04/02/1990 at 01:00 AM EDT
>MTV Networks rolls out HA! The TV Comedy Network on an auspicious date this Sunday (April 1, 7 P.M. ET). The new cable service, like Nick at Nite, leans heavily on classic sitcoms from McHale's Navy to Love American Style. (It's probably a wise strategy considering how HBO's Comedy Channel has struggled so far to bring their original programming up to snuff.) Beginning in May, HA! will generate more of its own material, primarily stand-up comedy shows. Will the oldies format work? I think quite a few people will get stuck on it. After all, you catch more channel flippers with laughter than you do with Jake and the Fatman.