The Fall Lineup TV SEASON PREVIEW

September 03, 1995|By David Zurawik

The four major broadcast networks are raising the curtain on the fall season. Here is TV critic David Zurawik's guide to where and when to find your old favorites and new prospects on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. Nightly schedules include the times shows will appear and the dates of their season premieres. Times and dates are subject to chance.

SUNDAY

* "Brotherly Love." 7 p.m., NBC. Joey Lawrence, Matthew Lawrence, Andrew Lawrence and Melinda Culea. Sitcom set in a car repair garage and starring the Lawrence brothers. Makes the competition, "America's Funniest Home Videos" on ABC, seem deep. C-

* "Space." 7 p.m., Fox. Morgan Weissner, Kristen Cloke, et al. Young friends in space, action adventure and intergalactic warfare with the forces of evil. From the producers of "The X-Files." B-

* "Minor Adjustments." 7:30 p.m., NBC. Rondell Sheridan and Wendy Raquel Robinson. Sheridan plays a child psychologist in this "Cosby" wannabe. C+

* "Almost Perfect." 8:30 p.m., CBS. Nancy Travis and Kevin Kilner. Sitcom about two young achievers who meet at the wrong time career-wise and fall in love . . . or something. Funny pilot, talented stars, good time period. (Kilner's a Baltimore native and graduate of the Johns Hopkins University. The executive producer, Ken Levine, did Orioles broadcasts for WBAL a couple of seasons back.) B+

* "Too Something." 8:30 p.m., Fox. Eric Schaeffer and Donal Lardner Ward ("My Life's in Turnaround"). A "Dumb and Dumber" version of the young-friends-in-New-York sitcom formula. Good time slot after "The Simpsons." C-

* "Misery Loves Company." 9:30 p.m., Fox. Dennis Boutsikaris, Stephen Furst, Julius Carey, Lorraine Tossaint. Sitcom about divorced guys as friends. Not available for preview.

MONDAY

* "Can't Hurry Love." 8:30 p.m., CBS. Nancy McKeon, Mariska Hargitay and Louis Mandylor. Another New York sitcom with young single friends in which nightmare is defined as not having a date on Saturday. Good time slot could save this blatant rip-off of not only "Friends," but also "Cybill." C-

* "Partners." 9 p.m., Fox. Jon Cryer, Tate Donovan and Maria Pitillo. Smarmy sitcom from two producers of "Friends." C

* "If Not for You." 9:30 p.m., CBS. Elizabeth McGovern and Hank Azaria. CBS describes it as "a sitcom about two young lovers engaged to the wrong people." Not available for preview.

* "Ned & Stacey." 9:30 p.m., Fox. Thomas Haden Church and Debra Messing. Sitcom about two career-driven types who enter a sham marriage because he's got a great apartment and she needs a place to live. C-

TUESDAY

* "The Client." 8 p.m., CBS. JoBeth Williams, John Heard, Ossi Davis and Polly Holliday. Drama based on the movie, which was based on the book by John Grisham. The gruel's pretty thin by the time it gets to television on this one. C+

* "Hudson Street." 8:30 p.m., ABC. Tony Danza and Lori Loughlin. Sitcom about the sparks between a divorced detective (Danza) and a liberal newspaper reporter (Loughlin). Surprisingly nice chemistry between Danza and Loughlin. Very nice time slot between "Roseanne" and "Home Improvement." B+

* "The Pursuit of Happiness." 9:30 p.m., NBC. Tom Amadeus, Melinda McGraw, Larry Miller and Brad Garrett. Sitcom about an attorney, wife and friends from the producers of "Frasier." Lots of promise, especially in the gay partner played by Garrett. Good time period after "Frasier." B+

WEDNESDAY

* "Bless This House." 8 p.m., CBS. Andrew Clay and Cathy Moriarty. Working-class sitcom that's supposed to be part "Honeymooners" and part "Roseanne." Could succeed if enough viewers can forget about Clay's past as the Diceman. B-

* "The Drew Carey Show." 8:30 p.m., ABC. Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Ryan Stiles and Christa Miller. A blue-collar "Friends" set in Cleveland. C+

* "Central Park West." 9 p.m., CBS. Mariel Hemingway, Madchen Amick, Lauren Hutton, John Barrowman, Nikki Sheridan. A prime-time soap opera about the world of the young, rich and glamorous folks in New York City from the creator of "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Melrose Place." The John Kennedy Jr. (Barrowman) stuff is too-too much to bear. C

* "The Naked Truth." 9:30 p.m., ABC. Tea Leoni ("Flying Blind"), Jonathan Penner and Holland Taylor. Sitcom about a socialite who has to take a job as a photojournalist at a sleazy celebrity tabloid. Leoni is going to be a big star someday -- maybe even in this show, despite its messy pilot. B

* "Courthouse." 10 p.m., CBS. Patricia Wettig, Annabeth Gish, Robin Givens and Brad Johnson. Dreary drama about life inside a big-city courthouse. The most interesting character is a lesbian judge (Jenifer Lewis). Beyond that, not much. Wettig looks as if she's sleepwalking. C

THURSDAY

* "Charlie Grace." 8 p.m., NBC. Mark Harmon, Cindy Katz and Leslie Loeb. Harmon stars in this drama as an ex-Los Angeles cop who's now a private eye and single dad to a 13-year-old girl. Likable enough. B-

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