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The TV Column
No New Sitcoms? At NBC, It's No Joke
By Lisa de Moraes Washington Post Tuesday, May 15, 20077

NEW YORK, May 14--NBC, which for some weeks this spring has barely shown a ratings pulse, took over Radio City Music Hall to pitch a resuscitation plan that includes a handful of new high-concept dramas, "bulked up" original-episode orders on three returning series and, for the first time in nearly 30 years, no new sitcoms.

For advertisers and the news media that came to hear what NBC had to say, it was like watching John Stamos apply a defibrillator to a flatliner on "ER" -- you have your doubts but hope for the best.

"Frankly, we need to be more better," NBC Entertainment chief Kevin Reilly joked at the outset of the presentation that kicked off the network's week-long unveiling of its prime-time plans.

True to its NBCUniversal2.0 word, NBC has no scripted series at 8 in the fall except Thursday, when it's sticking with its four-sitcom format.

Three of NBC's four new drama series are high concept, sci-fi-ish and hope to be the next "Heroes." It appeared NBC had developed three new series as potential Monday companions to that show and decided to put them all on the air. They're peppered across Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

The rest of its schedule brings back critically acclaimed, low-rated series -- and all those 8 p.m. reality shows, including screaming-at-briefcases utility player "Deal or No Deal," which kicks off Monday and Wednesday nights.

Much time was spent, both during the presentation and at an earlier news conference with reporters, preaching the upscale-ness of NBC's audience.

"We got the class -- we need the mass," Reilly told critics during a pre-dog-and-pony-show Q&A session.

Having noticed viewers will no longer tolerate repeats for any length of time, NBC asked three series to "take the bulk-up challenge," Reilly told advertisers.

Thursday comedies "My Name Is Earl" and "The Office" will produce 25 and 30 new episodes, respectively, though some of "The Office's" episodes will be bundled as one-hour broadcasts.

"Heroes" will produce 24 episodes and, when the show takes a break in the spring next year, NBC will fill the time slot with something called "Heroes: Origins," which the network touted as a spinoff, introducing new characters in the "Heroes" universe. One lucky character will join the series as a regular the following season, based on votes cast by viewers on the "Heroes" Web site.

"Friday Night Lights" has been moved to . . . Friday nights, NBC suits having finally bought into their own blather that this drama series is about "so much more than football." The network had resisted putting the series, about the religion that is high school football in a small Texas town -- you saw the movie, right? -- on Friday night when high school football games are played, fearing the show would lose a big chunk of its potential audience.

But since no one is watching this show anyway -- it's averaging 6.2 million viewers this season -- it appears NBC decided "what the heck." According to Reilly, network researchers had discovered that, statistically, the number of people who attend high school football on Friday nights is not significant relative to the number of viewers in the country. Plus, he added, there's also a bingo night and a church night in America, but "you can't get caught up in those details." Now he tells us!

Even so, NBC is hedging its bets by moving "FNL" to 10 p.m., by which hour, in theory, high school football games are over. Except in the middle of the country, a.k.a. TV Suits Flyover Zone, where prime time starts early and "FNL" will air at 9.

So desperate for buzz is fourth-place NBC that it announced Monday with fanfare that Jerry Seinfeld is returning to the network as writer, producer and star of 20 1-to-3-minute-long promotions for his new DreamWorks feature film, "Bee Movie." NBC is calling them "unique live-action comedy 'minisodes' " that will give viewers a "glimpse at Seinfeld's behind-the-scene antics during production of the movie."

Seinfeld, who got the 90-minute NBC presentation's biggest applause, reminded advertisers that it has been nearly 10 years since his hit sitcom aired on the network.

"I had the No. 1 show -- we were the No. 1 network!" Seinfeld gushed, twisting the knife. "People watched what NBC put on the air or lived in fear of the consequences."

He acknowledged people have asked him to do another TV show but said he didn't think he could come up with a program that included both worms and one-legged dancers. "Sometimes I feel like the whole industry just packed up and joined the circus," he said. This from a guy who's selling NBC infomercials for his new animated flick, in which he plays a disillusioned bee.

As announced on Mother's Day, all three "Law & Order" series are returning to the "networks of NBC Universal," but only "Law & Order: SVU" is on NBC's fall schedule, Tuesdays at 10. The mothership show, "Law & Order," won't debut until after NBC's Sunday football package has wrapped for the season. "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" will air first on NBC Universal-owned USA network, then repeat on NBC where, as they say, if you didn't catch it the first time, it's "new to you."

It's unclear where "CI" will air on NBC's prime time; maybe Saturdays between 9 and 11 p.m., where the network has scheduled Drama Series Encore Theatre.

NBC's one and only fabulous time slot in which to grow a new series, Mondays at 10, after "Heroes," has been bestowed on "Journeyman" -- a new romantic mystery about a San Francisco newspaper reporter, played by Kevin McKidd of HBO's "Rome" fame, who inexplicably begins to travel through time and alter people's lives.

One reporter wondered why they had made the lead a newspaper reporter.

"Haven't you heard?" the reporter asked, referring to some reports the newspaper business is crawling to its deathbed. Reilly explained that since the lead character is going to spend a lot of time in the past, he kind of had to be a newspaper reporter (as opposed to, say, an Internet journalist).

Then Reilly added, "We may reshoot that." The many newspaper reporters in the room laughed outwardly; inside they cried.

Tuesdays at 9, following "The Biggest Loser," NBC will debut "Chuck," from "OC" creator Josh Schwartz, about a computer nerd who works for a "nerd herd" at a place called Buy More. The guy becomes the government's top secret agent after opening an e-mail "subliminally encoded with government secrets" that he unwittingly downloads into his brain.

Hey, I don't write this stuff. I'm just the messenger.

Two new dramas are bound for Wednesday night: a "Bionic Woman" remake at 9 and "Life," at 10, about a cop who returns to the force, bitter, no doubt, after spending years in prison.

And, just in case reporters didn't catch the "bitter middle-aged guy" parallels between this new show and "House," which has been clocking record high ratings on Fox this season, Reilly noted "Life's" star, Damian Lewis, is, like "House" lead Hugh Laurie, a "guy who can bring it all together." Heck, Lewis even looks a little like Laurie and, in the clip shown to advertisers, he seemed to imitate some of Laurie's "House" shtick.

Thursday is untouched, except NBC has shuffled its four sitcoms, and, yes, "Scrubs" is back, after all that hooey about NBC ditching the series because Zach Braff's gimongous pay raise makes the show prohibitively expensive for the GE-owned network.

NBC actually has ordered one new comedy, mid-season's "IT Crowd." It's a remake of the 2006 Brit sitcom about computer geeks -- and we mean that in the best possible sense -- who, NBC says, are "misunderstood masters of their high-tech domain" and "lack the people skills to befriend anyone but each other."

Friday night is now "Game Night" on NBC, kicking off first with "1 vs. 100" for eight weeks, after which "The Singing Bee" will step in, challenging contestants to sing the lyrics to pop tunes they think the know.

On Sunday, once football season ends, "Dateline" returns to the night, followed by "Law & Order" at 8, "Medium" at 9 and the new one-hour "Lipstick Jungle" at 10.

NBC is waiting on "L&O" actor Fred Thompson to decide whether he'll run for president, in which case he would be off the series, Marc Graboff, NBC Universal Television West Coast president, told reporters, adding, "It's pretty clear you can't be an actor and . . . oh, never mind."

"Lipstick" is based on a Candace Bushnell book. Its scheduling on Sunday is calculated to make happy fans of HBO's former Sunday hit "Sex and the City," also based on Bushnell's writing.

"Lipstick" is about three high-powered New York chicks -- one in publishing, one in the movie industry and one a designer who's looking for Mr. Right. Sadly, one of them is played by Brooke Shields, who is the anti-"Sex and the City."

Noticeably missing from the fall lineup is the Donald Trump vehicle "The Apprentice." Reilly told reporters it's not dead -- yet, and the network will "revisit" the matter in "the next couple weeks."

One reporter, at the news conference via telephone, actually complained about the network having announced pickups on some returning shows days, and even weeks ago, rather than waiting for its dog-and-pony show.

Reilly and Graboff explained patiently, as though talking to a much-loved idiot child, that NBC did so, on such series as "Law & Order: SVU," "30 Rock," "My Name Is Earl," etc., because intrepid reporters had gotten wind of the early pickups, which were initiated so that NBC could get the shows back into production early and stockpile episodes in the event of an anticipated writers strike next season.

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Shall we start a pool on how many episodes of "Caveman" will air?

I say 2 episodes before ABC pulls the plug.
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The 2007-2008 Season
For ABC, Steve McPherson Explains His Lineup
ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson spoke for about 35 minutes with reporters this morning about the upcoming season on his network.

He didn't specifically unveil his new schedule (that is a few posts down at post #1628) but he did talk briefly about each of the new shows ABC will present this season.

(Note: Not all of them will begin at the beginning of the season in the fall. Eight of them, McPherson said, will premiere some time in the fall season. We are not going to run them out in a couple week's time. We will roll them out over the fall.)

McPherson says Lost will be moving to either 8 or 9 PM ET/PT. I'd anticipate on Wednesday right now). The impression he gave is that Lost will be scheduled Wedesdays at 9 PM.

Here are a few of his comments on a show-by-show basis.

ABC COMEDY

CARPOOLERS: is a strictly comedic look at four male relationships as they commute.

CAVEMEN: is probably he most talked about one. If we were just going to do a sketch about the cave men, I don't really think it would work at all. But this lets us look at all kinds of things in society. It gives you an ability to offend everyone, but offend no one. The proof is in the pudding, these guys really put it on the page.

MISS/GUIDED: Ashton Kutcher brought us this idea - based on every day is high school and no matter who you are or how old you are you kind of relive those situations over again - the popular kid or the jock or the nerd or the nervous teen. A woman goes back to HS to be a guidance counseler with a goal not to relive that reality.

SAM I AM: my comedy team said one of their goals was to get Christina Applegate on the air. She is a brilliant talent. She pops off the screen. There are people each year you think you really want to get her. She just nails this part. This is a really fun romantic comedy single camera show.

ABC DRAMA

BIG SHOTS: We have wanted to do a male ensemble show. It has a lot of the same entertainment value as Desperate Housewives' .

CASHMERE MAFIA: The next generation Sex In The City. We set the bar pretty high and the script delivered on that. It is an hour, so it doesn't have the same rythyms as Sex In The City, but it is the story beyond that. (It will come on when Dancing With The Stars finishes its run.)

DIRTY SEXY MONEY: For a while we have wanted to do a Dynasty/Falcon Crest' night time soap kind of show. We know you can't do that just straight forward as a day time soap in night time. We think this one delivers.

ELI STONE: we have talked a lot about spiritualism. And is there some place to deal with that on television? This one is about a lawyer who finds out he has an inoperable brain tumor. It is not a sappy tale about a lawyer gone good at all. It is told with a lot of comedy but it is a good procedural legal drama.

PRIVATE PRACTICE: We are really thrilled to have this coming in the fall, (but) we all feel like there is some work to do. The journey that Kate (Walsh)and Aaddison have gone through is remarkable --to go from a bitch on wheels to some peoples favorite character. This is a different show from Grey's This about adult relationships with some people who really like each other really well. (But we) really have to make the stories stronger. (In the poilot last week) we spent a lot of time setting up the characters. What Shonda (Rhimes, the Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice' creator) does brilliantly is set up the conflict among characters.

PUSHING DAISIES: Brian Fuller came to usa show about guys who could bring things back to life with one touch. We were pretty cynical. He executed a script at an unbelievably unique and imaginative level. This is one you have to see to understand.

WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB: is probably our most traditional procedural but with an ABC tone. Angie Harmon we were really bummed to not to get her show on the air last year. Laura Harris really pops off the screen.
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Shall we start a pool on how many episodes of "Caveman" will air?

I say 2 episodes before ABC pulls the plug.

It would be hard for me to bet against that.

But McPherson did note that last year, when ABC tested 17 possible dramas, "Ugly Betty" came in 16th.

So, you never know.
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TV Sports
Cable Operators Score Points in Battle With N.F.L.
By Richard Sandomir The New York Times May 15, 2007

It's been a long time since anyone viewed the National Football League as marginal in any way. Market muscle and viewership explain why the N.F.L. gets more television money than any other league and why the NFL Network was conceived as having nearly limitless appeal.

Then came Bernard J. Fried, a Time Warner customer who, like me, cannot get the NFL Network. Fried is a New York State Supreme Court justice who, in a decision that he wrote May 4 but did not release until Thursday, ruled that Comcast could move the NFL Network from a broad digital cable service to a much-less-viewed digital sports tier.



Fried agreed that Comcast had the contractual right to shift the NFL Network to its sports tier if it could not make a deal for (a) the cultish Sunday Ticket package of out-of-market games, which remained exclusive to DirecTV, or (b) a new eight-game, late-season package of N.F.L. games for Versus. The N.F.L. rejected Comcast's offer of about $400 million a year for the eight games last year, then added them to the NFL Network with a monthly surcharge of 55 cents a subscriber.

Versus, which is owned by Comcast, no doubt would have upped its fee from its current 13 cents a subscriber, according to Kagan Research, if it had gotten those games.

The league has filed a notice of appeal of Fried's decision to the state Appellate Division, and Comcast is telling its affiliates to get ready to move the channel to a sports tier. We're not going quietly and will continue to fight for what's right, said Seth Palansky, a spokesman for the NFL Network.

(Some level of quiet will continue; Fried sealed the case early on at the N.F.L.'s request. Only a hearing transcript is public record, and the league is unlikely to ask for the file to be unsealed.)

Fried's ruling, if it is upheld, would do away with the NFL Network for about 6.5 million Comcast subscribers, while 750,000 would be able to see it on a sports tier for about $5 a month. The decision will almost certainly lead Time Warner, Cablevision and Charter, the largest cable operators that do not offer the channel, to seek the right to carry it on a sports tier.

I don't know if the decision is precedential, said Fred Dressler, a former Time Warner Cable executive and lead programming negotiator, but it will help other cable operators. They'll say, If you sold it to Comcast that way, you ought to sell it to everybody else that way.

He added that those with existing deals could only capitalize on an anti-NFL Network decision if their contracts allow them to match better terms of carriage given to Comcast.

Right now, I feel the decision is unique to Comcast, Dressler said.

Fried's ruling is a crowd-pleaser for cable operators who say that sports networks are too expensive and belong on tiers that require subscribers to pay extra. Their mantra is that the broad swath of customers on expanded or digital basic should not have to pay for what only a narrow slice of sports lovers desires.

But operators have not exiled overpriced sports channels to tiers. High-priced regional sports networks like YES, NESN and SNY still abound on expanded basic, as do ESPN and ESPN2; but newer channels like Fuel, CSTV, the Tennis Channel and the Fox College Sports channels are sports-tier mainstays. NBA TV's incongruous presence on sports tiers like Time Warner's stamps it as a niche channel with 12 million subscribers.

If the NFL Network were consigned to sports tiers, it would make those packages more attractive. That would be an empty victory for the NFL Network, which says its presence helps cable and satellite operators add new digital subscribers. But the NFL Network game is flawed: all its games are simulcast on local broadcast stations in teams' markets, meaning home fans are not inconvenienced if a cable operator refuses to carry the channel.

There are, as yet, no legal challenges to the growth of the nascent MLB Channel. It will not start until 2009, and we know almost nothing about what it will be beyond being crucial to the survival of the sport, as Bob DuPuy, the president of Major League Baseball, said during Capitol Hill testimony.



The tortuous talks behind the recent MLB Channel deal which featured the use of access to the Extra Innings package of out-of-market games as leverage against cable operators led to a subscriber universe of 40 million on digital basic, and none on sports tiers. That success would have been impossible had baseball not given a 17 percent stake in the channel to DirecTV and a second 17 percent stake to the InDemand cable consortium (Comcast, Time Warner and Cox), but not to Cablevision.

The NFL Network has not traded parts of itself to snare more subscribers.

If it did, it might be in almost every home.

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Wow, so between retaining nearly all of its Idol lead-in and capturing the most timeshifted DVRs, exactly how many people watching television right now aren't watching House?

My wife and I would be two of them. Weve tried to like this show. I think the lead actor is brilliant. But every time I've watched it, it seems like the same show with a different disease. Does he ever not cure someone? Is there a plot besides "patient has unknown disease, cures are tried, they fail, then House saves the patient with an unorthodox cure that no one else wants him to try"? I know I'm likely oversimplifying it, and I'm sure I'll be chained to a stake and burned for not liking such a popular show, but it just doesn't work for me.

I'll stop now before I endanger myself further by commenting on any of the CSI or L&O shows...

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The 2007-2008 Season
The ABC Schedule, Fall 2007

(All times are Eastern/Pacific, except where noted. New Shows are in bold. S=sitcom; D=drama)

( "Cashmere Mafia," "Notes from the Underbelly" and "October Road" will premiere after "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Bachelor" conclude their fall seasons.)

Sunday
7 America's Funniest Home Videos
8 Extreme Makeover
9 Desperate Housewives
10 Brothers and Sisters

Monday
8 Dancing with the Stars
9:30 Sam I Am (S)
10 The Bachelor

Tuesday
8 Cavemen (S)
8:30 Carpoolers (S)
9 Dancing with the Stars
10 Boston Legal (D)

Wednesday
8 Pushing Daisies (D)
9 Private Practice (D)
10 Dirty Sexy Money (D)

Thursday
8 Ugly Betty (D)
9 Grey's Anatomy
10 Big Shots (D)

Friday
8 MEN IN TREES (S)
9 Women's Murder Club (D)
10 20/20

Saturday
8 (ET, 5 PM PT) NCAA Saturday College Football

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My wife and I would be two of them. Weve tried to like this show. I think the lead actor is brilliant. But every time I've watched it, it seems like the same show with a different disease. Does he ever not cure someone? Is there a plot besides "patient has unknown disease, cures are tried, they fail, then House saves the patient with an unorthodox cure that no one else wants him to try"? I know I'm likely oversimplifying it, and I'm sure I'll be chained to a stake and burned for not liking such a popular show, but it just doesn't work for me.

I'll stop now before I endanger myself further by commenting on any of the CSI or L&O shows...

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I feel the same about House, although I concede that I probably haven't watched enough episodes to make a judgement. I would need to break out the baseball bat for any negative CSI comments, however...

On the subject of the Cavemen, I say four episodes. It just has "gimmick" written all over it. No matter how much ABC is trying to push it as an exploration into society and discrimination, it's still a show about Geico cavemen at the end of the day. I can't see how it could possibly last.
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Ugh, Extreme Makeover is back... I thought that tripe was doing poorly this season.

I'm no expert, but it looks like Big Shots landed in a pretty sweet position. Seems like it would be very difficult to blow a Grey's Anatomy lead-in against an almost dead ER and and whatever new crime drama CBS puts behind CSI.

It's pretty disappointing to see Men In Trees on Friday at 8pm. I actually liked it this season (despite being the completely opposite type of viewer that ABC probably intended to attract). Women's Murder Club screams flop, IMO.
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My wife and I would be two of them. Weve tried to like this show. I think the lead actor is brilliant. But every time I've watched it, it seems like the same show with a different disease. Does he ever not cure someone? Is there a plot besides "patient has unknown disease, cures are tried, they fail, then House saves the patient with an unorthodox cure that no one else wants him to try"? I know I'm likely oversimplifying it, and I'm sure I'll be chained to a stake and burned for not liking such a popular show, but it just doesn't work for me.

I'll stop now before I endanger myself further by commenting on any of the CSI or L&O shows...

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I agree. The popularity of this show puzzles me. I tried it a couple of times and, besides the bravura performance by Hugh Laurie, I thought it was pretty mundane. The American appetite for crank-'em-out cop and doctor procedurals seems to be endless. Meanwhile, smart, gripping serial shows can't get any ratings traction and drop like flies.
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The 2007-2008 Season
The ABC Schedule News Release

Seven New Dramas, Four New Comedies and One New Alternative Series
Will Join a Slate of Returning Shows

New Series Include "Big Shots," "Carpoolers," "Cashmere Mafia," "Cavemen,"
"Dirty Sexy Money," "Eli Stone," "Miss/Guided," "Private Practice,"
"Pushing Daisies," "Sam I Am" and "Women's Murder Club"

New Alternative Series "Oprah's Big Give(tm)" Slated to Debut

Returning Series Include Previously Announced "Brothers & Sisters," "MEN IN TREES,"
"Ugly Betty," "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost," "Desperate Housewives," "Boston Legal,"
"Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Dancing with the Stars," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,"
"The Bachelor," "Supernanny," "America's Funniest Home Videos" and "Wife Swap"

"October Road" and "Notes from the Underbelly" Also to Return for Second Seasons

Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment, today outlined ABC's plans for next season and unveiled the network's 2007-08 fall schedule before a crowd of ABC affiliates and representatives of the advertising and media communities at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.

Scheduled to debut next season are four new comedy series: "Carpoolers," "Cavemen," "Miss/Guided" and "Sam I Am"; along with seven new drama series: "Big Shots," "Cashmere Mafia," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Eli Stone," "Private Practice," "Pushing Daisies" and "Women's Murder Club." Alternative series "Oprah's Big Give(tm)" is also slated to debut.

In addition to the new series, ABC previously announced season renewals for "Brothers & Sisters," "MEN IN TREES," "Ugly Betty," "Grey's Anatomy," "Lost," "Desperate Housewives," "Boston Legal," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Dancing with the Stars," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "The Bachelor," "Supernanny," "America's Funniest Home Videos" and "Wife Swap."

"October Road" and "Notes from the Underbelly" will return for second seasons as well.

"We're heading into the new season with a strong lineup of returning shows that we've developed and nurtured over the past few years," said McPherson. "That solid foundation will help us launch an exciting development slate as we continue our forward momentum this fall. We're dedicated to working hard week after week to deliver the best stories and most memorable characters on TV."

During the 2006-07 TV Season, ABC's first season in decades without "Monday Night Football," the network solidified its dominance with women and in all upscale measures. And with the addition of "Ugly Betty," "Brothers & Sisters," "October Road" and "MEN IN TREES," ABC has added a new generation of broad-appealing, young, accessible dramas to its roster. ABC is the #1 network with Women 18-34 and Women 18-49, and is currently in second place for the season among Adults 18-49, leading both NFL-fueled CBS (with "Super Bowl 2007") and NBC (with "Sunday Night Football").


Excluding sports from the mix this season (to account for the loss of "Monday Night Football," the 2006 "Super Bowl" and the Bowl Championship series) ABC is the No. 2 network to Fox among Adults 18-49. The network airs 7 of the Top 20 TV series in the key young adult sales demographic. ABC retained 99% of its Total Viewers, 100% of its Adult 18-34 audience and 95% of its Adult 18-49 audience year to year in the "non-sports" averages. Additionally, ABC marked its second straight season as the No. 1 television network among advertiser-prized upscale, high-income Adults 18-49 (with/$100K+ annual income). And ABC is the only network whose May Sweep performance is up from a year ago.

As previously announced, "Saturday Night College Football" will return for a second season on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 (8:00 p.m., ET).

Editors please note: Shows picked up but not listed on the schedule will debut later in the 2007-08 season.
ABC's fall primetime schedule is as follows (all times listed are Eastern, with new shows in bold):


DAY TIME SERIES

MONDAY: 8:00 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars"
9:30 p.m. "Sam I Am" (new comedy series)
10:00 p.m. "The Bachelor"

TUESDAY: 8:00 p.m. "Cavemen" (new comedy series)
8:30 p.m. "Carpoolers" (new comedy series)
9:00 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars the Results Show"
10:00 p.m. "Boston Legal"

WEDNESDAY: 8:00 p.m. "Pushing Daisies" (new drama series)
9:00 p.m. "Private Practice" (new drama series)
10:00 p.m. "Dirty Sexy Money" (new drama series)

THURSDAY: 8:00 p.m. "Ugly Betty"
9:00 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy"
10:00 p.m. "Big Shots" (new drama series)

FRIDAY: 8:00 p.m. "MEN IN TREES"
9:00 p.m. "Women's Murder Club" (new drama series)
10:00 p.m. "20/20"

SATURDAY: 8:00 p.m. "Saturday Night College Football"

SUNDAY: 7:00 p.m. "America's Funniest Home Videos"
8:00 p.m. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
9:00 p.m. "Desperate Housewives"
10:00 p.m. "Brothers & Sisters"


"Cashmere Mafia," "Notes from the Underbelly" and "October Road" will premiere after "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Bachelor" conclude their fall seasons.

Following, in alphabetical order, are descriptions of the new series joining ABC's primetime schedule next season:

DRAMAS

"Big Shots"
This is the story of four friends at the top of their game...until the women in their lives enter the room. Lines between boardroom and bedroom blur when these competitive but dysfunctional CEOs take refuge in their friendship, discussing business, confiding secrets, seeking advice and supporting each other through life's surprising twists and turns.

Cast:
Michael Vartan ("Alias"): James Walker
Dylan McDermott ("The Practice"): Duncan Collinsworth
Christopher Titus ("Titus"): Brody Johns
Joshua Malina ("The West Wing"): Karl Mixworthy
Nia Long ("Premonition"): Katie Graham
Paige Turco ("Party of Five"): Lisbeth
Peyton List ("Day Break"): Cameron Collinsworth
Wendy Moniz ("Nash Bridges"): Stacey Walker
Jessica Collins ("The Nine"): Marla
Amy Sloan ("The Heartbreak Kid"): Wendy
Credits:
EP/Writer: Jon Harmon Feldman ("American Dreams")
Director: Charles McDougall ("Desperate Housewives")
Production Company: Warner Bros. Television

"Cashmere Mafia"
Four ambitious and sexy women, who've been best friends since business school, try to balance their glamorous and demanding careers with their complex personal lives in the city that never sleeps. They've created their own "boys club" to protect each other and discuss their ups and downs as they try to have it all. What good is it to break the glass ceiling without girlfriends to share in your success?

Cast:
Lucy Liu ("Ally McBeal"): Mia
Frances O'Connor ("Windtalkers"): Zoe
Miranda Otto ("War of the Worlds"): Juliet
Bonnie Somerville ("NYPD Blue"): Caitlin
Peter Hermann ("Law & Order: SVU"): Davis
Julian Ovenden ("Related"): Eric
Credits:
EP: Gail Katz ("The Agency")
EP: Darren Star ("Sex and the City")
EP/Writer: Kevin Wade ("Maid in Manhattan")
EP/Director: Peyton Reed ("The Break-Up")
Production Company: Sony Pictures Television

"Dirty Sexy Money"
Some people say money is the root of all evil. They may be right. Nick George's whole life has been lived in the shadow of the Darling family, but as an adult he's leading the perfect life as an idealistic lawyer, until his father's suspicious death. The absurdly wealthy Darlings of New York have asked him to take over his father's job as their personal lawyer, but the money that will allow him the freedom to be an altruistic do-gooder is only part of the picture. That same money pulls him into the dubious doings of the Darling clan. Power, privilege and family money are a volatile cocktail.

Cast:
Peter Krause ("Six Feet Under"): Nick George
Donald Sutherland ("Commander in Chief"): Tripp Darling
William Baldwin ("The Squid and the Whale"): Sen. Patrick Darling
Natalie Zea ("Eyes"): Karen Darling
Glenn Fitzgerald ("Six Feet Under"): Rev. Brian Darling
Samaire Armstrong ("The O.C."): Juliet Darling
Seth Gabel ("The Da Vinci Code"): Jeremy Darling
Zoe McLennan ("JAG"): Lisa
Laz Alonso ("Stomp the Yard"): Colin
Jill Clayburgh ("Running with Scissors"): Letitia Darling
Credits:
EP/Writer: Craig Wright ("Brothers & Sisters")
EP: Greg Berlanti ("Brothers & Sisters")
EP/Director: Peter Horton ("Grey's Anatomy")
EP: Matt Gross ("Day Break")
EP: Bryan Singer ("Superman Returns")
Production Company: ABC Studios

"Eli Stone"
Many lawyers consider themselves prophets, but Eli Stone may be the real deal. Eli has built a successful career at a top law firm in San Francisco representing only the biggest and richest corporations that make a habit of screwing over the little guy. But after experiencing a series of odd hallucinations, Eli seeks to find a deeper meaning to life while trying not to lose his job and destroy his relationship with the bosses' daughter. When Eli discovers an aneurysm in his brain, he wonders if his condition is truly medical or if perhaps he now has a higher calling.

Cast:
Jonny Lee Miller ("Melinda and Melinda"): Eli Stone
Victor Garber ("Alias"): Jordan Wethersby
Natasha Henstridge ("Commander in Chief"): Taylor Wethersby
Loretta Devine ("Crash"): Patti
Sam Jaeger ("Catch and Release"): Matt Dowd
Laura Benanti ("Take the Lead"): Beth Keller
James Saito ("I Think I Love My Wife"): Dr. Chen
Credits:
EP/Writer: Greg Berlanti ("Brothers & Sisters")
EP/Writer: Marc Guggenheim ("Brothers & Sisters")
EP/Director: Ken Olin ("Brothers & Sisters")
Production Company: ABC Studios

"Private Practice"
From Shonda Rhimes, the Golden Globe-winning creator of "Grey's Anatomy," comes a story about new beginnings and old friends. Addison Forbes Montgomery is a renowned neonatal surgeon, respected by her friends and colleagues at Seattle Grace Hospital. Deciding she can no longer healthily co-exist with her ex-husband, McDreamy, and her ex-lover, McSteamy, Addison heads to Los Angeles for sunnier weather and happier possibilities. Reunited with her once-married, newly divorced medical school friends, Naomi and Sam, Addison joins their chic private practice. Featuring an all-star cast including Kate Walsh, Amy Brenneman, Tim Daly and Taye Diggs, "Private Practice" tells the story of a woman unafraid of change and willing to begin a new life.

Cast:
Kate Walsh ("Grey's Anatomy"): Addison Forbes Montgomery
Tim Daly ("The Nine"): Dr. Peter Finch
Taye Diggs ("Day Break"): Dr. Sam Bennett
Paul Adelstein ("Prison Break"): Dr. Cooper Freedman
Merrin Dungey ("The King of Queens"): Dr. Naomi Bennett
Chris Lowell ("Veronica Mars"): William "Dell" Cooper
Amy Brenneman ("Judging Amy"): Dr. Violet Turner
Credits:
EP/Writer: Shonda Rhimes ("Grey's Anatomy")
EP: Betsy Beers ("Grey's Anatomy")
EP: Marti Noxon ("Grey's Anatomy")
EP: Mark Gordon ("Grey's Anatomy")
Director: Michael Grossman ("Grey's Anatomy")
Production Company: ABC Studios

"Pushing Daisies"
From Bryan Fuller ("Heroes") and Barry Sonnenfeld ("Men in Black") comes an unprecedented blend of romance, crime procedural and high-concept fantasy in a forensic fairytale about a young man with a very special gift. Once upon a time, a mild-mannered boy named Ned realized he could touch dead things and bring them back to life. Grown-up Ned puts his ability to good use, not only touching dead fruit and making it ripe with everlasting flavor, but working with an investigator to crack murder cases by asking the deceased to name their killers. But the tale gets complicated, as all tales do, when Ned brings his childhood sweetheart, Chuck, back from the dead and keeps her alive. Chuck encourages him to use his power to help others, instead of merely solving mysteries and collecting the rewards. Life would be perfect for Ned and Chuck, except for one cruel twist: If he ever touches her again, she'll go back to being dead, this time for good.

Cast:
Lee Pace ("The Good Shepherd"): Ned
Anna Friel ("Rogue Trader"): Chuck
Chi McBride ("Boston Public"): Emerson
Swoosie Kurtz ("Sisters"): Lily
Kristin Chenoweth ("The West Wing"): Olive
Jim Dale ("reader of the "Harry Potter" series audio books"): Narrator
Credits:
EP: Dan Jinks ("Traveler")
EP: Bruce Cohen ("Traveler")
EP/Director: Barry Sonnenfeld ("Men in Black")
EP/Writer: Bryan Fuller ("Heroes")
Production Company: The Jinks/Cohen Company in association with Warner Bros. Television

"Women's Murder Club"
Based on James Patterson's bestselling novels, The Women's Murder Club, four working women in San Francisco - a detective, a district attorney, a medical examiner and a reporter - use their expertise and unique talents to solve murder cases. Each woman is successful in her own field, but because of their unique friendship, they realize that pooling their resources during investigations leads to undiscovered clues and answers in both work and their personal lives.

Cast:
Paula Newsome ("Little Miss Sunshine"): Claire
Aubrey Dollar ("Point Pleasant"): Cindy
Tyrees Allen ("Alias"): Jacobi
Angie Harmon ("Law & Order"): Lt. Lindsay Boxer
Laura Harris ("24"): Jill
Elizabeth L. Ho: Yuki
Rob Benedict ("Threshold"): Owen
Credits:
EP: Joe Simpson ("Employee of the Month")
EP: James Patterson ("Along Came a Spider")
EP/Writer: Elizabeth Craft ("Angel")
EP/Writer: Sarah Fain ("Angel")
Director: Scott Winant ("Huff")
Production Company: 20th Century Fox TV

COMEDIES

"Carpoolers"
Less about saving the environment than male bonding, four guys from very different backgrounds relish their daily commute as they commiserate about their lives, jobs and families in the carpool lane. There's Laird, the recently divorced playboy; Aubrey, the timid homemaker and breadwinner; the conservative and traditional Gracen; and eager newlywed Dougie. Together, between the pressures of home and work, these men find time to be themselves while driving to and from the office.

Cast:
Fred Goss ("Sons & Daughters"): Gracen
Faith Ford ("Hope & Faith"): Leila
Jerry O'Connell ("Crossing Jordan"): Laird
Jerry Minor ("Arrested Development"): Aubrey
Allison Munn ("That '70s Show"): Cindy
Tim Peper ("The Guiding Light"): Dougie
T.J. Miller: Marmaduke
Credits:
EP/Writer: Bruce McCulloch ("Saturday Night Live")
EP: Justin Falvey ("Las Vegas")
EP: Darryl Frank ("Las Vegas")
EP: David Miner ("30 Rock")
EP/Director: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo ("You, Me and Dupree")
Production Company: ABC Studios

"Cavemen"
Cavemen is a unique buddy comedy that offers a clever twist on stereotypes and turns race relations on their head. Inspired by the popular Geico Insurance commercials, the series looks at life through the eyes of the ultimate outsiders - three modern cavemen - as they struggle to find their place in the world. Joel, his cynical best friend, Nick, and easy-going little brother, Jamie, are contemporary cavemen who live in the suburban south and simply want to be treated like ordinary thirty-something guys. Despite their attempts at assimilation, Nick doesn't believe mainstream society will ever completely accept them, Jamie seems to take it all in stride and Joel straddles the middle, torn between his friends, his more traditional values and his loving fiancée.

Cast:
Bill English ("The Pavement"): Joel
Nick Kroll ("Arranged"): Nick
Dash Mihok ("Hollywoodland"): Jamie
Kaitlin Doubleday ("Catch Me If You Can"): Kate
John Heard ("Prison Break"): Trip
Stephanie Lemelin ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"): Thorne
Credits:
EP: Daniel Rappaport ("Office Space")
EP: Guymon Casady ("Hope & Faith")
EP/Director: Will Speck & Josh Gordon ("Blades of Glory")
EP: Bill Martin ("Grounded for Life")
EP: Mike Schiff ("Grounded for Life")
Co-EP/Writer: Joe Lawson
Production Company: ABC Studios

"Miss/Guided"
Having navigated the awkward and sometimes traumatic world of high school, Rebecca Freely returns to her alma mater as a guidance counselor, free of the insecurities and orthodontia of her school days. Amidst student behavioral problems and the persistent romantic advances of the male nurse, Gary, Rebecca is certain of one thing -- she is interested in the hot auto-shop-turned-Spanish-teacher, Tim. However, much as in high school days of unexpected teenage angst, Lisa, a former cheerleader and nemesis of Rebecca's, returns as the new English teacher determined to make Rebecca relive her unpopular past, setting sights on Tim as well.

Cast:
Judy Greer ("Two and a Half Men"): Becky
Brooke Burns ("Pepper Dennis"): Lisa
Earl Billings ("How I Met Your Mother"): Principal Huffy
Kristoffer Polaha ("CSI: Miami"): Tim
Jonathan Sadowski ("American Dreams"): Gary
Credits:
EP: Ashton Kutcher ("That '70s Show")
EP: Jason Goldburg ("Beauty and the Geek")
EP: Karey Burke ("The Real Wedding Crashers")
EP/Writer: Caroline Williams ("The Office")
EP/Writer: Gaby Allan ("Scrubs")
Director: Todd Holland ("Malcolm in the Middle")
Production Company: 20th Century Fox TV & ABC Studios

"Sam I Am"
When a terrible accident leaves Samantha "Sam" Newly in a coma for eight days, she wakes up with no recollection of any past experiences, memories or events. Faced with amnesia, Sam must start over. To her dismay she discovers that she wasn't a particularly honest, good-hearted or loving person. In fact she was self-involved, narcissistic and devoid of real relationships - essentially a bitch. Sam must now struggle with her desire to be good and her temptation to be...not so good. Finding the line between good and evil is never easy.

Cast:
Christina Applegate ("Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy"): Sam
Jennifer Esposito ("Related"): Andrea
Kevin Dunn ("Prison Break"): Howard
Melissa McCarthy ("Gilmore Girls"): Dena
Tim Russ ("Without a Trace"): Frank
Jean Smart ("24"): Regina
Credits:
Story By: Cecelia Ahern & Donald Todd
Teleplay: Donald Todd ("Ugly Betty")
EP: Donald Todd ("Ugly Betty")
EP: Peter Traugott ("Frangela")
Director: Robert Duncan McNeill ("Crossing Jordan")
Production Company: ABC Studios

ALTERNATIVE SERIES

"Oprah's Big Give(tm)"
The first primetime series from Harpo Productions centers on the competition, drama and emotion as millions of dollars are given away to make a difference in people's lives across the country. Each week contestants will face a "big twist" that will test their nerve, drive, ingenuity and passion. Big name stars will turn up throughout the series to join the "Oprah's Big Give(tm)" tour. During the eight episodes
filmed in various U.S. cities, the field will be narrowed. The stakes will get higher and higher, with one person ultimately being chosen as The Biggest Giver. "Oprah's Big Give(tm)" is created and produced by Harpo Productions in conjunction with Profiles Television Productions, LLC. Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Rakieten, Harriet Seitler, Jonathan Sinclair, Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri are executive producers.

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Friday Night Lights" has been moved to . . . Friday nights, NBC suits having finally bought into their own blather that this drama series is about "so much more than football." The network had resisted putting the series, about the religion that is high school football in a small Texas town -- you saw the movie, right? -- on Friday night when high school football games are played, fearing the show would lose a big chunk of its potential audience.

I am a teacher & football coach who does not watch this show, but a lot of my colleagues do and I think changing FNL to this timeslot will hurt it. I know most of us tech savvy people will DVR it, but a lot of people I know are not big on that or taping things.
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I am a teacher & football coach who does not watch this show, but a lot of my colleagues do and I think changing FNL to this timeslot will hurt it. I know most of us tech savvy people will DVR it, but a lot of people I know are not big on that or taping things.


You may be right, but NBC was really between a rock and a hard place with this one.

Since Fridays is a night with considerably lower (ratings) expectations, perhaps the show will be able to flourish. While I hope for that, I believe it just might be a show that not enough people want to invest the time and effort to watch.

We'll see.
NBC says it will market low-priced DVD sets and get them out fairly early in the summer in an effort to get some interest in "FNL".

BTW, ralphyboy: how does your team look for the fall?
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On occasion, some of you have questioned me about why I tend to ignore a lot of non professional bloggers in posting news and information on the Hot Off The Press thread This will give you an answer. As you will note, even a TV Guide reporter apparently can be swayed by a network's largesse. I try very hard to give you a range of solid news reporting and honest opinion so you can make your own choices about what to watch. Bottom line: you have to be very careful who you believe.)
TV Notebook
To Create Buzz, TV Networks Try A Little 'Blogola
They Lavish Freebies Upon Eager Web Scribes
By BROOKS BARNES The Wall Street Journal May 15, 2007

TV critics have called "The New Adventures of Old Christine" one of the decade's funniest comedies. But when CBS recently wanted to create buzz for the show, critics weren't the targets of the publicity campaign.

Neither were newspaper feature writers, whom a publicist for the show's star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, declared weren't "worth her time."

The so-called "mommy bloggers" were another matter. Warner Bros., the studio that produces the show for CBS, identified 12 blogs about motherhood, a key theme in "Old Christine," and invited the writers to spend the day on the set. The bloggers got free DVDs, watched a rehearsal and made videos with Ms. Louis-Dreyfus and other cast members to post on their sites. "It was totally rad," says Yvonne Marie, the publisher of a Web log called Joy Unexpected.

Who says you can't buy love? Trying to tap into the burgeoning power of blogs as promotional tools and fed up with the jaded attitudes of professional critics and TV feature writers, studios and networks are flooding bloggers with free stuff in hopes the flattered recipients will reward them with positive coverage. Flowing into the trough is everything from fancy gym bags and toasters to video iPods and free trips. Some networks -- in the spotlight this week as they unveil their fall schedules to advertisers -- have even borrowed a term from the technology industry to describe the strategy: blogola.

Until the 1980s, when news outlets started devoting more space to business coverage and reporters began peering more intently behind Hollywood's curtain, many mainstream writers were showered with gifts. The result was usually fawning coverage. Networks would like nothing more than to re-create that system with blogs.

Networks see their "blog outreach" simply as smart PR strategy. "The goal is to go beyond the filter of the TV critic and mainstream media to create a direct connection with potential viewers," says Chris Ender, senior vice president of communications at CBS, speaking of the "Old Christine" junket. Other network PR experts say blogs are important because they often serve as idea farms for professional reporters.

Giving away DVDs is a cheap way to curry favor, but some networks are courting bloggers with Hollywood's true currency: access. Fox News Channel says it recently thought about trying to flatter a New York Times writer with an invitation to an industry dinner hosted by President Bush. Instead, Fox says it sent invites to several New York media blogs -- outlets it considered to be of more strategic importance.

Bloggers often return home with pinwheels in their eyes. "You know what? It's funny," wrote Ms. Marie after her "Old Christine" visit. "And I'm not just saying that because I got to pee on Stage 5 of the Warner Bros. lot where Julia Louis-Dreyfus might also pee between takes!"

TV networks and studios hold black belts in spin -- General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal alone employs more than 100 public-relations people -- but it doesn't appear too hard to nudge many bloggers in one direction or another. Indeed, some blog writers are even happy to let networks play editor.

"I hope you like it," wrote Ms. Marie in an email to CBS to flag her "Old Christine" posting. "If there's anything you'd like me to add, just tell me and I will." She signed the note, "XOXO."

She says she was being nice more than anything. "I didn't really expect them to have any changes," she says.

Mainstream news outlets now have strict rules governing to what extent their palms can be greased. Presents valued at more than $25 are typically banned, and that includes travel. But most blogs, many less than five years old, don't have such rules.

Warner Bros. recently flew seven bloggers to British Columbia to promote its teen drama "Supernatural." The bloggers got to stay free of charge at Vancouver's Sutton Place Hotel, where rooms start at $162 a night, and spend a day hanging out on the show's Canadian set.

The studio emphasizes that the budget was minimal. "There were no luxury spa visits or lobster dinners," says Sharan Magnuson, senior vice president of world-wide publicity. (Perks of that level, say PR executives at other studios, are reserved for writers from foreign publications who vote on the Golden Globe awards.)

"As I slipped into my role as a seasoned television reporter and stepped onto the soundstage to watch the filming of an actual scene," wrote Daniel Malen on The TV Addict, " I'd have to admit that my 'play it cool' veneer probably did a pretty poor job of hiding the excitement radiating from just about every pore of my being."

Warner Bros. may draw the line at seaweed wraps, but the ABC Television Studio bestowed the holy grail of Hollywood freebies on one blogger last January. To the dismay of the Screen Actors Guild, the studio cast blogger and TV Guide writer Michael Ausiello as an obstetrician -- a speaking role -- on the comedy "Scrubs." On the Feb. 1 episode, he performed an ultrasound.

ABC says the casting was made in return for coverage, particularly on Mr. Ausiello's blog. "We got as much promotional value out of it as we could," says Sharon Liggins, a publicist at the studio, which produces "Scrubs" for NBC. TV Guide spokeswoman Julie Farin said ABC shouldn't have expected anything. "There was certainly no promise of that made in advance in exchange for the casting," Ms. Farin said in a statement.

Either way, the casting worked out for "Scrubs." Since January, Mr. Ausiello has posted more than 20 items about "Scrubs" on Ask Ausiello, his popular blog. In comparison, he mentioned "Desperate Housewives," a show that reaches an audience four times that of "Scrubs," fewer than 10 times.

CBS Corp.'s Mr. Ender and his counterparts emphasize that blogs haven't eclipsed traditional media outlets in promotional importance. And although most TV critics and writers for print outlets refuse to accept expensive gifts, they still get plenty of perks.

Indeed, the four major broadcast networks wine and dine the 700-member Television Critics Association every January and July. Critics and TV writers fly to Los Angeles where they gobble mounds of free food, wander the sets of hit shows such as "Grey's Anatomy" and rub elbows with TV stars at cocktail parties. The annual "press tour" tab for each of the four major broadcast networks ranges from $800,000 to $1.5 million.

But as bloggers rise in stature -- and as newspapers and magazines watch their circulations sink and readers age -- networks are starting to question whether the old-line writers deserve such largess. "Press tour remains highly valuable, but with the Internet making journalism so immediate, maybe the format of the event needs to change," says Kevin Brockman, senior vice president of communications for Walt Disney Co.'s television unit.

Networks may want to speed up the gravy train: Blogs are starting to calcify into more traditional media operations as they grow -- establishing ethics rules about accepting gifts in the process. Five-year-old Gawker Media Inc., which operates 13 blogs, early last year instituted a code of conduct. Writers now must identify on their various blogs any gifts in excess of $25.

Even Ms. Marie of Joy Unexpected says she is re-evaluating how she handles gifts. "I've realized that I'm inundated with free stuff," she says. "I don't want my content to turn into advertising."

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I am a teacher & football coach who does not watch this show, but a lot of my colleagues do and I think changing FNL to this timeslot will hurt it. I know most of us tech savvy people will DVR it, but a lot of people I know are not big on that or taping things.

I wouldn't be surprised if the larger proportion of people watching are not actually that interested in football. I for one have almost no interest in sport but watch the show purely for the characters and acting. If it was getting the football specific crowd it would surely have had a bigger audience.


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I wouldn't be surprised if the larger proportion of people watching are not actually that interested in football. I for one have almost no interest in sport but watch the show purely for the characters and acting.

And NBC agrees with you, VisionOn, saying the show was totally mismarketed, and that it is a relationshiop drama, not a show about football.
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Cable Operators Score Points in Battle With N.F.L.
By Richard Sandomir The New York Times May 15, 2007

It's been a long time since anyone viewed the National Football League as marginal in any way. Market muscle and viewership explain why the N.F.L. gets more television money than any other league and why the NFL Network was conceived as having nearly limitless appeal.

Then came Bernard J. Fried, a Time Warner customer who, like me, cannot get the NFL Network. Fried is a New York State Supreme Court justice who, in a decision that he wrote May 4 but did not release until Thursday, ruled that Comcast could move the NFL Network from a broad digital cable service to a much-less-viewed digital sports tier.



Fried agreed that Comcast had the contractual right to shift the NFL Network to its sports tier if it could not make a deal for (a) the cultish Sunday Ticket package of out-of-market games, which remained exclusive to DirecTV, or (b) a new eight-game, late-season package of N.F.L. games for Versus. The N.F.L. rejected Comcast's offer of about $400 million a year for the eight games last year, then added them to the NFL Network with a monthly surcharge of 55 cents a subscriber.

Versus, which is owned by Comcast, no doubt would have upped its fee from its current 13 cents a subscriber, according to Kagan Research, if it had gotten those games.

The league has filed a notice of appeal of Fried's decision to the state Appellate Division, and Comcast is telling its affiliates to get ready to move the channel to a sports tier. We're not going quietly and will continue to fight for what's right, said Seth Palansky, a spokesman for the NFL Network.

(Some level of quiet will continue; Fried sealed the case early on at the N.F.L.'s request. Only a hearing transcript is public record, and the league is unlikely to ask for the file to be unsealed.)

Fried's ruling, if it is upheld, would do away with the NFL Network for about 6.5 million Comcast subscribers, while 750,000 would be able to see it on a sports tier for about $5 a month. The decision will almost certainly lead Time Warner, Cablevision and Charter, the largest cable operators that do not offer the channel, to seek the right to carry it on a sports tier.

This is such BS. Our court system again dealing with things they shouldn't. So the NFL and Comcast sign a deal which puts the NFL Network on the basic teir and now a judge says that no, Comcast can put it on a sport teir instead. HUH?

That's like me selling chips to the local grocery store and a judge saying that the store can put my chips in the dog food isle instead of with the rest of the chips.

What a waste of taxpayers money. Makes me ill.

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The 2007 Upfront Notebook
ABC Reveals 2007-2008 Primetime Schedule
By Ben Grossman Broadcasting & Cable 5/15/2007

ABC will try to avoid getting marooned by the disappearance of Lost from its fall schedule when it launches eight new shows early next season.

The aggressive slate -- the network will add at least three more rookies later in the year -- comes one year after ABC launched two of the very few shows last season to find any traction in Ugly Betty and Brothers and Sisters.

As expected, ABC is staking out Wednesdays at 9 for its most talked-about new show, Grey's Anatomy spin-off Private Practice. That sets up an early rookie showdown with NBC's prized new recruit, Bionic Woman, should NBC decide not to move the freshman drama.

ABC entertainment president Steve McPherson says the new drama will be reworked from the two-hour back-door pilot that ran recently as a Grey's Anatomy spin-off.

"We spent a lot of time introducing the characters and not enough time on the stories," he said. "We have to get the stories stronger."

ABC is also staring down the barrel of the industry's comedy doldrums, rolling out three new half-hours in the fall and another at midseason. The move comes a day after NBC failed to introduce a single new half-hour.

Sam I Am gets the plush post-Dancing with the Stars spot Mondays at 9:30, while Geico commercial spin-off Cavemen and Carpoolers team up for an hour block Tuesdays at 8. Miss Guided is being held for midseason.

Getting the prime post-Grey's real estate is rookie drama Big Shots, which ironically is a male ensemble drama on a network built on lighter female-skewing shows.

Betty and Brothers are not the only 2006-07 rookies to earn a second season for ABC. Late season 2006-07 additions October Road and Notes from the Underbelly are back, and both will run Mondays in between the network's fall and spring runs of Dancing with the Stars.

Veteran comedies George Lopez and According to Jim did not make the schedule, though talks are still ongoing about a possible rebirth for the Jim Belushi comedy. Rookie comedy Knights of Prosperity was another show that narrowly missed the cut.

McPherson also said he was "bummed" that NBC decided to keep Scrubs, because had NBC passed the ABC Studios-produced comedy would have jumped to ABC.

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The 2007 Upfront Notebook
ABC's primetime takes a dramatic turn
Will debut seven new dramas over next season
By Toni Fitzgerald MediaLifeMagazine.com staff writer Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Last year, ABC introduced six new dramas, many of them serials like The Nine and Six Degrees. Despite good reviews, most of those shows flopped, and the network saw declines on nearly every night of the week.

This fall ABC will again have a slew of new dramas, seven of them, but this year's shows have a lighter tone and storylines contained within each episode instead of dragging out over a full season.

The network concedes it made a mistake by asking viewers to invest so much in last year's shows, and this year's dramas require virtually none of that commitment.

It's part of what may be the most aggressive fall scheduling revamp for any network following its double-digit declines among adults 18-49 this season, based on the sheer number of new shows (12). ABC Entertainment president Steve McPherson announced the new lineup to reporters this morning, in advance of this afternoon's presentation to advertisers.

Wednesday will get an entirely different look, with three new dramas, including Grey's Anatomy spinoff Private Practice at 9 p.m. Tuesday also gets significant changes, with two new comedies leading into Dancing with the Stars.

Tuesday and Wednesday for us are a big focus, McPherson said. Last fall when Dancing' and Lost' were on, those were good nights for us. Rather than putting on a completely new show [to anchor Wednesday], we're putting a spinoff with a known entity and a tremendous amount of publicity behind it.

The pilot for Practice, starring Kate Walsh, ran two weeks ago as part of a two-hour Grey's. It's typical of ABC's new dramas, in that it's funny, relationship-focused and includes a number of well-known TV actors, if not big stars, like Taye Diggs and Tim Daly.

That's also true of nearly all the network's new dramas. Big Shots, which gets the coveted post-Grey's slot Thursday, is a buddy show about four CEOs starring Alias' Michael Vartan and The Practice's Dylan McDermott; Cashmere Mafia, from Sex and the City's Darren Star, stars Ally McBeal's Lucy Liu; and Dirty Sexy Money, about a guy who inherits his dad's crooked law firm, stars Six Feet Under's Peter Krause.

In addition to the seven dramas, two of which premiere at midseason, the network ordered four new comedies and one reality series. Only one of its current sitcoms, Notes from the Underbelly, is slated to return next year, and that's at midseason.

Another bubble show, October Road, will also return at midseason. What About Brian, According to Jim and George Lopez did not make the fall lineup, though it was unclear at press time if they'd been outright canceled.

As for the actual schedule, Wednesday gets the biggest makeover. The night begins with Pushing Daisies, the new drama about a guy who brings people back to life. It's followed by Practice and Money.

The first two hours on Thursday stay the same, with Ugly Betty followed by Grey's, which leads into Shots.

Men in Trees returns to Friday at 8 p.m., leading into the procedural Women's Murder Club, based on the James Patterson novels. 20/20 stays at 10 p.m. Saturdays in the fall will have Saturday Night College Football.

Sundays stay the same, with America's Funniest Home Videos, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters.

Dancing airs Monday at 8, followed by the new Christina Applegate comedy Sam I Am, about a woman with amnesia, at 9:30. The Bachelor returns at 10.

New sitcom Cavemen, based on the Geico commercials, leads off Tuesday at 8 p.m., followed by Carpoolers, another new comedy. At 9, Dancing returns, followed by current timeslot occupant Boston Legal.

New dramas Cashmere Mafia and "Eli Stone" will premiere at midseason, as will sitcom Miss/Guided, produced by Ashton Kutcher, and returning reality series Wife Swap and Supernanny.

Also slated for midseason is a new reality show entitled Oprah's Big Give, produced by Oprah Winfrey. Primetime, the network's long-running newsmagazine, could also return at midseason if needed.

And "Lost," which earlier this month was picked up for three more years, will premiere next winter and run straight through to May without reruns.

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The 2007-2008 Season
NBC rolls dice on 'Heroes,' 'Friday Night'
Networks adjust rerun schedules in bid to retain viewers
By Tim Goodman San Francisco Chronicle Television Critic Tuesday, May 15, 2007

NBC was the first network to look optimistically to the future during this week of "upfronts" in New York -- where the broadcast networks present their new fall schedules to advertisers and media -- and the Peacock decided to increase the number of episodes for both "Heroes" and its Thursday comedies, while also renewing the low-rated but critically acclaimed "Friday Night Lights."

All told, NBC announced five new dramas, only one sitcom and two unscripted series.

The network canceled "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," "Crossing Jordan," "The Black Donnellys," "Raines" and reality series "Grease: You're the One That I Want" and "The Real Wedding Crashers" -- no surprises there, but there was ominously no mention of "The Apprentice," a franchise reality series that now appears dead.

Perhaps the biggest news from NBC was the announcement that it would, in effect, spin off "Heroes" into a second series called "Heroes: Origins," a limited-run, six-episode drama that will introduce a new character each week and incorporate an online element that will allow "Heroes" fans to vote on which of the six new characters on "Origins" will be added to the original series.

As a breakout freshman hit, "Heroes" has reshaped NBC's thinking in several ways. By increasing the number of episodes to 24 this season, and adding six episodes of "Heroes: Origins" to the schedule next year, NBC gets 30 total episodes and makes a significant attempt to keep viewers from scattering during the inevitable rerun period. ("Origins" will air on Monday nights when "Heroes" takes a break.)

This notion of stemming the loss of viewers from broadcast television will likely be a trend seen all week as new schedules are announced. Already ABC has said "Lost" won't air until midseason (a la "24") to reduce reruns. More staggered premieres are likely to be announced as each network unveils its schedule.

NBC, which had previously renewed "Medium," said that series and "Law & Order" -- which returns for its 18th season -- won't air until January in a similar nod to reducing reruns.

The "Law & Order" franchise also made a little news not only by the announcement that NBC will bring all three back, but that "Criminal Intent" will move over to sister cable channel USA for its 22-episode run (with some repeats likely to show up on NBC on Saturday nights).

NBC jumped the gun and renewed "Friday Night Lights" before the upfronts started, but then on Monday announced the series would be moving to -- you guessed it -- Friday nights. (Such a move was rejected previously because the thought was all the young viewers would be out having fun, not watching television. Apparently the family nature of the series and a chance to let synergy work some mojo on the ratings were too hard to resist.)

In keeping with the theme of fewer repeats, NBC also said it was ordering 30 episodes of "The Office" (including five hourlong episodes) and 25 episodes of "My Name Is Earl."

"Scrubs," which was nominally "on the bubble" about a return, was renewed for 18 episodes (which explains "The Office" getting more.) Had NBC passed on "Scrubs," it probably would have been picked up by ABC, which helped create the series and stands to make a lot of money when it's syndicated next year.

The new series are:

-- "Journeyman," a drama about a San Francisco newspaper reporter (Kevin McKidd from "Rome") who can go back in time to alter the events in people's lives. It will follow "Heroes."

-- "Chuck," which NBC calls a "comedic spy thriller," about a tech nerd turned spy.

-- "Bionic Woman" -- yes, that bionic woman (sans "the" in the title), a series "reimagined" from David Eick of "Battlestar Galactica."

-- "Life," a cop drama about a detective returned to the force after being falsely imprisoned.

-- "Lipstick Jungle," billed as a dramedy by NBC and starring Brooke Shields, Kim Raver ("24"), it comes from Candace Bushnell, who created "Sex and the City."

-- "The IT Crowd" is the only new NBC sitcom, and it's an imported remake of the British original about "information technology" guys who dwell in the basement of a large corporation and keep it running, despite being loathed by everyone who works there. This series and "Lipstick Jungle" are slated for midseason.

The network announced that unscripted fare will continue most nights at 8 p.m. ("Deal or No Deal" will now be on Mondays and Wednesdays) and that on Fridays a new themed slot called "Game Night" will rotate series at 8 p.m., starting with the return of "1 vs. 100" and then the new series, "The Singing Bee," which has contestants sing (and remember) the lyrics to popular songs. Later in the season, "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson will give viewers "World Moves," a dance competition series.

NBC remains one of the few networks to commit to ratings-challenged series, so the "Friday Night Lights" announcement wasn't totally unexpected. But no doubt it's easier to nurture good shows that lack viewers when you have a monster hit like "Heroes" paying some bills. And credit NBC for keeping a very tight secret with "Heroes: Origins," which didn't leak prior to the upfronts and, in some ways, steals thunder from the much-hyped spin-off of "Grey's Anatomy" that will be unveiled on Wednesday.

Lastly, by incorporating the online fan-participation element of "Heroes: Origins," NBC is probably a precursor to similar moves by networks coming later this week as the industry seeks to wed the television to the computer to combat viewer erosion.

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The 2007-2008 Season
For CBS, a daring foray into the exotic
Network is looking to depart in dramatic ways
By Toni Fitzgerald MediaLifeMagazine.com staff writer Tuesday, May 15, 2007

CBS has led among households and total viewers for years, but when it comes to buzz, the top-rated network ranks dead last, behind even ratings-challenged NBC.

CBS hopes to change that this fall with a group of edgy new shows, likely including one featuring singing and dancing gamblers and another about a group of 70s swingers.

The network seems likely to have at least five new shows and perhaps a timeslot switch for one of the fading CSI spinoffs when it announces its fall schedule to media buyers tomorrow, the most changes in recent years. Last fall the network debuted just four shows.

It's also a huge departure from a schedule long dominated by police procedurals.

CBS is looking to extend its reach to wider audiences by offering a mix of genres and programs that will generate watercooler buzz, says a pre-upfront report from Carat, the giant media buying agency.

CBS needs to do something. In the past three years, it has not launched a new show that ranked in the top 10 in adults 18-49. ABC, NBC and Fox all have.

Further, CBS's 18-49 season average is down 3 percent from last year, from a 3.8 to a 3.7, despite the fact that it carried the Super Bowl this year. In women 18-49, a group highly coveted by advertisers, its average has fallen 7 percent, from a 4.4 to a 4.1.

The network continues to have difficulty with launching successful new character-driven dramas and comedies, and remains over dependent on crime procedurals, notes the Carat report.

Among the shows CBS is expected to unveil tomorrow are Viva Laughlin, from executive producer Hugh Jackman, a musical mystery based on BBC's Viva Blackpool, and Swingtown, which follows a group of wife-swappers in 1970s suburbia.

Also tentatively on schedule: Babylon Fields, featuring a group of zombies in a small New York town, and Cane, starring Jimmy Smits as the heir to the family rum trade who runs up against some steamy rivals.

In addition, CBS will pick up at least one new comedy.

Among the shows not expected to return in the fall are three second-year shows: The Unit, Close to Home and How I Met Your Mother, though the last could return at midseason.

Also on the expected X list: the apocalypse drama Jericho, whose ratings went into free fall after a decent start.

As for nights of the week, media people speculate that Monday will remain mostly the same, with The New Adventures of Old Christine sharing the 8 p.m. hour with a new comedy, Two and a Half Men and Rules of Engagement returning at 9, and CSI: Miami at 10.

Tuesday could see a big change, with CSI: NY possibly taking over the 9 or 10 timeslot and a new drama joining current 8 p.m. occupant NCIS. CBS has had a half-dozen shows at 10 p.m. the past two years, and none has made it more than a few months. Thursday's Shark is also a contender for the timeslots.

Wednesday will see at least one and possibly two new dramas, if CSI: NY moves to Tuesdays, to pair with current 9 p.m. show Criminal Minds. Though there have been rumors that Survivor will move to Wednesday, several media researchers said late last week that they don't believe it.

Thursday's first two hours will thus stay the same, and 10 p.m. will go to the network's most promising new drama, perhaps the Smits show.

Shark will probably move to Friday at 9 p.m., replacing Home. Ghost Whisperer will stay at 8 and Numb3rs at 10.

Saturdays will be 48 Hours Mystery and crime show repeats.

Sunday could be the only day without any adjustments, as it was the only night where CBS gained this season. The lineup includes 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race, Cold Case and Without a Trace.

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Ugh, Extreme Makeover is back... I thought that tripe was doing poorly this season.

Yeah, let's kill the only reality show on network TV were people aren't being mean and/or trying to backstab competitors (which includes even the otherwise-excellent Amazing Race) which gives needy assistance to families in desperate financial/emotional situations. ABC should rid itself of the only reality show that repeats well (repeats of "EM:HE" often beat new episodes of other shows on competing nets), ranks a solid #1 or #2 in its time slot (with both overall viewers and the 18-49 demo) and virtually pays most of its production cost via donations/plugs from sponsors. Ratings are down by double-digit percentage points from a year ago, but that's consistent with most of the TV industry nowadays.

I won't deny aspects of this show stink (the beyond-retarded moronic humor, the so-phony-it-hurts staging of the arrival of the design crew, the hamming for the cameras by the needy families, the in-your-face promotional plugs, etc.) but even I, a world class Atheist cynic with a heart colder than Reilly's reception at the NBC upfronts, was been won over by the sheer magnitude and power of seeing grown men and women reduced to tears by the generosity of corporate America (including Disney/ABC). And enough people like me have made this show a hit, so tough AlanSaysYo!

BTW, I'm 0 for 2 with network schedule announcements. Between ABC and NBC schedules there's very little besides returning favorites (and "Bionic Woman") that even remotely sounds interesting, let alone appointment TV. Thank God, if he/she/it exists, for cable and high-definition media.
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The 2007-2008 Season
"Grey's Anatomy" spinoff won't be an imitation, ABC promises
By Hal Boedeker Orlando Sentinel Television Critic his TV Guy blog May 15, 2007

You didn't like the proposed "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff built around Addison?

ABC apparently listened to the complaints, even as the network announced the show, "Private Practice," would be on the fall schedule.

"We have to hit the stories stronger," Steve McPherson, president of ABC Entertainment, told TV reporters Tuesday.

The "Grey's" episode that put Addsion (Kate Walsh) in a Los Angeles setting spent too much time introducing the characters, McPherson said.

Series creator Shonda Rhimes does conflict between characters "brilliantly," McPherson said, and the new show will offer more of that.

The show will be about "a life in crisis for Addison," McPherson said. "Private Practice" will not, he maintained, be an imitation of "Grey's."

ABC showed its confidence in "Private Practice" by putting it at 9 p.m. Wednesdays. The Disney-owned network hopes the new drama will bolster a weak night.

"Grey's Anatomy" remains at 9 p.m. Thursday, where it rescurrected ABC's fortunes on what had been a bleak evening for years for the network.

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The 2007 Upfront Notebook
ABC Sets Fall Schedule,
Defends Development
By James Hibberd Television Week May 15, 2007

This fall, ABC is going to look like a whole new network, complete with nine new prime-time shows.

ABC confirmed Tuesday it has picked up a total of seven new dramas, four new comedies and an Oprah Winfrey reality series for next season. Nine of those shows are on the fall schedule.

In the drama genre, ABC is rolling out "Big Shots," "Cashmere Mafia," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Eli Stone," "Private Practice," "Pushing Daisies" and "Women's Murder Club."

The new comedies are "Carpoolers," "Cavemen," "Miss/Guided" and "Sam I Am." The network is also introducing alternative series "Oprah's Big Give."

Addressing reporters at ABC headquarters in New York, Entertainment President Steve McPherson confirmed that sitcoms "Knights of Prosperity" and "George Lopez" have been cancelled and that talks continue with producers of "According to Jim."

Another show missing from ABC's fall lineup is "Lost," which the network is bringing back in January to run straight through for 16 episodes. When asked if ABC will take any other steps to reduce hiatus gaps in its schedule -- like NBC's plan announced yesterday to boost series orders for "Heroes" and "The Office" -- McPherson noted that sometimes extra episodes can degrade the quality of a show.

"If we could do 47 episodes of 'Desperate Housewives,' we would," he said. "I think you have to be careful not to push it too much. There's a limited of number of shows you can get done and keep the quality up."

Since the start of the current season, ABC slid from first to third place among viewers aged 18-49, but also managed to produce two breakout hits with "Ugly Betty" and "Brothers and Sisters."

Mr. McPherson defended ABC's development process this season, which included about 30 pilots.

"I think it's comical when I hear other people saying we're spending too much on television," Mr. McPherson said. "We're not spending $600 million on football. We'll continue to spend on R&D."

In a surprising move, ABC gave the coveted post-"Grey's Anatomy" time period to a male ensemble drama, "Big Shots," about a quartet of CEOs.

"We've been wanting to do a male ensemble for a while with truthful male relationships," Mr. McPherson said. "We feel it's a great pairing with 'Grey's' on Thursday."

Mr. McPherson gave "Grey's" spin-off "Private Practice" a slot at Wednesdays at 9 p.m., the former home of "Lost." He acknowledged the two-hour backdoor "Practice" pilot that was blended with a "Grey's" episode earlier this month could have been better executed.

"[The episode spent] lot of time introducing the characters but not enough time with the stories," he said, something he assured would be remedied for the fall premiere.

Another talked-about ABC fall debut is the sitcom "Cavemen," based on a series of commercials for Geico. McPherson said the insurance company has agreed to cease airing the commercials once the series launches, though advertising integration is possible at a future point.

Of the new shows, Mr. McPherson saved his most effusive praise for "Pushing Daises," about a man who can bring the dead back to life, which will serve as a lead-in to "Practice."

"The vision for this world is extraordinary," he said. "It's like nothing you ever seen on television. This is one you have to see to understand."

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The 2007-2008 Season
Do you want "Lost" at an earlier hour?
ABC will oblige
By Hal Boedeker Orlando Sentinel Television Critic his TV Guy blog May 15, 2007

Lots of "Lost" fans complained when ABC moved the adventure to 10 p.m.

The Disney-owned network evidently has taken that complaint seriously.

"It's a better 9 or 8 o'clock show," Steve McPherson, president of ABC Entertainment, told TV reporters Tuesday. "I would like to get it in an earlier hour."

ABC won't make the scheduling decision until later.

The series will return at midseason and offer 16 episodes uninterrupted. ABC has announced that the show, in its third season, will have three more seasons and then conclude in spring 2010.

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The 2007-2008 Season
What do viewers want?
Escapism, ABC says
By Hal Boedeker Orlando Sentinel Television Critic his TV Guy blog May 15, 2007

In explaining the past season, ABC honcho Steve McPherson pointed to three hits: NBC's "Heroes" and his network's "Ugly Betty" and "Brothers & Sisters."

"They're all escapsim," he said Tuesday.

Why did harder, darker series, such as ABC's "The Nine," fail? They were too demanding, McPherson said. There may have been a "tonal shift" in what viewers are thirsting for, he added.

Except that "Brothers & Sisters" is hardly escapism, especially when a son prepares to go to battle in Iraq.

The series also has dealt with substance abuse, politics, a father's death, a deadly accident, a broken marriage and coming out of the closet.

Maybe TV executives don't always understand what they have. "Brothers & Sisters" is a rare show to focus on family with complexity. As such, it surpasses mere escapism.

There's something else to remember as the networks announce their fall schedules this week. "Brothers & Sisters" was dubbed the troubled show before the season began. But it has steadily improved each week to become a must-see show. Unlike many other series, the drama makes the most of a first-rate cast led by Sally Field, Calista Flockhart and Rachel Griffiths.

ABC will be lucky if there's another "Brothers & Sisters" next season. So what if the programmer doesn't understand what he has?

The viewers do. And that matters most.

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Addressing reporters at ABC headquarters in New York, Entertainment President Steve McPherson confirmed that sitcoms "Knights of Prosperity" and "George Lopez" have been cancelled and that talks continue with producers of "According to Jim."

Good God, who does Belushi have compromising pictures of over at Disney/ABC for his ****** sitcom to even be considered for renewal? If his show gets renewed it will validate somewhat George Lopez's statements to the L.A. Times yesterday about race being a factor in the cancelation of his show. Both Lopez's and Belushi's sitcoms are equally horrid and rate about the same with Nielsen; killing both is the only logical thing to do, but this is the least logical and common sense-run business (second only to either the movie industry or politics).

If I were McPherson I'd kill "According to Jim" just to keep the chance of a backlash from the Latino community to a minimum. Just ask Ken Burns and PBS how "persuasive" Hispanic activists can be when they set their sights on a target. Example: the only episode of "Law & Order" (out of almost 400) to be banned from ever being repeated after its original airing featured a crime revolving around NYC's Puerto Rican Day parade that this community deemed so offensive they raised holy hell. If "Lopez" is done so should "Jim" on the basis that they're both garbage, but if one's kept then ABC better be prepared.

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Another talked-about ABC fall debut is the sitcom "Cavemen," based on a series of commercials for Geico. McPherson said the insurance company has agreed to cease airing the commercials once the series launches, though advertising integration is possible at a future point.

I was convinced this would die somewhere between pitch and pilot presentation, but the fact that this has officially made it to air speaks volumes about the state of sitcoms (particularly on ABC) today. Somewhere in Hollywood Sherwood Schwartz is spinning in his office chair (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_About_Time)!
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The 2007-2008 Season
The ABC Schedule, Fall 2007

Friday
8 MEN IN TREES (S)
9 Women's Murder Club (D)
10 20/20


Is it still possible for a show to get pulled even though it's in it's second season and has a full order? That's how I think Men in Trees will perform now that it's been dumped back into Friday night. Especially at 8pm. It's not as if it's going to create a big lead in for their new show. The moment it started getting some positive traction on Thursday, it vanished. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of viewers thought it got canceled this year and won't even be looking around the schedule for it next season.


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