Video: Long Reach and Shortfall

New shows add different strokes to old formulas

Firing squads, frozen toes and frenzy down at the firehouse. A standard seven days on network television. The fall season has worked no changes. While a few new shows are already feeling the tickle of the cancellation ax (The Devlin Connection, The Quest), others, like Newhart (CBS, Mondays, 9:30-10 p.m. E.S.T.), seem to be cozying up for the duration. Nothing remarkable about this: shows breeze off the schedule at this time of year like leaves from branches. What is striking is the familiarity all the shows...

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