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ABC Steers a Steady Course

May 12, 2008  •  Post A Comment

ABC on Tuesday will take the wraps off a fall 2008 schedule that’s expected to stress stability, with a number of nights remaining virtually intact.
The network was keeping a tight lid on details, but it seems likely the network will keep tentpole shows such as “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy” in their respective Sunday and Thursday timeslots. ABC also should bring back its fall 2007 lineup of “Pushing Daisies,” “Private Practice” and “Dirty Sexy Money” on Wednesdays.
Mondays and Tuesdays probably will feature “Dancing With the Stars” and comedies such as “Samantha Who?” and NBC import “Scrubs.” New drama “Life on Mars” has been mentioned as a Thursday 10 p.m. contender, though ABC might want to wait until November (or later) to launch the show due to a change in showrunners.
Friday could be a good night for reality stalwarts “Supernanny” and “Wife Swap.” ABC could also slot another season of the successful spring series “Here Come the Newlyweds.”
Also in the mix: The Ashton Kutcher-produced family game show “Opportunity Knocks.”
Dramas “October Road” and “Men in Trees” will not be returning to ABC, while comedy “Miss Guided” also appears dead at the network.
Meanwhile, The CW’s new schedule – also set to be announced Tuesday—appears to be coming together.
The new “Beverly Hills, 90210” could be paired with new drama “Surviving the Filthy Rich” on Tuesday nights. Mondays will continue to include “Gossip Girl” and “One Tree Hill,” while “America’s Next Top Model” and new unscripted series “Stylistas” will air on Wednesdays. Thursdays will remain the same, with “Smallville” and “Supernatural” set to return. Comedies “The Game” and “Everybody Hates Chris” will air on Fridays. Sundays have been farmed out to production company MRC.
“Reaper” has been given a 13-episode order for midseason.

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