2007 Fall Upfronts: Day Two

May 15, 2007 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Grey's Anatomy, Lost, TV News | Leave a comment

Here’s the latest on the fate of ABC’s new and returning series:

Returning Series:
Dancing with the Stars: Will air a 90-minute show on Monday at 8 pm, then an hour-long show at 9 pm on Tuesday.

Boston Legal: Returning in the fall, will air Tuesday at 10 pm.

Lost: Lost will return with 16 episodes airing straight through, no repeats. It’ll probably start up around February sweeps, and will move back up to 8 or 9 pm on Wednesday.

Ugly Betty: Staying at Thursday at 8 pm.

Grey’s Anatomy: Staying at Thursday at 9 pm.

Men in Trees: Fridays at 8 pm.

Notes from the Underbelly and October Road: Will start midseason, either to fill in during hiatus or in case something gets canceled.

New Series:
Big Shots:
This is the one we’ve been waiting for — Michael Vartan’s return to series television. Haven’t you always been fascinated by the personal dramas of rich white guys? ABC is betting you are, especially when some of those dudes are Dylan McDermott, Christoper Titus, and Joshua Malina. Hopefully this prestige cast will deliver another Brothers & Sisters, not another Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. ABC is airing it in its best timeslot, post-Grey’s Anatomy, Thursday at 10 pm.

Sam I Am: Christina Applegate stars as a total bitch who, after a week-long coma, starts over as a nice person. Presumably, this will all be funny. Will air at Monday, 9:30 pm after Dancing with the Stars.

Cavemen: That’s right, the Geico cavemen got their own show. It sounds heinous, and according to those in the know, it is heinous. Airing Tuesday at 8 pm.

Carpoolers: Hilarious hijinks will ensue in the carpool lane, featuring Jerry O’Connell as one of the aforementioned carpoolers. Will air at 8:30 pm after Cavemen, until Cavemen gets canceled.

Pushing Daisies: Plan to watch, because this is supposed to be the best pilot of the season. Billed as a “forensic fairytale,” it’s about a guy named Ned who can bring things back to life, and uses this ability to help solve murder cases by asking the dead to name who killed them. But life sucks even for miracle workers — Ned brings his childhood sweetheart back with a touch, but if he touches her again she’ll die for good. Airing Wednesday at 8 pm.

Private Practice: The Grey’s Anatomy spinoff starring Addison. We got a preview of this show a couple of weeks ago, and it looked cute. Paul Adelstein, Amy Brenneman, Merrin Dungey, Chris Lowell, and Taye Diggs costar — and of course, Tim Daly, who is so smoking hot, he makes the rest of them look like uggos. The big question here is, why isn’t this airing on Thursday? Instead, it’ll be on Wednesday at 9 pm.

Dirty Sexy Money: Very interesting premise, about a lawyer who becomes the personal attorney for a large, Kennedy-ish New York family, and presumably scandal and corruption ensue. Great cast, too: Peter Krause and Donald Sutherland star. Airing Wednesday at 10 pm.

Women’s Murder Club: A detective, a district attorney, a medical examiner, and a reporter pool their resources to solve crimes. The gimmick: they’re females! Now that’s progress. Will air Friday at 9 pm after Men in Trees.

Cashmere Mafia: This one sounds exactly like Lipstick Jungle, except with four women instead of three, which makes it exactly like Sex and the City. The cast is strong, though, with Lucy Liu, Frances O’Connor, and Bonnie Somerville. Will start midseason.

Eli Stone: About a lawyer who starts having visions, wondering if he has a higher calling, or if this is due to a brain aneurysm. This one’s been held over until something gets canceled, but the cast alone is worth a look. It stars Jonny Lee Miller, Victor Garber, and Natasha Henstridge.

Miss/Guided: Judy Greer stars as a former geek who returns to her high school as a guidance counselor. But nasty Brooke Burns, the former cheerleader turned English teacher, is out to steal Judy Greer’s man, ruin her life, and generally be a bitchy menace. This one is also being held on the backburner.

You can watch video previews of the new series here. You’re welcome.

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