Television: Some Old, Some New, a Lot Borrowed, a Little Blue

Can gruff but likable Lou Grant, who lost his newsroom job at WJM-TV, cut the mustard on a daily newspaper? Can gimpy Fred Sanford dance out of a ghetto junkyard and onto a variety-show stage? Will a web-footed survivor from Atlantis surface as this season's TV hero?

The answers will come from 1,200 U.S. households, the chosen few whose daily tube-watching translates into Nielsen ratings. In combining new inspirations with hardy old shows, the networks have mildly varying prime-time profiles. NBC, which brought Gone with the Wind to the small screen last year, hopes...

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