TVTracker reports that ABC has announced their fall schedule. BLIND JUSTICE and EYES are among the notable, though not surprising, cancellations. Hitmaker JJ Abrams two pilots, THE CATCH and PROS AND CONS failed to make the sked, despite the success of LOST and ALIAS. But the influence of LOST is certainly reflected on the new schedule. Like NBC’s new roster, there’s quite a few new "speculative" fiction shows on tap, including a reimagining of THE NIGHT STALKER (from X FILE’s alum Frank Spotnitz) and INVASION, a Shaun Cassidy-produced series about aliens who secretly arrive in the Everglades in the midst of a terrible storm and a Park Ranger’s efforts to unlock the mystery. Other new series include COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, about the first female President, from writer-director Rod Lurie.
In addition to the new fall series, Zap2it reports that ABC has picked up several series for midseason: Additional Series
Orders: CRUMBS, THE EVIDENCE, IN JUSTICE, LESS THAN PERFECT, THE MIRACLE
WORKERS, SONS & DAUGHTERS.
Both "The Evidence" and "In Justice" reflect ABC’s aspirations to land a
strictly procedural hit, the network’s equivalent of a "CSI" or "Law &
Order." In "The Evidence," an eclectic cast — featuring Orlando Jones, Martin
Landau and Nicky Katt — solves crimes by putting together an assortment of
evidence that the audience has already seen. "In Justice" follows a lawyer (Kyle
MacLachlan) and an investigator (Jason O’Mara) struggling to get innocent people
out of prison.
On the comedy side, Fred Savage ("The Wonder Years") is back in "Crumbs,"
about two estranged brothers forced to reunite to take care of their deranged
mother and run the family business. Things remain in the family on "Sons &
Daughters," a semi-improvised look at grown-up siblings, executive produced by
Lorne Michaels ("Saturday Night Live").
Following in the footsteps of this season’s alternative programming successes
like "Supernanny" and "Wife Swap" and the emergence of "Extreme Makeover: Home
Edition," ABC will also have "Miracle Workers," a reality show about doctors who
perform revolutionary procedures on regular people, ready for midseason.
The new schedule is on the jump.
8:00 p.m. “Wife Swap” (through January. New night and time)
p.m. “Monday Night Football” (through January)
(the following will
premiere after MNF)
8:00 p.m. “The Bachelor” (new time)
“Emily’s Reasons Why Not” (new comedy series)
9:30 p.m. “Jake in Progress”
(new night and time)
10:00 p.m. “What About Brian” (new drama
8:00 p.m. “According to Jim” (new time)
“Rodney” (new time)
9:00 p.m. “Commander-in-Chief” (new drama
10:00 p.m. “Boston Legal” (new night)
“George Lopez” (new night and time)
8:30 p.m. “Freddie” (new comedy
9:00 p.m. “Lost” (new time)
10:00 p.m. “Invasion” (new drama
p.m. “Alias” (new night and time)
9:00 p.m. “The Night Stalker” (new drama
10:00 p.m. “Primetime Live”
8:00 p.m. “Supernanny”
(new night and time)
9:00 p.m. “Hope & Faith”
9:30 p.m. “Hot
Properties” (new comedy series)
10:00 p.m. “20/20”
p.m. “ABC Movie of the Week”
7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest
8:00 p.m. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
10:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”