2007-2008 TV Upfronts: Part 1

Upfronts are when the television networks show off what they picked up for their fall and spring schedules so advertisers will decide where to spend their money when it comes time to actually air the shows.

Canceled Shows

Some shows were canceled during the season, while others weren't announced until the upfront meetings with advertisers last week. Here is a listing of all the shows that will not be returning this fall.

ABC
According to Jim, Big Day, Daybreak, Extreme Makeover, The George Lopez Show, The Great American Dream, Help Me Help You, In Case of Emergency, The Knights of Prosperity, The Nine, Show Me the Money, Six Degrees, What About Brian

CBS
3 Lbs, Armed & Famous, The Class, Close To Home, Jericho, The King of Queens, Smith, Waterfront

CW
All of Us, Gilmore Girls, Reba, Runaway, Seventh Heaven, Veronica Mars

FOX
Drive, Happy Hour, Justice, Nanny 911, The O.C., The Rich List, Trading Spouses, Vanished, The War At Home, The Wedding Bells, The Winner

NBC
20 Good Years, Andy Barker P.I., The Apprentice, The Black Donnelleys, Crossing Jordan, Grease, Identity, Kidnapped, Raines, Real Wedding Crashers, Studio 60, Thank God You're Here

Sunday

New Series New Timeslot

Sunday
 
ABC
CBS
CW
FOX
Fall 07
FOX
Spring 08
NBC
Fall 07
NBC
Spring 08
7:00 America's Funniest Home Videos 60 Minutes CW Now NFL post-game King of the Hill Sunday Night Football Dateline
7:30 Online Nation American Dad
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Viva Laughlin Life is Wild Simpsons Simpsons Law & Order
8:30 King of the Hill Family Guy
9:00 Desperate Housewives Cold Case America's Next Top Model Family Guy The Sarah Connor Chronicles Medium
9:30 American Dad
10:00 Brothers & Sisters Shark       Lipstick Jungle
10:30

 

New Shows

Viva Laughlin
Channel: CBS
Time: 8/7c
Genre: Drama
Cast: Lloyd Owen, Hugh Jackman, Madchen Amick, Eric Winter, D.B. Woodside

A musical mystery drama executive produced by Hugh Jackman about a businessman who dreams about opening up a casino. CBS swears it will not be like Cop Rock. It is an American take on the BBC show Viva Blackpool. Ripley (Lloyd Owen, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles) is the optimistic businessman who has to get extra financing from his competition Nicky Fontana (Hugh Jackman). Being charged of murdering his ex-partner or the demands of his family keeps him down.

CW Now
Channel: CW
Time: 7/6c
Genre: Reality

From the producers of Extra, it will be a celebrity gossip and style show.

Online Nation
Channel: CW
Time: 7:30/6:30c
Genre: Reality

Shows video clips found online.

Life is Wild
Channel: CW
Time: 8/7c
Genre: Drama

A blended family is moved from New York City to a game reserve in South Africa. It was shot entirely in South Africa so there will be many wild animals that show up.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Channel: FOX
Time: 9/8c
Genre: Drama
Cast: Lena Headley, Thomas Dekker, Richard T. Jones, Summer Glau

Takes place after the end of Terminator 2 where Sarah and John Connor are fugitives and other technological baddies. Sarah decides to go on the offensive against the machines while John struggles with the news that he is supposed to be the future leader of the world.

Lipstick Jungle
Channel: NBC
Time: 10/9c
Genre: Drama
Cast: Brooke Shields, Kim Raver, Lindsay Price

Based on Candace Bushnell's (Sex and the City) book about three powerful women dealing with their business and personal lives. Brooke Shields is a movie executive, Kim Raver is an editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine and Lindsay Price is a fashion designer.

Monday

New Series New Timeslot

Monday

 
ABC
CBS
CW
FOX
Fall 07
FOX
Spring 08
NBC
8:00 Dancing with the Stars How I Met Your Mother Everybody Hates Chris Prison Break Prison Break Deal or No Deal
8:30 The Big Bang Theory Aliens in America
9:00 Sam I Am Two and a Half Men Girlfriends K-Ville 24 Heroes
9:30 Rules of Engagement The Game
10:00 The Bachelor CSI: Miami       Journeyman
10:30

 

Sam I Am
Channel: ABC
Time: 9/8C
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Christina Applegate, Jennifer Esposito, Melissa McCarthy, Jean Smart, Tim Russ, Kevin Dunn

After an 8-day coma, a woman comes out of it with retrograde amnesia. While she tries to piece her life back together, she finds her friends and family are keeping secrets from her, mostly that she was not a nice person and her coma might have been a result from an unsuccessful murder attempt. She tries to become a nicer person, but the evil, bitchy ways are so much easier.

Big Bang Theory
Channel: CBS
Time: 8:30/7:30c
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Christina Applegate, Jennifer Esposito, Melissa McCarthy, Jean Smart, Tim Russ, Kevin Dunn

Comes from the same guy who made Two and a Half Men. A pretty girl moves in next door to two geeks, which turns their lives upside down.

Aliens in America
Channel: CW
Time: 8:30/7:30c
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Dan Byrd, Amy Pietz, Patrick Breen, Lindsey Shaw, Adhir Kalyan

A 16-year-old boy's mom decides to have a foreign exchange student, but isn't thrilled when he turns out to be a Pakistani Muslim. Critics are very shocked that CW is being this provocative with one of its sitcoms.

K-Ville
Channel: FOX
Time: 9/8C
Genre: Drama
Cast: Anthony Anderson, Cole Hauser, Maximiliano Hernandez, Faust Blake Shields, Tawny Cypress, John Carroll Lynch

Two years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is slowing building itself back up with very few cops to help keep the crime in check. Two new partners that went through the ordeal struggle with their pasts. This show was the most impressive new FOX show that critics saw.

Journeyman
Channel: NBC
Time: 10/9c
Genre: Drama
Cast: Kevin McKidd, Brian Howe, Gretchen Egolf, Moon Bloodgood, Reed Diamond, Charlie Wyson

A man has a good life, but finds himself unwillingly traveling through time to change people's lives in the current time for better or worse. He finds information that could save his fiance's life in the past, but what will that do to his current wife and son in the future? The pilot was NBC's highest-testing pilot in five years so it won the highly coveted slot following Heroes.

Tuesday

New Series New Timeslot

Tuesday

 
ABC
CBS
CW
FOX
Fall 07
FOX
Spring 08
NBC
8:00 Cavemen NCIS Beauty and the Geek New Amsterdam American Idol The Biggest Loser
8:30 Carpoolers
9:00 Dancing with the Stars Results Show The Unit The Reaper House House Chuck
9:30
10:00 Boston Legal Cane       Law & Order: SVU
10:30

 

Cavemen
Channel: ABC
Time: 8/7c
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Bill English, Dash Mihok, Nick Kroll, Kaitlin Doubleday, John Heard, Stephanie Lemelin

Based on the Geico caveman commercials. Seriously.

Carpoolers
Channel: ABC
Time: 8:30/7:30c
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Faith Ford, Fred Goss, TJ Miller, Jerry O'Connell, Allison Munn, Jerry Minor, Tim Peper

Four men carpool to and from work sharing their dreams, fears, complaints and randomness with each other about their marriages, work and whatever else they are thinking.

Cane
Channel: CBS
Time: 10/9c
Genre: Drama
Cast: Jimmy Smits, Hector Elizondo, Nestor Carbonell, Rita Moreno, Paola Turbay, Eddie Matos, Michael Trevino, Lina Esco, Sam Carman, Alona Tal, Polly Walker

The dramas that take place in a Cuban-American family that runs a rum and sugar business in South Florida. It isn't thrilling most critics.

Reaper
Channel: CW
Time: 9/8c
Genre: Drama
Cast: Bret Harrison, Allison Hossack, Andrew Airlie, Kyle Switzer, Nikki Reed, Ray Wise, Tyler Labine, Valarie Rae Miller

A slacker finds out that his parents have always been easy on him since they sold his soul to the devil before he was born. When he turns 21, the devil tells him that he must be his bounty hunter, collecting souls to send back to hell. He gets his two slacker friends to help him with his missions.

New Amsterdam
Channel: FOX
Time: 8/7c
Genre: Drama
Cast: Nikolaj Coster Waldau, Zuleikha Robinson, Alexi Gilmore, Stephen Henderson

An immortal is a NYPD detective who was made immortal in 1642. He will finally grow old and die once he finds true love, but decides in the meantime to use his decades of experience to solve crimes.

Chuck
Channel: NBC
Time: 9/8C
Genre: Drama
Cast: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strzechowski, Joshua Gomez, Sarah Lancaster, Adam Baldwin, Natalie Martinez

Chuck is the supervisor of the Nerd Herd at a computer store when he somehow gets an email with all the world's spy secrets embedded into his brain. Now people are after him and his life just became more exciting.

 

Sources: TV Guide

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