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‘King’-sized switch

WWOR revamp anchors 'Queens,' ''70s Show'

NEW YORK — The title of “Ambush Makeover,” one of WWOR-TV’s daytime shows, could also refer to the schedule overhaul the Gotham station is getting for the 2003-04 season, led by a double run of “King of Queens” every weekday at 6 p.m.

Over the last few years, WWOR has become the New York destination for ethnic-sitcom reruns such as “The Hughleys” and “Jamie Foxx,” and the station will carry “Steve Harvey” at 7 and “The Parkers” at 7:30 for the new season beginning next month.

The logical outlet for “Queens” was WWOR’s sister station WNYW New York, which gravitates to more mainstream sitcoms. But because WNYW has made a commitment to local news from 5-6:30 every evening and continues to pull solid Nielsens with reruns of “The Simpsons” (staying at 6:30 and 7 p.m.) and “Seinfeld” (sticking at 7:30 and 11 p.m.), “Queens” was free to move to WWOR.

Also shifting to WWOR from WNYW is “That ’70s Show,” whose reruns will fill the 5 and 5:30 timeslots every evening on WWOR starting next month, displacing “Ricki Lake,” which resurfaces at 4 p.m.

WPIX decided to make no fall changes in its three-hour sitcom block starting at 5 p.m. with “Fresh Prince,” followed by “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “Dharma & Greg,” “Will & Grace,” “Friends” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

The station also won’t tamper with its two-hour latenight block, with “Friends” at 11 followed by “Raymond,” “Will & Grace” and “Frasier.”

The new syndicated series getting the most buzz in New York is WNBC’s “Ellen DeGeneres,” which succeeds “People’s Court” at 10 a.m. “People’s Court” is migrating to WCBS, where it hits the gavel at 4 p.m., elbowing out “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” at 4 and a half-hour of local news at 4:30.

Two other rookie talkshows will go head-to-head in New York at 9 a.m.: “Living It Up With Jack & Ali” on WCBS and “Sharon Osbourne” on WPIX. But both shows may have tough sledding because their main competition is perennial time-period winner “Live With Regis & Kelly” on WABC.