ABC and NBC announce fall schedules

[20 May 2009]

By Rick Bentley

McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)

ABC and NBC took opposite approaches to filling their 2009-2010 schedules, which launch in September.

ABC announced Tuesday it will add 11 new programs to its lineup, including an entirely new Wednesday night schedule. The network has called on actors with proven track records to star in the new shows: Courtney Cox, Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton and Ed O’Neil.

NBC is being less aggressive. The network announced Tuesday it will debut only three of its seven new shows in the fall. That’s because five hours of its prime-time schedule go to Jay Leno for a prime-time talk show, which is expected to include some of the features he’s done as host of the “The Tonight Show.”

ABC:

The large order of new shows at ABC include “Cougar Town,” “The Deep End,” “Eastwick,” “Flash Forward,” “The Forgotten,” “Hank,” “Happy Town,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Shark Tank” and “V.”

In addition, the network is bringing back the ratings-weak “Better Off Ted,” “Castle,” “Scrubs” and “True Beauty.”

To make way for the new shows, ABC has canceled “Samantha Who?,” “Opportunity Knocks,” “Motherhood,” “Eli Stone,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Cupid,” “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Life on Mars,” “The Unusuals” and “According to Jim.”

“Surving Suburbia” will air this summer. There is no word on its fate after that.

Here’s a look at the ABC shows:

“Cougar Town”: Courteney Cox plays a recently divorced single mother who must face honest truths about dating.

“The Deep End”: Matt Long stars in this drama about young lawyers.

“Eastwick”: Rebecca Romijn stars in this series based on “The Witches of Eastwick.”

“Flash Forward”: The world is given a glimpse of the future. Joseph Fiennes stars.

“The Forgotten”: A team of amateurs work on cases involving unidentified victims.

“Hank”: Kelsey Grammer plays a titan of industry who finds himself out of work.

“Happy Town”: Haplin, Minn., has a dark secret.

“The Middle”: Patricia Heaton stars in this story of life in the middle class.

“Modern Family”: This comedy is a documentary filmmaker’s vision of modern families. Ed O’Neill stars.

“Shark Tank”: A reality show about budding entrepreneurs getting the chance to make their dreams come true.

“V”: Update version of ‘80s series. Morris Chestnut stars. (Show starts mid-season.)

NBC:

The big news for NBC is that “The Jay Leno Show” will air at 10 p.m. weeknights. Combine that with returning series and there is little room for new series.

“Trauma,” “Community” and “Parenthood” will be the only new shows to debut in the fall. “Day One,” “Mercy,” “100 Questions” and “The Marriage Ref” will be added to the schedule after NBC’s coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in February.

Despite rumors of impending demise, NBC renewed “Law & Order” and “Chuck.” New episodes of “Chuck” will be broadcast in early 2010.

To make way for the new shows, NBC loses “My Name Is Earl,” “Medium,” “My Own Worst Enemy,” “Knight Rider,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “Kath & Kim,” “ER,” “Crusoe” and “Life.” There is no word on the fate of “Deal or No Deal.”

“Friday Night Lights,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Breakthrough with Tony Robbins” and “Dateline NBC” will air on NBC in the summer of 2010.

Here’s a look at NBC’s new shows:

“Community”: A look at the student body at Greendale Community College.

“Day One”: Life following a global catastrophe that wipes out the world’s infrastructures.

“The Marriage Ref”: The reality series from Jerry Seinfeld has celebrities commenting on real marital disputes.

“Mercy”: Medical drama starring Taylor Schilling, Jamie Lee Kirchner and Michelle Trachtenberg.

“100 Questions”: Charlotte Payne (Sophie Winkleman) turns to a dating service to find Mr. Right.

“Parenthood”: Ron Howard and Brian Grazer offer a small-screen version of their feature film.

“Trauma”: Medical series starring Derek Luke and Cliff Curtis.

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NBC 2009-2010 FALL SCHEDULE

Monday:
8 p.m. “Heroes”
9 p.m. “Trauma”
10 p.m. “The Jay Leno Show”

Tuesday:
8 p.m. “The Biggest Loser”
10 p.m. “The Jay Leno Show”

Wednesday:
8 p.m. “Parenthood”
9 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
10 p.m. “The Jay Leno Show”

Thursday:
8 p.m. “SNL Weekend Update Thursday”
8:30 p.m. “Parks and Recreation”
9 p.m. “The Office”
9:30 p.m. “Community”
10 p.m. “The Jay Leno Show”

Friday:
8 p.m. “Law & Order”
9 p.m. “Southland”
10 p.m. “The Jay Leno Show”

Saturday:
8 p.m. “Dateline NBC”
9 p.m. “Trauma” (encore)
10 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (encore)

Sunday:
8:20 p.m. “NBC Sunday Night Football”

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ABC 2009-2010 FALL SCHEDULE

Monday:
8 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars”
10 p.m. “Castle”

Tuesday:
8 p.m. “Shark Tank”
9 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars Results Show”
10 p.m. “The Forgotten”

Wednesday:
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”

Thursday:
8 p.m. “Flash Forward”
9 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
10 p.m. “Private Practice”

Friday:
8 p.m. “Supernanny”
9 p.m. “Ugly Betty”
10 p.m. “20/20”

Saturday:
8 p.m. “Saturday Night College Football”

Sunday:
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”

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