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ABC's New Fall Schedule: Scrubs, David E. Kelley on Mars and a Beauty Pageant From Ashton Kutcher and Tyra Banks

You know you're in trouble when the big fall announcement for a network's new fall schedule Scrubsbegins with a long speech on revaluing ratings figures.

But that's how ABC chose to kick off its press conference today announcing its slate of nerw shows for the 2008-09 TV season. Perhaps the anticlimatic vibe emerged because ABC has just two new shows coming this fall and three new shows planned for midseason, including an import from NBC, Scrubs.

The new fall shows: Opportunity Knocks is a so-called "alternative" game show developed by Ashton Kutcher (is this guy the new Aaron Spelling, or what?) featuring a truck that rolls up to a home and inhstantly quizzes the inhabitants on their family. Life on Mars is an LifeonmarsAmericanized version of the British series about a cop who finds himself mysteriously transported back to 1973 after a car crash -- the minds behind this adaptation, years in the making, include Boston Legal creator David E. Kelley and West Wing executive producer/director Tommy Schlamme.

Scrubs, saved from cancellation by NBC because Disney-owned production studio Touchstone Television makes it, will appears in midseason -- along with a new animated comedy from King of the Hill mastermind Mike Judge (The Goode Family) and a yet-untitled beauty pageant from Kutcher and America's Next Top Model Tyra Banks (who is on track to be the next Oprah)

Liuepisodic Among the shows fully and finally dead: Miss Guided (sniff!), Women's Murder Club, Cavemen (yay!), Carpoolers, Big Shots, October Road (another yay!), Men In Trees and Cashmere Mafia.

A few tidbits: Scrubs is expected to finish its run with 18 episodes on ABC. They won't be reprising the reality series Oprah's Big Give; their stated reason: Oprah doesn't want to do another installment. Kelley is expected to move over to Boston Legal and write nearly all of that show's 13 episodes next season, likely it's last season on the network.

Here's the schedule planned for this fall, with the new shows in bold....

MONDAY: 8:00 p.m.  “Dancing with the Stars”
9:30 p.m. “Samantha Who?”
10:00 p.m. “Boston Legal”
TUESDAY: 8:00 p.m. “Opportunity Knocks”
9:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”
10:00 p.m. “Eli Stone”

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

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

FRIDAY: 8:00 p.m. “Wife Swap”
9:00 p.m. “Supernanny”
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”

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:46pm]


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