NBC, riding a record-setting crest of 47 consecutive weekly prime-time victories, said Monday that it will stick with a good thing come fall by adding only four hours of new programming to its nighttime lineup.
Befitting its standing as ratings leader for four years running, NBC said four nights of programming will return intact, two will be freshened up with one half-hour comedy apiece and Friday night will be overhauled with three new hourlong dramas. It was the first announcement by any network of plans for the 1989-90 season. Among the shows NBC will replace are two veterans--"Family Ties," which had its final broadcast last Sunday, and "Miami Vice," which will present its final episode this Sunday.
Also scrubbed were a host of first-year entries that had aired at different times this season: "Nightingales," "Father Dowling Mysteries," "Unsub," "Nearly Departed," "Dream Street," "The Jim Henson Hour," "One of the Boys" and "Nick and Hillary" (a revamped, comedy version of the hour drama "Tattinger's.")
The new shows are:
- "The Nutt House" (Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m.), a comedy starring Cloris Leachman and Harvey Korman as the managers of a family owned New York City hotel. The show, from Touchstone Television, has as executive producers Mel Brooks and Alan Spencer ("Sledge Hammer").