Fox bows ‘bold’ fall schedule

'King' moves to anchor Tuesday lineup

NEW YORK — As expected, Fox will aggressively go after ABC and NBC’s Tuesday night lineups by moving its animated hit “King of the Hill” from Sunday to Tuesday at 8 p.m. this fall.

“Fox has always been best when it’s most bold,” said Fox Entertainment Group prexy Peter Roth at a press conference announcing the network’s fourth quarter schedule.

Fox will use “King of the Hill” to launch a new night of series on Tuesday, a night during which it currently runs movies. “Costello,” a new sitcom, will follow “King” at 8:30 p.m. and the new Warner Bros. drama “Brimstone” will fill the 9-10 p.m. slot. Roth described “Brimstone,” which stars Peter Horton, as having “the mood of ‘X-Files’ with penetrating emotional reach.”

On Monday night, Fox will stick with “Melrose Place” at 8 p.m. and “Ally McBeal” at 9 p.m. Roth also said that the network will run original episodes of “Melrose” in July.

Fox will also stay put on Wednesday with “Beverly Hills, 90210” at 8 p.m. and “Party of Five” at 9 p.m.

“World’s Wildest Police Videos” will kick off Thursday night, followed by “Hollyweird,” a new Studio USA hour executive produced by Wes Craven.

Going for laughs

Fox will launch a new sitcom, a genre that’s given the network problems, called “Living in Captivity,” at 8 p.m. Friday. “Getting Personal” will follow at 8:30 p.m. and “Millennium” will round out the night.

Saturday will feature two episodes of “Cops” and “America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back” at 9 p.m.

Fox will try two new shows on Sunday. “The World’s Funniest Home Videos” will begin the evening at 7 p.m., followed by “Holding the Baby,” a new single-dad concept sitcom, at 7:30 p.m. “The Simpsons” will anchor the night at 8 p.m., providing a big audience to sample “Feelin’ All Right,” a period comedy about four teens growing up in the 1970s. Roth said the series will do for the 1970s what “Happy Days” did for the 1950s. “X-Files” will run at 9 p.m.

UPN to add programming

Weblet UPN also unveiled its aggressive fall schedule Thursday. New CEO Dean Valentine will bring back only five series from the 1997-98 season and will add two new nights of programming.

Monday will feature three new series: “Guys Like Us,” a sitcom about two hip young roommates who are forced to take care of one’s 6-year-old brother; “DiResta,” based on comedian John DiResta’s real life as a New York City transit cop; and “The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer,” a Monty Pythonesque comedy. The returning show “Malcom & Eddie” will end the night at 9:30 p.m.

“Moesha” and “Clueless,” two returning shows, will run Tuesday from 8-9 p.m., followed by “Mercy Point,” a new sci-fi medical drama.

Wednesday will begin at 8 p.m. with “Seven Days,” a sci-fi hour starring Jonathan LaPaglia as a CIA castoff who travels back in time to avert a present-day disaster. “Star Trek: Voyager” will return at 9 p.m.

The weblet will run “The UPN Way Out There Movie” on Thursday. The new 19th-century-set drama “Legacy” will lead off Friday at 8 p.m., followed by “Love Boat: The Next Wave” at 9 p.m.

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