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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

ABC Adds Only Two New Fall Shows

Only two new shows on ABC's fall lineup announced today, so ABC is playing it safe.

With viewing down since the writers' strike, ABC has opted to bring back five promising shows cut short by the strike his year: "Pushing Daisies," "Private Practice," "Dirty Sexy Money" (with Lucy Liu added to the cast), "Samantha Who?" and "Eli Stone."

Back are "Boston Legal" which was on the bubble (it moves to 10 p.m. Monday), along with "Grey’s Anatomy," "Brothers & Sisters," "Desperate Housewives," "Ugly Betty" (with Lindsay Lohan for five shows), "America’s Funniest Videos," "20/20," "Dancing with the Stars," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Wife Swap," "Supernany" and Saturday night college football.

"Scrubs" has been snatched up from NBC for a midseason play along with "Lost," "According to Jim," "The Bachelor" and "The Good Family," a cartoon from Mike Judge (“King of the Hill").

Left off the schedule – and likely canceled – were "Notes From the Underbelly," "Miss Guided," "October Road," "Women’s Murder Club," "Men In Trees," "Big Shots," "Carpoolers" and "Cavemen."

The only new drama is "Life On Mars," about a present-day police detective who, after a car wreck, finds himself working as a police detective in 1972. The clip at looks fun: Det. Jason O’Mara ("Men In Trees," "Grey’s Anatomy") finds himself in an old school time warp with no DNA tests, cell phones, text messaging, Internet, etc. But the pilot could be different from the series. David E. Kelley developed it from a BBC series, but ABC has drafted former "October Road" producers to run the show. The cast includes Rachelle LeFevre ("What About Brian", Colm Meany, Lenny Clarke and Richard Benjamin. At 10 p.m. Thursday, following "Grey's Anatomy," it could be a hit in the making.

ABC’s other new show is "Opportunity Knocks," a reality show from Ashton Kutcher in which a truck filled with prizes pulls up to a house for a family to win, if they answer questions correctly about family members.

A video clip and fall schedule grid are posted at

Were you surprised by any of the cancellations? (Other than "Cavemen," of course.)


at 5/13/2008 12:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am disappointed that October Road was not picked up. It was a quirky type, "you can come home" show in the mold of "Ed" that was canceled by NBC a few years back. The show was not great, but it also is far better than a bunch of the "reality" drivel that pollutes the airwaves.

at 5/13/2008 12:23 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a little suprised by Women's murder club. Interest in the series of books has picked up big time at the library.
Marian from the neighborhood.

at 5/13/2008 1:53 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting. I wonder if Scrubs will be treated like how Taxi on NBC...."new network, better night"

at 5/13/2008 2:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved October Road. I am sad to hear it won't be coming back.

at 5/13/2008 3:20 PM Blogger House of Cards said...

wow! what a shocker! Cavemen didn't make it,huh? I thought that show was GOOD! (dripping with sarcasm....)

at 5/13/2008 6:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I missing something or was LOST not mentioned?

at 5/13/2008 9:46 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

To Anon 6:51 pm:
"Lost" back at midseason, like this year, to run straight through without reruns. I mentioned "Lost" in the 4th paragraph.

at 5/13/2008 10:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed Notes From the Underbelly and disappointed it looks cancelled

at 5/14/2008 12:06 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I care about is the return of "The Mole" .. love that show!!!

at 5/14/2008 11:07 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

very glad eli stone is returning.

at 5/18/2008 8:11 PM Blogger Leesa said...

So SAD to hear about 'October Road' I thought it was an excellent written show. Now we'll never know who is Sams Daddy!?!?!/

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