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savafan
05-18-2006, 03:31 AM
http://tv.yahoo.com/news/eo/20060516/114782610000.html

By Joal Ryan

The doctors of Seattle Grace are about to face their toughest challenge: the crime scene investigators of Las Vegas P.D.

Barring an unlikely announcement by CBS on Wednesday, Grey's Anatomy and CSI will go head-to-head next fall on Thursday nights. This, after an unexpected announcement by ABC on Tuesday.

In what ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson called the biggest decision in setting his network's new fall schedule, Grey's Anatomy will be discharged from its secure 10 p.m. Sunday residence, and asked to do its quirky/romantic/M.D. thing in the key 9 p.m., Thursday battleground.

In other moves, ABC announced a whopping 12 new comedies and dramas, starring the likes of Ally McBeal's Calista Flockhart, Cheers' Ted Danson, and Courteney Cox Arquette's David Arquette, and issued renewals to borderline shows such as What About Brian, According to Jim and George Lopez.

Issued pink slips were: Kelly Ripa and her three-year-old sitcom Hope & Faith; Rodney somebody and his two-year-old sitcom Rodney; and, every single star of every single new show premiered by ABC last fall, including Geena Davis (Commander in Chief), Stuart Townsend (Night Stalker), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Freddie), and various space aliens (Invasion).

Of the casualties, McPherson noted in a press conference that Commander in Chief might return as a two-hour made-for-TV movie, and paid tribute to Invasion, calling it a "great" show: "We wish we could have made it work."

The CW may be next in line to try to make Invasion work; the Hollywood Reporter said the new network was considering picking up the sci-fi thriller. (The CW will announce its first-ever fall lineup on Friday.)

Elsewhere, ABC said Lost, back for a third season, would air without repeats in two blocks--one seven-week run starting in September, followed by a four-month run starting in February. In between, the network will try out a new Taye Diggs police detective drama, Day Break, in Lost's 9 p.m., Wednesday slot.

The network teased no Lost cast additions, and pledged no subtractions, "except the people we've shot," McPherson joked. The same was said of Desperate Housewives, minus the shooting quip--McPherson said the soapy comedy's cast would be intact for its upcoming third season.

Before Tuesday, it was suspected that Desperate Housewives might be on the move. But it was Grey's Anatomy, the lower-rated show with the bigger buzz, that got the call.

"We feel that it's a show that deserves a 9 o'clock time period," McPherson told reporters. "[It's] a fantastic time for it...[and] there's plenty of room for both."

By both, McPherson meant Grey's Anatomy and CSI. The former is TV's third-most watched scripted series, averaging 19.9 million viewers; the latter is TV's most-watched scripted series, averaging 25.2 million viewers. (Desperate Housewives is the second most popular scripted show, with 22.1 million viewers.)

By relocating Grey's Anatomy to Thursday, ABC will try to establish a beachhead on what is traditionally TV's most-watched night, and what is traditionally one of its least-watched nights. Dating back to the 1980s, Thursday has been owned by either NBC or CBS. ABC, meanwhile, hasn't had a steady performer at 9 p.m. since Abe Vigoda was on the network payroll.

Since cop comedy Barney Miller went off the air in 1982, ABC has detonated bomb (The Night Stalker) after bomb (Push, Nevada) after bomb (Wasteland) in the slot. Even Dynasty was sent there to die.

Given that Dr. McDreamy and residents are in much better shape than the winded Carrington crew was in the late 1980s, it seems plausible that Grey's Anatomy fans have nothing to worry about, and that Matthew Perry fans do. As of Monday, Perry's new NBC show, Studio City on the Sunset Strip, was slated to run opposite CSI. Now, it's slated to run opposite CSI and Grey's Anatomy.

In Grey's Anatomy place at 10 p.m., Sunday, ABC will slide in Brothers & Sisters, a new hourlong drama about, well, brothers and sisters, the far-flung, grown-up kind. Flockhart stars; Six Feet Under's Rachel Griffiths plays one of her siblings.

In addition to the pressure of being selected for a prime-time slot, Brothers & Sisters, along with its fellow ABC Sunday shows, will have to contend with the expected pass rush from Sunday night football action on NBC.

Bereft of Monday Night Football for the first time since before the 1970 NFL season, ABC will feed its pigskin fix with college football, and, in the process, try to brighten TV's Saturday night black hole with prime-time NCAA games.

A brief look at the other new series:

* Men in Trees (fall): An hourlong romantic drama about a relationship expert who, due to a snowstorm, becomes "stuck in a small town full of the one thing she really doesn't need--available men." Starring Anne Heche.
* The Nine (fall): Lost with hostages. This hourlong drama looks at a botched bank robbery and its impact on nine under-the-gun people, including Party of Five's Scott Wolf.
* Six Degrees (fall): Lost/Alias creator J.J. Abrams offers this hourlong drama about six New Yorkers who don't know each other...or do they? Erika Christensen and indie film vets Campbell Scott and Hope Davis star.
* Betty the Ugly (fall): Presumably to fill the void left by the canceled Less Than Perfect, executive producer Salma Hayek delivers this hourlong comedy about a "slightly plump plain-Jane from Queens" who lands a job at a Manhattan fashion magazine.
* Big Day (fall): 24 meets Father of the Bride--it says so right there in the network press release. Every episode of this half-hour comedy will revolve around the events leading up to the wedding of The Practice's Marla Sokoloff and one of the Four Kings.
* Help Me Help You (fall): Looking to recapture that Becker magic, Ted Danson stars in this half-hour sitcom as a group-therapy leader who, in a wholly unexpected twist, is "probably the craziest and most self-obsessed of all."
* Let's Rob... (fall): Mick Jagger "had a tremendous sense of humor," McPherson said, about this half-hour comedy which tells the story of inept crooks who try to burgle the Rolling Stone's posh Manhattan pad. Jagger will cameo, but won't be a series regular, the network said.
* Notes from the Underbelly (fall): A half-hour comedy about a couple expecting their first child.
* Traveler (midseason): When two grad-school grads lose their buddy and get tagged as suspects in a terrorist bombing, "the boys [become] pawns in a conspiracy that will take years to unravel," an optimistic ABC of this hourlong drama.
* In Case of Emergency (midseason): David Arquette and Jonathan Silverman are part of a high-school clique that reunite, and learn that, after all, "they've got each other in case of emergency." Hugs will be dispensed in half-hour comedy installments.
* Set for the Rest of Your Life (midseason): A "high-tension game show" about amortizations or something. A concept that needs no explanation: The "sound-proof isolation booth."

And here's a night-by-night look at NBC's fall lineup:

SUNDAY: America's Funniest Home Videos; Extreme Makeover: Home Edition; Desperate Housewives; Brothers & Sisters
MONDAY: Wife Swap; The Bachelor (fall)/Supernanny (midseason); What About Brian
TUESDAY: Dancing with the Stars (fall)/Set for the Rest of Your Life (midseason); Let's Rob...; Help Me Help You; Boston Legal
WEDNESDAY: Dancing with the Stars (fall)/George Lopez and According to Jim (midseason); Lost (fall)/Day Break (midseason); The Nine
THURSDAY: Big Day; Notes from the Underbelly; Grey's Anatomy; Six Degrees
FRIDAY: Betty the Ugly; Men in Trees; 20/20
SATURDAY: ABC Saturday Night College Football

Other ABC shows renewed, but not currently on the 2006-07 schedule: modest reality hit American Inventor; and, struggling newsmagazine Primetime Live.

RedFanAlways1966
05-18-2006, 07:43 AM
SATURDAY: ABC Saturday Night College Football

Wow... that is cool. And the only show of all the ones listed that I will watch.

RBA
05-18-2006, 08:47 AM
Hope and Faith canceled? Say it ain't so. :D

redsfan30
05-18-2006, 09:56 AM
I LOVE what ABC is doing with the Saturday night game all year long!

Ohio State vs. Texas in week 2 is scheduled, as is Ohio State vs. Iowa later on in the year.

Reds Fanatic
05-18-2006, 10:33 AM
I LOVE what ABC is doing with the Saturday night game all year long!

Ohio State vs. Texas in week 2 is scheduled, as is Ohio State vs. Iowa later on in the year.
The great news is all these games are going to be in HD. Here is the schedule for those Saturday night games.

Sept. 2 -- Notre Dame at Georgia Tech.

Sept. 9 -- Ohio State at Texas.

Sept. 16 -- Nebraska at Southern California.

Sept. 23 -- Notre Dame at Michigan State and Southern Cal at Arizona (split national coverage).

Sept. 30 -- Ohio State at Iowa or Michigan at Minnesota.

Oct. 7 -- Oregon at California and ACC, Big 12 or Big East game (split national coverage).

Oct. 14 -- Michigan at Penn State and Arizona State at Southern Cal (split national coverage).

Nov. 4 -- UCLA at California and ACC, Big 12 or Big East game (split national coverage).

Nov. 11 -- ACC, Big 12 or Big East game (split national coverage).

Nov. 18 -- California at USC and ACC, Big 12 or Big East game (split national coverage).

Nov. 25 -- Notre Dame at Southern Cal.

Dec. 2 -- Big 12 championship game.

Johnny Footstool
05-18-2006, 10:34 AM
I'm reading the synopses of those upcoming shows and thinking it's a joke -- like an Onion article or something I would have found in National Lampoon magazine in the 80's.

Regular network TV is dead to me. The only place you can find truly inventive and creative shows is Adult Swim on the Cartoon Network.

BTW - Venture Brothers ROCKS!

LoganBuck
05-18-2006, 01:17 PM
Invasion was just starting to hit its stride imo. Sad the finale, left with a big cliffhanger.

Javy Pornstache
05-18-2006, 01:25 PM
I don't understand the point of networks scheduling top-rated shows head to head. Yeah, I understand that it's the network equivalent of saying "mine's bigger than yours" and you want to show your superiority by going for their jugular and cutting their audience down on their top show.... but you're cutting YOUR audience down at the same time. Seems asinine to uproot a top five show out of its timeslot like that. ABC deserves it if this turns into a disastrous failure.

savafan
05-18-2006, 01:49 PM
Whither Chicago Hope? ;)

IslandRed
05-18-2006, 03:21 PM
I don't understand the point of networks scheduling top-rated shows head to head. Yeah, I understand that it's the network equivalent of saying "mine's bigger than yours" and you want to show your superiority by going for their jugular and cutting their audience down on their top show.... but you're cutting YOUR audience down at the same time. Seems asinine to uproot a top five show out of its timeslot like that. ABC deserves it if this turns into a disastrous failure.

One way to explain it is that all nights are not created equal, in terms of overall viewership and advertisers' willingness to pay. A show could conceivably make more money finishing second in some time slots than by being a clear winner in others. Demographics also play a big part. A procedural that skews towards an older audience like CSI may not have a big overlap with a younger-skewing relationship show like Grey's Anatomy. And finally, we're in the Tivo age and audience-measurement tools are adjusting to compensate. Time slots are not necessarily death matches anymore. Neither American Idol or Lost seems to be hurting right now.

WVRed
05-18-2006, 04:04 PM
Rodney got cancelled.:(

I watched that show, tried to get into it, but never could. If they would have switched Rodney to Comedy Central (less restrictions) and put Blue Collar TV on ABC, I think it would have worked.

Unassisted
05-18-2006, 10:11 PM
The thing that bothers me the most about this week's announcements is that all 3 of the science fiction shows that were introduced this season were cancelled. ABC's Invasion, NBC's Surface and CBS's Threshold won't be back next year. All of them had their good points, and I watched every episode of each show.

That string of failures makes me think it will be many years before networks roll the dice on sci-fi series again. :(

KronoRed
05-18-2006, 10:23 PM
Always the bunch of shows on Sci-Fi :)

Not happy to see ABC move GA, I don't watch it (soaps! ugh) but it's going to create a ton of competition with the new Sorkin show Thursday at 9, my bet is NBC moves it.

Heath
05-18-2006, 10:23 PM
There are TV shows on besides baseball and TV Land?

I guess Bonanza's not coming back. Bummer. :D

dman
05-18-2006, 10:26 PM
On the NBC side of the house, I was really disappointed to see how Jamey Sheridan's character bid farewell on Criminal Intent. Also, as far as regular Law and Order goes, I watched last night where Alex got killed by the thugs. It seems with the histories of the ADA's on that show, they really get some kind of pleasure in killing off the characters when they are done with them.

GIK
05-18-2006, 10:36 PM
The CW (WB-UPN merger) has announced their Fall 2006 schedule:

Here's a look at their fall schedule, according to trade reports:

Mondays:
7th Heaven
Runaway (new series)

Tuesdays:
Gilmore Girls
Veronica Mars

Wednesdays:
America's Next Top Model/Beauty And The Geek (alternating)
One Tree Hill

Thursdays:
Smallville :beerme:
Supernatural

Fridays:
WWE Smackdown!

Sundays:
Everybody Hates Chris
All Of Us
Girlfriends
The Game

KronoRed
05-18-2006, 10:52 PM
7th Heaven? I thought that show had its series finale??

GIK
05-18-2006, 11:08 PM
Looks like the CW wanted it badly enough.

Caveat Emperor
05-19-2006, 01:05 AM
Always the bunch of shows on Sci-Fi :)

Not happy to see ABC move GA, I don't watch it (soaps! ugh) but it's going to create a ton of competition with the new Sorkin show Thursday at 9, my bet is NBC moves it.

Yup, and you can add FX to that list as well. Basically, with "The West Wing" cancelled, the only shows I really watch are the two re-makes on Sci-Fi of "Battlestar Galactica" and "Doctor Who" and then "Rescue Me" on FX and "The Sopranos" on HBO (which barely qualifies as a television show anymore, with their 13 episodes here, 2 years off there, format). I'll occasionally catch "Boston Legal" if I see that it's on, but it's far from anything I take time out to watch.

Network TV is a total joke. The only positive trend is the lack of constant "reality" programming that seemed to be all the rage some 2-3 years ago.

WVRed
05-19-2006, 06:18 AM
Anyone seen Fox?

Danny Serafini
05-19-2006, 09:10 AM
On the NBC side of the house, I was really disappointed to see how Jamey Sheridan's character bid farewell on Criminal Intent. Also, as far as regular Law and Order goes, I watched last night where Alex got killed by the thugs. It seems with the histories of the ADA's on that show, they really get some kind of pleasure in killing off the characters when they are done with them.

You'll have to refresh my memory, who else did they kill off? The cast has been a revolving door, but I don't remember anyone else dying. Missed CI (I don't really keep up with every new episode because I figure they'll all be on USA or TNT soon enough and I can catch them again), what did they do with Jamey Sheridan's character?

BEETTLEBUG
05-19-2006, 09:29 AM
Was Vegas cut, I like the LADYS.

KronoRed
05-19-2006, 03:30 PM
Anyone seen Fox?
Not since they killed off Futurama ;)

Raisor
05-19-2006, 04:09 PM
You'll have to refresh my memory, who else did they kill off? The cast has been a revolving door, but I don't remember anyone else dying.

Clare Kinkade was killed by a drunk driver while she was driving Brisco home from a bender.

TeamBoone
05-19-2006, 07:20 PM
nm -- I screwed up.

Joseph
05-19-2006, 10:01 PM
Not since they killed off Futurama ;)

Isn't it coming back?

TeamBoone
05-19-2006, 10:06 PM
The CW (WB-UPN merger) has announced their Fall 2006 schedule

Oh no! Everwood is not there!

KronoRed
05-19-2006, 10:09 PM
Isn't it coming back?
Keep hearing that rumor but nothing solid.

Sabo Fan
05-19-2006, 10:14 PM
Network TV is a total joke. The only positive trend is the lack of constant "reality" programming that seemed to be all the rage some 2-3 years ago.

I agree for the most part. There are a handful of shows I still make a point to watch. The Office on NBC is great, and so is Scrubs when I can catch it. Throw in Family Guy and House, which has really grown on me. Used to watch Smallville, but since they completely chickened out and let Lana live and killed off Pa Kent in that miserable 100th episode I haven't really followed it. Dissapointing because it had some potential. Oh well. There are some cable shows I make sure not to miss, Monk being #1.


Was Vegas cut, I like the LADYS.

Nope, just moved to Friday at the request of the NFL. I guess having promos for a show that revolves around gambling on their centerpiece game of the week had their panties in a bunch.



Quote:
Originally Posted by KronoRed
Not since they killed off Futurama


Isn't it coming back?

Not on regular TV. That was a rumor that started with Billy West, the guy who voiced Fry, mentioning that they were coming back. What they're actually doing is a straight to DVD feature, or so that's what's been floated out there. Apparently West misunderstood the situation and took back what he said.

BUTLER REDSFAN
05-19-2006, 10:19 PM
wheres the usual show where the widowed fred and his 4 scamps marries lonely lois and her 7 kids and then move in with her crazy parents

dman
05-19-2006, 11:46 PM
You'll have to refresh my memory, who else did they kill off? The cast has been a revolving door, but I don't remember anyone else dying. Missed CI (I don't really keep up with every new episode because I figure they'll all be on USA or TNT soon enough and I can catch them again), what did they do with Jamey Sheridan's character?
Jamey Sheridan's character somehow got caught up in an internal investigation over the situation which involved the shooting that Logan was involved in. Rather than put up with the garbage he either resigned or retired.

REDREAD
05-22-2006, 03:45 PM
I don't understand the point of networks scheduling top-rated shows head to head. .

The advertisers spend more money on Thurs night.. so the networks try to move their best rated shows there.

KronoRed
05-22-2006, 06:09 PM
To spite them I don't watch TV on Thursdays ;)

TeamCasey
05-23-2006, 05:18 AM
The thing that bothers me the most about this week's announcements is that all 3 of the science fiction shows that were introduced this season were cancelled. ABC's Invasion, NBC's Surface and CBS's Threshold won't be back next year. All of them had their good points, and I watched every episode of each show.

That string of failures makes me think it will be many years before networks roll the dice on sci-fi series again. :(

That bummed me out too. I watched all 3.

minus5
05-23-2006, 08:11 AM
I thought Invasion rawked. I really enjoyed that show. Shawn Cassidy had also been the creator of American Gothic, which was a really good but very short lived show with Gary Cole as an evil (as in hell-fire & brimstone) sheriff of a small town.

WVRed
05-23-2006, 08:37 AM
Not on regular TV. That was a rumor that started with Billy West, the guy who voiced Fry, mentioning that they were coming back. What they're actually doing is a straight to DVD feature, or so that's what's been floated out there. Apparently West misunderstood the situation and took back what he said.

It worked well for Family Guy.

TeamBoone
05-23-2006, 09:37 AM
I liked all three sci fi shows as well, Invasion being my favorite.

I thought Surface was coming back... I at least hope they end it because they kind of left everyone on a ledge with the "season" finale (only to become the "series" finale, I guess).

They don't have a whole lot of time to end Invasion either, unless they knew it wouldn't be back when taping wrapped up.

minus5
05-23-2006, 10:11 AM
Has anyone heard if Supernatural is coming back?

KronoRed
05-23-2006, 03:55 PM
It worked well for Family Guy.
Has it? since it returned it's been near awful, simpsons like bad.

Sabo Fan
05-23-2006, 08:08 PM
Has it? since it returned it's been near awful, simpsons like bad.

I've heard people say that, but I disagree to a point. I think they've had some really good shows like PTV and the Church of the Fonz, but there have also been some bad, like you'll get with any show. It may not be as good as it was in the first run, but it's still pretty good. The Simpsons need to just fade off into the sunset. Haven't bothered watching it for three years. The worst part is that all the castmembers and writers and creative folks have gotten incredibly snobby towards other animated shows in recent years. Yeah, Family Guy might have jokes that are interchangable, but at least that show is funny most of the time, The Simpsons hasn't been funny for three or four years.

Nugget
05-23-2006, 08:42 PM
I liked all three sci fi shows as well, Invasion being my favorite.

I thought Surface was coming back... I at least hope they end it because they kind of left everyone on a ledge with the "season" finale (only to become the "series" finale, I guess).

They don't have a whole lot of time to end Invasion either, unless they knew it wouldn't be back when taping wrapped up.

We only get Threshold down here which is pretty good - but then so was Threat Matrix. It would seem that broadcast channels don't feel that sci-fi rates well enough. Look at Enterprise on UPN, Battlestar Galactica. I think the zenith of sci-fi ratings was the late eighties and early nineties. TNG was OK but I think the themes in Enterprise was much better. Unfortunately, sci-fi costs a lot to make and if you dno't make minimum ratings they can go to those reality tv shows etc which costs so much less. It comes in fits and starts, unfortunately it doesn't always coincide with quality production. With the advent of reality tv I can't see sci-fi making it on broadcast channels.

PS - I can't stnad Desperate Housewives or Lost.