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The USA Network better watch out

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WE HAVE MEMORIES: Ever wonder why TV critics are so cynical? Well, listening to network executives can make you that way. Quickly.

Take new USA Network president Doug Herzog. Please.

"I actually consider myself one of the luckiest guys out there," Herzog said in addressing the Television Critics Association's current press tour gathering in Pasadena, Calif. "I've had many great opportunities over the years. I had great years at niche networks like Comedy Central and MTV. Then, of course, I had a really fun year at Fox."

Fun? That's probably why he was unceremoniously fired after months of controversy, failure and ratings disasters.

"And now I get the opportunity to be at USA at what I believe is the exact right time and the right place as we are poised for great growth over the next couple years," Herzog continued.

Uh-oh. USA could be about to see its ratings plummet.

EXCUSES, EXCUSES: Danny Nucci pointed the finger of blame at CBS for the failure of his sitcom "Some of My Best Friends" this past spring.

"Well, I don't want to tell anybody how to run a network, but when my mom can't find the show, it's problematic," he said.

Of course, the fact that the show pretty much stunk may have had something to do with its demise as well.

OUCH: Think they're a little bitter at the WB about the fact that Fox turned around and sold "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" to UPN? You may be right.

"The WB benefited from its relationship with sister network TNT with 'Witchblade,' which did great ratings on the WB," said network publicist Keith Marder. "In fact, it did so well that you'll probably see it this fall on UPN."