With the 2001-2002 TV season officially over, it’s time to kick back, take a minute to reflect… then immediately start obsessing over the 2002-2003 TV season. The networks have already announced their new fall schedules, so it’s time to read the prime-time tea leaves and see what trends emerge.
CBS: Crime Busters Station Bouyed by the ratings surge of such law-and-order shows as ”CSI” and ”The Guardian,” the Eye network has ordered up a squad room full of crime dramas. The most likely to succeed is ”CSI Miami” (Mondays, 10-11 p.m.), a spinoff that was launched on a recent episode of TV’s No. 1 drama. The top-rank cast includes David Caruso, Emily Procter (”The West Wing”), and Khandi Alexander (”NewsRadio”). Also intriguing is ”Without a Trace” (CBS, Thursdays, 10-11 p.m.), a missing-persons procedural headlined by the always-captivating Anthony LaPaglia (”Lantana”). Another pair of riveting actors, David Morse (”St. Elsewhere”) and Andre Braugher (”Homicide: Life on the Street”), costar in the taxi-themed mystery ”Hack” (CBS, Fridays, 9-10 p.m.). Finally, ”Miami Vice” and ”Crime Story” mastermind Michael Mann returns to TV with ”RHD/LA” (CBS, Fridays, 10-11 p.m.), starring Tom Sizemore (”Heat”) as a member of the Robbery Homicide Division, Los Angeles – hence the acronym.
Flashback Draft ”That ’80s Show” proved about as popular as New Coke, but that hasn’t stopped producers from setting two new shows in the Dukakis Decade: ”Do Over” (The WB, Thursdays, 8:30-9 p.m.) and ”That Was Then” (ABC, Fridays, 9-10 p.m.). The twist: Both are about 21st-century guys who are magically transported back to their high school years. What’s next – multiple body-switching movies?