Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Is ABC big enough for another hospital?

Once again the Red Eye presented me something worth reading. ABC has announced it's Fall Lineup. There are two new original shows in the mix. Life on Mars, which is based on a British series- a cop is transported back to 1973, and Opportunity Knocks, which is produced by Ashton Kutcher's company- a game show where family members are quizzed on what they know about each other.

Two new shows will join the "midseason." Whenever that is. After the World Series perhaps? One show- which I assume is still untitled- is the reality beauty pageant series from Ashton and Tyra. The Goode Family is an animated show from creator of King of the Hill, which is essentially about how being obsessed with doing the right thing has unintended comic consequences. Lost will be back midseason as well, but the highlight is that ABC will be picking up Scrubs during the midseason. Also Zach Braff has agreed to return to the show. Can the doctor comedy stand on its own now that it won't directly compete with Grey's? You'll decide.

Axed shows include Women's Murder Club, Notes From the Underbelly, Men in Trees, October Road, and Oprah's Big Give. No mention of Cashmere Mafia or Miss Guided, which I loved. Boston Legal is back next fall for its final season of 13 episodes. The expected powerhouses are renewed, including Grey's & Betty down to America's Funniest Home Videos and Supernanny. Luckily Samantha Who? made the powerhouse cut! I'm a big fan. Some of you will be pleased to know that despite writers' strike induced apathy (low ratings), ABC is giving Eli Stone, Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money and Private Practice another shot. Yep, Addison will return to LA. You can stop holding your breath.