Back in the 1990s, ABC ruled Friday nights with young viewers, thanks to its TGIF-branded shows like Full House, Family Matters and Step by Step.
The network fall lineups are starting to take shape. As execs lick their wounds, dust off their failures and prepare to try it again with a whole new crop of shows, this is the time of year when they tell themselves — and more importantly, try to convince advertisers — that next season will be different.
And sometimes it is. Witness ABC's 2004 turn-around year, when Lost and Desperate Housewives hit the air, or the 1994 season, when NBC was blessed with ER and Friends. But those game-changing years don't come along often. As we head into the mid-May network "upfront" presentations (when new series are unveiled to media buyers and bubble shows are fed their fates), here's a network-by-network guide on what to look out for.
Last Man Standing, Christina Moore and Tim Allen
Last Man Standing's Mike Baxter is about to add another woman to his life: a sister-in-law.
When Vanessa's (Nancy Travis) sweet, but flighty sister April (Christina Moore) comes to visit, Mike...
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John Goodman and Roseanne Barr
This fall, the networks want to party like it's 1992. It was 20 years ago that stars like Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Kirstie Alley and John Stamos ruled the sitcom world. Now they're all back, and signed on to star in new comedy pilots this spring.
The trend started this season with Tim Allen's successful return to TV as the...
CBS is developing a pair of sitcoms for comedian Martin Lawrence, with an eye toward shooting one of them as a pilot.
Bernie Mac creator and The Daily Show contributor Larry Wilmore is behind one of the shows, while the other is from Rules of Engagement creator Tom Hertz and Adam Sandler's Happy Madison production company.
In the Wilmore script, Lawrence would play a...
Jamie Lynn Sigler
A former Soprano is coming to ABC. In an early 2012 episode of freshman sitcom Last Man Standing, Jamie-Lynn Sigler will guest star as...
ABC has pulled its struggling freshman comedy Man Up!, effective immediately. The sitcom will be replaced with reruns of Tim Allen's Last Man Standing, until the premiere of Work It on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Jeers to Last Man Standing for wasting talented actresses in throwaway roles.
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Man Up! remained virtually even with its series-low numbers from last week, reaching 6.27 million viewers and 1.7 rating among industry-prized 18-to-49-year-olds, and Tim Allen's Last Man Standing, which precedes it at 8/7c, declined from a week ago, attracting 8.97 million people (2.6 demo rating), according to Nielsen overnights. So it's not getting easier for these guys — and it looks like Allen will indeed be the last man standing from this time slot.