''Evening Shade,'' ''Love & War,'' and ''The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'' are a few shows scheduled to return this fall

By EW Staff
Updated September 17, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

Returning Shows
Hank Williams Jr. and ABC’s Monday Night Football seemed like a perfect match to us, but the show has punted the country singer’s ”Monday Night Boogie” opening theme song of four years in favor of a rotating series of videos from Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Boyz II Men, Kiss, the Temptations, the Neville Brothers, and Vanessa Williams (no relation to Hank Jr.).

Speaking of football, Evening Shade‘s pigskin coach, Burt Reynolds, will continue to control the CBS sitcom (Reynolds gets along with his fellow executive producers, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason, almost as well as he does with Loni Anderson). Meanwhile, Murphy Brown will add a recurring character, a reporter played by Quantum Leap‘s Scott Bakula, while executive producer Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud) will have to say goodbye to his dear Audrey (actress Jane Leeves leaves the show to join NBC’s Frasier). Martin Sheen will guest-star as a ’60s author later in the season.

With Annie Potts taking the chef toque from the departed Susan Dey, Love & War will focus less on romantic bickering and more on Cheers-y musings by the Blue Shamrock regulars. Northern Exposure also promises less verbal sparring between Maggie (Janine Turner) and Joel (Rob Morrow) — and a sweeps-stunt baby for Shelly (Cynthia Geary) and Holling (John Cullum).

NBC’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air puts a fresh actress in the role of Aunt Vivian Banks: Daphne Maxwell Reid replaces Janet Hubert-Whitten, who was reportedly fired for her temperamental behavior. The plot line sends Will (Will Smith) and Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro) off to college (”The University of Los Angeles”) and into their own undergrad pad, the pool house at the Banks estate. Blossom kicks off its fourth season with a two-hour TV movie that finds Mayim Bialik’s title character visiting her estranged mother (songstress Melissa Manchester) in France. Blossom’s brothers and boyfriend follow her, and she meets a dead ringer for her best friend, Six (Jenna von Oy, who will play a dual role as a crepe-stand attendant. What’s her name, Twelve?).