ABC's Fall Schedule: "Stable"
ABC announced its schedule today, and the trades are calling it “stable.” The network is only adding two new shows to the fall schedule with two more in line for mid-season.
However, there are 17 pilots still in contention for midseason spots.
Stupid writer’s strike…
Here is ABC’s fall schedule (as reported in “Variety“ and on TVGuide.com)…
8 PM--Dancing With the Stars
9:30 PM--Samantha Who?
10 PM--Boston Legal
8 PM--Opportunity Knocks
9 PM--Dancing With the Stars Results
10 PM--Eli Stone
“Knocks” is a mobile game show that will travel to homes and test how well people know their families. The show will travel to towns across America in semis carrying prizes.
8 PM--Pushing Daisies
9 PM--Private Practice
10 PM--Dirty Sexy Money
8 PM--Ugly Betty
9 PM--Grey’s Anatomy
10 PM--Life on Mars
“Mars” is based on a BBC series about a modern-day police detective who mysteriously finds himself transported back to 1973, but still a cop. The show was originally developed by David E. Kelley, but Kelley will now concentrate on writing the last batch of “Boston Legal” episodes.
8 PM--Wife Swap
8 PM--Saturday Night College Football
8 PM--Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9 PM--Desperate Housewives
10 PM--Brothers & Sisters
An untitled Tyra Banks/Ashton Kutcher beauty pageant reality show, “The Goode Family,” and “Scrubs” will premiere in midseason. “Family” is an animated series from the creator of “King of the Hill” about a family obsessed with doing the right thing.
“Lost,” “According to Jim” and “The Bachelor” will also return midseason.
Not returning are “Big Shots,” “Carpoolers,” “Cashmere Mafia,” “Cavemen,” “Men In Trees,” “Miss/Guided,” “Notes from the Underbelly,” “October Road,” and “Women’s Murder Club.” “Oprah’s Big Give” will also not return, but that was Oprah’s call, not the network’s.
I think the schedule overall is pretty strong, but having just watched its finale, I’m a little bummed that “Murder Club” is not coming back. I think it deserved another chance considering it was the network that killed it by jerking it around the schedule and firing its show runners.
And though I think it’s great that “Boston Legal” will get a chance to go out in style (This will be the last season.), I hate that it’s not getting to do it in its regular timeslot and instead will have to go against juggernaut, “CSI: Miami.”
I guess those are just more reasons to continue my fight with my sworn TV enemy, ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson.
Those and the fact that Lucy Liu will be joining “Dirty Sexy Money." That show doesn't need her...