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The Seasonal Menu : NETWORKS, CABLE SERVE UP 30-PLUS NEW SERIES TO WHET THE HARDY VIEWER'S APPETITE

June 27, 1993|SUSAN KING | TIMES STAFF WRITER

No one can complain that there's nothing on television this summer. The era of summer repeats seems a thing of the past. Over the next two months, viewers can choose from no fewer than 30 new daytime and nighttime series, numerous made-for-TV movies, musical and variety specials and documentaries.

Several popular summer series are returning, including HBO's "Dream On" and "The Larry Sanders Show" and PBS' "Alive TV" and "Evening at Pops."

Among the new series is Connie Chung's CBS news magazine "Eye to Eye With Connie Chung," Fox's action-spoof "Danger Theater," hosted by none other than Robert Vaughn of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." and Showtime's "Fallen Angels," a six-part anthology series based on short stories by Raymond Chandler and Cornell Woolrich and featuring Meg Tilly, Gary Oldman, Joe Mantegna, Alan Rickman, Laura Dern, James Woods and Gary Busey.

For the fifth straight year, the Discovery Channel devotes an entire week of programming to the mysterious underwater world of the shark. Made-for-TV movies include Showtime's entirely improvised "Chantilly Lace," Michael Caine and Sean Young in HBO's "Blue Ice" and recent Oscar-nominee Mary McDonnell in TNT's adaptation of Arthur Miller's "American Clock."

Here is an overview of what's new on the tube for the summer. Sit back and enjoy.

New Series

Black Tie Affair (NBC): Kate Chapshaw stars in a comedy from Jay Tarses ("The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd"). Saturdays at 10 p.m.

Center Stage (PBS): Live-to-tape performance series co-produced with VH-1. Mondays at 8 p.m. on KVCR and KPBS and 9 p.m. KCET.

Cutters (CBS): Originally announced for last summer, this sitcom focuses on a failing barbershop that merges with a successful beauty salon. Robert Hays stars. Fridays at 8:30 p.m.

Danger Theatre (Fox): Robert Vaughn hosts a spoof of "Hawaii 5-0," "Knight Rider" and "Miami Vice." Adam ("Batman") West stars. July 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Eden (USA): A co-production with Playboy Entertainment Group, this erotic adult series takes place on an exclusive tropical island resort called Eden. Special two-hour premiere Sunday at 8 p.m.; airs Mondays-Thursdays at 11 p.m. for six consecutive weeks.

Eye to Eye With Connie Chung (CBS): The new addition to "CBS Evening News" hosts a prime-time news hour. Thursdays at 9 p.m.

The Face of Tutankhamun (A&E): Four-part examination of the discovery of the boy-King Tutankhamun's tomb in November, 1922. Aug. 29-Sept. 1.

Fallen Angels (Showtime): Six-part anthology series based on short stories from Raymond Chandler to Cornell Woolrich. Each episode is developed around a female-in-jeopardy character. Meg Tilly, Gary Oldman, Joe Mantegna, Alan Rickman, Laura Dern, James Woods and Gary Busey star. Aug. 1.

Family Dog (CBS): Steven Spielberg and Tim Burton's long-delayed animated series explores the life of a family's pet dog from the pooch's perspective. Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

Great Escapes: Trade Winds (NBC): Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Anita Morris and John Beck star in a prime-time soap set in exotic St. Martin. The series kicks off with a two-hour movie, Aug. 27 at 9 p.m. and follows with four one-hour episodes, beginning Sept. 3 at 10 p.m.

Johnny Bago (CBS): Peter Dobson and Rose Abdoo star in an action-comedy from Robert ("Back to the Future") Zemeckis about a street hustler on parole who is framed for the murder of a mob boss and flees in a hand-me-down RV. Fridays at 10 p.m.

Ned Blessing: My Life and Times (CBS): Brad Johnson and Wes Studi ("The Last of the Mohicans") star in a Western drama. August.

On E! (E!): Devoted to "the most exciting and intriguing people, places and projects" in entertainment. Saturday at 5 a.m.

Opening Shots (Bravo): The network's first original children's series looks at the arts from a kid's perspective. Aug. 5 at 5 p.m.

Played in the USA (PBS): An historical anthology featuring 34 documentaries celebrating American music. Martin Sheen hosts. Saturdays at 11 p.m. on KVCR; Friday at 11 p.m. on KCET.

Rumor Has It (VH-1): Comedian Brian O'Connor hosts a game show where contestants can win prizes based on their knowledge of celebrity hearsay, fact and innuendo. Mondays-Thursdays at 4 and 8 p.m.

Rough Guide (PBS): Hip travel series that journeys around the world to showcase unusual vacation spots. Mondays at 9 p.m. on KPBS and KVCR and 10 p.m. on KCET.

Route 66 (NBC): Updated version of the classic '60s series stars Dan Cortese and James Wilder. Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

Showtime Comedy Spotlight (KCAL): Syndicated debut of Showtime comedy specials, featuring such performers as Tim Allen, Paul Reiser and Tommy Davidson. Saturdays at 9 p.m.

South Beach (NBC) Yancy Butler and John Glover star in an action-thriller set in Miami. Tuesdays at 9 p.m.

Street Match (ABC): Ricky Paull Goldin hosts a reality series that follows two couples on their first date each week. TBA.

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