Getting a bit of a jump on its fall schedule, CBS will swap some Tuesday and Wednesday night programming next week.
On Tuesday, "60 Minutes II" moves to its new time slot at 8 p.m. -- where it will remain after the new season starts in September.A day later, the "CBS Tuesday Movie" becomes the "CBS Wednesday Movie," another move that will stick.
The only rather odd thing about this is that when CBS airs its two-part miniseries next season, instead of waiting two days after Sunday's Part 1, viewers will have to wait three days.
144 HOURS? The little newsmagazine that could, CBS's "48 Hours," is tripling this summer. In addition to the regular Thursday-night edition and the Monday-night edition that debuted last week, the network is adding a Tuesday-night edition on July 6 at 9 p.m.
Why? Well, newsmagazines tend to do quite well during the summer months -- even repeat segments. Much better than repeats of dramas or movies.
The good news is that this is a summer-only move. Come fall, "48 Hours" will be back down to its one Thursday airing.
What, you think this is "Dateline" or "20/20"?
IT'S THE STORY: NBC isn't officially confirming it, but sources indicate that former "Brady Bunch" star Florence Henderson will be one of the hosts of "Later Today," the post-"Today Show" hour the network will be launching on Sept. 7.
Reportedly, she'll be doing interviews as well as reporting lifestyle stories. And, undoubtedly, reminiscing about the "Bunch."
The 65-year-old Henderson will be working alongside previously announced anchors Jodi Applegate, who's moving over from MSNBC, and Asha Blake, a former anchor at both KNBC in Los Angeles and ABC's overnight news.
LOCKLEAR SPINS: ABC has confirmed that former "Melrose Place" star Heather Locklear will join the cast of "Spin City" next season. She'll play the mayor's new campaign manager.
It will not, however, be Locklear's first foray into sitcoms. She was one of the stars of the short-lived (1990-91) ABC sitcom "Going Places," in which she played one of four TV comedy writers who shared both a job and a house.
One of the other four leads was current "Spin City" star Alan Ruck.
CASTING ABOUT: Blair Underwood, who starred in producer Steven Bochco's "L.A. Law," has signed on to play a surgeon in Bochco's forthcoming CBS medical drama "City of Angels." The series is slated to appear at midseason -- probably January.
"Angels" is set in an inner-city hospital in Los Angeles and will feature a predominantly African-American cast.
MAYBE IT WILL WORK: My first reaction upon hearing that female wrestler Sable is suing the World Wrestling Federation for sexual harrassment (and alleging steroid abuse by the male wrestlers) was that this must be making the powers that be at UPN nervous, given that they've scheduled a two-hour "WWF Smackdown" every Thursday night beginning this fall.
But, on the other hand, given the profile of the viewers UPN seems to be going after with this type of programming, perhaps the lawsuit will actually help attract them. More's the pity.
SHE'S BACK: From the where-are-they-now file . . . Juliet Mills, best known for her starring role in the 1970-71 sitcom "Nanny and the Professor," will be part of the cast of the new NBC soap opera "Passions," which is set to debut on Monday, July 5.