Don't look now, but the first new TV series of the fall arrives tonight--a glitzy syndicated music program called "You Write the Songs" (7 p.m., Channel 2).
The distinction is accidental but nonetheless foreboding as a possible harbinger of the season to follow: It's an overproduced mixture of elements from other programs, spun together at such a dizzying pace that it manages to be diverting without actually being entertaining.
The half-hour program, hosted with a bit too much sincerity by Ben Vereen, is part-"Star Search," part-"Solid Gold," part-interview and part-singing showcase.
Each weekly installment will introduce three new songwriters whose compositions will be performed by young singers and then judged for "overall hit potential" by a panel of so-called experts. The winner gets $1,000 and the chance to continue on toward a season-ending prize of $250,000 and a spot on a "You Write the Songs" album.