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acco tting to one gay rights group - will give
their straight buddies support and the common
sense they were born without.
The new season will bring more diversity
despite the overlapping themes, one expert says.
"If you could point to a common strategy among
the networks this season, it's each programming to
their own strengths," said Audrey Steele, a TV ana-
lyst with Zenith Media in New York.
"Two seasons ago, everyone wanted to be NBC.
Doing it by trying to program the exact same sort
of young, urban, sophisticated ensemble come-
dies" - read "Friends" - "was not the ticket,"
Steele said.
"What works best is programming to your tra-
ditional strengths," she said, such as CBS sticking
with dramas.
ABC will try to rebuild its image as a family
network while recognizing that families don't nec-
essarily watch TV together anymore, Steele said.
That means grown-up sitcoms like "Ellen" and the
new "Dharma & Greg" grouped on one night and
youth-oriented shows such as "Teen Angel" on
another.
The networks are shifting shows in part to give
newcomers a strong launch and also to build sen-
sibl program blocks, said Steele, predicting a
"more comfortable viewing year."
"Networks are trying to create more seamless
nights of programming. You won't necessarily

"two seasons ago, everyone wanted to be
NBCx"
-Audrey Steele
TV analyst

have shows followed by incompatible shows.
There's more of a sense of appealing to a certain
type of viewer across the night," she said.
Here's a guide to the new series debuting on the
four major networks and two emerging networks
(all times are EDT):
NBC is introducing six new sitcoms and two
dramas as it tries to repeat its No. I showing. The
netwlork is shaking up its schedule to try to give the
newcomers a coattail benefit from such veteran
hits as "Seinfeld."
An ensemble comedy and Kirstie Alley's new
sitcom, "Veronica's Closet," bow Thursday, Sept.
25.
"Union Square," which includes the standout
Harriet Sansom Harris ("Frasier's" tough agent) in
its cast, is set in a New York City diner where the
regulars and workers bond. It airs at 8:30 p.m.
Alley returns to Thursday, the one-time home of
"Cheers," as a lingerie company owner whose
image as a romance expert is undermined by her
rocky marriage. The show airs at 9:30 p.m.
Jenny McCarthy, the MTV pinup babe, makes
her sitcom entrance in "Jenny" at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 28. McCarthy plays a California
newcomer working for a petulant former child star.
Premiering 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, is

"Working," starring a grown-up Fred Savage
("The Wonder Years") as a young exec climbing
the corporate ladder the old-fashioned, hard-work-
ing way.
CBS is staking its hope of attracting a younger,
more urban audience - without alienating loyal
older viewers with a drama-heavy schedule that
includes seven new series.
Veterans Bob Newhart and Judd Hirsch play
odd-couple roommates George Stoody, a Martha's
Vineyard bookstore owner, and Leo Wagonman, a
Vegas bagman on the lam.
"Michael Hayes," featuring former "NYPD
Blue" star David Caruso as a crusading U.S. attor-
ney in New York, moves to its regular 9 p.m.
Tuesday time slot Sept. 23.
"Brooklyn South," a new police drama from
"NYPD Blue" and "Hill Street Blues" producer
Steven Bochco, begins at 10 p.m., Monday, Sept.
a22. Jon Tenney and Michael DeLuise are part of
the ensemble cast.
ABC has been grappling with turmoil in its
executive ranks and a sharp drop in the ratings,
especially among the prized 18-to-49 crowd. The
network will try to lure viewers back with 11 new
programs and a heavily revamped schedule.
"Nothing Sacred" takes the lead for ABC, bow-

ing at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18. Starring Kevin
Anderson as a parish priest grappling with issues.
of faith and doctrine, the drama has provoked early
criticism from some Catholics.
"Timecop," debuting at 8 p.m., Monday, Sept.
22, is based on the movie and follows the adven-
tures of21st century, time-traveling police officers
trying to prevent criminals from changing history.
Two comedies premiere Tuesday, Sept. 23.
"Over the Top," at 8:30 p.m., stars Tim Curry as a
former soap opera actor who pops back into the
life of ex-wife Annie Potts. "Hiller and Diller,"
with Kevin Nealon and Richard Lewis as two TV
comedy writers, debuts at 9:30 p.m.
"Dharma & Greg" bows at 8:30 p.m.,
Wednesday, Sept. 24. The sitcom about a hippie
offspring who rushes into marriage with a society
scion stars Jenna Elfman ("Townies") and
Thomas Gibson,
Fox Broadcasting Co., buoyed by a strong show-
ing in the 18-to-49 ratings last season, will try to
strengthen its hold on those viewers with five new
programs that include two comedies and three dra-
mas.
"Ally McBeal," starting 9 p.m., Monday, Sept.
8, is a comedy-drama from producer David E.
Kelley ("Chicago Hope") about a young lawyer's
life in and out of work. The gimmick: scenes of her
Walter Mitty-like fantasies.
The drama "Between Brothers," starring
Kadeem Hardison as a successful, serious-minded
young doctor and Dondre Whitfield as his foot-
loose brother, premieres at 8:30 p.m., Thursday,
Sept. 11.

[ University Feature
Bookstores vs. students: The
battle of finding books and deals

By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Arts Writer
Don't have any books yet, and class-
es are already on the second day? Don't
despair --Ann Arbor's conglomerate of
bookstores can help soothe those back-
to-school jitters.
If you're like the jaded seniors who
hold off textbook purchases until the
final moment or you find that you
jump right into English 350 on the
last day of drop-add, you needn't
worry - bookstore managers say the
prices and supply are pretty much
standard.
"There's no real price difference,"
admitted Dave Richard, general manag-
er of Ulrich's Bookstore. "People do
perceive us as being cheaper, but that's
mostly because we make an effort to
have as many used books on hand on
possible."
But you will find some differences
among the stores themselves. On its
quaint bricked-in corner, Ulrich's hous-
es a separate electronics store, for stu-

dents finished with their book, note-
book and Michigan coffee mug selec-
tions. Just past dorm room posters and
birthday cards, Michigan Book and
Supply puts on a brighter face with its
year-old Clinique make-up counter,
encouraging students to make that good
first impression.
The Michigan Union Bookstore,
just a few steps away from the main
campus eatery, sells study munchies,
displays class rings and a huge array
of textbooks. And at Shaman Drum
Bookshop, there's less fuss and bother.
No bumper stickers, no yellow and
blue crates - just wall-to-wall books
in the store's upstairs textbook annex.
Alison Swan, Shaman Drum's publi-
cist, said the store serves a dual role
with its trade book store and its textbook
sales.
"The way that students get to know
us first is because of our textbook
department, since we carry books for
about 600 university courses. In addi-
tion, we specialize in academic and

scholarly books for the writers and pro-
fessors in town."
Unlike the variety in selection at other
stores, where books range in topic from
Engineering to Genetics, from
Anthropology to Zoology, books at
Shaman Drum are all humanities based,
mostly literature and history, Swan said.
Consequently, students line up and
down the block to wait for their turn to
search the shelves.
For those who want a bigger bargain,
alternate sources like the Student Book
Exchange can help. Students can sell
their old books to other students for
inexpensive rates, keeping a part of the
profits. Others sell their old books to
the bookstores to recoup some of the
expense of new texts, which for some
can run as high as $400 in books that
are not available used.
Walking out of the Union yesterday
with a full bag of paperbacks, LSA
student Jaye Czarnecki said she felt a
bit defeated in her endeavors at sav-
See BOOKSTORES, Page 9B

Renee Gonzales, a second-year gradue
textbook selection at Shaman Drum.

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