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It's the middle of August and there isn't much new to watch on the networks, so new episodes of a not-bad sitcom are more valuable than they night otherwise be.

"Love & War" (Friday, 7 p.m., Ch. 5) never quite lived up to its promise. Some weeks it was hilarious. Others it was dull. And once it got moved out of the post- "Murphy Brown" time slot on Mondays, the ratings dropped like a rock - and it was canceled.Still, Jay Thomas and Annie Potts do have a certain chemistry. And the final five unaired episodes - which build up to a wedding - begin airing this week.

Hey, it's new. And "Love & War" - despite its problems - is still better than any of the sitcoms ABC airs on Friday nights.

- Scott D. Pierce