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ABC Television

Move over "Will & Grace," here comes "Roseanne."

ABC announced Tuesday that it will premiere four dramas and one comedy this fall – but the sitcom many ABC viewers could want to see will be the "Roseanne" reunion in 2018.

Fox Broadcasting

Baseball is back, so where is "Pitch?" The Fox drama about a woman (Kylie Bunbury) pitching for the San Diego Padres has been benched since Thanksgiving – and might not be seen again.

It's one of the dozens of shows on the bubble, along with "24: Legacy," "Elementary," "The Great Indoors," "Quantico," "Code Black," "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" and ABC's new "Imaginary Mary" created by Green Township native Patrick Osborne.

ABC Television

Academy Award-winning director Patrick Osborne thought of his little brother's imaginary friend when creating potential TV series for Hollywood producers.

That's why Jenna Elfman ("Dharma & Greg") returns to ABC in "Imaginary Mary" with an animated imaginary friend who gives her relationship advice (8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Channel 9).

CBS News

What's Ira Joe Fisher been up to since he left WKRC-TV in 1989? And how did he learn to write his weather forecasts backwards?

Ask him yourself! He'll be on WVXU-FM's "Cincinnati Edition" show with me at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

WSTR-TV will simulcast ESPN3's "USL Game of the Week" Saturday in Louisville between Cincinnati and Louisville City FC, with Cincinnati native Heather Mitts as a sidelines reporter.

ABC Entertainment

ABC aggressively attacks fall with five new series -- two more shows than either NBC or Fox – and expands its Tuesday comedy block.

"The Middle" moves from Wednesdays to 8 p.m. Tuesday to anchor a new two-hour sitcom block with "Fresh Off The Boat," "The Real O'Neals" and newcomer "American Housewife" starring Katy Mixon (Victoria on "Mike & Molly) and Diedrich Bader ("Drew Carey").

Disney/ABC Television Group

ABC has renewed these 15 shows for fall 2016-2017 TV season:

“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “black-ish,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Scandal,” “Shark Tank” and “Quantico.”

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Loveable character actor Abe Vigoda, who died Tuesday at age 94, will be saluted with a 12-episode marathon of his best episodes on “Barney Miller” Saturday (4-10 p.m., Antenna TV, Channel 64.2).

After his memorable role on “The Godfather” in 1972, as double crosser Tessio, he was hired by ABC to play dour Det. Phil Fish on ABC’s “Barney Miller.” The ensemble comedy starring Hal Linden premiered Jan. 23, 1975.

United Feature Syndicate

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” remains the best holiday TV special for all the reasons that CBS executives didn’t like 50 years ago.

The simplicity of the story. The absence of adult voices. Its anti-commercialism message. The terrific jazz sound track by Vince Guaraldi. Linus quoting the Bible. 

Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the iconic Christmas cartoon, which airs for the 50th year tonight (9 p.m., Channel 9) following ABC’s musical salute called “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown (8 p.m.). I’ll be talking about Christmas TV specials on “Cincinnati Edition” at 1 p.m. today on 91.7 WVXU-FM.

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On this date in TV Kiese history…

Sept. 7, 1998: Former Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason debuts as an ABC “Monday Night Football” analyst.

Esiason retired from the Bengals after the 1997 season and walked immediately into the “MNF” booth with Al Michaels and Dan Dierdorf, after Frank Gifford retired.

He didn’t last long - dumped after two seasons and replaced by comedian Dennis Miller and former quarterback Dan Fouts - but that didn’t hurt his broadcasting career.

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NBC has benched a revival of Craig T. Nelson’s “Coach” weeks before the fall TV season starts.

In May the network announced a mid-season comedy to follow-up the popular 1989-97 ABC sitcom starring Nelson as football coach Hayden Fox. 

“Coach” was one of several TV revivals planned for the 2015-16 season. Still in production are reboots of “Heroes,” “The X-Files,” “Full House,” “The Muppets” and “Twin Peaks.”