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Tue, 05-17-2005 - 11:57pm

Also, for those who thought my other post (NBC cancels American Dreams was all about AD, it's not - it is NBC's fall lineup. Sorry if that was confusing!).

Found this on CNN.com:

ABC revives 'Kolchak,' axes '8 Rules'
WB cancels 'Jack & Bobby'
Tuesday, May 17, 2005 Posted: 3:49 PM EDT (1949 GMT)






NEW YORK (AP) -- Geena Davis will portray a female president and Freddie Prinze a luckless bachelor surrounded by women this fall on ABC, which released a fall schedule Tuesday designed to capitalize on this season's unexpected success.

ABC liberally shuffled its schedule but didn't touch Sundays, when the network's fortunes improved dramatically after "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey's Anatomy" became hits.

Meanwhile, the youth-obsessed WB network unveiled a schedule heavily dependent on stars from another era like Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson (not together) and Fran Drescher.

ABC will require its fans to check program guides this fall: "Alias" switches to Thursday, "George Lopez" to Wednesday, "Boston Legal" to Tuesday and "Supernanny" to Friday. One of its biggest new hits -- "Lost" -- moves back an hour to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and "According to Jim" moves up an hour to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Got that? And that's before sprinkling in three new dramas and two comedies.

ABC canceled the Damon Wayans comedy "My Wife and Kids" and "8 Simple Rules," which survived two years following the death of star John Ritter. "Blind Justice" and "Extreme Makeover" were also axed. "Less Than Perfect" will return in midseason.

But the network surprisingly renewed a handful of comedies that seemed threatened by poor ratings: "Hope & Faith," "George Lopez" and "Jake in Progress." ABC spread its sitcoms over three nights, four after "Monday Night Football" ends its final year on ABC.

Davis stars with Donald Sutherland in "Commander-in-Chief." She assumes the presidency with twin teenagers and a 6-year-old at home, and a party that wants her to resign rather than take over for a dying president.

"It's not a political story," said Stephen McPherson, ABC entertainment president. "It's the story of a woman; it's the story of a wife; it's the story of a family."

Three decades after his late father became a sitcom star on "Chico and the Man," Prinze will lead "Freddie," playing a chef who lives with his sister, sister-in-law, niece and grandmother.

The new drama "Invasion" is about a sneaky alien attack and is "a big show in the vein of 'Lost,' in terms of high concept and being noisy and exciting," McPherson said.

September's schedule will also include "Hot Properties," a comedy about four women who work in a Manhattan real estate office, and a remake of the short-lived 1970s occult series "Kolchak: The Night Stalker."

After the football season, ABC will turn Mondays into a showcase for single people looking for love, with a new comedy starring Heather Graham and a new drama about the last man in a group of friends to get married. The network also ordered five other series that will debut sometime during the year, including two procedural dramas and a comedy produced by "Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels.

ABC renewed both of its ratings-troubled newsmagazines, "20/20" and "Primetime Live."

Wendt on WB
Both ABC and the WB are shifting well-known series to a Thursdays, a night networks have essentially conceded to CBS and NBC in the past. Depending on your perspective, the moves of ABC's "Alias" and the WB's "Smallville" and "Everwood" can either be seen as a bold attempt to become competitive or a death sentence for old favorites.

The WB's new schedule casts Johnson in "Just Legal" as an alcohol-soaked lawyer who teams with an 18-year-old whiz kid. Griffith plays a ditzy mom in the situation comedy "Twins." Drescher's cradle-robbing comedy "Living with Fran," a midseason success, returns on Friday nights.

Want more 1980s icons? George Wendt (Norm!!!) plays a dad in the midseason series "Modern Men."

The WB, long a network favored by teenage girls, is trying to broaden its audience, said Garth Ancier, its chairman. "We went about dispelling a notion that if you produce a show on the WB, the lead characters have to be in high school," he said.

Still, the WB repeatedly flashed the motto "Be Young" on screens during Tuesday's presentation to advertisers, and the midseason fare includes a drama about attractive college students in a sexuality class.

Other new fall series are "Related," a drama about four sisters created by a former "Friends" producer and "Sex and the City" writer, and "Supernatural," about two brothers navigating a terror-filled world of the unexplained.

The WB canceled "Steve Harvey's Big Time," "Grounded for Life" and the well-regarded series about battling brothers, "Jack & Bobby."

Despite a relentless search for the hip and happening, the WB's most popular show, "7th Heaven," will return for a tenth season -- making it the longest-running family drama ever on TV. Since it began airing Mondays a decade ago, it has competed against a staggering 86 different programs on other networks.

The WB is a division of Time Warner, as is CNN.

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Wed, 05-18-2005 - 2:18am

I'm so unhappy with ABC's decision to move Alias again. I really love that show. I loved it on Sundays and was bugged when it moved. Then I grew to appreciate it on Wednesdays because it followed Lost so its been a fun, full night of t.v. When it moves to Thursdays, there's a real possibility it will be up against the Apprentice or ER and Survivor or CSI which just sucks LOL. I'm afraid it won't do well against any combination of those shows and will end up being canceled. I'm sure if Jennifer Garner is actually pregnant the show is scrambling to figure out a way to work around that and is panicking a bit, but I really don't want to see that show go anywhere yet. I've just loved it :) And I don't know what I'll do if I have to choose between THREE shows, which to watch and which to record and which to ignore!! BLECH!

LOL.

Ang (the hopelessly pathetic t.v. addict)

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Wed, 05-18-2005 - 11:26am
thanks for the info!
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Wed, 05-18-2005 - 12:02pm

anybody else like Kolchak: The Night Stalker? I remember as a kid, staying up late w /my dad watching that show :-) and funny enough, I just came upstairs from doing the treadmill and was watching a rerun of it as I was down there! LOL

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Wed, 05-18-2005 - 1:24pm

I remember watching Kolchak as a kid with my dad.

 

  

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Wed, 05-18-2005 - 6:15pm

Count me in the "not happy Alias is moving to Thursday" crowd!! Bummer. I can't imagine they're going to survive another season after this next one being up against CBS and NBC on Thursdays.

I am happy they moved Lost to 9 though - now I can watch Top Model at 8. heehee They should put Alias on at 10 on Wed.

Oh well.

And DH and I kind of like Blind Justice - bummer that it's getting the axe too.

I am VERY excited to read that Grey's Anatomy has become a hit. I LOVE that show!!