ABC Returning Shows

Returning Drama

Boston Legal

Premieres: Tuesday, September 19
Time: 10/9c

Last season: Major reshuffling of characters with Julie Bowen, Mark Valley and Candice Bergen becoming more prominent in the William Shatner/James Spader show.

This season: Parker Posey, guest star last season, might be joining the cast, and another new lawyer would be Tyler Labine (Invasion).

Desperate Housewives

Premieres: Sunday, September 24
Time: 9/8c

Last season: Edie set Susan’s house on fire, forcing her to move into a trailer until it is rebuilt. Orson, the dentist Susan befriended, ran over Mike before starting to date Bree. Bree had a mental breakdown after dating and letting George kill himself and kicking her gay son out of her house. Lynette went back to work. Tom become bored at home and wanted to work too, at the same advertising firm. Lynette finds out about a teenage daughter Tom has from a one-night stand before they were married. Gabrielle has a miscarriage, but her and Carlos decide to have their live-in maid be their surrogate after Gabi can’t become pregnant. Gabi finds Carlos cheating on her with the maid.

This season: After being preoccupied with other things and leaving others in charge, Marc Cherry says he is in charge for the third season after the horrendous second season and the even stupider Applegate storyline. The show is supposed to go back to the high comedy that was around in the first season, but lost in the second one. Also, the housewives are supposed to interact more since they hardly saw each other during season two.

Grey’s Anatomy

Premieres: Thursday, September 21
Time: 9/8c

Last season: Meredith and Derek tried to get over each other by Derek actually hanging out with his wife and Meredith dating the vet (Chris O’Donnell). They ended up together in the last episode though. Burke was shot and Izzie’s patient love died.

This season: Meredith will have to choose Derek or the vet, Burke’s arm recovers and Izzie comes back.


Premieres: Wednesday, October 4
Time: 9/8c

Last season: Michael found the Others and then traded Jack,Kate and Sawyer for Walter. Locked decided to not push the button, which almost blew up the island, so Desmond turned on the fail-safe, which brought the hatch down on Locke and Eko.

This season:
Three more characters are being added. One of them are part of the Others. Desmond and Henry Gale become series regulars. The show is supposed to focus more on action and romance this season instead of mythology. The show will air six new episodes, then go on hiatus (while Daybreak runs for 13 episodes), and Lost will come back in February 2007 for the rest of the season without reruns.

What About Brian

Premieres: Monday, October 9
Time: 10/9c

Last season:
Brian fell in love with his best friend’s fiance, and they shared a kiss at one point. He finally tried to move on, but she became clingy and scared off his girlfriend while her fiance became suspicious.

This season:
Major overhauls in store for this show that surprised everyone by being renewed. There is an entirely new writing staff from Everwood, so the writing should improve. Rosanna Arquette’s husband was dumped. Three new characters have been added–Brian gets a younger sister and another married couple (this one happy).

Returning Reality

Bachelor Rome

Premieres: Monday, October 2
Time: 9/8c

Last season: The doctor found love in Paris.

This season: An Italian prince is looking for love in Rome.

Dancing With the Stars

Premieres: Tuesday, September 12
Time: 8/7c

Last season: Drew Lachey beat out Jerry Rice and wrestler Stacy Kiebler.

This season: The casts of “celebrities” include: Tucker Carlson, Monique Coleman, Sara Evans, Willa Ford, Vivica A. Fox, Harry Hamlin, Joe Lawrence, Mario Lopez, Shanna Moakler, Emmitt Smith, and Jerry Springer.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Premieres: Sunday, September 24 (two-hour premiere starting at 7/6c)
Time: 8/7c

Last season:
Built up a few houses for Hurricane Katrina victims.

This season: The show sends one family away on vacation and fixes their house before they return.


Premieres: Monday, September 18
Time: 8/7c

Last season: Husbands and wives really learned to appreciate each other after spending some time in another’s household.

This season: More of the same.


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2 thoughts on “ABC Returning Shows

  • August 27, 2006 at 10:06 pm

    I gave up on Boston Legal during the first season and I’m not going back now. I’ll see if Desperate Housewives improves this season or I’ll give up on it. Of course, I’ll keep watching Lost.

    I did watch What About Brian, but thought it was pretty stupid. I just watched all the episodes (all six of them) since they were already recorded. I wasn’t going to watch it this season, but with a new writing staff (that is supposed to be stellar), it makes me curious.

  • August 30, 2006 at 3:41 pm

    My DVR (well, one of them) will be busy with Grey’s Anatomy and Boston Legal

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