Tuesday, May 16, 2006

And here comes ABC


'24' May Hit the Road
Producers Mull Changing Locale From L.A.

Tom Gilbert
Producers of the Fox hit "24" are considering changing locales for the series as main character Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland, deals with the aftermath of an assassination attempt against him.

"We've discussed going to a foreign location or another city just to widen the palette of '24,'" Howard Gordon, the show's executive producer, said in an interview with TelevisionWeek publisher Chuck Ross. "After five seasons in L.A., I feel it's getting shopworn."EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT IDEA. I MEAN, I AM ALMOST 2 SEASONS BEHIND, AND I'M ALREADY TIRED OF LA. (IT'S LIKE ALL THOSE PEOPLE ON "MURDER SHE WROTE" WHO LIVED IN CABOT COVE...THEY WOULD MOVE EVENTUALLY, WOULDN'T THEY, IF ALL THOSE BAD THINGS WERE HAPPENING JUST TO THEIR CITY?)

The Jack Bauer character became an assassination target at the end of last season after breaking into China's embassy

MyNetworkTV to Offer Desire, Secret Obsessions Six Nights


Marc Berman

MyNetworkTV, a new venture from Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Twentieth Television, EDITOR'S NOTE: OTHERWISE KNOWN AS 'WE CAN'T CALL IT UPN ANYMORE, BECAUSE THAT KINDA SUCKED'. gave advertisers a sneak peak of its upcoming Desire and Secret Obsessions programming franchises.

Slated to launch on Sept. 5 with U.S. coverage at a promised 90+ percent EDITOR'S NOTE: WHICH NO DOUBT INCLUDES THE PEOPLE WHO WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO RECEIVE IT ON SHORT-WAVE AND BY WATCHING THE DOORS ON THEIR MICROWAVE OVENS. , the initiative of the new network is a six-night, 8-10 p.m. EDITOR'S NOTE: ALL TIMES EST, NATCH. programming block populated with two original stripped scripted telenovelas (which were originally slated for first-run syndication), structured in a 13-week, 65-episode story arc. Highlights of each franchise will be offered every Saturday.

In addition to building its station lineup (which is currently cleared at 82 percent of the country), the specific goals of MyNetworkTV are quality-stripped programming, addictive stories, daily Web content, and 52 weeks of original programming.

The Desire franchise will open the evening at 8 p.m., followed by Secret Obsessions at 9 p.m., and the four confirmed series in each umbrella title are as follows:


TABLE FOR THREE (4th Quarter 2006) Two brothers (Nate Haden and Zack Silva) EDITOR'S NOTE: BE PREPARED TO SAY "WHO?" A LOT AS YOU SEE THE ACTOR NAMES. on the run from the mob head from New Jersey to Los Angeles, where they both fall passionately in love with the same woman (Michelle Belegrin). When one brother is believed to be murdered by the mob, only to resurface later, the other brother seeks comfort with the woman they both competed for.

ART OF BETRAYAL (1st Quarter 2007) After the ex-wife (Sean Young) EDITOR'S NOTE: OOOO...SOMEONE WE'VE HEARD OF! (OF COURSE, SHE'S RUMORED TO BE INSANE, BUT STILL....WE'VE HEARD OF HER!) of a successful and heartless businessman attempts to destroy her former lover’s career, she sets up a scheme to have her two sons seduce his daughters, marry them, and take their money. EDITOR'S NOTE: WOULDN'T IT BE EASIER TO JUST KILL HIM?

RULE OF DECEPTION (2nd Quarter 2007) Two best friends (Annalynne McCord and Rachelle Woods) who hail from entirely different worlds find their relationship shattered after they meet a handsome and dashing engineer (Dylan Bruce) who seduces both women…one for love, and one for money. EDITOR'S NOTE: AGAIN, IT WOULD BE SO MUCH LESS COMPLICATED TO FIND ONE WOMAN WITH BOTH. JUST SAYIN.....

FRIENDS & ENEMIES (3rd Quarter 2007) A woman who pretends to be a psychiatrist falls in love with her patient and begins a hot and heavy affair with him, until his family reveals the other life she lives.----------


FASHION HOUSE (4th Quarter 2006) Set in the competitive fashion world, former “10” Bo Derek plays a powerful fashion icon who will stop at nothing to destroy the woman (Natalie Martinez) who tries to romance her son (Taylor Kinney).

WATCH OVER ME (1st Quarter 2007) Julia (Dayannara Torres) and her fiancé Sebastian were meant to have a perfect marriage, but the dangerous world they inhabit makes it necessary for a third party to enter their relationship--Jack, a bodyguard hired to protect them. Unfortunately, Jack's arrival is the catalyst for an intense love triangle that may destroy them all. EDITOR'S NOTE: NOTE TO SELF....ONLY HIRE UGLY BODYGUARDS. UGLY, DUMB BODYGUARDS. UGLY, DUMB, SMELLY BODYGUARDS.

A DANGEROUS LOVE (2nd Quarter 2007) Two very different families – the Olivera and the Mazzoni clans – struggle with a bitter feud that has plagued them for years. Maria Conchita Alonso stars.

TO LOVE & DIE (3rd Quarter 2007) After a plane crash, an heiress falls in love with the pilot against the wishes of her family. EDITOR'S NOTE: CAUSE HE WAS SUCH A BAD FLYER?


ABC Takes on Thursday Nights With 'Grey's Anatomy'
Programs Female-Friendly Fare in Former 'Monday Night Football' Slot
Abbey Klaassen (AdAge.com) --

ABC is throwing down the gauntlet on Thursday, moving "Grey's Anatomy" to the 9 p.m. time EDITOR'S NOTE: SING ALONG WITH THE QOTD....ALL TIMES EST. slot on the most lucrative night in TV.

'Grey's' will be up against NBC's big hope, 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.' EDITOR'S NOTE: SORKIN WINS. SORRY, ABC.

A new Thursday lineup

The move signifies its confidence in the program, especially considering ABC dropped in two freshman comedies, "Big Day" and "Life from the Underbelly," at the 8 p.m. hour, and a new drama from "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams, "Six Degrees," at 10 p.m. EDITOR'S NOTE: OOO...SOMETHING NEW FROM J.J.! 'Grey's' will be up against NBC's big hope, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," from "West Wing" producer Aaron Sorkin, while the two new Thursday comedies will go up against NBC's "My Name is Earl" and "The Office."

The Walt Disney Co. network is keeping its strong "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and "Desperate Housewives" on Sunday, adding in a new Calista Flockhart-staring drama "Brothers and Sisters" in 'Grey's' old time slot.

It also kept "Lost" on Wednesday at 9 p.m.; it will rotate the results episode of "Dancing With the Stars" with "George Lopez" and "According to Jim" in the 8 p.m. hour, and debut the drama "The Nine" at 10.

"Lost," which repeats poorly due to its serial nature, will air about seven original episodes in the fall, then will drop off and be replaced by "Daybreak" until the spring, when a big chunk of "Lost" original episodes return. EDITOR'S NOTE: SO THE SPRING WILL BE GOOD, BUT THE FALL WILL FEEL LIKE A HORRIBLE CRUEL TEASE. (AND THEY'D BETTER HAVE A RECAP SHOW BEFORE EACH CLUMP, BECAUSE I WILL BE DRINKING A LOT OF NUTRASWEET IN BETWEEN EACH BUNCH OF SHOWS).

"The audience is so demanding that we had to work into our schedules more and more original programming," said Stephen McPherson, president of entertainment at ABC. EDITOR'S NOTE: WE'VE BEEN DEMANDING THAT FOR YEARS AND YOU NEVER PAID ANY ATTENTION TO US BEFORE.

Pulling in women

The network loses "Monday Night Football" this year and decided to substitute it with a female-friendly lineup: "Wife Swap" at 8, a combination of "The Bachelor" and "Supernanny" at 9 and "What About Brian" at 10.

Keeping the "What About Brian," which was a late midseason replacement (and also from Mr. Abrams), could be considered a surprise, but network executives said it was brought back on its strength of attracting young women.

"We dominated that night in women 18 to 34," Mr. McPherson said, noting he sees long-term potential in the show. Tuesday will be a night stacked with new programming.

After "Dancing with the Stars" runs in the fall, "Set for the Rest of Your Life" will debut, and two new comedies, "Let's Rob ..." and "Help Me Help You," share the 9 p.m. hour. "Boston Legal" returns at 10.

Friday night sees the new comedy "Betty the Ugly" at 8 p.m. and drama "Men in Trees" at 9 p.m. before long-running "20/20" at 10.

Failure of 'Commander in Chief'

Mr. McPherson cited last year's failure of "Commander in Chief" as "frustrating" and said predicting hits is near impossible. "You never know where you're big hits are going to come from," he said. For example, "We didn't even announce 'Dancing With the Stars'" when it first debuted.

The network's biggest casting coup is securing rocker Mick Jagger for the new Tuesday night comedy "Let's Rob…," which profiles a group of amateur thieves trying to rob the Rolling Stone's Central Park apartment. Mr. Jagger will guest star in some episodes.

"He had a tremendous sense of humor about it," Mr. McPherson said.

Shows slated for midseason include the drama "Traveler" the comedy "In Case of Emergency," and the reality series "Greg Behrendt's Wake Up Call" and "Just for Laughs."

Cancelled shows include ABC's entire rookie slate, with the exception of the midseason drama "What About Brian." Series not returning next season include "Rodney," "Freddie," "Commander in Chief," "Invasion,"EDITOR'S NOTE: WOW. I THOUGHT FOR SURE I WOULD HAVE TO GET ALL CAUGHT UP ON THIS ONE. (I LIKED BOTH THE CBS AND NBC SCIFI SHOWS BETTER THAN "INVASION", BUT I WAS HOPING AT LEAST ONE DWEEB SHOW SURVIVED, EVEN IF IT WAS MY LEAST FAVORITE).


Two seasons ago ABC pulled itself out of a protracted programming and ratings slump with the debut of "Desperate Housewives," "Lost" and "Grey's Anatomy." The network has also had success in the reality genre with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Supernanny" and "Wife Swap," but has failed to see the same kind of results in its half hour comedy offerings.

ABC was the No.1 network for the 2005-06 season in the advertiser friendly adults 18 to 49 demographic through the beginning of May, but an "American Idol"-fueled Fox is expected to push ABC back to second place by the close of the season.

ABC's Schedule:

Monday: "Wife Swap," "The Bachelor"/"Set for the Rest of Your Life," "What About Brian"

Tuesday: "Dancing With the Stars/"Set for the Rest of Your Life," "Let's Rob…," "Help Me Help You," "Boston Legal"

Wednesday: "Dancing With the Stars," "George Lopez," "Lost," "The Nine"

Thursday: "Big Day," "Notes from the Underbelly," "Grey's Anatomy," "Six Degrees"

Friday: "Betty the Ugly," "Men in Trees," "20/20"

Saturday: "ABC Saturday Night College Football"

Sunday: "America's Funniest Home Videos," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Desperate Housewives," "Brothers & Sisters"


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