With titles like "Vanished" and "Kidnapped," it is no wonder that new hit shows have gone missing so far this season. And that is particularly true at Fox Broadcasting. If that network is a bellwether
of viewer interest for first-year series, early indications aren't so good: It is again flagging with all five of the new series it launched in August. And with post-season baseball beginning Monday,
Fox is making schedule changes, including the pre-emption of "Happy Hour," which is a possible sign that the show will not be back after the World Series. Apart from Fox, none of the eight new series
that launched during premiere week have broken out of the gate, the way NBC's "My Name Is Earl" and ABC's "Desperate Housewives" did. While hopes are high for 10 more to come, "I don't see anybody's
shows really breaking out," says NBC Universal chairman Bob Wright.
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