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KNBC SHUFFLES WEEKEND SKED

KNBC-TV will add seven new programs to its fall weekend program sked, including five syndie entries, one NBC O&O-produced show and one local news broadcast.

The station opted to leave its weekday sked intact, with Paramount’s “Entertainment Tonight” and “Hard Copy” remaining in the 7-8 access block. Warner Bros. “The Jenny Jones Show” remains at 2p.m., followed by Multimedia’s “Donahue” at 3.

In a year, KNBC will pick up two other Multimedia shows, “Sally Jessy Raphael” and “Jerry Springer,” with “Donahue” and “Sally,” the station will have the No. 2 and No. 3 rated talkshows to match up against KABC-TV’s “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

For the upcoming season, KNBC is concentrating on weekends. It has acquired MTM’s “The New WKRP in Cincinnati,” which appeared on indie KCAL-TV last season. The show will air the sitcoms at 7p.m. Saturdays starting Sept. 12.

As previously reported (Daily Variety, July 29), KNBC has scheduled new Saturday and Sunday a.m. news broadcasts beginning Sept. 5-6 to follow the new weekend editions of “Today.” The local programs will air from 8-9:30 a.m., with anchors to be announced.

Rysher Entertainment’s “Prime Suspect,” formerly the O&O-produced “Murder One,” will appear at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays beginning Sept. 19.

“HBO Comedy Showcase,” a series of one-hour comedy spex, will appear in the 1 a.m. Sunday slot following “Saturday Night Live” starting Sept. 27.

“Life Choices With Eric Chapman,” a half-hour health series featuring the president-CEO of U.S. Health Corp. with news correspondent Kathleen Sullivan, gets the 5 a.m. Sunday slot.

Finally, KNBC has slated Peter Jones Prods. “Only in Hollywood” for 1 a.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 13.

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