I did a breakdown on NBC, CBS and FOX back in May. Then I got distracted. I’m finally finishing the list this week! A breakdown on what’s new, gone and changing each night of the week on ABC come Fall 2009:
ABC is keeping Monday night the same with two hours of Dancing With the Stars followed by midseason hit, Castle. When Dancing finishes, it’ll be replaced with the show that won’t die, The Bachelor.
On Tuesdays, ABC will be airing Shark Tank, which just had a summer preview this past weekend to low ratings so who knows how long it’ll last this fall. That will be followed by the Dancing with the Stars results show. When the results show is done, it’ll be replaced mid-season by Scrubs and Better Off Ted in the 9 o’clock hour. I thought Scrubs ended perfectly so I think they could have spun it off with a different name, but I’m willing to give this pretty much new show with the same name a shot since I do love the creator, Bill Lawrence. Finishing out the night is the latest crime procedural from Jerry Bruckheimer, The Forgotten, about amatuer detectives trying to figure out the real identities of the John Doe’s of the world. It stars Michelle Borth, Christian Slater, Heather Stephens, Bob Stephenson, Anthony Carrigan, and Rochelle Aytes. It did not impress critics in May and the two main leads were recast soon after that so there really isn’t a trailer to show with Christian Slater in it yet. Doesn’t sound like this show will be successful for Slater either after My OwnWorst Enemy.
Wednesday nights on ABC are all new shows, which they did last year and failed, but they are trying again with all new shows two hours of comedies followed by a supernatural-lite dramedy. Starting the night is the latest Kelsey Grammar show, Hank, about a Wall Street CEO that loses his job and has to move his family from the high life of New York back to the small town he grew up in. Critics were not overly thrilled with it and there was no preview to watch of it. It also stars Melinda McGraw, David Koechner, Macey Cruthird and Ryan Wynott. Next up is Kelsey Grammar’s old co-star Patricia Heaton in her new sitcom, The Middle about a crazy family living in the midwest. It looks like your standard family sitcom, but it could be amusing, especially with the Janitor from Scrubs as the dad. It also stars Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer and Chris Kattan.
The show getting the most buzz about on this night is the mockumentary, Modern Family, following three very different families around. The critics got to watch the entire pilot at the upfronts and loved it. They thought the cast was excellent. One couple pairs Ed O’Neill with Sofia Vergara as very-varied-in-age newlyweds, another is Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell have been married for a while but started their family too early, and the final couple is Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet as a gay couple that just adopted a Vietnamese baby. It also stars Sarah Hyland, Rico Ridriguez, Nolan Gould and Ariel Winter. Watching the trailer, I agree with the critics. It looks really funny. It is paired up with Courtney Cox show, Cougar Town, which I can’t believe she’s old enough to be considered a cougar. Ack! Critics think it is a good fit for Courtney Cox’s comedy style. It also stars Christa Miller, Busy Philipps, Dan Byrd, Brian Van Holt, Josh Hopkins, and Ian Gomez.
The night finishes out with Eastwick, based on the John Updike story, that was already made into a movie, but now a television show. The three witches are Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price and Jamie Ray Newman. It also stars Paul Gross, Sara Rue, Veronica Cartwright, Johann Urb, Jon Bernthal, and Ashley Benson. Critics seem more interested in Paul Gross than the witches. It appears that it could be a fun show to watch. Also, if the town looks familiar, it is the old Stars Hallow of Gilmore Girls. Maybe Rory will stop by!
ABC is trying to find its new Lost, that’ll be back midseason with its final episodes, with Flash Forward. There is some event that makes everyone black out and have visions about six months into the future for two minutes and then they are back in their usual time with no explanation. Is what they saw real and why did that happen? Critics were intrigued and producers promise to get to the six month period by the end of the season. It stars Brian F. O’Byrne, Zacharay Knighton, John Cho, Christine Woods, Joseph Fiennes, Nicole Kirby, Sonya Walger, and Courtney B. Vance. I am willing to check it out since it looks good. The rest of the evening is the usual Grey’s Anatomy / Private Practice combination.
Is ABC trying to kill off Ugly Betty by moving it to Friday nights? It’ll be on after Supernanny and before 20/20.
Everything remains the same with America’s Funniest Videos starting off the night followed by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Then the family hours are done with the night finishing up with the two soaps Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters.
The shows that were canceled at some point during the year: Dirty Sexy Money, Eli Stone, Life on Mars, Pushing Daisies, Cupid, and The Unusuals. I watched them all but not shocked they couldn’t find an audience. They were a bit weird and cultish.
Do you care about anything that was canceled? Do any of the new shows look good to you? What do you think about the time slot changes for some of the shows?