CBS announced seven new series for its fall prime-time schedule today, but the biggest surprise was what the network did not announce. Despite "Seinfeld" going off the air on rival NBC, CBS announced no changes to its Thursday lineup. Furthermore, the network was expected to announce another newsmagazine to accompany "60 Minutes" and "48 Hours" on its schedule; it did not do so. "60 Minutes" Executive Producer Don Hewitt has been vocal in opposing a second night for his famed newsmagazine, and CBS Television President-CEO Leslie Moonves said it is not his style to go ahead with such a program without Mr. Hewitt's approval. While ABC and NBC have changed all their lead-in 8 p.m. (ET) programs for next fall, CBS has not changed any. Mr. Moonves said the most-surprising show on the new CBS schedule, one that would not have made it to network's schedule in past years, is a drama entitled "Martial Law," with Chinese action star Sammo Hung playing a one-man police department. Mr. Moonves said he plans to heavily promote the show to the young male viewers who he hopes will be tuning into NFL football games on CBS.
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