NBC, currently first in the prime-time ratings, said Monday that it is dropping its low-rated "Hell Town" series and will replace it next month with "Blacke's Magic," co-starring Hal Linden and Harry Morgan.
NBC made no other shifts in its current prime-time schedule, although at least two other current series face the ax or will be put on hiatus early next year to make room for Stephen J. Cannell's new "The Last Precinct" and NBC News' "American Almanac."
An NBC spokesman described "Precinct," from the producer of NBC's hit "The A-Team," as a drama-with-comedy police series. With a cast that includes Adam West, formerly of "Batman," the one-hour series will have a special premiere on Jan. 26, then will start its regular run a week later. The night on which it will regularly appear has not been set yet.
"Almanac," a news magazine series anchored by Roger Mudd, premiered this season, televised on a monthly basis. It originally was to have joined NBC's prime-time lineup as a weekly series in January, but now will do that in March, the network said.