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Dec 2, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Fox will air the second edition of reality hit “American Idol” on Tuesday and Wednesday nights starting in January. The 16-week run kicks off with a 90-minute episode from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, followed the next night by another 90-minute episode from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Audition shows will air on Jan. 28 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Jan. 29 from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., before the series settles into its regular time slots the following week.
Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 4, “American Idol” will air from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. leading into the drama “24.” Results show episodes will air Wednesdays from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting Feb. 5. Fox’s revamped Wednesday schedule has “That `70s Show” kicking off the night at 8 p.m., followed by “American Idol” at 8:30 p.m. leading into “The Bernie Mac Show” and “Cedric The Entertainer” from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Displaced Wednesday series “Fastlane” will move to Friday nights at 8 p.m. starting Jan. 10. The current time slot occupant “Firefly” will go on hiatus. Fox Entertainment President Gail Berman stressed that “Firefly” has not been canceled. New episodes will continue to air throughout December, and the network is considering a new time slot for the series.
Ms. Berman also confirmed that two shows announced at the upfront for fall-“The Grubbs” and “Septuplets”-will not make it onto Fox’s airwaves.
NBC adds `Mr. Sterling’ to schedule
NBC has scheduled the drama “Mr. Sterling,” which stars Josh Brolin, on Friday night at 8 p.m. beginning Jan. 10, NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker said on a conference call with reporters last week. Sitcom “A.U.S.A.” will launch during February sweeps. Drama “Kingpin” will debut in March, and the Julia-Louis Dreyfus sitcom “Watching Ellie” will return in March. NBC also picked up two more episodes of Tuesday sitcom “In-Laws,” giving the show a 15-episode order. Mr. Zucker said the network still might pick up additional episodes.
Mr. Zucker also said he is reconsidering the future of the Friday night drama “Providence,” which is scheduled to end its run on the network in December. He said he’s taking another look at the show and will make a decision in January on whether it will return. “I may have made the wrong decision,” he said. “I’m not sure yet.”

WB adds two reality series, moves `Angel’
The WB will introduce two new reality series in January and move “Angel” to another time slot, WB Entertainment President Jordan Levin said last week on a conference call to tout the network’s November sweeps growth. “High School Reunion,” produced by Mike Fleiss, will air Sundays at 9 p.m. starting Jan. 5. The hour-long series will get a second run each week on the following Thursday at 8 p.m. starting Jan. 9.
CBS slates `Star Search’ for January
CBS will debut its new version of “Star Search” on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 8 p.m. The series will bridge the gap between “Survivor: Thailand” and the next installment of “Survivor.”