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ABC Likely Keeps JOB and AGAIN

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Sources at ABC indicate that two favorites of Coax readers – the Sela Ward-Billy Campbell hourlong “Once and Again” and the Denis Leary half-hour “The Job” are likely back for the fall.

“The Mole” also seems to be getting a regular timeslot, though “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire” is said to be down to two installments per week and has been elimated from its longtime Sunday night berth.

Though ABC does not announce its slate until Tuesday, here’s how it seems to be shaping up:


8:00 Millionaire

9:00 Football


8:00 Dharma & Greg

8:30 What About Joan

9:00 Bob Patterson

9:30 The Job

10:00 Philly


8:00 My Wife and Kids

8:30 Jim Belushi

9:00 Drew Carey

9:30 Spin City

10:00 NYPD Blue


8:00 Whose Line is It Anyway?

9:00 Millionaire

10:00 Primetime


8:00 The Mole

9:00 Thieves

10:00 Once & Again


8:00 Movie


7:00 Wonderful World of Disney

9:00 Alias

10:00 The Practice

The three new hourlongs on this slate:

* "Alias" (Sunday 9 p.m.), an actioner about a college girl/secret agent from J.J. Abrams (“Felicity”) starring Jennifer Garner (The Jennifer Love Heweitt series “Time of Your Life”);

* "Philly,” (Tuesday 10 p.m.), a lawyer show from Steven Bochco (“L.A. Law”) starring Kim Delaney (“NYPD Blue”); and

* "Thieves" (Friday 9 p.m.), an actioner about a government-funded ex-crook from Arnold & Anne Kopelson (“The Fugitive”) starring John Stamos (“Full House”).

The two half-hours:

* “Jim Belushi,” a family comedy from Tracy Newman & Jonathan Stark (“The Nanny”) starring, uh, Jim Belushi (“Total Security”); and

* “Bob Patterson," a sitcom about a motivational speaker from Tim Doyle (“Sports Night”), Peter Tilden (“Major Dad”) and Ira Behr (“Deep Space Nine”) starring Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”).

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  • May 14, 2001, 2:03 a.m. CST

    Happy to hear The Job is coming back.

    by carterburke

    There's no way around it, that's a good show.

  • May 14, 2001, 4:37 a.m. CST

    Oh, great...

    by MartinBlank

    put 'The Job' on Tuesday nights after the new Jason Alexander sitcom, opposite 'Angel' and 'Dark Angel.' Great, guys. Brilliant time slot. Now watch UPN put 'Buffy' at 9 on Tuesdays as well. 'The Job' did well in its trial run because it had 'Drew Carey' as a lead-in. Now it'll have what, 'Bob Patterson'? Sigh. Further proof that ABC doesn't know what to do with a good show even when it decides to keep one. Christ, move 'Spin City' to Tuesdays at 9 and let it be a lead-in to 'Bob Patterson,' and keep Denis after Drew. The two appeal to the same type of viewer and make a good comedy block, unlike Drew and Charlie Sheen.

  • May 14, 2001, 4:43 a.m. CST

    all right, all right...

    by MartinBlank

    so I wrote this before I read the other Herc article reporting that 'Angel' is moving to Monday. So what. Sheesh. I don't care anyway as I don't watch 'Angel.' I am curious what night UPN will pick for 'Buffy' though, and I hope they stick to it instead of putting it on at stupid weekend afternoon hours.

  • May 14, 2001, 6:55 a.m. CST

    This can't be right

    by Pilcrow

    Notably absent from this list is Friday night newsmag 20/20. I doubt ABC's dropping that from their schedule.

  • May 14, 2001, 8:26 a.m. CST


    by ashton75

    After looking at that fall schedual I see even more reason to go out and by books.

  • May 14, 2001, 2:02 p.m. CST

    John Stamos?

    by KazamaSmokers

    No, really... who's gonna star in it?

  • May 14, 2001, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by 2GOLD

    That sums up my emotions about this schedule. I'm glad "The Job" survives, that show is just plain awesome. I'm shocked Spin City survived, I guess the power of the Sheen name stretches far and wide (when's Joe Estevez getting a series damnit!). A John Stamos show...why? What did we do wrong ABC, WE'RE SORRY!!! Once and Again survives in a spot where it will for sure be the show NO ONE'S WATCHING. Well, maybe it will beat 'Nash Bridges'. Crossing died, I'm shocked and appalled and actually not that surprised. You see people, when a show LOSES ratings more and more after each episode that shows people are changing the channel(and if I EVER find one of those bastards with a Nielsen box I'll skin them alive as shown on ummm TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL..yeah that's it)

  • May 14, 2001, 6:36 p.m. CST

    When did they show The Job?

    by whatthefuck

    I didn't even know the show was on the air. I've been looking forward to Denis Leary's new act.

  • May 14, 2001, 6:40 p.m. CST

    What's even STOOOPIDER

    by Darth Brooks

    Is that idiot EMERIL being given - an f'ing SITCOM! (I am NOT making this up) on NBC. Right after FRASIER. I wonder if it will be the first series to be cancelled during its first commercial break?

  • May 15, 2001, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Thank God

    by BenDaRas

    Finally some good new regarding TV. The Job was one of only three or four shows I was willing to watch, it's great to here they are making a wise decision and bringing it back