ABC and Fox Unveil Fall 2009 Schedules

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Fox in 2009-10:

Six New Series Slated for the Traditional Season; So You Think You Can Dance Makes the Fall Roster

ABC in 2009-10:
Upfront Tidbits:
Notes of Interest

On the Air Tonight:
Prime-Time Programming Options


Note: Due to the network upfront announcements, The Programming Insider will focus solely on the new primetime schedules for the remainder of the week. The regularly scheduled sections (Prime-Time Ratings, Ratings Box, TV Tidbits and TV Trivia Time) will return on Tuesday, May 26.

Fox in 2009-10:

Six New Series Slated for the Traditional Season; So You Think You Can Dance Makes the Fall Roster


Fox, the first network to unveil its 2009-10 prime-time schedule plans, will introduce three new series this fall, with changes impacting six nights of the week. Only Saturday remains intact care of perennial non-scripted franchises Cops and America’s Most Wanted. Summer favorite So You Think You Can Dance, which returns on Thursday, May 21, will remain on the air this fall, with season six scheduled Tuesdays from 8-10 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8-9 p.m. ET, leading into new Fame-like drama Glee. Glee previews out of American Idol on May 19. The other new fall series are live action sitcom Brothers, which kicks-off Friday at 8 p.m. ET (into the return of ‘Til Death); and animated Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show, which is scheduled Sundays at 8:30 p.m. ET out of The Simpsons (and into Family Guy). 


“The strategic moves we made last year to build off of our biggest assets are paying off,” said Kevin Reilly, President Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. We’ve created stability and a consistently strong performance across the week.  Next season, we’re bringing back two top-rated sophomore dramas (Fringe and Lie to Me) and using our hits to introduce a broad and compelling slate of new shows that will make our air even more vibrant and alive.”


Lie To Me will move into the Monday 9 p.m. hour out of House (and in place of 24, which returns in midseason). And Fringe will relocate to Thursday at 9 p.m. hour out of Bones. Not returning on Fox in 2008-09 are dramas Prison Break and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles; animated King of the Hill and Sit Down, Shut Up; and non-scripted Hole in the Wall and Secret Millionaire. Recently introduced Joss Whedon drama Dollhouse, a clear “bubble” show, did indeed get picked up and will continue Fridays at 9 p.m. (out of relocated ‘Til Death). 


Although always subject to change given the results this fall, midseason 2010 on Fox will feature the returns of American Idol and 24, plus three new series: dramas Past Life and Human Target, and sitcom Sons of Tucson. Past Life is scheduled Tuesdays at 9 p.m. out of American Idol; while Human Target will air one night later, also out of Idol. Sons of Tucson, meanwhile, will follow veteran The Simpsons on Sunday. The trio is expected to launch in January. Glee, which is missing from the initial midseason schedule, is slated to return in place of Human Target next spring.


Here is Fox’s fall 2009 and January 20010 primetime schedules, with the new shows capped, followed by the new program descriptions.  


FALL 2009

 8:00 p.m. House
 9:00 p.m. Lie To Me (new day and time)

 8:00 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance Performance Show (two hours)


 8:00 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance Results Show

 9:00 p.m. GLEE
 8:00 p.m. Bones
 9:00 p.m. Fringe (new day)

8:00 p.m. BROTHERS

8:30 p.m. ‘Til Death (return, new day and time)

 9:00 p.m. Dollhouse
 8:00 p.m. Cops
 9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted
 7:00 p.m. The OT (NFL post-game)
 8:00 p.m. The Simpsons
 9:00 p.m. Family Guy
 9:30 p.m. American Dad


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