TELEVISION: MAN BEHAVING BADLY

FOX'S NEGLECTED NED AND STACEY RETURNS WITH THOMAS HADEN CHURCH AS TV'S CUDDLIEST JERK

Of all the creative teams in Hollywood, the Fox network's comedy-development group must be suffering from the worst bout of low self-esteem in town. All three of the awful new Fox comedies that debuted in September were quickly canceled. Moreover, of the six Fox sitcoms launched last fall, all but one have vanished from the schedule.

The survivor, Ned and Stacey, which had its second-season premiere last week in a prime new time slot--Sundays, 8:30 p.m. ET, between The Simpsons and The X-Files--offers evidence that the network's comedy division isn't entirely bereft of competence. Ned and Stacey pairs Thomas Haden Church...

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