ABC's New Fall Schedule: Cavemen, a Spinoff and the Problems of People Richer and Prettier Than You
TV fans can relax. ABC has heard your cries.
They saw how you rejected complex, layered "serialized" dramas such as The Nine and Six Degrees. They noted how you dropped absurdist working-class hero comedies like Knights of Prosperity and lurched away from a sophisticated Ted Danson comedy like, well, it was a Ted Danson comedy.
So they have crafted a new fall schedule with a sitcom based on a car insurance ad campaign. And thanks to the success of relationship dramedies such as Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy and Ugly Betty, there are now FIVE new dramas about the troubles and complex personal lives of high-powered, successful people -- not a janitor's pail or trailer park in sight.
And there's the guy who can raise people from the dead (isn't there always?)
Losers this season: Knights of Prosperity, Big Day, Daybreak, The Nine, What About Brian, George Lopez, According to Jim and In Case of Emergency. Most of these guys needed to go, making room for a budget-busting seven dramas, four comedies and one reality show. Of course, George Lopez is pissed (I'd be too, if I got canceled for a caveman)
Here's a little on the new stuff, so far (click on any picture to enlarge; click here to see samples):
Big Shots (drama) Michael Vartan from Alias; Dylan McDermott from The Practice; Christopher Titus from titus; Josh molina rom the West Wing and Nia Long from Third Watch - four successful dudes and women who mess up their lives. Not too Freudian...
Cashmere Mafia (midseason drama) Lucy Liu from Charlie's Angels, produced by Sex and the City mastermind Darren Star. Four extremely successful gal pals share stories about the men who screw up their lives. One of a multitude of Sex and the City clones planned for this fall.
Dirty Sexy Money (drama) Peter Krause (Six Feet Under) is an idealistic lawyer pulled into his dysfunctional rich family's nonsense when the family attorney dies. Donald Sutherland (Kiefer's daddy) costars.
Private Practice (drama) Grey's Anatomy spinoff that had a promising debut last week on the mothership series. (Can anyone explain why Grey's creator Shonda Rimes denied this episode was a spinoff on her blog for ABC?) Anything that gives work to Taye Diggs and Amy Brenneman is cool with me.
Sam I Am (comedy) Plus: Christina Applegate returns to TV. Even cooler: She's joined by Jean Smart (24, Designing Women) and Jennifer Esposito (Crash). Bummer: the plot -- woman in coma awakes with amnesia to discover she used to be a raving b-i-t...well, you get it -- plays like a TV version of Regarding Henry. Which I didn't like much, even when Harrison Ford did it.
Here's the schedule -- Click here to see more on the new shows
MONDAY: 8:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars”
9:30 p.m. “Sam I Am” (new comedy series)
10:00 p.m. “The Bachelor”
TUESDAY: 8:00 p.m. “Cavemen” (new comedy series)
8:30 p.m. “Carpoolers” (new comedy series, at right)
9:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”
10:00 p.m. “Boston Legal”
WEDNESDAY: 8:00 p.m. “Pushing Daisies” (new drama series)
9:00 p.m. “Private Practice” (new drama series)
10:00 p.m. “Dirty Sexy Money” (new drama series)
THURSDAY: 8:00 p.m. “Ugly Betty”
9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
10:00 p.m. “Big Shots” (new drama series)
FRIDAY: 8:00 p.m. “MEN IN TREES”
9:00 p.m. “Women’s Murder Club” (new drama series, at right)
10:00 p.m. “20/20”
SATURDAY: 8:00 p.m. “Saturday Night College Football”
SUNDAY: 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”