By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated May 19, 1998 12:00 AM

After five seasons, the sun looks to be setting this May on NBC’s “3rd Rock from the Sun,” according to the Hollywood Reporter, though the network has yet to confirm whether or not the Emmy winning sitcom — which was also once a Nielsen darling — will bite the dust. Still, says the trade paper, the series’ producers, Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, have already shot this season’s last episode as a series finale, and “3rd Rock” costar French Stewart has been signed to star in “Blind Men,” a CBS comedy pilot loosely based on a British series of the same name about the fierce competition between two blind salesmen. Stewart, who turns 37 on Tuesday, has been cast as the reigning king in the window-treatment business who faces a pretender to his sales throne. “Blind Men” executive producer Michael Glouberman, who also produced “3rd Rock” (with partner Andrew Orenstein, who’s also onboard for “Blind Men”), describes Stewart’s character in the new show as “a 12-year-old living in a 35-year-old man’s body who tries to hide it as best as he can but not doing a great job about it.”