‘Sentinel,’ two others in UPN bullpen

Fans revive cop drama, 'Nicki,' 'Home' join sked

HOLLYWOOD — UPN ordered three midseason series on Friday, including one returning show dropped from the fall sked: “The Sentinel.”

Fans of the drama “The Sentinel,” which ended last season with a cliffhanger, had organized a campaign to get the show back, and UPN has now obliged with a 13-episode order.

The netlet also ordered six episodes of two new midseason comedies. Castle Rock TV’s “Nicki” stars Julie Hagerty (“Airplane”) as a woman whose daughter she gave up for adoption reappears in her life as a teenager. The sitcom is executive produced by Dee LaDuke and Mark Alton Brown (“Designing Women”).

UPN also picked up the “Home Team” from Jim Henson Prods., which is about a widowed basketball coach with four daughters. That comedy is executive produced by Russell Marcus (“Married … With Children,” “Malcolm & Eddie”).

“‘Home Team’ and ‘Nicki’ give us strong midseason comedy bench strength from veteran producers,” said UPN entertain-ment prexy Tom Nunan. “And aside from the legion of loyal ‘Sentinel’ fans who have bombarded our office with tens of thousands of phone calls, I think the happiest person to hear the news is the UPN switchboard operator.”

The netlet previously ordered 13 episodes of the midseason animated comedy “Dilbert” from Columbia TriStar TV, bringing the complete midseason backup bench to four shows.