Second Time the Charm For "Grapevine"
Mon, Jul 26, 1999 01:33 AM PDT

LOS ANGELES ( - CBS is giving "Grapevine" a second chance -- seven years later. The short-lived series from producer/writer David Frankel ("Miami Rhapsody" ) aired in summer 1992 for two months, and followed the lives of three friends in Miami Beach. The show featured characters talking directly to the camera, and used flashbacks.

Nancy Tellem, President, CBS Entertainment, announced Sunday that the net had ordered six episodes of the show for mid-season, with Kristy Swanson slated to star. Swanson most recently appeared on the Saturday CBS show "Early Edition," and will not return to the program. The new "Grapevine" will have a similar set-up to the previous version. According to Tellem, the first "Grapevine" was "before its time."

Frankel also produced and wrote the pilot "Dear Diary," starring Bebe Neuwirth ("Cheers") and Brian Kerwin ("Beggars & Choosers" ), which went on to win an Academy Award for Best Short Film/Live Action, when it was not picked up for a series.