ABC and Fox Unveil Fall 2009 Schedules

THE PROGRAMMING INSIDER
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

 
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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.

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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

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

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

 
Wednesday

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

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

8:00 p.m. BROTHERS

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

 9:00 p.m. Dollhouse
 
Saturday
 8:00 p.m. Cops
 9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted
 
 Sunday
 7:00 p.m. The OT (NFL post-game)
 8:00 p.m. The Simpsons
 8:30 p.m. THE CLEVELAND SHOW
 9:00 p.m. Family Guy
 9:30 p.m. American Dad
 
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JANUARY 2010

 
Monday
 8:00 p.m. House
 9:00 p.m. 24
 
Tuesday
 8:00 p.m. American Idol
 9:00 p.m. PAST LIFE
 
Wednesday
 8:00 p.m. American Idol Results Show

 9:00 p.m. HUMAN TARGET (Glee returns in the spring)

 
Thursday
 8:00 p.m. Bones
 9:00 p.m. Fringe
 
Friday
 8:00 p.m. Brothers
 8:30 p.m. ‘Til Death  
 9:00 p.m. Dollhouse
 
Saturday
 8:00 p.m. Cops
 9:00 p.m. America’s Most Wanted
 
 Sunday
 7:00 p.m. Animation Encores
 7:30 p.m. American Dad
 8:00 p.m. The Simpsons
 8:30 p.m. SONS OF TUSCON
 9:00 p.m. Family Guy
 9:30 p.m. The Cleveland Show (new time)
 
 
 

New Program Descriptions

 
COMEDY
 
Brothers

A retired NFL star (Michael Strahan) moves back to his hometown in Houston and is reunited with his brother (Daryl “Chill” Mitchell), whose career in football was cut short because of a car accident. 

 

The Cleveland Show

Everyone’s favorite soft-spoken neighbor on Family Guy, Cleveland Brown, moves back to his hometown in Virginia as he settles down with his college sweetheart, her unruly kids and his 14 year-old son. Mike Henry is the voice of Cleveland.

 

Sons of Tucson

Three teenage brothers higher a seemingly nice, but misguided man to pretend to be their father after their real Dad is sent to prison for a white collar crime. Davis Cleveland, Frank Dolce, Troy Gentile, Tyler Labine and Natalie Martinez star. 

 
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DRAMA
 
Glee – will preview out of American Idol on May 19

An optimistic thirtysomething new teacher (Matthew Morrison) attempts to transform a group of misfits and outcasts in the high school glee club into serious competitors. The cast includes Lea Michele, Jayma Mays, Cory Monteith and Dianna Agron. 

 
Human Target

Based on the DC Comics property, a private detective and bodyguard named Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) operates by impersonating his clients in order to eliminate threats to his boss. Jackie Earle Haley and Chi McBride (Pushing Daisies) also star.

 
Past Life

A psychologist with a specialty in reincarnation and past life regression therapy teams up with a cynical former NYPD detective to resolve people’s present day problems by exploring past life issues. Kelli Giddish, Nick Bishop, Ravi Patel and Richard Schiff (The West Wing) star.

 
 
 
ABC in 2009-10:
Eight New Fall Series; Changes on Four Nights of the Week
 

ABC will take an aggressive stance next fall, with eight new prime-time series, a totally revamped Wednesday and changes of four nights of the week (excluding Monday, Saturday and Sunday). The new fall show tally is four comedies (all airing back-to-back in the Wednesday 8-10 p.m. block: Hank, The Middle, Modern Family and Cougar Town), three dramas (The Forgotten, Eastwick and Flash Forward) and non-scripted Shark Tank, a reality/competition from Survivor creator Mark Burnett. 

 

“We are headed into the season with a strong slate of returning series as well as great new shows from one of our best development seasons ever,” said ABC President Stephen McPherson. ”Our focus is always on delivering the best stories with the most memorable characters on TV, and this year we have the best of both. 

 

Monday will remain intact, with a two-hour edition of Dancing With the Stars leading into sophomore returnee Castle. But the live Dancing With the Stars Results Show on Tuesday will be surrounded by Shark Tank at 8 p.m. and The Forgotten at 10 p.m. In an unprecedented move, Wednesday is all new, with the two-hour comedy block leading into drama Eastwick, a continuation of the 1987 theatrical. Sci fi-driven Flash Forward will step into the Thursday 8 p.m. hour into Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice and in place of Ugly Betty, which moves to Friday at 9 p.m. (out of Supernanny and into 20/20).  Saturday Night Football will return in fourth quarter, while Sunday will remain intact care of returnees America’s Funniest Home Videos, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters.

 

Waiting in the wings is The Bachelor, which will step in for Dancing With the Stars on Monday after the season concludes; sitcoms Scrubs and Better Off Ted, which will air in the Tuesday 9 p.m. hour in place of the live results show; and non-scripted Wife Swap and True Beauty. Lost will also return for its sixth, and final season. New midseason ABC series will include dramas The Deep End, which is legal themed; mystery-driven Happy Town, and a remake of 1984-85 drama V.