When you get your TV Week in Sunday' morning's paper, you'll see Matt Frewer, the star of the CBS sitcom "Doctor, Doctor" on the cover.
However, you won't find "Doctor, Doctor" on TV locally anymore - KSL has pulled the show from its schedule.According to David Manookin, KSL's vice president of programming, the station "didn't feel comfortable with the sexual content" of the show.
"Doctor, Doctor," an off-the-wall comedy, sometimes does go a bit over the edge. But in the context of television today, it certainly isn't the most vulgar show on television.
As a matter of fact, perhaps the most vulgar episode of a sitcom I've ever seen on network television was a recent installment of "The Golden Girls" in which Dorothy began an affair with her ex-husband. It was even more tasteless and sexually oriented than the infamous "Married . . . With Children."
CBS can't be happy with KSL's decision. The network's entertainment president, Jeff Sagansky, is such a fan of the show he made a cameo appearance on it a few weeks ago.
At 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, perhaps "Doctor, Doctor" was on a little too early. And, of course, KSL is more sensitive to adult humor than most stations. And the show's low ratings made it all that much easier for KSL to pull the plug.
But it's too bad we won't get the chance to see this genuinely funny show anymore. (KSL will run reruns of "The Cosby Show" in its place.)
Now Mr. Spud will be forced to watch "Grand." Yuck!CBS SCHEDULE SHIFTING: CBS (not KSL) is making some schedule changes of its own on Saturday night.
As previously announced, "The Hogan Family" has had it - it's been canceled and Saturday will be its final airing.
"The Family Man" isn't dead (yet), but it has been placed in the limbo-land of hiatus. After Saturday, it too will disappear from the schedule, but the network promises it will be back sometime next spring.
In their place, CBS has added two sitcoms - one new, and one returning from hiatus.
The new show is "You Take the Kids," a family comedy starring Nell Carter ("Gimme a Break") and Roger Mosely ("Magnum, P.I."
The returning show is "Lenny," which disappeared from Wednesday nights back in September after some disastrous ratings came in. But network chief Sagansky is still high on the show, so it's back for another chance.CBS LOSSES: So, when the Reds swept to victory in the World Series this fall the big losers were the A's, right?
Well, maybe not.
CBS may end up being the biggest loser. The network, which paid more than $1 billion for its multiyear baseball contract, missed out on more than $100 million, according to some estimates, because there were only four World Series games, not seven.
So, what's $100 million to a giant like CBS? Well, quite a bit - the network is reporting that it will lose about $35 million in the fourth quarter.
In return, CBS is reducing the fees it pays to its affiliates by 20 percent beginning Jan. 1. That will come as a big blow to stations in small markets and won't do much damage to stations in really big markets.
According to KSL executives, the cut will hurt, but not too much.UNEDITED MAYBERRY: Cable's TBS has announced that, beginning in January, it will air unedited, complete episodes of "Andy Griffith."
That classic series, which ran on CBS from 1960-68, hasn't been seen in its entirety for years. Like just about all other sitcoms that find their way into syndication, several minutes have been trimmed to make way for more commercials. TBS has restored those 2-3 minutes, meaning we'll see even more of Andy, Opie, Aunt Bee, Barney, Gomer, Goober and Floyd.
It'll be a great change from all those butchered sitcoms we've been watching ever since they went off the network.
Gee, wouldn't it be nice if this started a trend?