ABC’s Fall 2009 Schedule Listed
Source: Ace Showbiz TV News
ABC prefers to fill in its Fall schedule with a bunch of new series and terminates many mild-rating midseason series.
Compared to FOX and NBC that have announced their Fall 2009 line-up earlier, ABC has the most dramatic changes in its line-up. The Alphabet is taking in more than 10 new shows to grace its 2009-10 season on top of the high-rating regulars such as “Dancing with the Stars“, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Desperate Housewives“.
These new shows include the Courteney Cox-starring vehicle “Cougar Town” which will be put on Wednesdays comedy slot along with newbies “Hank“, “The Middle” and “Modern Family“. ABC Entertainment Group chief Steve McPherson said, “We were looking to establish a comedy presence. Our Wednesday night has certainly been challenging for us and is something we wanted to improve on, and we were looking for event-style series.”
ABC had also canceled a lot of the series that were only introduced in midseason this year, except for “Castle” which is deemed having “a lot of promise.” Also, “Better Off Ted” is saved but shelved for midseason 2010 along with “Scrubs“, and “The Bachelor“. New series in the midseason are “Happy Town“, “The Deep End” and the remake of ’80s series “V“.
ABC FALL 2009 SCHEDULE Monday:
- 8 P.M. – “Hank“
- 8:30 P.M. – “The Middle“
- 9 P.M. – “Modern Family“
- 9:30 P.M. – “Cougar Town“
- 10 P.M. – “Eastwick“
- 8 P.M. – “Saturday Night College Football”
- 7 P.M. – “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
- 8 P.M. – “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition“
- 9 P.M. – “Desperate Housewives“
- 10 P.M. – “Brothers & Sisters“
Fall TV: ABC’s Official Schedule Revisits V, Moves Betty and Says Adieu to Who?
Source: TV Guide Online
ABC’s plan for the 2009-10 TV includes alien invasions, a new night for Betty and a bevy of sitcoms — though at least one laffer was ironically “forgotten” along the way. Looking to build a comedy bloc, ABC’s Wednesday lineup will feature four new sitcoms: Hank (starring Kelsey Grammer), The Middle (fronted by Patricia Heaton), Modern Family and Cougar Town (starring Courteney Cox Arquette). Notably missing from ABC’s schedule is Samantha Who?, which has officially been canceled. The Christina Applegate-starrer, however, still has a handful of unaired episodes in its arsenal.
The Alphabet’s Sunday and Monday lineups will remain intact, as will the Thursday night combo of Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. Now leading into Shonda Rhimes’ one-two punch will be Flash Forward, starring Joseph Fiennes, Sonya Walger and John Cho. The high-concept action-drama — which ran teaser promos during Lost‘s last two episodes —bumps Ugly Betty to Fridays at 9 pm, where America Ferrera & Co. will be sandwiched between Supernanny and 20/20.
ABC will test two new hour-longs on back-to-back nights at 10 pm. Jerry Bruckheimer’s The Forgotten, about a group of amateur detectives and starring Reiko Aylesworth, will lead out of Dancing with the Stars‘ results shows on Tuesday, while Eastwick (inspired by the ’80s flick The Witches of Eastwick) will anchor Wednesday. Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price and Jaime Ray Newman star as sorceresses.
On the reality front, Mark Burnett’s Shark Tank, which is aimed at aspiring entrepreneurs, will lead into the Dancing results shows Tuesdays at 8. Once Dancing with the Stars bows out, Scrubs and Better Off Ted will occupy Tuesday’s 9 o’clock hour. Regarding Scrubs, at this time only Zach Braff is locked to return — for at least six episodes — and the setting might possibly change from Sacred Heart Hospital.
Premiering midseason are the dramas V (a reimagining of the cult alien miniseries, and now starring Elizabeth Mitchell), Deep End (a legal series), Happy Town (a murder mystery featuring Amy Acker and Geoff Stults) and, of course, Lost‘s final season. Also on deck for ABC are True Beauty and Wife Swap.
Like Samantha Who?, Cupid and The Unusuals are both canceled, but Surviving Suburbia could return, depending on the ratings its final freshman-season episodes get.