''Second Noah,'' ''Coach,'' and more will be back on Saturdays this fall

By Bruce Fretts
Updated September 13, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

Second Noah
ABC, 8-9 P.M.

How can another wholesome family drama survive against CBS’ Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman? By getting a little less wholesome. ”Oh, gosh, he’s gorgeous,” gushes executive producer Pamela K. Long of her series’ new hunk, Michael McLafferty. ”He’s a guy’s guy and a ladies’ man all at the same time.” Even the nonhuman cast is getting into the sexier spirit: The family’s pet goose falls in love with a plastic flamingo lawn ornament.

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
CBS, 8-9 P.M.

”This is the kind of programming that even the politicians are saying let’s have more of,” says star Jane Seymour. ”Let’s have something that American families can sit and watch together that doesn’t deal exclusively with sex.” Not exclusively, but there is a little sex now that Dr. Quinn and Sully (Joe Lando) are married. ”Our characters are loving,” says Seymour. ”But they’re kind of hot, too.”

ABC, 9-9:30 P.M.

Like anyone cares.

Married…With Children
FOX, 9-9:30 P.M.

As TV’s longest-running sitcom moves to a new night, ”it’s back to Bundy basics,” says executive producer Pamela Eells. If you don’t know what that means, here’s a hint: Peg (Katey Sagal) and Kelly (Christina Applegate) start a mother-daughter country-music act — the Juggs. ‘Nuff said.

Walker, Texas Ranger
CBS, 10-11 P.M.

”It’ll be more action, more of the stuff we do,” says costar Clarence Gilyard. Oh, but there’s so much more. Walker (Chuck Norris) uses his Cherokee roots to contact the spirit of a dead Native American boy; white supremacists take Walker’s D.A. girlfriend, Alex (Sheree Wilson), hostage; Walker meets a Tibetan monk who claims a boy is a reincarnated Buddhist teacher. ”It’s not Shakespeare. It’s a simple formula — there’s no mystery,” asserts Gilyard. ”I mean, it’s TV, pal! You know what I mean?” Unfortunately, yes.