KTTV gives top slots to new acquisitions

Syndie lineup includes 'Court,' 'Carey'

After a spending spree in which L.A. Fox-affiliate KTTV locked up four of the more high-profile shows entering syndication this fall, station execs unveiled the new lineup with key timeslots handed to rookie programs.

New acquisitions “Divorce Court” (Twentieth) “Queen Latifah” (Telepictures), “The Drew Carey Show” (Warner Bros.) and “3rd Rock From the Sun” (Carsey-Werner) have each been handed priority timeslots.

Daily runs of “Carey” landed at the coveted 7:30 p.m. time period, while “3rd Rock” will run at 6:30 p.m. The off-net airings of the two shows will push Buena Vista’s “Home Improvement” to a solo run at 5:30 p.m., while “The Simpsons” slides back a half hour in each of its two airings to 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The station’s other new off-net series, Buena Vista’s “Unhappily Ever After,” will get a double run, 5 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. It is teamed with the similarly themed “Married … With Children” on latenight. The off-net airings begin Monday.

“Divorce Court” began its weekday airings last week and held its own against competition from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Talker “Queen Latifah” is slated to follow starting Sept. 20 for its hour, followed by airings of the Queen Latifah starrer “Living Single” at 11 a.m.