ABC Unveils 2008-09 Primetime Schedule

Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment, today outlined ABC’s plans for next season and unveiled the network’s 2008-09 fall schedule before the advertising and media communities at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.

Scheduled to debut this fall are new drama “Life on Mars,” and new alternative series “Opportunity Knocks” from executive producer Ashton Kutcher.

Returning series on the fall schedule are “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “Boston Legal,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Eli Stone,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Samantha Who?,” “Supernanny,” “Ugly Betty,” “Wife Swap” and “20/20.”

In addition, “Saturday Night College Football” will return for a fourth season.

New series for midseason include “The Goode Family,” “Scrubs” and “Untitled Ashton Kutcher/Tyra Banks Project.”

Other returning series include “According to Jim,” “The Bachelor,” “Lost” and ABC News’ “Primetime: What Would You Do?”

“We’re returning our dominant core group of shows from last fall,” said McPherson. “The few openings we had we’ve filled with the kind of quality programming viewers have come to expect from ABC, and we have a very strong bench. As always, our focus is on delivering the best stories and most memorable characters on TV every day of the week, every week of the year.”

8:00 p.m.  “Dancing with the Stars”
9:30 p.m. “Samantha Who?”
10:00 p.m. “Boston Legal” 

8:00 p.m. “Opportunity Knocks” 
9:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”
10:00 p.m. “Eli Stone” 

8:00 p.m.  “Pushing Daisies”  
9:00 p.m. “Private Practice”
10:00 p.m. “Dirty Sexy Money”  

8:00 p.m. “Ugly Betty”
9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
10:00 p.m. “Life on Mars” 

8:00 p.m. “Wife Swap”
9:00 p.m. “Supernanny”
10:00 p.m. “20/20” 

8:00 p.m. “Saturday Night College Football”

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. “Brothers & Sisters” 

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  • Jeremey

    Isn’t that funny. There’s not one, not ONE single ABC show (other than “Lost”) on this schedule that I would ever have to see again…and my life would continue on, happy and free. Oh, I may look in on B & S once in awhile…but that’s it, boys. Try again.

  • bws

    Such negativity Jeremey!

    I (including my wife) watch Pushing Daisies, Dirty Sexy Money, Ugly Betty, Grey’s (only my wife, I gave up after they followed up a terrible season 2 with what may have been the worst hour ever in season 3), and Desperate Housewives on Sunday. And of course Lost and Scrubs when they return.

    For the record, the considerable majority of what I watch is on ABC. I don’t do procedural law/medical shows so that means no CBS for me. I watch the Thursday night NBC lineup and I’ll watch Sarah Connor on FOX. That’s it. Well, I’ll give Heroes about 2-3 episodes to see if they can get that train wreck back on track.

  • Josh C.

    i have no idea where people are getting off saying ABC’s schedule isnt any good. I myself watch Grey’s, Ugly Betty, Sam who?, Eli Stone , pushing daisies, and desperate housewives. All of which are some of the highest quality tv on the air right now.

  • Josh Emerson

    ABC is probably my favorite network (possibly 2nd after NBC), especially now that a certain hit show has turned around and produced some fantastic episodes.

    I watch Pushing Daisies, Grey’s, Ugly Betty, Brothers & Sisters, Samantha Who, Lost, and sometimes I’ll check in on Housewives or Eli Stone if nothing else is going on. Great stuff. I just wish they weren’t holding Scrubs for midseason!

  • bws

    I think Scrubs is only getting 13 eps so they want to hold it so they can have the series finale in May. It would be odd saying goodbye in December.

    The way I see it, there are three kinds of shows, reality, procedural law/medical/criminal, and Other. ABC has the best mix of procedural type shows. The only thing I watch on CBS is the Amazing Race. I know it’s not practical but it would be the coolest thing ever if they could do that show in HD.

  • Jessica

    I think the majority of what I watch is on ABC too, I feel their programming is great. Happy to see Dirty Sexy Money returning, thought it was one of the best new shows last year. Brothers & Sisters, Grey’s, Lost, Private Practice, Ugly Betty, Pushing Daisies, all great stuff. Samantha Who is funny too. This lineup is fine with me!

  • bws

    Oh, I meant to say that ABC has the best mix of non-procedural shows!

  • kevin

    What about Carpoolers? That show was awesome.

  • nick

    Eli Stone is going to be back!
    That rules!

  • Jessica

    Kevin, amen to that. I loved Carpoolers, I laughed every week. I know some people just hated it but that show got me every time. Jerry O’Connell was hilarious. I was glad to see he got a new pilot, I hope the other guys find something else too.

  • Rajeev Iyer

    I love that Boston Legal and Eli Stone are returning, but can someone tell me why they are not being paired together? Especially since Eli Stone is so obviously more family friendly than it 10 PM airing would suggest?

    I think that Eli Stone would work as companion with Boston Legal, call me crazy but I guess that would apply to everyone on both shows.

  • Mana

    “Eli Stone”, “Pushing Daisies”, “Dirty Sexy Money” and “Brothers & Sisters” = TV happiness. With Supernatural and Friday Night Lights in the clear too, the next season of TV doesn’t look half bad.

  • tim wilkins

    I watch ABC more than any other network thanks to its Thursday line up and Sunday’s “Desperate”. I haven’t watched this much ABC since it was called Aaron Spelling Broadcast. =)

  • The Good: The renewal of Boston Legal. So far, that’s about the *only* good TV news I’ve heard in the past few days. BL is often hit & miss (though the hits always make it worth it), but the last three episodes have been among their best. With so many other shows biting the dust, this show may rise to be one of my top 5 favorites.

    The Bad: To me, Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy, and Brothers & Sisters have all had uneven or declining seasons, and Private Practice was only impressive in its very first episode. I’m debating whether Lost, Boston Legal, and Scrubs are going to be the *only* ABC shows I watch next year.

    The Weird: Life on Mars on Thursdays at 10PM. If the show is about what I think it’s about, it wouldn’t seem to fit well with Betty & Grey’s. Maybe it’s different than what I’m expecting. With David E. Kelley at the helm, I might give it a chance too.

    The Ugly: The cancellation of Men In Trees. I can’t quite form the words. It’s this, as well as other cancellations (Journeyman, Jericho, New Amsterdam, and Moonlight) that are making me disgruntled about TV in general. I may actually try to keep TV watching to a minimum next season and take time to increase my carpentry/woodworking skills, learn a new programming language, or maybe even — read a few books. Sacrilege, I know. ;(

  • I left out Women’s Murder Club. I knew I was forgetting another cancelled show. Urgh.

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  • I didn’t even know they were remaking “Life on Mars” for American television. Sigh. Well, at least sometimes that can work (The Office) though more often than not it doesn’t. And at least it seems that the American remake of Simon Pegg’s “Spaced” has fallen through.