TV BUYING & PLANNING;GEN XERS GET THEIR WISH

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Gen Xers get their wish

Media buyers looking for younger adults will have a busy TV buying season.

The broadcast networks appear to have achieved their goal of trying to skew younger. Or so it appears, according to the new series being offered.

These series probably won't be mistaken for MTV fare, but viewers in the lower two-thirds of the 18-to-49 demographic-or at least those who have that mindset-should have plenty of program offerings.

Here's a look at trends in next season's younger-skewing new series.

I love (in) New York. Romance is blooming in the Big Apple. There's CBS' "Can't Hurry Love," a comedy about the love lives of single New Yorkers, and the NBC comedy "Caroline in the City," with Lea Thompson as a New York cartoonist in a love triangle.

And across the Hudson River in Hoboken, N.J., there's "Hudson Street," a comedy starring Tony Danza as a chauvinistic detective romantically involved with a liberal crime reporter.

Single file. Viewers not smitten by love also have their choices.

ABC's "The Drew Carey Show" features comedian Mr. Carey as a single guy, along with his working-class married buddies. On NBC, the comedy "The Single Guy" features just that: the last bachelor among a group of married friends.

All in the family. In a different twist on the notion of family values, the nets will have plenty of clans fall, in various permutations.

NBC offers "Brotherly Love," starring Joey Lawrence of "Blossom" fame, running a garage with real-life brothers Matthew and Andy. Meanwhile, Kirk Cameron of "Growing Pains" will star on a forthcoming show as a bachelor who has to parent three younger siblings.

As for mothers, there's WB's "Cleghorne," with former "Saturday Night Live" star Ellen Cleghorne as a single mother in New York; and NBC's "The Home Court," a comedy about a single-mother family court judge.

Stop the presses. Consider yourselves warned: journalists will be everywhere next season. Nine younger-trending shows, from "Hudson Street" to Fox's "The Preston Episodes" to CBS' "Bonnie," feature journalist characters. Only WB doesn't have a newsie-based show.

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