16 May 2006

ABC announces fall 2006-07 schedule

Despite the success of Funniest Home Videos, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy and Lost and has a maintained a second place standing among networks, despite the fact that all of their 2005-06 fall shows failed.

Sunday leads off with three returning shows, the after mentioned Funniest Home Videos, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and Desperate Housewives. The night finishes off with the new drama Brothers & Sisters, about family secrets and lies are exposed when siblings come together to celebrate a birthday; soapy repercussions follow. Calista Flockhart, Rachel Griffiths, Ron Rifkin and Patricia Wettig star.

With Monday Night Football gone, ABC will now lead off the night with the returning Wife Swap, followed by The Bachelor/Suppernanny. What About Brian will launch into its second season to close out the night.

Dancing with the Stars returns on Tuesday, and when it ends it run, another reality series Set For the Rest of Your Life takes over. Let's Rob ... takes up the first half of the 9:00 hour and is a comedy about a group of misfits who plot to rob Mick Jagger's luxury Central Park West apartment. Donal Logue (Grounded for Life) stars in the laugher, which is from Ed creators Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman. Next up is Help Me Help You, a comedy about a therapy group is led by a doctor who may be in the greatest need of therapy. Ted Danson stars along with Jere Burns and the brilliant Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle). Boston Legal is back at 10pm.

Wednesday has ABCs second edition of Dancing with the Stars, which will then give way to returning shows George Lopez and According to Jim. Lost returns for a third season of life on a mysterious island, which will be followed by The Nine, a drama about nine people deal with the aftereffects of being held hostage during a bank robbery. It stars Chi McBride (Boston Public), Scott Wolf (Everwood), Kim Raver (24), Tim Daly (Wings) and John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise).

Thursday remains the battleground for all the networks, and with CBS still holding the lead, ABC hopes to take a chunk out the slim lead that NBC has. Big Day starts the night and is a comedy that combines 24 meets Father of the Bride, the show chronicles one big day -- in this case, the wedding day -- in the life of a young couple. Notes from the Underbelly is next, another comedy, about an expecting couple that sees how preparations to have a baby change their own relationship and their relationship with their friends. ABC will take a big risk here during the middle hour on Thursday by relocating Grey’s Anatomy, which will battle CBS’ juggernaut CSI and NBC’s new Aaron Sorkin drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Lost producers new show, Six Degrees, will fill out the night and is about the lives of several New Yorkers that intersect, even though they don't know each other.

Betty the Ugly leads off Friday, which is a comedy about a normal-looking woman who has difficulties fitting in the world of high fashion and is based on the wildly popular Spanish telenovela. Men in Trees takes on the middle hour and is a drama about a female relationship coach, who after her wedding plans fall apart, stays in Alaska and looks for love in chilly places. 20/20 returns on Friday to finish out the night.

Black Hole Saturday will be filled with College Football and probably movies.

Waiting in the wings: Day Break, a drama about a cop who relives the same day over and over, searching for clues about who framed him for a murder. Taye Diggs stars. In Case of Emergency is a comedy about four friends from high school are reunited and discover that their lives hadn't turned out exactly as planned. Jonathan Silverman, David Arquette and Greg Germann star. Finally, Traveler is a drama about two friends go on the run when they become suspects in a terrorist bombing. Who will trust them? How can their clear their names?

Into the cancel bin are: Alias, from hit to blow out Commander In Chief, Crumbs, Emily's Reasons Why Not, The Evidence, Freddie, Hope & Faith, In Justice, Invasion, Jake in Progress, Less Than Perfect, Miracle Workers, Monday Night Football and Sons & Daughters

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