CBS's "60 Minutes" has not scheduled a segment featuring Mike Wallace's interview with LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinkley for this Sunday.
It's not currently scheduled for next Sunday, either.Actually, it's not currently scheduled for any specific date at all.
"We don't decide what we're going to run until the week of the show," said a "60 Minutes" spokesman. "There's just no way to tell."
And, because the interview with President Hinckley isn't specifically tied to any news event, it could be held for some time. Or it could air next week.
Those decisions normally aren't made until the middle of the week. And that decisionmaking process has just gotten pushed back a bit further in the week.
Don Hewitt, the show's executive producer, announced a number of changes this week for the venerable news magazine, now in its 28th season. For one thing, instead of taping the various pieces that surround the pre-taped segments on Thursday, that won't be done until Sundays - the day of the show. The change will also allow last-minute updates on the reports themselves.
The show is going to try to be more timely, too, devoting one of its three big segments to breaking news stories. And, instead of going into reruns during the summer, it will provide fresh reports in addition to repeat segments in June, July and August.
If you're asking yourself if this is in response to NBC slating a fourth edition of "Dateline" on Sundays beginning March 17, the answer is yes. (Although Hewitt would never admit that.)
He's also adding three new commentators to "60 Minutes" - newspaper columnist Molly Ivins, political satirist P.J. O'Rourke and author/critic Stanley Crouch.
Although Hewitt denies there's any plot afoot to phase Andy Rooney out of "60 Minutes," Rooney is already complaining in the press that that's exactly what's going to happen.
Don't you just hate it when that happens?
NOT SO GREAT: "A Case for Life" (Sunday, 8 p.m., Ch. 4) wants to be a really great TV movie, but it's not.
It does raise some intriguing questions. The plot involves two sisters - one (Valerie Bertinelli) stridently pro-life, the other (Mel Harris) strongly pro-choice. When the pro-life sister's pregnancy threatens her life, the pro-choice sister (a lawyer, naturally) instigates a lawsuit to force her to have an abortion.
But "Case" is far too overwrought, and it takes the easy way out in the end. It's OK as TV movies go, but nothing great.