Stephen M. Silverman
December 12, 2002 01:00 AM

CBS has yanked its critically lauded police drama “Robbery Homicide Division” from its schedule — putting the show on “indefinite hiatus” and saying the move was sparked by low ratings and “totally unrelated” to the recent arrest of its star, Tom Sizemore, for allegedly hitting his girlfriend, Reuters reports.

“Robbery Homicide Division,” which was from “Miami Vice” creator Michael Mann, will be replaced on Friday nights starting in January by the new midseason courtroom series, “Queens Supreme,” starring Oliver Platt and Robert Loggia, CBS said.

Sizemore, 38, was arrested Saturday by Van Nuys, Calif., police after an unidentified woman claimed he “punched her in the face and threw her to the ground,” the Associated Press reports.

Sizemore’s attorney, Robert Barta, called the allegations unfounded and says they were part of a “shakedown” for money by the woman.

The actor, who played Detective Sam Cole on “Robbery” and who also appeared in “Saving Private Ryan,” was booked for investigation of domestic battery, which is a misdemeanor, and released on $2,500 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 8.

A Detroit native, Sizemore is currently estranged from his wife, actress Maeve Quinlan. In 1997, he was reportedly arrested in Los Angeles after she called police and claimed Sizemore physically injured her during an argument at their apartment. She later refused to press charges.

Mann, meanwhile, said he was disappointed by CBS’s decision to pull “Robbery Homicide Division” from the lineup. “I guess maybe the show never found its audience,” he tells Daily Variety. “The irony of it is that everyone (at CBS) likes the show, from (network CEO) Les Moonves on down.”

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