UPN pins high hopes on 'Dilbert'

December 10, 1998|By David Zurawik

A reeling UPN, which is down a staggering 40 percent in audience share from last year at this time, announced a midseason overhaul of its prime-time schedule yesterday.

The network is pinning its hopes mainly on the launch of the animated series "Dilbert," based on the popular satire of corporate life. "Dilbert" will premiere on Jan. 25 and air Mondays from 8 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m., followed by "DiResta," one of the only new UPN series to show any signs of life.

Scott Adams, who created the "Dilbert" comic strip, serves as co-executive producer for the series. Daniel Stern ("The Wonder Years") does the voice of Dilbert, while Chris Elliott ("There's Something About Mary") does Dogbert.

Other midseason moves include the return of "The Sentinel" on Jan. 25 and a new time period for "Malcolm & Eddie" at 9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 19.

Pub Date: 12/10/98

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