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    TV Show Shakeups Announced For Fall

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    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.
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    SATURDAY: ABC Saturday Night College Football
    Wow... that is cool. And the only show of all the ones listed that I will watch.
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    Hope and Faith canceled? Say it ain't so.

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redsfan30
    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.

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    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.

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    Invasion was just starting to hit its stride imo. Sad the finale, left with a big cliffhanger.
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    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.

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    Whither Chicago Hope?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Javy Pornstache
    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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    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.
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    There are TV shows on besides baseball and TV Land?

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


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