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Networks poised to sweep viewers off their feet Series: ON TV; ENTERTAINMENT
[SOUTH PINELLAS Edition]
St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg, Fla.
Author: DEGGANS, ERIC
Date: Apr 29, 1999
Start Page: 2.B
Section: CITY & STATE; METRO & STATE; TAMPA & STATE
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A glance at TV schedules for coming weeks tells the story: celebrity "stunt" appearances, cliffhanger episodes, blockbuster miniseries and a guy hung above a pool of gators trapped in chains drenched with chicken blood.

If the deluge of promotions and "news reports" on WTVT-Ch. 13 haven't clued you in, Fox presents Robbie Kneivel following in dad Evel's daredevil footsteps with a live jump over part of the Grand Canyon; CBS offers a Diagnosis Murder episode killing off the masked magician (Val Valentino) who earned top ratings for Fox in November; UPN taps the wrestling craze with a two-hour series pilot dubbed WWF Smackdown!; and ABC finishes its limp Stephen Baldwin miniseries Dean Koontz's Mr. Murder.

But what's most notable this month is what's leaving: Fran Drescher's The Nanny, off CBS after six tiresome seasons May 19; Fox's nighttime soap Melrose Place, gone after seven seasons May 24; NBC's relationship comedy Mad About You, departing May 24 after seven seasons; Tim Allen's powerhouse ABC sitcom Home Improvement, out after eight seasons May 25.

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