Fox firms ‘Harriet’ bow

Fox Broadcasting Co. is launching the midseason comedy “Ask Harriet” and bringing the Dick Wolf drama “New York Undercover” back to Thursdays in January.

“Harriet,” from Columbia TriStar TV, will initially air Sunday Jan. 4 at 8:30 p.m. in place of “King of the Hill,” so that Fox can give the sitcom some exposure following a football playoff game.

The comedy, starring Anthony Tyler Quinn (“Boy Meets World”) as an out-of-work sportswriter who poses as a woman to get a job as a women’s advice columnist, will move to Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 8.

“Between Brothers” will be preempted for two weeks before moving to the Thursday 8 p.m. anchor slot Jan. 22. On Jan. 8, a special broadcast of “The Simpsons” will lead into “Ask Harriet,” while a special “King of the Hill” will start the night Jan. 15.

“New York Undercover,” which aired Thursdays at 9 p.m. last season, will return to its old timeslot starting Jan. 8. The final episode of 20th Century Fox’s frosh drama “413 Hope St.” will air Jan. 1, while “Living Single” will end its five-year run with back-to-back episodes at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. the same night.

Separately, Fox has renewed the new David E. Kelley drama “Ally McBeal” for the 1998-1999 season. That’s the third Kelley drama to get picked up early for next season: ABC also ordered “The Practice” and CBS “Chicago Hope.” “Ally McBeal” has performed well for Fox Mondays at 9 p.m. following “Melrose Place.”

Fox also confirmed that it will relaunch the series “Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction?” Fridays at 8 p.m. beginning Jan. 23 in place of “The Visitor” (Daily Variety, Dec. 12).

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