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CABLE UNVEILS NEW SHOWS - BUT NOT NEW CHANNELS

If you follow cable television at all, you may be aware that there are several new channels arriving in the next few months.

The Sci-Fi Channel. The Cartoon Network. A pair of game show channels.

None of which will be showing up in Utah in the immediate future.

Neither TCI nor Insight Cablevision will be adding those services, or others like Comedy Central and Court TV, right away. But both are looking into the possibility of adding those services at a later date.

TCI says the main problem is channel capacity, and that any additions are at least a year - and more likely two years - in the future.

Insight mentions both channel capacity and cost, and will be looking to its subscribers for input in the next couple of months.

However, that doesn't mean there's nothing new on cable this fall. The existing channels plan a number of new shows, and here's a quick rundown.

AMERICAN MOVIE CLASSICS

Diamonds on the Silver Screen, a documentary about how baseball has been portrayed in the movies, will air in October.

Roy Rogers: King of the Cowboys, a biography of the Western hero, is set to air in November.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

American Justice, hosted by Bill Curtis, is a half-hour, weekly series that will look at major crimes and how they influenced the nation's justice system. It debuts Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m.

Charlton Heston Presents the Bible is a four-part series, filmed in Israel, in which Heston "performs" stories from the Old and New Testaments. It airs in December.

Rave is a wweekly "performing arts showcase" that will feature documentaries, performances and interviews. It debuts Sunday, Sept. 13, at 9 p.m.

The Real West, hosted by singer Kenny Rogers, is a look at the myths, legends and heroes of the American West, circa 1839-90. It airs Thursday at 10 p.m. beginning Sept. 16.

Spies is a weekly series about real-life spies, chronicling the careers of such undercover agents as John Walker, Mata Hari and various CIA and KGB operatives. It debuts Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Travelquest features Alan Thicke ("Growing Pains") going on weekly adventures to exoctic parts of the world and doing things like white-water rafting and bungee jumping. It debuts Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 8:30 p.m.

CNBC

Donahue-Pozner, not to be confused with last year's failed attempt to pair Phil and Vladimir, this is a live, call-in discussion show that airs Tuesday and Thursday evening beginning Sept. 22.

CNN

Democracy in America is a six-part, in depth look at the current political campaign and the candidate's stands on the issues. It begins Sunday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m.

Living in the '90s, hosted by Christie Brinkley, is a weekday morning lifestyle show focusing on fashion, cooking, entertainment, etc. It debuts Monday, Sept. 14, at 8:20 a.m.

DISCOVERY CHANNEL

Skybound looks at the world of aviation, from technology to aviation pioneers. It debuts Thursday, Oct. 1, at 8:30 p.m.

Heart of Courage, hosted by Alex Trebek, is a series about "normal" people who risked their lives to save others. It debuts Thursday, Oct. 1, at 6:30 p.m.

Secret Weapons examines the development of weapons of war. It's hosted by former "Today" show news anchor John Palmer and debuts Friday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m.

Frontiers of Flight will highlight a "crucial event in aviation history" each week. It debuts Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m.

Justice Files, hosted by ABC newsman Forrest Sawyer, looks at real-life criminal cases through both actual video and recreations. It debuts Saturday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m.

Wildlife Journeys explores the migrations of various species around the world. It debuts Sunday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m.

Next Step is co-hosted by a real person and a "graphic android" and looks at recent advances in science and technology. It debuts Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m.

FAMILY CHANNEL

African Skies is a new drama about a widowed executive (Catherine Bach) who accepts a position with a big corporation - headed by her father-in-law (Robert Mitchum) - and, along with her teenage son, moves to a ranch in Africa. It debuts Sunday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.

NICK AT NIGHT

The Mary Tyler Moore Show joins the Nick evening lineup and kicks things off in a big way - with a weeklong "Mary-thon" that begins Saturday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m.