Fox's "Head Cases" opened poorly Wednesday night, finishing fourth in its time period with an average of just 6.2 million viewers. The dramedy series, starring Chris O'Donnell and Adam Goldberg, got beat by ABC's rerun of the "Lost" pilot (7 million viewers), NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" rerun (9.3 million) and CBS's "Rock Star: INXS" (6.7 million).
"Head Cases" -- a sort of "Odd Couple" lawyer show -- is one of six drama series in the 9 p.m. slot. If you drew it in the office pool for first new series to be canceled in the 2005-06 TV season, things are looking good for you.
Perhaps more interesting, 4.5 million people were willing to watch a half-hour CBS infomercial for the network's fall lineup that ran, with commercials, from 8 to 8:30 p.m. "CBS Sneak Peek" also finished fourth in its time period, however, so there is hope.
CNN will show photographs and information about the approximately 2,000 children missing and displaced in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, all day and night, throughout the weekend.
Starting at 7 a.m. Saturday and continuing through 11 p.m. Sunday, the network plans to continuously display a panel on the left side of the TV screen showing the name and photograph of a child, along with information for contacting the Alexandria-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Since last Saturday, CBS News has been running several pictures, along with the center's Katrina Missing Persons Hotline number (888-544-5475) and its Web address (www.missingkids.com), during each of its programs. Also each day this week, ABC's "Good Morning America" has run several snaps of missing and displaced children and the center's information.
But this is the first time a news operation has committed to two solid days of continuous saturation display of photographs of the children, according to the center.
To date more than 700 children have been reunited with their families, the center told The TV Column.
NBC News announced yesterday that it is opening a New Orleans bureau in conjunction with the NBC affiliate TV station there.
Martin Savidge, who has reported from the city since Hurricane Katrina hit, is the first correspondent assigned to the bureau; Frieda Morris, NBC News's Southeast bureau chief, based in Atlanta, has been named New Orleans bureau chief.
CNN will announce tomorrow that it, too, is opening a New Orleans bureau. The cable news channel recently took office space in downtown New Orleans and plans to have a studio outfitted for live reports.
UPN has shuffled its Thursday lineup at the eleventh hour, with the new sitcom "Love, Inc." getting the plum time slot after "Everybody Hates Chris."
When UPN announced its schedule last May, rapper Eve's returning comedy of same name had the 8:30 p.m. slot and "Love, Inc." the impossible 9:30 half-hour -- against the second half of CBS's "CSI," NBC's "The Apprentice," WB's "Everwood" and Fox's "Reunion" -- because UPN didn't want two new series in its 8 p.m. hour.
But word of mouth on "Chris" is strong and network suits like what they've seen on early episodes of "Love, Inc." -- a sitcom about a dating consultant service because, apparently, there are such things -- so they've moved it to the much better time slot.