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CBS Announces Its Fall Lineup

CBS announced today its 2007-2008 Fall Prime-time lineup, featuring five new series: one comedy, three dramas and one reality program. These freshman series will join the 17 returning programs on the current CBS lineup, which helped the network win the 2006-2007 season in viewers and adults 25-54, continuing its multi-year winning streak. The five new series feature bold and creative concepts, including Viva Laughlin, where drama is accented by iconic music; Cane, starring Jimmy Smits as the head of a powerful South Florida Cuban-American family; Moonlight, a romantic thriller with a new twist on the vampire legend; The Big Bang Theory, a comedy about genius geeks from Two and A Half Men cocreator Chuck Lorre; and Kid Nation, a reality series where 40 kids attempt to build a new society in an abandoned ghost town.CBS will return television's No. 1 drama and scripted program, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; the No. 1 comedy, Two and a Half Men; the No. 1 new comedy, Rules of Engagem... read more

Jon Hein's ABC Upfront Thoughts

Ugly Betty will continue to carve its niche and grow its young audience. Grey's Anatomy must rebound from a shaky season and high expectations. Big Shots features four CEOs who take no prisoners. I hope it ends up being more like Profit than a male Desperate Housewives. To read more of the Jump the Shark creator's opinions on the ABC lineup, click here. read more

ABC Gets Aggressive, with Familiar Faces, Campy Soaps and Cavemen?

Even with all the success ABC has had on Sunday and Thursday (thanks to the bold move of Grey's Anatomy to that night), there are plenty of other time periods throughout the week where the network simply wasn't competitive this past season. But while the struggling NBC cautiously put together a schedule that seemed designed to retain its diminished share of advertiser dollars, ABC is being much more aggressive. In the new lineup presented to advertisers Wednesday at Alice Tully Hall, entertainment president Stephen McPherson threw a lot of stuff against the scheduling board in the hope that something will stick.Determined to get back into the comedy game, ABC gave Sam I Am with Christina Applegate the benefit of a Dancing with the Stars lead-in on Monday. Not a bad bet, since ABC's appeal is strongest among women 35-plus — and Applegate is now one of them, believe it or not. Two new comedies with a male skew will lead off Tuesday, in an attempt to get some ratings traction by t... read more

A Quick Look at ABC

Oh, the irony. While nearly everyone else in the TV biz is in New York this week for the Upfronts, I'm in L.A. on assignment with the TV Guide Channel. A work conflict is keeping me from attending ABC's screening of the fall clips, but I did have the pleasure of getting a sneak peek at what is sure to be one of my favorite shows of the new season: Pushing Daisies, perhaps the most instantly delightful pilot since Ugly Betty, and twice as fanciful. A wild pop-colored blend of comedy, fantasy and mystery, it's about a young man (the charming Lee Pace) whose touch can bring the dead back to life, and back to death just as quick. What he does with this gift, and how it changes his life and those around him, is the gist of this series, which plays like the best Tim Burton fairy-tale fable ever. I've never seen anything quite like it, and I hope people find it in its somewhat challenging time period. — Matt RoushFor Matt's take on the rest of ABC's new shows, click here. read more

ABC Has Found Its Next Lost

ABC just released the 100,000-word opus that is its fall schedule announcement, yet all I see are two words.Pushing. Daisies. I've said it before and — now that I've actually seen the complete pilot — I'm saying it again with added vigor: This is the show. The one everyone will be talking about. The one we'll be obsessing over. The one with the potential to replace Gilmore Girls as Ask Ausiello's favorite child. — Michael Ausiello For more of Mike's thoughts on the hot new ABC series, click here. read more

Jon Hein's NBC Upfront Thoughts

Monday has the potential to be NBC's biggest night. Deal or No Deal is a game-show juggernaut. Heroes will have a make or break sophomore season and Heroes: Origins better not be too gimmicky. Journeyman will try to carry the futuristic vibe of Heroes, but will fare about as well as Studio 60. — Jon HeinTo read more of the Jump the Shark creator's thoughts on the NBC fall lineup, click here. read more

NBC Upfront Buzz: Office Shocker

NBC's 2007 upfront circus just came to an end and, before I let Calgon take me away, I have a few scoopy nuggets/observations to share with you:• Of NBC's new fall offerings, Josh Schwartz's Chuck and David Eick's Bionic Woman redo stand the best chance of earning the coveted AA seal of approval (based solely on the clips shown). • Taking a page from Lost, The Office's top-secret season finale will feature a game-changing final scene. (More on that in Wednesday's Ask Ausiello.) For more of Ausiello's take on the NBC Upfronts and the network's new shows, click here. read more

ABC Announces Its Fall Schedule

Scheduled to debut next season are four new comedy entries — 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. Oprah's Big Give 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 also return for second seasons.As previously announced, Saturday Night College Football will return for a second season on Saturday, September 1 (8:00 pm, ET).ABC's fall prime-time schedule is as follows (all times listed are Eastern, with new shows in bold):MONDAY: 8 pm Dancing with the Stars9:30 pm Sam I ... read more

NBC Bets It All on a (Journey)Man and a (Bionic) Woman

The message from NBC's new 2007-08 schedule is pretty clear: The network wants another Heroes. Badly.Entertainment president Kevin Reilly picked up three fantasy/sci-fi-type shows that all could have been compatible with Heroes and thrive the 10 pm on Monday time slot, now the most attractive piece of real estate for a new NBC series. Journeyman got the nod, thanks to being the network's highest-testing drama pilot in five years. Chuck — about a geeky guy who has government secrets planted in his head — will do battle on Tuesday at 9 pm because it didn't seem to boast the same broad appeal.Oddly enough, it was Bionic Woman — which had terrible buzz during the development season — that looked best when it was presented to advertisers at NBC's presentation at Radio City Music Hall. Although clips can be deceiving, the lavishly produced remake of the '70s fave looked intriguingly dark (though not depressing), and had great action sequences. The network placed it on ... read more

NBC Announces Its Fall Schedule

NBC's 2007-08 lineup features the new dramas Journeyman (Mondays, 10 pm/ET), a romantic-mystery from the Emmy Award-winning producers of The West Wing, concerning a San Francisco newspaper reporter (Kevin McKidd, Rome) who inexplicably begins to travel through time and alter people's lives; and Chuck(Tuesdays, 9 pm/ET), a comedic spy thriller about an unassuming computer geek who is unexpectedly catapulted into a new career as a government agent after spy secrets are mysteriously embedded into his brain. Also new this fall is the drama Bionic Woman (Wednesdays, 9 pm/ET), a re-imagination of the classic from David Eick (Battlestar Galactica) and Jason Smilovic (Kidnapped). Bionic Woman stars Michelle Ryan (EastEnders) as a young woman who is radically altered and empowered after a car crash. Additionally, Life (Wednesdays, 10 pm/ET) features a complex police detective (Damian Lewis, Band of Brothers) who's given a second chance on the Force after serving years in prison for a crime h... read more

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