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AT LAST! THE FALL SEASON! THAT means, among other things, that if you programmed your life and your VCR optimally, you could watch more than 15 new network shows this week! Thrill to the prospect of Betty White and Marie Osmond as mother and daughter! Marvel at the vast array of Friends sitclones! Recoil in horror as Blossom's Joey Lawrence returns to TV with two younger brothers in tow! Even so, there's plenty that you won't see—mostly because of last-minute changes that nervous network execs made in hopes of improving ratings. Typical tinkering involves titles (ABC's Somewhere in America became The Jeff Foxworthy Show), locale (WB's Kirk bounced from Hollywood to New York City) and cast (on CBS's Courthouse, Nia Peeples got Robin Givens' role as a public defender when Givens became a criminal investigator). Will any of these alterations result in better programs? You, as usual, will make the call. Ready...set...nuke that popcorn and grab the remote control....
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