^Product of THE SALINAJOU^NAL Oct. 27-Nov. 2,1996 LISTINGS FOR NORTH-CENTRAL AND NORTHWEST KANSAS ;£3^J>::.:^*i"e^-titf'^%'.^ 'r^-XV^^#wS^^iV;*Kt£*:-:^ CBS counting on 'Ink' to rub off on viewers Danson, Steenburgen form dynamic duo as journalists in sitcom By FRAZIER MOORE The Associated Press The Associated Press Ted Danson portrays a hotshot newspaper columnist and Mary Steenburgen plays his ex-wife and boss In the CBS sitcom "Ink," which airs Mondays at 7:30 p.m. NEW YORK — Everybody knows his name. That's reason enough to have landed Emmy-winning actor Ted Danson, along with his Oscar-winning wife Mary Steenburgen, for the CBS fall lineup. Their sitcom, which airs at 7:30 p.m. Mondays, serves as a cornerstone of CBS' effort to rebuild from the rubble of two dismal seasons. A comedy about two hotshot journalists who once were married and now are reunited at a New York City newspaper, "Ink" is funny. Smart. Tangy. Endearing. And as fresh as it is instantly familiar. If the pilot is any indication, "Ink" has taken all the right cues from Danson's triumphant run on "Cheers": He has recaptured in columnist Mike Logan the loose-limbed roguishness of Sam Malone, then found an ideal sparring partner in Kate Montgomery — Steenburgen's globe-trotting reporter who unexpectedly is brought in as the Sun's managing editor. And her ex- husband's new boss. "You know we can't work to- gether!" Logan blusters, in the same way you used to love watching Sam erupt at Diane. "Do you remember trying to build a bookshelf together? The police came to the front door!" Believe this: Everything is working together on "Ink." The supporting cast is first- rate, including Charlie Robinson (late of "Night Court") and Christine Ebersole, who steals her scenes as the society columnist. But it was no picnic pulling all this off, which makes the fact they did all the more extraordinary. Sept. 16 was the night "Ink" was supposed to have premiered. But in mid-August, after four episodes had been filmed, and the first one already mailed to critics, the CBS powers-that-be declared "Ink" to be unfunny. So the old "Ink" was bagged. Diane English, creator of "Murphy Brown," was brought in to whip up "Ink's" new formula. And to do it in less than two months. In fact, just two weeks ago, the opening episode (which English wrote) was filmed. Despite such a breakneck schedule (or — who knows? — because of it) the new "Ink" isn't just a vast improvement. It's a gem. Maybe even a miracle. In short: Cheers! Chief* vs. Bronco* 3 p.m. Sunday, NBO Penvfr seeks jo ayenge its only toss of the wawn when thf Broncos ami Chiefs, claah a) Mile High Stadium. Cowboys Vi. Dolphins 3p.m. Sunday, R» Pending Super Bowl champton Dallas tanfltee with i*-Qw*Wl <*** Jimmy Mmw V* Wt ¥W JW- pM* Mtemfi Pw Plays' «**"»• The 8*^ &h* Carried TMs week's highlights 8p.m. Sunday. ABC Tom CHancY a bestseller Is set In London, where e#CIA agent Jack Ryan (Harrison Pert) and h& family are tar- gated ty an IrWi terrorist. rHRC WWWJj W 8 B.m. Monday, esdtue M profewpr who find « Ota** md y, JSBC an Austin Oresn), The Uninvited e p,m. Tuesday, CBS A woman (Sharon Lawrence) is convinced that her new house is haunted, but her husband (Beau Bridges) thinks she's having a nervous breakdown. 8p.ra. Tuesday, Fox Host W Maher introduces the year's past commercials, tapjudlng ads with animals and peteorttlee. great Performance*: The Wrtck»r-» Pull 9 p,m, Wednesday, PBS The PtuJTaytor Psnce Company presents a trio of exuberant pieces from Its repertoire that recall music and dance trends ol different decades,, Prim* Tiro* Uve 9 p,m. Wednesday, ABG Sam Qonakjeon and J,udf Roje oo-host a report wi Cl^r thst^udes ttielr ... „, ...^.^ j, Figure Starting u.8. Professional Championship* 8 p.m. Thursday, 7 p,m. ^tuidjiy, ABC Top competitors Include Kristi Yarn- aguchi, Kin Browning and Tal Babitonla. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., TNT The 1996-97 NBA season opens wl* two matchups — Knlcks vs. Raptors and Suns vs. Lakers, Co)l««« Football; N«or»»k*alOW«nom« 11 a.m. Saturday, ABC The HusKeje try to Keep ihejr national ttie hopes alive against the Sooners.
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