ABC Fall Schedule

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.

ABC's Fall 2009 Schedule Listed
See larger image 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 ““, “” and ““.

These new shows include the -starring vehicle “” which will be put on Wednesdays comedy slot along with newbies ““, “” and ““. 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 “” which is deemed having “a lot of promise.” Also, “” is saved but shelved for midseason 2010 along with ““, and ““. New series in the midseason are ““, “” and the remake of ’80s series ““.

Definitely goners are ““, ““, “” and ““.







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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.

New Samantha Who? Spoilers! Samantha & Todd?

‘Samantha Who?’: What to expect now that she’s back

Source: Zap2It’s Korbi TV

It’s been so long since we last saw a fresh episode of “Samantha Who?” — almost four months in fact — that not only do you and I not remember what Christina Applegate‘s character was up to, neither does she.

“Oh, gosh, I don’t even know, who was she dating last?,” Applegate wondered aloud when I asked her about Sam’s romantic prospects in the next six episodes, which start airing this evening.

Still, it didn’t take long for the name Todd (Barry Watson) to come up. “Todd and Sam are living together and spending a lot of time together now. So we’re trying to figure out who we are and what our feelings are for each other,” she explained.

So, what are their feelings? Well, Todd’s way into her. But Samantha’s pretty clueless, so don’t expect a rekindling anytime soon, even if Christina does believe Todd’s the one for Sam. “I think people like to see that Sam and Diane sort of thing play out,” she told me (pretty sure Sam is actually Diane in this analogy).

As for the show’s supporting players, Dena (Melissa McCarthy) is not only in a committed relationship right now, but she’s kind of got one on the side as well. And Andrea (Jennifer Esposito) has a steady man too… though their relationship is destined for failure. Her dude is sticking around for a bit though, and it should be fun to watch. Tune in tonight and you’ll get why…

Christina Applegate, Barry Watson, Samantha Who?Bruce in Pasadena, Calif.: Are Samantha Who?‘s Samantha and Todd ever going to see the light that they should be together?
In the March 26 episode, Samantha and Todd do go out on a date, but before you get too excited, it’s a double date to help out BFF Andrea, who is afraid to go out with her text-only BF Tony Dale (McKinley Freeman) alone. Though Sam doesn’t view it as a date date, Todd has grown more uneasy about his real feelings for her. Samantha finally realizes the two need to talk about his feelings for her and her feelings about his feelings for her. Confused? So is she. Without giving the ending away, there is a twist at the end that might just put this pair back at square one.

Christina Applegate Dishes on Samantha Who?‘s Unforgettable Return

by Tim Molloy, TV Guide

Samantha Who?

Christina Applegate had the kind of 2008 she might want to forget, including the death of her ex-boyfriend and a brave fight with breast cancer. But talking to about Samantha Who?‘s return from a long winter break (ABC, Thursday, 8:30 pm) the former Kelly Bundy was all spring and sunshine. She told us about Samantha’s lingering issues with amnesia, a fresh Winston Funk (Billy Zane), and what’s going on with Samantha and Todd (Barry Watson). After the terrible year you had, how happy were you to get to go back to work and mix it up with your cast mates?
Christina Applegate:
I really missed them. I miss them now and I can’t believe if we go in for a third season it won’t be for another five months. It’s hard. Those are my friends now. I really miss being around them. It was great to finally go back after everything and put my mind into something else and go back to my show. What can we look forward to this season?
There’s a lot of changes in everyone’s lives, actually. We decided to concentrate on giving everyone else a life outside of Samantha. And so there’s a lot of scenes I’m not in where the girls are together. And that I really like to watch because you really want to see who these people are. … There’s a new job in store for Samantha — kind of a new, old job. She ends up going back and working at Chapman and Funk, in a different capacity. With someone new playing Funk.
Fortunately and unfortunately, we lost Timothy Olyphant as our Winston Funk, who he played in our first season, because he’s doing Damages. Fortunately because he’s replaced by Billy Zane. Is there any witty acknowledgment of that, like “Oh, Winston, you look different today?” Hopefully wittier than that…
No, you know what, she has amnesia, so who knows, she doesn’t know really. I think they both have a very similar quality so I don’t think people will be too thrown off-course. Since it was a year-and-a half-ago. We’re hoping they don’t really remember. [Laughs.] In the return episode, Todd seems to be getting serious feelings for Samantha again and she has to decide what to do about that.
With those two there’s always this push-and-pull, push-and-pull, push-and-pull kind of thing. I don’t know if they’re ever going to solve it… . There’s five more episodes that they may or may not show and there’s some really big things that happen in those with those two. I hope that we get a chance to show them. … We’re only scheduled to air six right now and we have eleven. Oh shucks.
Yeah, kinda shucks. So hopefully people will get to see those other five, because there’s some really cool stuff that happens.

Billy Zane Not Walking Down Memory Lane on Samantha Who

Source: TV Guide Online

Billy Zane

Billy Zane seems sometimes like a product of old Hollywood. His classic-movie star looks helped him land the role for which he remains best-known — Cal, Kate Winslet’s diabolical fiance in Titanic — as well as his starring role in 1996’s The Phantom, another period throwback. His new role on Samantha Who? lands him securely in the here and now, but the past lingers again: He’s playing Winston Funk, a character previously played by Timothy Olyphant, who departed to appear on Damages.

Zane’s found an easy way to deal with the ghosts of the past, however: ignoring them. To play Funk, for example, he didn’t even watch Olyphant’s take on the character. “It felt like doing any other role,” he told “They were pretty keen on wanting me to make it my own. I think they were kind of happy with where I was going with it so we just ran with it.”

The decision not to dwell fits in perfectly with Samantha Who?, a show built around Samantha (Christina Applegate) losing her memory and realizing the person she used to be wasn’t very nice. Funk was Samantha’s boss in her previous incarnation, and Zane’s episodes, which begin Thursday (ABC, 8:30 pm/ET), reunite them.

“She comes up with the notion of running his foundation and trying to bring him a little bit of a conscience,” Zane says. “He’s like, ‘Right. Helping. Sure. Whatever gets you in the house.'”

Zane plays Funk as a benevolent playboy — a perfect counter to Todd (Barry Watson), Samantha’s regular-guy love interest. “He’s pretty crafty — a wily businessman, and it bleeds over into his personal life, his leveraging. And while it’s, I’m sure, completely infuriating to her, it’s endearing because the end game is genuine.”

Whether viewers will get to see the end game this year — or ever — is up in the air: the show’s season finale is scheduled for April 30, but the cast has shot five additional episodes. They could air next season, if the show is picked up again.

Zane spoke to us on what happened to be the 97th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking. He said the best legacy of the film has been the chance it’s given him to highlight charities like MylifE, which helps get South African teens off the street. He got involved with it while making his new film, Darfur.

After a career focused on film, Zane says one of his favorite parts of Samantha Who? is joining a well-oiled television machine — the kind that ruled in an earlier era.

“I think just my aesthetic harks back to that era,” he says. “I definitely have a soft spot for the nostalgia of this industry. I like the color palette, the lenses used, the style. I like the censorship, believe it or not. You had to play with implying and suggestion rather than blatant shock value.”

Samantha Who? Season 2 Spoilers

Barry Watson dished that we’ll be seeing a lot more of bad Sam (Christina Applegate): “It’s usually always stuff with her and Jennifer Esposito. She’s got some Bad Sam stuff that really takes over a whole episode.” On whether or not Todd and Sam will live happily ever after, it’s not looking too bright in the coming future: “She’s been dating a bit and meeting new people, and in the next couple of episodes we’re shooting, Todd’s going to have a couple of girls that he’ll be dating.” Also, Todd’s finally going to have a friend this season named Seth. — Kristin at E!Online

Episode 2.03 – The Pill: Andrea is interested in Carol, a hot, intellectual and confident inaccessible lesbian who works in payroll. Source:

Samantha Who? Premiere Scoop & Spoilers!

Eric McCandless

9:30-10PM · ABC · Returns Oct.13

Cybill Shepherd hops aboard as the old high school nemesis of Regina (Jean Smart), and Mary-Kate Olsen plays a troubled girl Sam wants to reform. As for Sam (Christina 
 Applegate), she’s moving back into her own apartment…where Todd (Barry Watson) still lives. (Applegate’s recent treatment for breast cancer did not affect production on the show.) But don’t look for instant romance rekindling in season 2, as Men in Trees hunk James Tupper will rear his manfully tousled coif as Sam’s new love 
 interest. ”He’s a philanthropist who does everything green and eco-friendly,” says exec producer Donald Todd. ”Then she’ll find out [that] it’s very hard to live up to the perfect person. Especially because she’s far, far from that perfect person herself.”

Melissa McCarthy: What’s New with Samantha Who? Spoilers!

From TV Guide

TV’s most affable amnesiac is back, and she is, I suppose you could say, “forgetter than ever.” But what exactly is new with ABC’s Samantha Who? Melissa McCarthy, who plays Dena, the angel on Sam’s shoulder (to Jennifer Esposito’s gin-swilling devil), shared with us a peek at Season 2’s possible catfights and very special guest stars. Plus: McCarthy hails series lead Christina Applegate as “a tough cookie” who didn’t let breast cancer get the best of her. What is going on with Dena this season?
Melissa McCarthy:
I don’t know a lot, but I’m curious to see what happens with Chase, her boyfriend. That’s seems to be getting progressively weirder and funnier to me. Personally, I’m wondering if they’re ever going to let us know what Dena does for a living. Every time I ask a writer, they just laugh. I don’t know what that means! [Laughs] I’ve pitched that she’s a parole officer, just so I could use mace or a Taser. Now that we’ve established Samantha’s amnesiac situation, would you say there is a different theme this season?
Yeah, now that that’s set up, it loosens you up. You can have fun storylines and not worry about people not following it. Everyone knows these people are odd, and you can get away with more. Also, Samantha’s not going to be working at her job anymore, and that opens up a whole new area, as for what she’s going to be doing and whether we go along with her. Will we ever get a meaty throw-down between Dena and Andrea?
Listen, you have no idea how many of those I’ve pitched. I’ve said it could be a little ode to Dynasty, with a fountain that appears out of nowhere. I bring up Tasers about once a show, so maybe we can get into a Taser fight? Have you ever talked to Jennifer Esposito? She’s crazy. She would be up for anything, so I’m hoping we get a full-blown fistfight with punches to the face. It was a riot last season when Dena and Sam’s mother (Jean Smart) did each other’s makeup.
Yes! [Laughs] Jean is so funny. I have a big picture of her and I in that full glamour makeup, and we both look like drag queens. Scary! The show has lots of fun guest-stars coming up – like Mary-Kate Olsen, James Tupper (Men in Trees), and Anthony Anderson (Law & Order). Will you be working with any of them?
I worked with Mary-Kate and she was really sweet. Tony Hale, who plays Sam’s neurologist, I just find him funny even when I’m not supposed to. Did you manage to catch him on Andy Barker, P.I.?
Oh my god, yes. Tony’s so good in everything he does. He’s always perfectly odd enough that you’re just a little uncomfortable. Mary-Kate plays a bad girl that Sam tries to reform?
Yes – and it doesn’t really work out that well! She did a good job with the part. Christina Applegate really soldiered on through her cancer scare, at least on the surface, with nary a blink. Did that keep the mood on the set from ever being sad and more about empowerment and positivity?
Everything Christina does is about positivity. She’s a real workhorse. And really, only a few of us knew and that was it. She didn’t want it to bring down the set or interrupt work. She’s a tough cookie, and she’s doing great. She was smart, she caught it early. In all areas, she did the right thing. You can only hope that a big takeaway from this is the importance of catching it early.
I’ve had quite a few people tell me that they are now going in early for a checkup. When you think about how many people might now get checked early, that’s amazing. Did Gilmore Girls leave you with any burning questions?
I want to know what the last line is! [Series creator] Amy [Sherman-Palladino] knows, though in the back of my head I sometimes think, “Does she really?” But I know she probably does. Lastly, what would people be surprised to know about Melissa McCarthy?
McCarthy: That I have, like, 100 wigs. To what end?!
For Groundlings, the improv theater. I wear them on-stage, and they’re all mostly hideous. Bad short perm wigs, some mullets in there. Mostly it’s the 55- to 60-year-old Midwestern woman hairdo. I have a strange amount of those!

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