NBC has canceled two of its Friday night series--"Rags to Riches" and "Private Eye"--and will replace them with two hourlong action shows, but not for another two months.
The new series that will bracket "Miami Vice" in the NBC lineup are "Sonny Spoon," a detective show starring Mario Van Peebles, and "The Highwayman," based on an NBC made-for-TV movie that aired in September and featured an undercover lawman working out of a high-tech truck.
"Private Eye," a stylized, first-year police drama produced by Anthony Yerkovich, will continue to run through Jan. 15. "Rags to Riches," a musical romp set in the 1960s about a wealthy bachelor who adopts a group of teen-age girls, will conclude the following week, Jan. 22. It premiered last March.
"Sonny Spoon" will take over "Private Eye's" 10 p.m. Friday time slot beginning Feb. 12. "The Highwayman" will premiere at 8 p.m. March 4. NBC plans to run specials in that time slot during February.