ABC takes 11 new shows into 2009-2010 season
ABC will be overhauling the look of its 2009-2010 season quite a bit considering it's going with a hefty 11 new shows, including six high-concept dramas, four comedies and a reality show. The biggest change is the creation of a new, midweek comedy block.
On the lighter side of its dramas is the bewitching "Eastwick," based upon the John Updike novel "The Witches of Eastwick" that was later made into a Jack Nicholson-starring movie. Rebecca Romijn stars in the ensemble series and will anchor Wednesday nights following four brand-spanking-new comedies: the multi-camera "Hank" starring Kelsey Grammer, family comedy "The Middle" starring Patricia Heaton and Neil Flynn, "Modern Family" about three types of suburban families (traditional, multi-ethnic and gay) and "Cougar Town," about a recently divorced single mom (Courteney Cox) reentering the dating world.
"Flash Forward" -- about humanity's glimpse at its future after everyone blacks out temporarily -- will go to Thursdays, effectively bumping "Ugly Betty" to the Friday-night death slot. "Flash's" time-bending plot will hopefully fill the audience's need for puzzling, sci-fi mysteries until "Lost" returns to the schedule.
"Shark Tank," executive produced by Mark Burnett of "Survivor" fame," is the network's sole new foray into the unscripted world. On the show, desperate but ambitious entrepreneurs will compete to curry favor and funding for their dream projects from five tough tycoons.
The premiere in the summer after a following the special 10th anniversary primetime return of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," and will then move to Tuesday nights. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced "The Forgotten" about amateur sleuths who work tirelessly to solve crimes after the police have given up will also join it on Tuesdays.
All the other new dramas -- legal drama "The Deep End," murder mystery "Happy Town" and "V" based on the '80s alien miniseries -- will be held for midseason.
"Our focus is always on delivering the best stories with the most memorable characters on TV, whether that's established audience favorites or innovative new shows," says ABC chief Steve McPherson. "This year we've got the best of both. We're headed into the season with a strong slate of returning series as well as great new shows from one of our best development seasons ever."
"Scrubs" will indeed be back, which means Neil Flynn's time will be limited since he's appearing on "The Middle." Also returning from their first year on the network are "Better Off Ted," "Castle" and Ashton Kutcher's reality show "True Beauty."
Veterans returning to the ABC fold are "America's Funniest Home Videos," the never-ending "The Bachelor" franchise, "Brothers & Sisters," "Dancing With the Stars," "Desperate Housewives," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Grey's Anatomy" and its spinoff "Private Practice," "Lost," "Supernanny," the aforementioned "Ugly Betty," "Wife Swap" and "20/20."
Shows that were on the bubble but didn't make the cut were freshman series "The Unusuals," "Cupid," "Surviving Suburbia," "In the Motherhood" and sophomore comedy "Samantha Who?"
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8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30ABC Dancing With the Stars (Sep. 16) Castle (Sep. 23)CBS How I Met Your Mother (Sep. 23) We Are Men (Sep. 30) 2 Broke Girls (Sep. 23) Mom (Sep. 23) Hostages (Sep. 23)NBC The Voice (Sep. 23) The Blacklist (Sep. 23)FOX Bones (Sep. 16) Sleepy Hollow (Sep. 16) Local ProgrammingCW Hart of Dixie (Oct. 7) Beauty and the Beast (Oct. 7) Local Programming
8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30ABC Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Sep. 24) The Goldbergs (Sep. 24) Trophy Wife (Sep. 24) Lucky 7 (Sep. 24)CBS NCIS (Sep. 24) NCIS: Los Angeles (Sep. 24) Person of Interest (Sep. 24)NBC The Biggest Loser (Oct. 8) The Voice (Sep. 24) Chicago Fire (Sep. 24)FOX Dads (Sep. 17) Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Sep. 17) New Girl (Sep. 17) The Mindy Project (Sep. 17) Local ProgrammingCW The Orginals (Oct. 3) Supernatural (Oct. 8) Local Programming
8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30ABC The Middle (Sep. 17) Back in the Game (Sep. 25) Modern Family (Sep. 25) Super Fun Night (Oct. 2) Nashville (Sep. 25)CBS Survivor (Sep. 18) Criminal Minds (Sep. 25) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Sep. 25)NBC Revolution (Sep. 25) Law & Order: SVU (Sep. 25) Ironside (Oct. 2)FOX The X Factor performance show (Sep. 11) Local ProgrammingCW Arrow (Oct. 9) The Tomorrow People (Oct. 9) Local Programming
8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30ABC Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (Oct. 10) Grey's Anatomy (Sep. 26) Scandal (Oct. 3)CBS Big Bang Theory (Sep. 26) The Millers (Sep. 26) The Crazy Ones (Sep. 26) Two and Half Men (Sep. 26) Elementary (Sep. 26)NBC Parks and Recreation (Sep. 26) Welcome to the Family (Oct. 3) Sean Saves the World (Oct. 3) The Michael J. Fox Show (Sep. 26) Parenthood (Sep. 26)FOX The X Factor results show (Sep. 12) Glee (Sep. 26) Local ProgrammingCW The Vampire Diaries (Oct. 3) Reign (Oct. 17) Local Programming
8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30ABC Last Man Standing (Sep. 20) The Neighbors (Sep. 20) Shark Tank (Sep. 20) 20/20 (Sep. 6)CBS Undercover Boss (Sep. 27) Hawaii Five-0 (Sep. 27) Blue Bloods (Sep. 27)NBC Dateline NBC (Sep. 27)) Grimm (Oct. 25) Dracula (Oct. 25)FOX Junior MasterChef (Sep. 27) Sleepy Hollow encores Local ProgrammingCW The Carrie Diaries (Oct. 25) America's Next Top Model (Aug. 2) Local Programming
8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30ABC Saturday Night College FootballCBS Comedytime Sat. Crimetime Sat. 48 Hours: Mystery (Sep. 28)NBC Encore ProgrammingFOX FOX Sports Saturday LocalCW Local Programming
7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30ABC America's Funniest Home Videos (Oct. 6) Once Upon a Time (Sep. 29) Revenge (Sep. 29) Betrayal (Sep. 29)CBS 60 Minutes (Sep. 29) The Amazing Race (Sep. 29) The Good Wife (Sep. 29) The Mentalist (Sep. 29)NBC Football Night in America Sunday Night FootballFOX NFL Game The OT (NFL post-game) The Simpsons (Sep. 29) Bob's Burgers (Sep. 29) Family Guy (Sep. 29) American Dad (Sep. 29) Local ProgrammingCW Local Programming
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