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Upcoming TV trends for Fall 1996

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In TV land, great minds really do think alike. Other trends of the coming TV season:

Stars ’80s Hoping you’ll get that feeling again: Family Ties‘ Michael J. Fox is a New York City deputy mayor in Spin City (ABC); Bill Cosby plays a grumpy old man in the tentatively titled Cosby (CBS); Cheers alums Ted Danson and Rhea Perlman return with new series. Danson (along with his real wife, Mary Steenburgen) plays a newspaper reporter in Ink (CBS), while Perlman is a widow going back to school in Pearl (CBS).

Say It Angst So thirtysomething‘s weary adman Ken Olin (Michael) returns to TV as a cop in EZ Streets (CBS), while his former TV wife, Mel Harris (Hope), gets a new husband and family in Something So Right (NBC). Even the show’s creators, Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, are back, offering the drama Relativity (ABC), which will follow one couple’s changing relationship.

The Leapfrog Effect Looking for a second chance via the old network switcheroo: Jeff Foxworthy’s fish-out-of-water sitcom jumps from ABC to NBC; LL Cool J’s In the House moves from NBC to UPN; the Lawrence clan’s Brotherly Love finds a new home over at the WB (they were on NBC); and JAG will likely be a mid-season replacement on CBS after falling off NBC’s schedule. Yes, there will be a quiz later.

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