Itâ™s as if someone drove a truck through the middle of NBCâ™s corporate headquarters and they turned it into a show sponsored by Ford.â©But network executives were giddy Tuesday over a deal with Subway that allowed NBC to order another season of its critically acclaimed, but ratings-challenged adventure comedy Chuck. The series was in danger of cancellation before fans and critics united online, buying sandwiches at Subway after the chain was featured in an episode of the show.â©At ABC, executives Tuesday were acting as if the viewership erosion and string of canceled quality shows this season had never happened, unveiling a slate of six new dramas and four new comedies for the 2009-10 season packed with stars such as Frasier alum Kelsey Grammer (a laid-off corporate titan in Hank) and Friends veteran Courteney Cox (a lonely divorced mom in Cougar Town.).â©Here are highlights from each networkâ™s announcements.â©NBCâ©By offering Jay Leno at 10 p.m. five nights each week and having shows such as Chuck and Heroes share the same time slot (when new Heroes episodes run out, Chuck will start up), the network hopes to avoid reruns throughout the year.â©My Name is Earl, Medium, Kath & Kim and Kings were canceled, executives said, because their fans and TV writers werenâ™t as vocal about their survival, handing a great deal of power and encouragement to obsessed couch potatoes with Internet connections.â©30 Rock starts late because Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey are shooting movies this summer. Friday Night Lights does not return until summer 2010.â©ABCâ©Jim Belushi is finally out of a job; his awful sitcom According to Jim will end June 1 after an inexplicable eight seasons.â©Quality shows canceled: The Unusuals, Samantha Who?, Cupid and In the Motherhood. But the predictable Castle, inconsistent Better Off Ted, incomprehensible True Beauty and eight-season-old Scrubs were picked up. Behold, the logic of Hollywood.â©Ugly Betty moves to Fridays, which may kill the show.â©Lost co-star Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet), who also appears in the remake of â™80s sci-fi miniseries V, may show up in both series next season.â©Executives would not confirm whether actors T.R. Knight or Katherine Heigl are returning to Greyâ™s Anatomy; the finale left both charactersâ™ fates in the air.
ABC and NBC emphasize the power of television in new fall schedules
on the webâ©Is âCougar Townâ™ any good?â©Head to The Feed (blogs.tampabay.com/media) to watch a clip of the pilot and judge for yourself. (Itâ™s no Friends, letâ™s just say that.) You can also find more clips and plot summaries for all of the new shows planned by both networks. And check in today around lunch to find out what CBS has in store for viewers.