CBS has ordered “Candid Camera” as a midseason series, as expected (Daily Variety, Nov. 14). It’s the second special CBS has converted into a midseason series this year.

NBC, sources say, has ordered several episodes of “Legacy” (formerly “Van Helsing Chronicles”) from NBC Studios, which will air on the Saturday “thrillogy” lineup in place of the canceled “Sleepwalkers,” most likely at 9 p.m. “Legacy” will be recast and on the air as soon as possible early next year.

ABC confirmed that it has picked up a full season of “Nothing Sacred” (Daily Variety, Nov. 13) and “Cracker.”

NBC announced that it will air a commercial-free episode of “Mad About You” Dec. 16. The entire 22-minute episode was filmed in one take, real time, with one camera, and all ads will air before and after the episode.

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