Headlining this article is the cast of “Flash Forward.” ABC started airing promos for this show during an episode of “Lost” in hopes of cashing in on the sci-fi/mystery audience. The network is looking to revamp their schedule as they pick up 11 new shows for the fall season. Unlike certain networks that prefer to scrap 5 hours of weekday programming or perhaps eliminate an entire day of programs, ABC is planning to fill the spaces with 6 dramas, 4 comedies and 1 reality show. Now the main question is, will they be able to pull this off?
First off, there’s “Eastwick,” which is based on the John Updike novel “The Witches of Eastwick.” Rebecca Romijn stars in the ensemble series and the show will anchor Wednesday nights following four new comedies: “Hank” starring Kelsey Grammer, “The Middle” starring Patricia Heaton and Neil “Janitor” Flynn, “Modern Family,” and the Courtney Cox vehicle, “Cougar Town.”
“Flash Forward” is about humanity’s glimpse at its future after everyone blacks out temporarily. The show will air on Thursdays, effectively bumping “Ugly Betty” to the Friday-night death slot. This sci-fi/mystery drama will hopefully fill the audience’s need mind boggling mysteries until “Lost” returns to the schedule midseason.
“Shark Tank,” executive produced by Mark Burnett (yes, that dude that came up with Survivor) is the network’s only new illiterate programming unscripted show. On the show, desperate but ambitious entrepreneurs will compete to curry favor and funding for their dream projects from five tough tycoons. Hmm parts of the show sounds vaguely familiar…
The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced “The Forgotten” about amateur sleuths who work tirelessly to solve crimes after the police have given up will be slotted in Tuesday nights following Dancing with the Stars.
All the other new shows – legal drama “The Deep End,” murder mystery “Happy Town” and “V” based on the ’80s alien miniseries — will be held for midseason.
Veterans returning to the ABC fold are “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor” (clearly there’s more single people willing to embarrass themselves on national TV), “Better Off Ted,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Castle,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and its spinoff “Private Practice,” “Lost,” “Supernanny” (why is this show still alive?), “Ugly Betty,” “Wife Swap (see Supernanny)” and “20/20.”
“Scrubs” will indeed be back, but since Neil Flynn is starring in another ABC comedy “The Middle,” expect fewer moments of Dr. Jan I Tor. Clearly the network can’t let the show leave on a creative high note. ABC Entertainment president Steve Macpherson claims that “Scrubs” will be a very different show next season. Scrubs creator and executive producer Bill Lawrence is set to pitch both ideas to McPherson in the next few weeks, and the network will decide whether to continue on at Sacred Heart (the next-gen option which follows the new batch of interns) or move it to an entirely different location (the complete revamp option). I vote for the next-gen option. I like the new batch of interns, especially Denise, so I wouldn’t mind giving this show a chance. Note to self: treat season 9 of Scrubs as a spin-off.
In the meantime, check out the fall schedule for ABC’s 2009-2010 season.
8:00 p.m. – Dancing with the Stars/The Bachelor
10:00 p.m. – Castle
8:00 p.m. – Shark Tank
9:00 p.m. – Dancing with the Stars (Results Show)/Scrubs & Better Off Ted
10:00 p.m. – The Forgotten
8:00 p.m. – Hank
8:30 p.m. – The Middle
9:00 p.m. – Modern Family
9:30 p.m. – Cougar Town
10:00 p.m. – Eastwick
8:00 p.m. – Flash Forward
9:00 p.m. – Grey’s Anatomy
10:00 p.m. – Private Practice
8:00 p.m. – Supernanny
9:00 p.m. – Ugly Betty
10:00 p.m. 20/20
8:00 p.m. – Saturday Night College Football
7:00 p.m. – America’s Funniest Home Videos
8:00 p.m. – Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9:00 p.m. – Desperate Housewives
10:00 p.m. – Brothers & Sisters
“The Bachelor” will air Monday nights from 8:00-10:00 p.m. following the run of “Dancing with the Stars,” and “Scrubs” and “Better Off Ted” will air at 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., respectively, following the run of “Dancing with the Stars The Results Show.”
*Old Show, New Timeslot