TCA Network Notes

Jul 25, 2004  •  Post A Comment

CBS: Viacom Co-President and Co-Chief Operating Officer Leslie Moonves called the “CSI” franchise a “weapon” in the CBS arsenal and talked about the show’s newest incarnation in the fall on Wednesday nights. “`CSI: NY’ is not going to beat `Law & Order,”‘ he said. “However, `CSI: NY’ is going to do better … in that time period than we have in decades.” “CSI: NY” premieres Sept. 22. CBS Entertainment President Nancy Tellem announced that the ninth edition of “Survivor” will premiere Sept. 16, a few days before the official Sept. 20 debut of CBS’s 2004-05 schedule. The John Goodman-Jean Smart comedy “Center of the Universe” premieres at 9:30 p.m. Sept. 22, while Rob Lowe’s new drama “dr. vegas” begins Sept. 24. A special preview of the baseball-themed drama “Clubhouse” airs Sept. 26, before premiering in its regular Tuesday 9 p.m. time slot Sept. 28.

UPN: UPN Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff described the network’s schedule of two years ago as suffering from “multiple personality disorder.” But for the upcoming season Ms. Ostroff said the network has “a clear, cohesive identity” with a focus on women 18 to 34. New dramas “Kevin Hill” and “Veronica Mars” both get the benefit of “America’s Next Top Model” as a lead-in for their series premieres. “Veronica Mars” gets a special preview Sept. 22, following the third-season premiere of “Top Model” at 8 p.m. “Veronica Mars” moves into its regular 9 p.m. slot Sept. 28. “Kevin Hill” premieres at 9 p.m. Sept. 29, after the season’s second episode of “Top Model.” The returning Monday night comedy lineup, including new sitcom “Second Time Around,” premieres Sept. 20. “All of Us” and “Eve” premiere Sept. 21.