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If it's Monte Carlo, it must be mid-season replacement time.

It's mid-season replacement time for the U.S. networks and the American distribution companies at Monte Carlo.

Of the four networks (including Fox Broadcasting), CBS is exercising the greatest mid-season caution simply because it is carrying the Winter Olympics between February 8th and the 23rd.

At NBC Entertainment, president Warrent Littlefield decided to boost the schedule with a one-hour suspense mystery called Fifth Corner (from New World Television). Other new NBC shows include Man and Machine, a 13-episode action series from Universal. Dick Wolf and Bob De Laurentiis are the executive producers.

Other NBC replacements include The Powers That Be (formerly Love Child), Homefires, which comes from Columbia and the Paltrow Group and is a comedy about a dysfunctional nuclear family; and Nightmare Cafe, a six-episode thriller from Wes Craven, the producer of Nightmare on Elm Street. It deals with two dead people who return to apparent life in a cafe.

At CBS, the new shows include Tequila and Bonetti from Universal; Hearts are Wild, Street Stories, Boys of Twilight from Tri-Star; Family Dog (animated) from Warner Brothers, Amblin Entertainment and Universal TV; Fish Police from Hanna-Barbera; The Human Factor, also from Universal; Rachel Gunn, R.N. from Columbia, The Raven, another from Columbia; and Davis Rules, which the network got from ABC.

Boys of Twilight is about a couple of elderly cops in a Rocky Mountain resort town. It runs eight episodes and features Wilford Brimley and Richard Farnsworth. Family Dog originates with Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton and covers 13 episodes.

The Human Factor has Dick Wolf as executive producer and stars John Mahoney as a doctor teaching a humanistic approach to medicine. It stretches over eight episodes. Fish Police is an animated, six-episode series about fish detectives.

Rachel Gunn is a comedy about a nurse. The Raven, from producers Frank Lupo and John Ashley, is a seven-episode action drama, and Tequila and Bonetti focuses on a cop and his dog. There are 13 episodes.

At ABC, the big replacement news on the schedule was Steven Bochco Productions' Capitol Critters, an animated series of half-hour satires about mice who live in the White House. ABC ordered 13 of these episodes.

Also at ABC, another Bochco production, Civil Wars, took its place in the 10 to 11 p.m. slot on the ABC network schedule. The story involves the friction between two divorce attorneys. Twelve episodes are involved.

Other ABC replacements include Billy from Warner Brothers, Human Target, also from Warner; Julie, from Viacom, Room for Two from Warner and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles from Paramount.

Far and away the biggest - and most expensive - of these series is Indiana Jones, based on the character in the Paramount movies. Lucasfilm (George Lucas) and Paramount Communications received an unusual 16-episode commitment from ABC (at $1.6 million per episode). ABC has an option for another 22 episodes. The total cost of the first 15 one-hour shows is put at $27.5 million, and the action programs premiere later this month.

John Pike, president of Paramount's network division, has said that the huge investment in Indiana Jones made sense for the studio. "We view it as a lifetime asset show." Lucas himself didn't direct any of the programs.

Billy features comedian Billy Connelly as a teacher forced into marriage to avoid deportation. It runs for 13 episodes. Human Target stars Rick Springfield in an action adventure yarn about a one-time assassin who takes the place of people in danger.

Julie features Julie Andrews and is about the star of a variety show who meets her family's needs. Blake Edwards produced. Room for Two stars Linda Lavin as a middle-age woman who starts life over with her daughter.

At Fox Broadcasting, Lorimar contributes Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, which comes from Orion in seven episodes; the studio itself produced Culture Clash, produced by Cheech Martin. It deals with Mexican-American comedians.

Down the Shore, from HBO Productions, is a seven-parter about six people who share a beach house. Hotel Dicks, again from Twentieth, stars Morris Day in a comedy about hotel detectives.

Stand By Your Man (from Twentieth) is about two sisters whose husbands are in jail, and True Stories, again from the studio, asks seven writers to create dramatic movies based on fact.
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Date:Feb 1, 1992
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