Sharon Gless and Carol Burnett rose yesterday from the ashes of spring pre-emption and outright cancellation, respectively, to find new life on CBS for next fall. "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill," which disappeared from the CBS schedule this spring, was picked up for the fall. "Carol & Company," which was canceled Monday by NBC, will be reborn on CBS as "The Carol Burnett Show."
Other shows renewed from last year were "Northern Exposure," "Evening Shade" and "Top Cops." They'll be joined next fall by new shows starring Redd Foxx, Della Reese and Connie Sellecca.
Outside of the programs listed above, CBS virtually wiped out the entire slate of shows it debuted last fall. They include: "Uncle Buck," "Bagdad Cafe," "Lenny," "The Flash," "Sons and Daughters," "WIOU" and "Doctor, Doctor." There were few surprises there -- CBS led the league in early season bombs.
Next season's new offerings include:
*"The Royal Family," a half-hour comedy starring Redd Foxx and Della Reese as an Atlanta mailman and his wife, whose plans for a quiet retirement are turned upside down when their daughter and her three children move in with them.
*"Teech" stars Phill Lewis, Maggie Han and Ken Lawrence Johnston in a half-hour comedy about a young, black music teacher, laid off from South Philadelphia's public school system, who finds a new position at an exclusive, all-white, private boarding school.
*"Princesses" features Julie Hagerty, Fran Drescher and Twiggy Lawson in another half-hour comedy, this one involving three very different single women who are living the same fairy tale: They share, rent-free for a year, a fabulous New York penthouse apartment.
*"Brooklyn Bridge" is a half-hour comedy-drama set in Brooklyn, circa 1956, when the Dodgers played in Ebbets Field. Gary David Goldberg ("Family Ties") is executive producer.
*"Palace Guard," starring D. W. Moffett, Marcy Walker, Tony Lo Bianco and Noelle Parker, is a one-hour drama about a former hotel thief now working as the security chief for an international chain of luxury resorts.
*"P.S. I LUV U" stars Connie Sellecca, Greg Evigan and Earl Holliman in a comedy-drama about a beautiful con artist-turned-informant (Sellecca) and a New York cop (Evigan) who are forced to pose as husband and wife in the witness protection program in Palm Springs.
CBS fall schedule
(New shows in bold; * indicates new time period)
8 p.m.: "Evening Shade"
8:30 p.m.: "Major Dad"
9 p.m.: "Murphy Brown"
9:30 p.m.: "Designing Women"
10 p.m. "Northern Exposure"
8 p.m.: "Rescue 911"
9 p.m.: CBS Tuesday Movie
8 p.m.: "The Royal Family"
8:30 p.m. "Teech"
9 p.m.: "Jake and the Fatman"
10 p.m.: "48 Hours"
8 p.m.: "Top Cops"
9 p.m.: "Trials of Rosie O'Neill"*
10 p.m.: "Knots Landing"
8 p.m.: "Princesses"
8:30 p.m. "Brooklyn Bridge"
9 p.m.: "The Carol Burnett Show"
10 p.m.: "Palace Guard"
8 p.m.: CBS Saturday Movie
10 p.m.: "P.S. I Luv U"
7 p.m.: "60 Minutes"
8 p.m.: "Murder, She Wrote"
9 p.m.: CBS Sunday Movie