Besides new shows and old series at new times from the networks, stations also make changes at the local level. They buy syndicated and independently produced programs and occasionally produce their own.
New shows in place for fall:
WRC (Channel 4), an NBC station, adds three weekday quiz shows: "The Joker's Wild" at 9 a.m.; "Quiz Kids," once a radio favorite, at 9:30 a.m., and "Tic Tac Dough" at 2 a.m. "Preview: The Best of the New," a half-hour program focused on entertainment, fashion and celebrity news, airs at noon; "The Judge" at 3 a.m.
WTTG (Channel 5), the Fox outlet, has added Charlie Rose's "Personalities" at 12:30 p.m. weekdays (repeating at 11:30 p.m.), and at 4, Warner Bros.'s "Tiny Toon Adventures" featuring animated teenaged animal characters such as Buster and Babs Bunny, Plucky Duck, Hamton J. Pig and Montana Max. Steven Spielberg is executive producer. "Who's the Boss?" airs at 6 weekdays. "Redskins Playbook" is back on Monday nights throughout the Redskins' season; Steve Buckhantz hosts.
WJLA (Channel 7), an ABC station, replaced "Regis & Kathie Lee" with two game shows, Dick Clark's "Challengers" at 11 a.m. and "Trump Card" at 11:30. Jimmy Cefalo hosts "Trump Card" with Debi Massey. At noon, "People's Court" replaces "The Judge." From Monday through Saturday, "Wheel of Fortune" airs at 7 and "Jeopardy!" at 7:30. Beginning Sept. 24, there's a new half-hour late-night program called "My Talk Show," set in the home of Jennifer Bass in Derby, Wis. Bass is played by Cynthia Stevenson, with Debra McGrath as her regular guest, Anne Marie Snelling. One of the show's spoofs invites viewers to enter their couches in a Casting-Couch Competition. Rick Dees' "Into the Night" moves to 12:30 a.m., "Magnum, P.I." to 1:30 a.m. WJLA airs ACC football at noon Saturdays unless there's an ABC doubleheader.
WUSA (Channel 9), a CBS station, has grabbed "Entertainment Tonight," now in its 10th season, for the 7:30 weekday slot. ("Entertainment This Week" airs Sundays at 12:30 a.m.) John Palmer's half-hour news magazine, "Instant Recall," airs at 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and on Friday, at 1:30 a.m., followed by "Night Flight" at 2 a.m., a mix of comedy, music and interviews. In January, WUSA gets "The Arsenio Hall Show" at 11:30 weeknights and "The Party Machine with Nia Peeples" at 12:30 a.m. During football season, "Countdown to Kickoff" with Sam Huff and Sonny Jurgensen airs Sundays at noon; "Redskins Sidelines," in its 18th year, airs Saturdays at 7:30 with Glenn Brenner and Jurgensen. Saturdays at 1 a.m.: "Smash Hits," with deejay Scott Shannon.
WDCA (Channel 20), an independent station, carries Hanna-Barbera's "Wake, Rattle and Roll" an animated/live-action weekday program at 7:30 a.m. meant to help youngsters get ready for school. R.J. Williams, 13, hosts with his robot. Also new weekdays: "Mighty Mouse" 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; "Merrie Melodies" at 8 a.m.; "Gummi Bears" and "Tale Spin," part of a children's block from 3 to 5 p.m. WDCA adds "ALF" at 6, then "Head of the Class." The station also airs Washington Capitals and Bullets games in season.
Saturdays, WDCA adds "Webster" at 7 a.m., and in the afternoon, fresh episodes of "New Dragnet" at 4 and "New Adam 12" at 4:30, "New Adventures of Superboy" at 5:30, "Super Force" at 6, fresh episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" at 6:30, and "$1 Million Video Challenge," a home-videos contest. At 7:30, there's new and repeat episodes of "Mama's Family."
Sundays, "Captain Planet and the Planeteers" at 9 a.m. finds animated heroes taking care of environmental matters. "Tom & Jerry" cartoons air at 9:30 a.m. and "Star Trek" shows up at 11 a.m. (repeated at 6). At 7, WDCA begins "21 Jump Street" with encore shows. In new episodes, hunk Johnny Depp is gone.
WETA (Channel 26), a PBS station, will offer a follow-up program to PBS's "Civil War" called "The President, the Congress and the Civil War" on Sept. 24 at 10:30. On Sept. 27 at 10:30, there's "The Committee: Taxation With Representation," produced by Steve York; on Oct. 5 at 10, "Go-Go Swing," a look at the District's music, produced by David Rubin; on Oct. 24 at 8, D.C. Politics and Power" examines what newly elected officials will bring to their jobs (repeats Oct. 28). Arts review show "Around Town" starts Saturday, Oct. 6, at 4 and moves to Thursdays at 8:30 on Oct. 18. "Metro Week" airs Fridays at 9:30.
WHMM (Channel 32), Howard University's PBS station, begins a new season for several of its series, including Kojo Nnamdi's weekday public affairs program, "Evening Exchange." Monday, the station premieres "Urban Health Report" with Freda Lewis-Hall of Howard University Hospital. The opener looks at cardiovascular disease and women; next week, diabetes, and program three, anxiety disorders. Wednesday, the station's "Vantage Point" begins a new season looking at controversial issues with host Bill Christian. Also WHMM-produced: Thursday, "Spotlight," Howard's student intern-produced program; Fridays, "Capstone," a monthly show with host Doris McMillon, and "Morning Exchange," with host Gayle Jessup, airing Tuesdays and Thursdays. When PBS airs "The Civil War" next week, WHMM will highlight the role of blacks in the war by offering "Civil War: Sketches in Color" before the start of and during the breaks in each installment.
WFTY (Channel 50), an independent station, recently started "Our Town," a local talk show hosted by station manager Andy Ochershausen on Wednesdays at 10 (repeating Sunday at 11 p.m.). Saturdays at 6:30 p.m., WFTY offers its own local entertainment magazine by and for kids, "KPOV-TV" (Kids Point of View). Hosts are local teens Okorie Johnson, Becky Stark and Chip Willoughby, who also do most of the planning and writing. WFTY's Tamara Smith-Barnes and Michele Dowd are producer and associate producer. Sundays at 7:30 p.m. during the season, Mike Gilliam and John Ricca host "50-Yard Line," covering local high school football.
Also on WFTY's schedule: weekdays, cartoons begin at 6:30 a.m. with "Heathcliff" and "He Man" at 7 and starting Oct. 1, "Videopower." "Highway to Heaven" airs at 5 and "Avengers" at 7.
Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. is new "Dragon Warrior." "Krush Rap" airs at 3 on Saturdays; "America's Top 10" at 4 (videos hosted by Casey Kasem and Siedah Garrett), plus "Lassie" at 4:30, "Charles in Charge" at 5, "Out of This World" at 5:30, "My Secret Identity" at 6, "Runaway" at 9:30, "Tales From the Darkside" at 10 and "Monsters" at 10:30.
WNVT/WNVC (Channels 53 and 56) are located in a joint facility in Falls Church, Va. After a day of instructional programming, Channel 53 switches at 3:30 weekdays to a block of children's shows that will expand Oct. 2 when the station adds "Paint Pot Alley" at 6. Also this fall: "State Fair Report" nightly at 9 from Sept. 20 to Sept. 30, and coverage of the Fairfax County Business Expo (Oct. 1 at 6). Channel 53 carries college football Saturdays and college hockey Sundays in October and Fridays in November during the season. Also in October, the station begins a 10-part series, "Virginia Outdoors." Other productions: "Make Peace With Nature," an environmental series, and "The Green Room With Mike Baker," the area's only on-location arts program, both airing Wednesday nights.
Channel 56 offers a series of language-lesson shows produced by the BBC at 5:30 weekdays (Monday, Italian; Tuesday, German; Wednesday, Spanish; Thursday, French; Friday, Russian). At 7 on weekdays, WNVC has picked up "Today's Japan" with moderator Jim Hartz, taped in Tokyo; and from Sept. 26 through Oct. 13 at 8 Mondays through Saturdays, reports on the Asian Games. On Wednesday, WNVC will air Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder's speech, "Urban Life in the New Dominion," from Virginia Commonwealth University. On Oct. 17 at 8, Alexandria Mayor James Moran, who is running for the 8th District congressional seat, will explain his platform, and Oct. 24 at 9, incumbent Stan Parris will discuss his. Both include a press panel.
Channel 56, which emphasizes state and local politics, produces "Richmond Report" and "Making of Virginia Laws," and interviews foreign ambassadors on its "Program International" (first Monday of each month at 10 except next month, when the show airs Oct. 15). On Oct. 3, 10 and 17, Channel 53 airs "Masters of the Steel String Guitar," produced with the National Endowment for the Arts. The station will also produce several college football games, including Catholic University vs. Hofstra on Oct. 13 and CU vs. Georgetown on Oct. 27.