CBS overhauls prime-time slate

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CBS completely overhauled its prime-time schedule, making changes involving 12 hours of weekly prime-time shows for the 1995-96 TV season. The dramatic makeover affects every night and completely restructures Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. CBS will introduce 11 new series, including six half-hour sitcoms and five dramas. It is scrapping such mainstays as "Northern Exposure," "Rescue 911," "Love & War" and "Eye to Eye With Connie Chung."

On Monday, CBS leads off with "The Nanny," followed by new comedy "Can't Hurry Love," "Murphy Brown," new Elizabeth McGovern comedy "If Not for You" and "Chicago Hope." On Tuesday, new Montel Williams drama "Matt Waters" replaces "Rescue 911" as a lead-in to the Tuesday movie. On Wednesday, new Andrew Clay comedy "Bless This House" leads into "Dave's World," new Mariel Hemingway drama "Central Park West" and new courtroom drama "Courthouse."

In an unusual move, CBS moved long-running Sunday night linchpin "Murder, She Wrote" to lead off Thursday, followed by "John Grisham's The Client" and "48 Hours." Youth-oriented comedy "Dweebs" leads off Friday, followed by Bonnie Hunt comedy "Bonnie," "Picket Fences" and creepy drama "American Gothic." "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," remains at 8 p.m. on Saturday, followed by "Touched by an Angel" and "Walker, Texas Ranger." "60 Minutes" returns for its 28th season at 7 p.m. on Sunday, followed by "Cybill," new comedy "Almost Perfect" and the Sunday movie.

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