Entertainment: The Peacock Gets Plucked

The Peacock Gets Plucked

Until lately, the NBC peacock seemed more like a hawk let loose in a chicken coop. Such humongous hits as Cheers and L.A. Law made the network No. 1 in the ratings for the past six years. But in the new fall season, NBC suddenly trails behind a resurgent CBS and in some weeks ABC as well. On Sunday nights, NBC is even struggling to stay out of fourth place, behind the spunky Fox network. Reason: basement-level performance by four new shows, including two headed by big-name stars -- Robert Guillaume in Pacific Station and James Garner in the apparently inaptly...

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