'Coach' move seems a smart game plan


September 12, 1994|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Special to The Sun

This is the day on which the syndicated TV market goes crazy, with first-run shows and off-network reruns added to the mix -- including new talk shows headed by Suzanne Somers and Gordon Elliott. The more noteworthy news, however, is prime time, where this week before the "official" fall season looks a lot like the first week OF the fall season.

* "Coach." (8-8:30 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- It always made sense, to me, to consider moving "Coach" to Monday nights, where it could lead quite nicely into the same network's "Monday Night Football." Tonight ABC makes that move, by shifting "Coach" to the leadoff Monday spot in search of a larger audience. This is the seventh season for Craig T. Nelson as Hayden, giving him a longer tenure than most real-life college football coaches. ABC.

* "The Nanny." (8-8:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This series begins its second season with a double dose -- not of "Nanny" episodes, but of nannies. Fran Drescher's accent and look are so distinctive, you'd think she was one of a kind, but tonight she's two of a kind. Tracy Kolis guest stars as a Fran look-alike, sound-alike and act-alike. CBS.

* "Melrose Place." (8-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Aaron Spelling has refused to allow the season premieres of any of his prime-time soaps to be previewed by critics, presuming that they'd trash them, and that, in these cases, no reviews were good reviews. Based on Wednesday's season premieres of "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Models," it was a sound strategy -- but this show is the one in Mr. Spelling's stable that's the most fun, the most campy, and featuring the strangest guest stars: Tracy Nelson and Kathy Ireland. Fox.

* "Blue Skies." (8:30-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Corey Parker had a great opportunity as the co-star of "Flying Blind" on Fox two seasons ago, but this new ABC series isn't nearly so well-written. This one stars Parker and Matt Roth as old friends who run a mail-order business, and begin competing for the attentions of the same young woman -- Ellie (Julia Campbell), who becomes the third partner in the business. ABC.

* "Dave's World." (8:30-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- This series makes the cut, and tonight begins its second season on CBS. Harry Anderson stars. CBS.

* "Danielle Steel's 'A Perfect Stranger.' " (9-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Two words that should never be used in the same sentence, much less the same title: 'Steel' and 'Perfect.' Robert Urich, Stacy Haiduk star. NBC.

* "Party of Five." (9-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Half a year after their parents die in an accident, five orphans named Salinger try to band together, stay together and operate as a functional family unit, hiring help to get by and maintaining the image of a "normal" suburban household. The series has a few warm moments but isn't unusually compelling. Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox star. Fox.

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