Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Blogging The 2008 Upfronts, Day 2: ABC

Oh hell, I'm so far behind on these. ABC, here we come!

[New shows in bold. Thanks to the Futon Critic.]


8:00 PM: "Dancing with the Stars"

9:30 PM: "Samantha Who?"

10:00 PM: "Boston Legal"


8:00 PM: "Opportunity Knocks"

9:00 PM: "Dancing with the Stars the Results Show"

10:00 PM: "Eli Stone"


8:00 PM: "Pushing Daisies"

9:00 PM: "Private Practice"

10:00 PM: "Dirty Sexy Money"


8:00 PM: "Ugly Betty"

9:00 PM: "Grey's Anatomy"

10:00 PM: "Life on Mars"


8:00 PM: "Wife Swap"

9:00 PM: "Supernanny"

10:00 PM: "20/20"


8:00 PM: "Saturday Night College Football"


7:00 PM: "America's Funniest Home Videos"

8:00 PM: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

9:00 PM: "Desperate Housewives"

10:00 PM: "Brothers & Sisters"

The big news for ABC yesterday was that they had "only" two news shows for the new season (plus the migrating "Scrubs"). That's not a bad thing, though. Not when deserving shows like "Dirty Sexy Money," "Eli Stone," "Pushing Daisies," and "Samantha Who?" get second seasons to prove themselves. Much of this is because of the writers strike, but however it happened, it means that shows that might have been axed to make room for something new are getting second chances.

Note that I said "second" chances and not "seventh." Don't mistake me for being happy to see "According to Jim" on the midseason docket. (Also series premiering at mid-season are "Lost" and an untitled Ashton Kutcher/Tyra Banks project, which just might mean the end of television as a medium.)

Taking a look at the fall schedule...

-- The best news of the day was seeing that Eli Stone got picked up for a second season. After starting off shaky, it had really caught its stride by season's end, and I'm glad we're going to be able to see it play things out a bit further. And getting that plum time slot after Dancing With The Stars can only help.

-- I really like that ABC hasn't shuffled its lineups too much. They've done it this way for a few years now, and it's smart. If shows like Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, and Samantha Who? are going to build audiences, they have to know where to find them.

-- Kudos also for putting all the shows I don't watch like Wife Swap and Supernanny on Friday nights where they won't bother anybody. Thanks, ABC!

-- I'm kind of interested to see how Life On Mars turns out. David E. Kelley seems like such an odd fit for that show -- will Jason O'Mara start sleeping with an older woman with a strange disorder? Like, say, narcolepsy? The possibilities seem limitless.

-- I'm hoping that by the time Lost returns in January, they'll have found a better time slot for it than Thursdays after Grey's Anatomy. There isn't much on ABC that makes a good thematic fit with Lost (though if Life On Mars is a hit, that could work), but at least put it on at 9 PM somewhere. It deserves better than McDreamy's sloppy McSeconds.


Linda said...

Don't pick on Supernanny.

Joe Reid said...

Pick pick pick! I mock despite never having seen it!