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ABC in Fall 2005
ABC will introduce five new series this fall (two comedies and three dramas), plus seven additional series (three comedies, three dramas and one unscripted hour) in midseason.

Hoping to capitalize on the strength of Lost (which moves to Wednesday at 9 p.m.), two of the new fall dramas (Invasion and The Night Stalker, a remake of the classic 1970s thriller) are of a supernatural nature. EDITOR'S NOTE: YEAH. CAUSE THAT SORT OF ME-TOO, LEMMING THINKING ALWAYS WORKS.

Also moving to new time periods are Wife Swap, According to Jim, Rodney, Boston Legal, George Lopez, Alias and Supernanny. Only two nights of the week -- Saturday and Sunday -- will remain unchanged. Canceled series include My Wife and Kids, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, Extreme Makeover and Complete Savages. Sitcoms Less Than Perfect and Jake in Progress, and reality hour The Bachelor will return in midseason.

McPherson said one of his goals was to get more female skewing comedies on the schedule, and he did that with Hot Properties, which will lead out of Hope & Faith on Friday night, and with Emily’s Reasons Why Not, which will come on in mid-season on Monday night at 9 p.m., leading out of The Bachelor. Jake in Progress will follow Emily on Monday nights beginning in January, and McPherson said he returned Jake to the schedule because he felt it will do better this season with a more compatible lead-in.

“We felt the show did not get a fair shot last year, moving it from Thursday to Sunday and just dropping it in without the proper lead-in.” McPherson said he believes new sitcom Freddie, starring Freddie Prinze Jr. will be a solid lead-out to George Lopez on Tuesday night.

The decision to move veteran drama Alias to Thursday night at 8 was made because it was felt the show has a solid enough of a core audience that will follow the show from its current Wednesday night at 9 time period to keep it competitive in the hot Thursday night slot. Alias performed decently this season in the 18-49 demo vs. Fox powerhouse American Idol.

McPherson said he believes the new Friday night schedule will flow better with reallity show Supernanny leading off the night, followed by the lone Friday night returning comedy Hope & Faith, which will lead into new comedy Hot Properties.

As expected, ABC will return its powerhouse Sunday night lineup of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy intact.

What follows is ABC's fall 2005 schedule, with new shows highlighted:

Monday (though January)
8:00 p.m. Wife Swap (new day and time)
9:00 p.m. Monday Night Football Monday

Monday (effective in January)
8:00 p.m. The Bachelor (new time)
9:00 p.m. Emily's Reasons Why Not
9:30 p.m. Jake in Progress (new night and time)
10:00 p.m. What About Brian

8:00 p.m. According To Jim (new time)
8:30 p.m. Rodney (new time)
9:00 p.m. Commander-in-Chief
10:00 p.m. Boston Legal (new night)

8:00 p.m. George Lopez (new night and time)
8:30 p.m. Freddie
9:00 p.m. Lost (new time)
10:00 p.m. Invasion

8:00 p.m. Alias (new night and time)
9:00 p.m. The Night Stalker
10:00 p.m. Primetime Live

8:00 p.m. Supernanny (new day and time)
9:00 p.m. Hope & Faith
9:30 p.m. Hot Properties
10:00 p.m. 20/20

8:00 p.m. Movie

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. Grey’s Anatomy

Freddie Freddie Prinze, Jr. is Freddie, a young, successful chef with his own bachelor pad who asks his sister, sister-in-law, niece and grandmother to move in with him after his brother passes away. Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills, 90210) co-stars.

Hot Properties Four women in various stages of their lives (Gail O’Grady, Nicole Sullivan, Sofia Vergara and Audra Blaser) work in a Manhattan real estate office.

Crumbs (midseason) Two estranged brothers (Fred Savage and Eddie McClintock) reunite to deal with their mother (Jane Curtin), who is being released from a psychiatric country club and has yet to discover that her ex-husband is about to have a baby with his new girlfriend.

Emily's Reasons Why Not (midseason) Based on the bestselling novel, Emily Sanders (Heather Graham) is a successful young woman who works in publishing and gets romantically involved with the two-timing author of their new bestseller.

Sons & Daughters (midseason) From SNL producer Lorne Michaels, three adult siblings (Cameron Walker, Alison Quinn, Corri English) who have survived multiple marriages co-exist in a small town.

Commander-in-Chief Academy Award winner Geena Davis returns to the small screen as the first female president of the United States. Donald Sutherland co-stars.

Invasion After a devastating hurricane in Florida, a U.S. Park Ranger (Eddie Cibrian) suspects something may be wrong after is ex-wife is found naked with no memory of what happened during the storm.

The Night Stalker Cult hit Kolchak: The Night Stalker, which aired on ABC in 1974-75, is back in this update of a crime reporter (Stuart Townsend) who is determined to find the truth behind his wife’s mysterious murder.

The Evidence (midseason) In this new procedural crime drama from ER creator John Wells, all the clues are revealed in a videotaped evidence log at the top of each episode. The show then flashes to the day the crime was committed and invites viewers to play along to help solve the crime.

In Justice (midseason) In this legal drama reminiscent of Reversal of Fortune, clients who are presumed guilty must ultimately be proven innocent. Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Sex and the City) stars.

What About Brian (midseason) A 34-year old single man (7th Heaven’s Barry Watson) contemplates his life after all his friends get married.

The Miracle Workers (midseason) A single patient with a serious medical condition is the focus an elite team of physicians in each episode.

CBS rolls 8 new series; 'Joan,' 'Amy' on bubble
CBS is planning to infuse more fresh blood into its schedule next season than it had last year.

The network will add at least eight new series: three comedies and five dramas.

The dramas picked up for 2005-06 range from CBS' bread-and-butter crime procedurals ("American Crime," "Quantico") to the supernatural ("Threshold," "Ghost Whisperer") to the military-themed "The Unit," starring Dennis Haysbert.

After years of total domination of the male point of view on CBS' comedies, the network is going for a more balanced approach next season with its new sitcoms "Everything I Know About Men" and "Flesh & Blood."

Another comedy, the Julia Louis-Dreyfus starrer "Old Christine," is a subject of last-minute negotiations between CBS and producer Warner Bros. TV for a midseason order. As of Monday night, the two sides were still apart on several key terms.

Meanwhile, the midseason drama "Numbers" was poised to return for a second season, with the comedies "Still Standing" and "Yes, Dear" also looking good to come back

Fox re-ups '24,' 'Arrested'
After several weeks of renewal negotiations infused with some real-life drama, Fox Broadcasting Co. and 20th Century Fox TV have sealed a deal to bring back real-time drama "24" for two more seasons.

Meanwhile, the network has given a last-minute renewal to another 20th TV show, reigning Emmy winner "Arrested Development," which has been on the bubble since the network cut back the show's second-season order in the spring because of underwhelming ratings. The double pickup was great news for Imagine TV, which co-produces both series with 20th TV.

"These are two shows that we are incredibly proud of," Imagine TV president David Nevins said. "We're incredibly grateful to the creators who produce them every day and grateful to Fox for backing these shows."


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