The Palm Beach Post - TV Post - - Front Page - By JAY BOBBIN

Q: Will Rules of En­gage­ment be back on the air? — Judy Pi­card, Austin, Colo.

A: Never count the CBS sit­com out for good ... not yet, any­way. The David Spade-fea­tured show has had an in­ter­est­ing sea­son, to put it mildly. Orig­i­nally ear­marked for Satur­days — where few se­ries have been placed with first-run episodes un­less they’re do­ing less than great on their orig­i­nal nights — Rules was redi­rected to Thurs­days when How to Be a Gentleman went down fast last fall. Then the net­work benched it in fa­vor of Rob Sch­nei­der’s show Rob; at the time of this writ­ing, Rules was slated to re­claim that slot be­fore the tele­vi­sion sea­son ends.

Q: I was en­joy­ing NBC’S se­ries The Firm, but it is no longer avail­able. Has it been can­celed? — Gail Nisas, Bend, Ore.

A: Not at this time. The John Gr­isham-in­spired show ran into rat­ings prob­lems on Thurs­day nights, so NBC shifted it to Satur­days sev­eral weeks into its run, and the episodes have been run­ning there since.

One thing that’s work­ing in the se­ries’ fa­vor to stick around: An ini­tial com­mit­ment to 22 episodes was made, some­thing al­most un­heard of with new dra­mas these days, but a sign of the gen­eral pop­u­lar­ity of the fran­chise — thanks to au­thor Gr­isham’s name, and also to the suc­cess of the 1993 movie of The Firm, which starred Tom Cruise — so NBC would seem more likely than not to let the or­dered episodes play out.

Q: I’m won­der­ing if we will ever see Harry’s Law again. They keep chang­ing the time slots. — Mar­ian Bran­del, Harts­burg, Mo.

A: They cer­tainly do. Orig­i­nally a Mon­day night of­fer­ing, the show was moved to Wed­nes­days by NBC for the start of this sea­son. Now, with the net­work try­ing to es­tab­lish a com­edy block on that night, the Kathy Bates law drama has just re­sumed on Sun­days. Ad­mit­tedly, that much mov­ing around raises ques­tions about the show’s long-term prospects ... but it con­tin­ues to have a strong ace to play in Bates, who earned an Emmy nom­i­na­tion for the se­ries for its first round.



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