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THINGS CHANGE: PRIME TIME TELEVISION

It's that time of year when your favorite shows can be hard to find.

Of the 59 returning series on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, UPN and the WB, more than a third are moving (or have moved) to new nights and/or times. "Murder, She Wrote" is headed for Thursdays after 11 years on Sundays.And "Sister, Sister" has moved from ABC to the WB.

In addition to the changes in time slots, lots of shows come back for a new season after making changes - some major and some minor. Here's a quick rundown on what to expect.

(And, remember, ABC is seen locally on Ch. 4, Fox on Ch. 13, UPN on Ch. 14 and the WB on Ch. 30. As of Sunday, Sept. 10, Ch. 2 will switch to CBS, and Ch. 5 will be Utah's NBC affiliate.)

America's Funniest Home Videos (Sundays, 7 p.m., ABC): Expands from 30 minutes to an hour.

America's Most Wanted (new time - Saturdays, 8:30 p.m., Fox): The show is cut back from an hour to 30 minutes.

Beverly Hills, 90210 (Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Fox): Jason Wiles joins the cast as Kelly's new boyfriend, an aspiring artist. Emma Caulfield and Rebecca Gayheart come aboard in the third episode as recurring characters - love interests for Brandon and Dylan.

Boy Meets World (Fridays, 7:30 p.m., ABC): Cory gets a girlfriend; Shawn moves in with Mr. Turner; and Alex Desert joins the cast as a new teacher.

Chicago Hope (Mondays, 9 p.m., CBS): Mandy Patinkin will leave the show after eight episodes, although he may return occasionally. Christine Ebersol joins the cast as a heart surgeon. And Aaron and Camille Shutt's marriage will fall apart again.

Coach (Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., ABC): Hayden has quit college coaching to take over an expansion NFL team that's owned by a wacky woman (Katherine Helmond).

Cops (new time - Saturdays, 8 p.m., Fox): Only one, not two, half-hour episode will air each week.

Cybill (new night and time - Sundays, 7 p.m., CBS): Cybill becomes a grandmother.

Dave's World (new night - Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., CBS): Tammy Lauren joins the cast as Dave's recently divorced, extremely bitter sister-in-law.

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (Saturdays, 7 p.m., CBS): Newlyweds Mike and Sully are expecting.

Ellen: (new time - Wednesdays, 7 p.m., ABC): Jeremy Piven joins the cast as Ellen's cousin, who moves in with her. Clea Lewis (Audrey) becomes a regular. Ellen's bookstore is destroyed by an earthquake and replaced by a coffee shop/bookstore. And Paige gets a job as a movie studio executive.

ER (Thursdays, 9 p.m., NBC): Christine Elise joins the cast as a third-year medical student and love interest for Carter (Noah Wyle). Also, Benton gets involved with a married woman, Greene is promoted, and Hathaway finds a new romance.

Family Matters (Fridays, 7 p.m., ABC): Urkel moves into the Winslow house when his parents move to Russia.

Frasier (Tuesdays, 7 p.m., NBC): Frasier will get a new boss (Mer-cedes Ruehl) with whom romantic sparks fly. Martin and Daphne will also have love interests. Niles will separate from his unseen wife, Maris, and move in with Frasier.

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Mondays, 7 p.m., NBC): After being left at the altar, Will stars dating again and takes a part-time job as a talent booker on Hilary's talk show.

Friends (new time - Thursdays, 7 p.m., NBC): The tables will turn - Rachel will realize that she has feelings for Ross, but Ross has a new girlfriend (played by Lauren Tom). And Monica loses her job.

Grace Under Fire (Wednesdays, 8 p.m., ABC): Grace gets demoted at work, and Tom Poston joins the cast as Russell's father.

Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (Fridays, 8:30 p.m., ABC): Mark's cousin, Geneva, becomes the principal - and his new boss. Van-essa's wedding falls through.

Home Improvement (Tuesdays, 8 p.m., ABC): Tim has a new boss at "Tool Time" - a woman he doesn't get along with.

Homicide: Life on the Streets (Fridays, 9 p.m., NBC): Daniel Baldwin and Ned Beatty have left the cast. Reed Diamond comes aboard as a new detective. Russert is promoted to captain, Howard is promoted to sergeant, and Pem-ble-ton's wife gets pregnant.

Hope & Gloria (new night - Sunday, 7:30 p.m., NBC): Taylor Negron (Gwillem) becomes a regular. Hope tries reconciling with her ex-husband, but trouble ensues when her marriage counselor takes an interest in her.

In the House (Mondays, 7:30 p.m., NBC): Jackie's ex-husband shows up on her doorstep after his new bride kicks him out.

The John Larroquette Show (new night and time - Saturday, 8 p.m., NBC): John starts working the day shift at the bus station; Carly falls in love with a millionaire and sells the bar to Catherine, who installs herself as a torch singer; and Oscar the bum gets a job running the newsstand.

Law & Order (Wednesday, 9 p.m., NBC): Benjamin Bratt joins the cast as the new detective, replacing Christopher Noth.

Mad About You (new night - Sunday, 7 p.m., NBC): Paul goes to work as a producer for a cable channel, while Jamie's business begins to take off.

Melrose Place (Mondays, 7 p.m., Fox): All of the regulars will survive into the new season, although Dan Cortese and Morgan Brittany's characters will both bite the dust. Antonio Sabato Jr. ("Earth 2," "General Hospital") will join the cast as Amanda's ex-husband.

Murphy Brown (Mondays, 8 p.m., CBS): Miles and Corky have eloped. And look for several appearances by Paul Reubens (a k a. Pee-wee Herman) as the network president's nephew/hatchet man.)

New York Undercover (Thursdays, 7 p.m., Fox): J.C. returns from medical leave but has to prove he's ready to return to work. Eddie has a new partner, a tough female detective (Lauren Velez).

NYPD Blue (Tuesdays, 9 p.m., ABC): The characters of Detective Adrienne Lesniak (Justine Miceli) and Detective Diane Russell (Kim Delaney) become regulars.

Party of Five (Wednesdays, 8 p.m., Fox): The early part of the season will aim toward the wedding of Charlie and Kirsten.

Roseanne (new day and time - Tuesdays, 7 p.m., ABC): The family prepares for the birth of Roseanne's baby and deals with the breakup of Jackie and Fred's marriage. Lecy Gorenson returns to the role of Becky.

Sisters (Saturdays, 9 p.m., NBC): Sheila Kelley joins the cast as half-sister Charley; Heather McAdam comes aboard as Teddy's daughter, Cat; and Noelle Parker assumes the role of Alex's daughter, Reed. Teddy is going to get shot during a robbery, and Georgie is going to get involved with a younger man. Stephen Collins, Eric Close and Joe Flanigan join the cast.

seaQuest 2032 (new night - Wednesdays, 7 p.m., NBC): A lot has changed here - not just the title, which used to be "seaQuest DSV." The ship has been returned to Earth after 10 years on an alien planet - and discovers Earth hasn't fared too well. Michael Ironside ("ER") joins the cast as the sub's new captain. (The former captain, played by Roy Scheider, will make a few guest appearances.) Also coming aboard is Elise Neal, who will play a stealth sub fighter pilot.

Star Trek: Voyager (Mondays, 8 p.m., UPN): Capt. Janeway will get a new hairdo, and more action is planned.

Wings (Tuesdays, 7 p.m., NBC): Thomas Haden Church, who has left the show to star in a new sitcom on Fox, will return for one episode so that his character, Lowell, can bid the gang farewell. And a series of guest stars will play mechanics at the airport.