Shuffle the Deck
Networks shift their lineups
By Allison Romano -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/24/2004 8:00:00 PM
Five weeks into the season, the broadcasters are moving their programming pawns. A few low-rated shows have been tossed, while others get a second chance. There's more changes to come, but here is an early look.
Amazing Race, CBS
Destination: Tuesdays at 9 p.m., Nov. 16
Why: The Emmy-winning reality show is red-hot and belongs midweek rather then banished to Saturday night.
The Benefactor, ABC
Destination: Off the air
Why: ABC struggles to find a good lead-in to Monday Night Football, but billionaire Mark Cuban's low-rated Apprentice clone wasn't the right call.
Destination: Saturdays at 8 p.m., Nov. 6
Why: One of CBS's few soft spots this fall, the sappy baseball drama isn't enough of a draw for a weeknight.
Destination: Off the schedule, at least through November sweeps
Why: The ratings-challenged cop drama didn't have fire power to compete with ABC's Lost. No death certificate just yet, though NBC says production will continue on new episodes.
Jack & Bobby, The WB
Destination: Wednesdays at 9 p.m.
Why: Critics love the smart drama, but viewers have been tempted by other Sunday offerings. Wednesday night competition for young viewers is less ferocious, and Smallville is a solid lead-in.
Destination: Wednesdays at 8 p.m., Hawaii's old slot
Why: After a strong start, the Heather Locklear and Blair Underwood airport drama faltered against mighty foes CSI: Miami on CBS and ABC's Monday Night Football. If LAX doesn't work here, expect it to be grounded.
Life of Luxury, ABC
Destination: Mondays at 8 p.m., Nov. 8
Why: Replacing The Benefactor, this new four-part reality show is a hipper version of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
The Mountain, The WB
Destination: Sundays at 9 p.m., Oct. 31
Why: So far, the teen soap's ratings have been soft, but pairing it with popular drama Charmed could help. A small nod of confidence: The WB is ordering four more scripts.
$25 Million Dollar Hoax, NBC
Destination: Mondays at 9 p.m., Nov. 8
Why: NBC is tossing up reality on this competitive night. The twist here: A sweet girl has to convince her family that she has won the lottery and become a spoiled brat.
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