Six New Comedies, Six New Dramas and Three New Alternative Series Will Join a Slate of Returning Shows
New Series Include Betty the Ugly, Big Day, Brothers & Sisters, Day Break, Help Me Help You, In Case of Emergency, Greg Behrendts Wake-Up Call, Just for Laughs, Lets Rob , Men in Trees, The Nine, Notes from the Underbelly, Set for the Rest of Your Life, Six Degrees and Traveler
Returning Series Include Greys Anatomy, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Dancing with the Stars, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Boston Legal, The Bachelor, Supernanny, What About Brian, According to Jim, Americas Funniest Home Videos, American Inventor, George Lopez and Wife Swap
Greys Anatomy Moves to Thursday
ABC Saturday Night College Football Also Joins Fall Primetime Lineup
Prince Lorenzo Borghese Takes Throne as the New Bachelor
Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment, today outlined ABCs plans for next season and unveiled the networks 2006-07 fall schedule before a crowd of ABC affiliates and representatives of the advertising and media communities at Lincoln Centers Avery Fisher Hall.
Scheduled to debut next season are six new comedy series -- Betty the Ugly, Big Day, Help Me Help You, In Case of Emergency, Lets Rob and Notes From the Underbelly, along with six new drama series -- Brothers & Sisters, Day Break, Men in Trees, The Nine, Six Degrees and Traveler. Alternative series debuts will include Set for the Rest of Your Life, Just for Laughs and Greg Behrendts Wake-Up Call.
In addition to the new series, ABC has ordered season renewals for Greys Anatomy, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal, Dancing with the Stars, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, George Lopez, Supernanny, What About Brian, According to Jim, Americas Funniest Home Videos, American Inventor, The Bachelor and Wife Swap.
Our success has been driven by great storytelling and memorable characters that audiences have fallen in love with, said Mr. McPherson. We set out to develop a diverse group of shows that will continue in that vein and also to grow our audience. We want viewers making appointments with ABC Television every night of the week.
During the 2005-06 TV Season, ABC is up more in ratings than any other broadcaster in Adults 18-49 (+8%) and Total Viewers (+8%). It is the only network to grow its audience in the key demographic of Adults 18-49 from the same point a year ago. In just two years, since the end of the 2003-04 TV Season, ABCs primetime delivery has surged by 25% in Adults 18-49 and 21% in Total Viewers. The network is delivering its most-watched season and the highest-rated among Adults 18-49 in five years since the same point in the 2000-01 TV Season.
Also joining the fall schedule is ABC Saturday Night College Football. Beginning SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2006 (8:00 p.m., ET), ABC Sports will televise 12 games, concluding with the Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship game on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 (8:00 p.m., ET).
ABC also announced the new Bachelor, Prince Lorenzo Borghese, a handsome 33-year-old cosmetics entrepreneur. Prince Borghese has been selected to star in the ninth edition of The Bachelor, ABCs popular romance reality series, which returns to the network this fall. Once again the series will be set outside the United States in one of the most glamorous, romantic capitals of the world Rome!
Hosted by Chris Harrison, The Bachelor is produced by Next Entertainment in Association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss and Lisa Levenson are the executive producers. David Bohnert is the co-executive producer.
TUESDAY: 8:00 p.m. Dancing with the Stars (new night)/Set for the Rest of Your Life (new alternative series) 9:00 p.m. Lets Rob (new comedy series) 9:30 p.m. Help Me Help You (new comedy series) 10:00 p.m. Boston Legal
WEDNESDAY: 8:00 p.m. Dancing with the Stars (new night)/George Lopez/ According to Jim (new night) 9:00 p.m. Lost 10:00 p.m. The Nine (new drama series)
THURSDAY: 8:00 p.m. Big Day (new comedy series) 8:30 p.m. Notes from the Underbelly (new comedy series) 9:00 p.m. Greys Anatomy (new night and time) 10:00 p.m. Six Degrees (new drama series)
FRIDAY: 8:00 p.m. Betty the Ugly (new comedy series) 9:00 p.m. Men in Trees (new drama series) 10:00 p.m. 20/20
SATURDAY: 8:00 p.m. ABC Saturday Night College Football
SUNDAY: 7:00 p.m. Americas Funniest Home Videos 8:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 9:00 p.m. Desperate Housewives 10:00 p.m. Brothers & Sisters (new drama series)
Editors please note: Shows picked up but not listed on the schedule will debut later in the 2006-07 season.
Following, in alphabetical order, are descriptions of the new series joining ABCs primetime schedule next season (all times are Eastern):
Brothers & Sisters (one-hour, Sunday, 10:00 p.m., ET) The adult children of William Walker, along with their respective families, have gathered to celebrate Kittys birthday. Little do they know that, on this day, their lives will take a dramatic turn.
Kitty's radio success has led to a TV pundit job in Los Angeles, but her New York boyfriend just proposed. Down to earth Thomas has joined forces with his sister, Sarah, a high powered executive and mother of three, in an effort to fix the family business. Kevins well-ordered life is shaken by the news that his ex-wife is moving his adolescent son to Texas. Justin, a Gulf War vet, has kicked nicotine, but other addictions keep him from moving forward in his career and love life. These siblings are about to find out that underneath the idyllic family façade lie many secrets that threaten to either tear the family apart or bring them closer together.
As told through the insightful eyes of the family's most outspoken and public sibling, Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal) stars alongside Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under) and Ron Rifkin (Alias) in this warm, humorous and relatable drama from producer Ken Olin (Alias) and Jon Robin Baitz, one of Broadway's most prominent playwrights (The Substance of Fire).
Cast: Calista Flockhart (Ally McBeal): Kitty Walker Ron Rifkin (Alias): Saul Ashman Balthazar Getty (Alias): Thomas Walker Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under): Sarah Walker Dave Annable (Reunion): Justin Walker Patricia Wettig (Prison Break): Holly Harper John Pyper-Ferguson (Smallville): Jed Traylor Sarah Jane Morris (Felicity): Jennifer Walker Jimmy Jax Pinchak (CSI): Teddy TraylorCredits:
EP/Writer: Jon Robin Baitz (The Substance of Fire) EP/Director: Ken Olin (Alias) EP: Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Production Company: Touchstone Television
Day Break (one-hour) Weve all had bad days the kind of day where nothing goes our way and we just cant wait to put it behind us. Detective Brett Hopper is having one of those hellacious days only he cant put it behind him because hes living the same day over and over again.
On this particular day, Hopper will be accused of killing Asst. DA Alberto Garza. He will offer a solid alibi which no one will believe. He will realize he's been framed. And he will run, discovering en route that not only he, but his loved ones, are also in danger. Hell then wake up and relive the same day over and over again. In order to break the cycle and move on, he will have to figure out who framed him and solve the complex mystery surrounding Garzas death. He will also be forced to heal the fractured relationships with those he loves. Only when Harper figures out why his life is broken and how to fix it will he awaken to a brand new day.
Taye Diggs (Kevin Hill) stars in an action-packed, thrilling re-imagining of the Groundhog Day concept from director Rob Bowman (The X-Files, Reign of Fire) and the writer of After the Sunset.
Cast: Taye Diggs (Rent): Det. Brett Hopper Meta Golding (JAG): Jennifer Mathis Moon Bloodgood (Eight Below): Rita Shelton Victoria Pratt (Mutant X): Andrea Battle Ramon Rodriguez (Rescue Me): Damien Adam Baldwin (NCIS): Chad SheltonCredits:
EP: Jeff Bell (The X-Files) EP: Matt Gross (Dont Say A Word) Co-EP/Writer: Paul Zbyszewski (After the Sunset) EP/Director: Rob Bowman (The X-Files) Production Company: Touchstone Television
Men in Trees (one-hour, Friday, 9:00 p.m., ET) Finding a good man in today's world isn't as difficult as some women think. You just have to watch out for the signs. You wouldn't drive with a blindfold on but, for some reason, women continue to date with one.
Relationship coach Marin Frist knows what to look for, what to avoid and what will make her happy. As the many fans of her two bestselling books could tell you, we're all in charge of our own happiness. Marin's personal happiness includes the upcoming wedding to her "perfect man." But like many people full of advice, she fails to apply it to herself. On her way to a speaking engagement in Alaska, she learns that her fiancé has cheated on her... the wedding plans are instantly over. Slapped in the face with personal failure, a snowstorm then leaves her stuck in a small town full of the one thing she really doesn't need - - available men. Marin's friends and her publisher try to lend long-distance support, but the fact remains shes been living with her eyes closed for too long. Now that they're finally open, she sees the amazingly beautiful world surrounding her, and for the first time she'll have the chance to stop and breathe. Now if she could just get the raccoon out of her hotel room, this place might be perfect.
From the head writer of Sex and the City and the director of the Academy Award®-winning Walk the Line comes a fun and sexy drama about finding love in the most unexpected places. Anne Heche (Nip/Tuck) stars.
Cast: Anne Heche (Nip/Tuck): Marin Frist James Tupper (Gilmore Girls): Jack Suleka Mathews (The West Wing): Sara Derek Richardson (Felicity): Patrick Emily Bergl (Gilmore Girls): Annie Abraham Benrubi (ER): Ben Sarah Strange (Life As We Know It): Theresa Seana Kofoed (Law & Order): Jane John Amos (The West Wing): BuzzCredits:
EP/Writer: Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City) EP: Kathy Conrad (Walk the Line) EP/Director: James Mangold (Walk the Line) Production Company: Tree Line Film, Perkins Street Productions, NS Pictures Inc., Warner Bros. Television
The Nine (one-hour, Wednesday, 10:00 p.m., ET) So much in life is beyond your control. You may go about your day like any other when suddenly a random moment, an accident, a blessing, even a stranger redirects your life forever. And on that day, it's up to you to decide if that moment will stop you in your tracks or lift you up to new heights.
Nine people will face just such an unexpected twist when they are caught in a bank robbery gone wrong and endure a 52-hour hostage standoff that will leave more than one person dead. When all is said and done, these people will never be the same. They will share the common bond of what happens inside the bank and will be forever affected and intertwined because of it.
From the creator of Without a Trace and an executive producer of The West Wing comes a dramatic character study that will keep audiences hooked with the mystery of what happened during the hostage standoff. Each episode will begin with a flashback to reveal another 10 minutes of the hostage crisis, uncovering why and how these nine strangers are still linked today. Tim Daly (Wings), Chi McBride (Boston Public) and Scott Wolf (Party of Five) star.
Cast: Chi McBride (Boston Public): Malcolm Jessica Collins (CSI): Lizzie Tim Daly (Wings): Nick Kim Raver (24): Kathryn Scott Wolf (Party of Five): Jeremy John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise): Egan Lourdes Benedicto (24): Eva Camille Guaty (Prison Break): Franny Owain Yeoman (Troy): Lucas Dana Davis (Veronica Mars): FeliciaCredits:
EP/Writer: Hank Steinberg (Without a Trace) Co-EP/Writer: K.J. Steinberg (Beautiful People, Judging Amy) EP/Director: Alex Graves Production Company: Warner Bros. Television, Sunset Road Productions
Six Degrees (one-hour, Thursday, 10:00 p.m., ET) Who will you touch? Who will touch you? They say that anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person through a chain of six people, which means that no one is a stranger for long. In this hour-long drama from the producers of Lost and Alias, six very different New Yorkers go about their lives without realizing the impact they're having on one another yet. A mysterious web of coincidences will gradually draw these strangers closer, changing the course of their lives forever. Is it happenstance? Fate? Is there a greater force at work in our world, guiding us along and connecting our lives?
This intriguing tale of intertwined destinies reminds us that romance, success, peace or forgiveness might be right around the corner, but they can also be lost in an instant. Its a story that underlines just
how small the world really is, and how someone just five people away might be shaping our future right now. Jay Hernandez (Friday Night Lights), Erika Christensen (Flightplan), Bridget Moynahan (Sex and the City), Dorian Missick (Lucky Number Slevin), Hope Davis (About Schmidt) and Campbell Scott (The Secret Lives of Dentists) star.
Cast: Jay Hernandez (Friday Night Lights): Carlos Bridget Moynahan (I, Robot): Whitney Hope Davis (Proof): Laura Campbell Scott (Loverboy): Steven Casemen Dorian Missick (Lucky Number Slevin): Damian Erika Christensen (Traffic): Mae AndersonCredits:
EP: J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias) EP: Bryan Burk (Lost, Alias) EP/Writer: Stu Zicherman (Elektra) EP/Writer: Raven Metzner (Elektra) Director: Rodrigo Garcia (Six Feet Under) Production Company: Touchstone Television
Traveler (one-hour) Jay, Tyler and Will are friends who have spent the last two years in grad school. They are about to depart on a summer trip when a simple prank to rollerblade through one of New York City's most famous museums makes Jay and Tyler prime suspects in a terrorist bombing that destroys the museum seconds later. Hopeful that Will can help clear up this misunderstanding, they learn he's been missing since the explosion and think he may be dead. Theyre unable to turn to authorities when they realize they can't prove Will even exists. In every photo from the past two years, he has managed to block his face.
Who will believe them? Friends, family, lovers? The boys are pawns in a conspiracy that will take years to unravel, and the government may not have their best interests at heart. Their friendship will be tested like never before as they try to uncover the truth, while avoiding detection of not only the FBI, but everyone in America who has seen their faces on TV as suspects in the bombing.
Director David Nutter, who has defined many series including The X-Files, Without a Trace and Supernatural, along with the writer of Eight Below and the Oscar®-winning producers of American Beauty combine The Fugitive with Enemy of the State in a taut, tense thriller of innocents on the run. Flashing back to the prior two years to illustrate the formation of this friendship and Will's insidious behavior, this action-packed drama taps into our paranoia with pure adrenaline-fueled entertainment. Matthew Bomer (Tru Calling) and Logan Marshall-Green (The O.C.) star.
Cast: Matthew Bomer (Tru Calling): Jay Burchell Logan Marshall-Green (The O.C.): Tyler Fog Aaron Stanford (X-Men 2): Will Traveler Viola Davis (Law & Order: SVU): Agent Jan Naj Marlow Steven Culp (Desperate Housewives): Agent Fred ChambersCredits:
EP: Dan Jinks (American Beauty) EP: Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) Writer: David Digilio (Eight Below) Production Company: Warner Bros. Television, The Jinks/Cohen Company
Betty the Ugly (one-hour comedy, Friday, 8:00 p.m., ET) In the superficial world of high fashion, image is everything. Styles come and go, and the only constants are the wafer-thin beauties who wear them. How can an ordinary girl -- a slightly plump plain-Jane from Queens -- possibly fit in?
If you took a moment to get to know Betty Suarez, you'd see how sweet, intelligent and hard-working she is. But few people do because, in the world of fashion, Betty is the oversized square peg in the petite round hole. When publishing mogul Bradford Meade hands the reigns of his fashion magazine, Mode, over to his son, Daniel, he specifically hires Betty as his son's new assistant mostly because she's the only woman in NYC Daniel won't sleep with. Though this player is reluctant to accept her at first, Bettys indomitable spirit and bright ideas will eventually win him over. Neither of them really knows the ins and outs of the fashion world, but the two of them are a formidable team against the label-wearing sharks who will do anything to see them fail.
Executive producers Salma Hayek and Silvio Horta, the creator of Urban Legend, bring the Latino television phenomenon to an English-speaking audience. America Ferrera (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and Eric Mabius (The L Word) are the Working Girl couple who tackle the colorful, cutthroat world of fashion head on.
Cast: America Ferrera (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants): Betty Suarez Eric Mabius (The O.C.): Daniel Meade Ana Ortiz (Boston Legal): Hilda Vanessa Williams (Chicago Hope): Wilhelmina Slater Tony Plana (24): Ignacio Ashley Jensen: Christina Becki Newton (Charmed): Amanda Mark Indelicato: Justin Alan Dale (The O.C.): Bradford MeadeCredits:
EP/Writer: Silvio Horta (Jake 2.0) EP: Ben Silverman (The Office) EP: Salma Hayek (Frida) EP: Jose Tamez (The Maldonado Miracle) Director: Richard Shepard (Criminal Minds) Production Company: Touchstone Television
Big Day (half-hour, Thursday, 8:00 p.m., ET) If 24 married Father of the Bride, their child would be Big Day. Everything matters at a wedding, and the smallest imperfections can reverberate throughout the event as if lives actually hang in the balance. Choice of side salad? A trivial decision you would think, but for the mother of the bride, this might as well be the most critical decision of her life, and if you're the caterer, youd better get it right. Thats just the beginning -- the maid of honor accidentally drinks the best mans contacts after sleeping with him, and the father of the bride wants to stop the wedding. Things are about to get even more complicated for Danny and Alice, as their day turns into a season-long roller coaster where nothing goes according to plan. Over the course of an entire season, each episode will focus on one day Danny and Alices wedding day.
The writers of What Women Want and 13 Going on 30 take a full season to dissect the biggest day in any family's life. Marla Sokoloff (Desperate Housewives), Josh Cooke (Four Kings) and Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me) star.
Cast: Marla Sokoloff (Desperate Housewives): Alice Josh Cooke (Four Kings): Danny Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me): Jane Kurt Fuller (Desperate Housewives): Steve Miriam Shor (Hedwig and the Angry Inch): Becca Stephen Rannazzisi (Kitchen Confidential): Skobo Stephanie Weir (Fun with Dick and Jane): LornaCredits:
EP/Writer: Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa (13 Going on 30) Director: Michael Spiller (Jake in Progress) Production Company: Sony Pictures Television
Help Me Help You (half-hour, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m., ET) Whoever came up with the idea of group therapy? Take a bunch of people who are all really messed up in different ways and put them in a room together to try and help each other out. The group leader, Dr. Bill Hoffman, is probably the craziest and most self- obsessed of all, but his patients would never know it because he hides behind his very respectable celebrity image as a bestselling author of phenomenally successful self-help books.
Directed by Brian Dannelly (Saved, Weeds), the series explores the comical side of group therapy as members of the group apply the good doctor's advice to the real world with enthusiastic effort, until they begin to realize maybe Dr. Bill should be doing the heavy lifting along with them. Ted Danson (Cheers) stars.
Cast: Ted Danson (Cheers): Dr. Bill Hoffman Charlie Finn (The Dukes of Hazzard): Dave Jim Rash (That 70s Show): Jonathan Suzy Nakamura (Dodgeball): Inger Darlene Hunt (I Heart Huckabees): Darlene Jere Burns (Good Morning Miami): Michael Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle): Guest Star/AnneCredits:
EP/Writer: Jennifer Konner (Undeclared) EP/Writer: Alexandra Rushfield (Undeclared) Director: Brian Dannelly (Weeds) Production Company: Regency Television
In Case of Emergency (half-hour) Who you were in high school is usually not who you end up being. Harry, Jason, Sherman and Kelly all went to the same high school. Several years on since graduation, their lives havent exactly turned out the way they planned. Diet guru Sherman will hijack a pastry truck and over- indulge after discovering his wife left him and cleaned him out. In the face of a fraud indictment, financial whiz Jason will dodge the suicide bullet only to shoot himself in the foot literally. Unhappily divorced, Harry goes for a relaxing "massage," only to discover his scantily clad masseuse is Kelly, their high school valedictorian. A series of emergencies will reunite this hapless brood and theyll find, at the end of the day, that theyve got each other in case of emergency.
Director Jon Favreau (Elf, Swingers) directs Jonathan Silverman (Jekyll), David Arquette (Scream), Greg Germann (Ally McBeal) and Kelly Hu (The Scorpion King) as a fresh quartet of emotionally and physically injured oddballs, and Lori Laughlin (Full House) as the doctor who grounds them all. Together, they're proving that any colossal mistake can be overcome with a lot of help from your friends... and pain killers.
Cast: Jonathan Silverman (The Single Guy): Harry Kennison David Arquette (Scream): Jason Ventress Greg Germann (Ally McBeal): Sherman Yablonsky Kelly Hu (CSI:NY): Kelly Lee Lori Loughlin (Full House): Dr. Joanna Lupone Nicholas Roget-King (Yours, Mine and Ours): DylanCredits:
EP/Writer: Howard J. Morris (According to Jim) EP: Emile Levisetti (Hope & Faith) EP/Director: Jon Favreau (Elf, Swingers) Production Company: Touchstone Television
Lets Rob (half-hour, Tuesday, 9:00 p.m., ET) For almost 20 years, Eugene Gurkin has dreamt of opening a bar, but his dead end job on the late, late janitorial shift won't even fund a bottle of premium booze. In the wake of a co- worker's death, he catches an episode of television. Call it divine intervention, call it a dumb idea, but whatever it is takes hold of Eugene and soon he recruits a group of misfits into his "gang" for a heist to finance their dreams. The target: Rock icon Mick Jaggers super-luxe Central Park West apartment. Working together, this band of affable, new-age Robin Hoods, who have never even shoplifted a candy bar, are soon casing the joint and prepping for their crime. What they don't know is that there's a much richer target for them the chance to find hope, self-esteem and confidence within themselves.
From Jon Beckerman and Rob Burnett, producers of Late Show with David Letterman and creators of Ed, comes a hilarious tale of haves and have nots. Donal Logue (Grounded for Life) stars. Mick Jagger appears in a cameo (he is not a series regular).
Cast: Donal Logue (Grounded for Life): Eugene Gurkin Maz Jobrani (Life on a Stick): Gary Sofia Vergara (Four Brothers): Esperanza Villalobos Kevin Michael Richardson (The Boondocks): Rockefeller Butts Lenny Venito (NYPD Blue): Francis Squatch Scuacieri Josh Grisetti: Louis PlunkCredits:
EP/Writer/Director: Rob Burnett (Ed) EP/Writer: Jon Beckerman (Ed) EP: Mick Jagger EP: Victoria Pearman Production Company: Touchstone Television
Notes from the Underbelly (half-hour, Thursday, 8:30 p.m., ET) Andrew and Lauren have just found out they're going to have a baby, and theyre having a difficult time following rule number one keeping it secret. Suddenly switching to decaf, becoming a teetotaler at cocktail parties, and going to the OBGYN are all difficult to keep from family and close friends.
Well Andrew and Lauren are about to learn that, when the secret gets out, the politics of parenthood can be just as demanding as raising a child. Sometimes all that "help" from loving but intrusive parents and "advice" from well-meaning but competitive friends who are trying to show you what great parents they are is not exactly what you're looking for. Knowing what's best for the child could be the easiest part... maintaining your relationships with family and friends can be the real challenge.
Director Barry Sonnenfeld and two producers of Two and a Half Men create a comic take on life's greatest adventure. As these friends watch their lives change to accommodate the little stranger, their relationships change in ways they never expected before they were expecting. Peter Cambor and Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein) star.
Cast: Peter Cambor (Up to the Roof): Andrew Jennifer Westfeldt (Numbers): Lauren Melanie Paxson (Cupid): Julie Rachael Harris (The West Wing): Cooper Michael Weaver (Monk): Danny Sunkrish Bala (Barbershop): EricCredits:
EP/Writer: Stacy Traub (What I Like About You) EP: Eric Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men) EP: Kim Tannebaum (Two and a Half Men) Director: Barry Sonnenfeld (Lemony Snickets a Series of Unfortunate Events) Production Company: Warner Bros. Television, The Tannenbaum Company ALTERNATIVE SERIES
Greg Behrendts Wake-Up Call Greg Behrendt, acclaimed author of Hes Just Not That Into You, will address one couples major issues and use his knowledge of relationships to give them the tools to fix theirs. Through his off-the-cuff comedy and bruised-and-battered romantic experience, Greg takes a close look from a different angle to give our couple advice as a close friend, but also that of sage wisdom.
Just for Laughs -- ABC has licensed six half-hour episodes of the hidden- camera comedy series. The series cuts across cultural boundaries and has universal appeal, entertaining audiences of all ages and demographics by mixing clever practical jokes, hidden cameras and a few unsuspecting victims.
Set for the Rest of Your Life -- Just imagine: Youre leaving the studio financially independent with a monthly payment for as long as you live! Yes, even if you are to live another 100 years. With a big smile on your face, you will be cashing a monthly check for the rest of your life. Now how does that sound? In this high-tension game show, the contestant will first battle for the highest monthly check possible. Does he end up with $50 a month? $500 a month? Or will he receive well over $10,000 a month? The contestants next battle is even more important: Time! Does he win that payment just for one month? For a quarter of a year, half a year, one year? For three, ten, twenty years maybe? Or for the rest of his life? And did the contestants partner, hidden in a sound-proof isolation booth away from where its all happening, help to make that dream come true or turn that dream into a nightmare? Set for the Rest of Your Life is a game show for strong relationships only, thats for sure!
What's with all of the gimmick and concept shows? Is that the nature of scripted television now? A lot of these premises seemingly have no life after the first season. Of course, that's what everybody said about 24. And, some of these shows (Day Break, The Nine, Traveler) sound *really* cool.
www.oklafan.com Big Show: Why is he getting the Intercontinental Title shot and not me? RVD: Ahhh...maybe 'cause you're a tool. Big Show: Look. I am 7'2". I am 500 pounds. I'm a giant. RVD: Oh ok. You're a giant tool.
So, this means LESS THAN PERFECT, HOPE & FAITH, RODNEY, and SONS AND DAUGHTERS were all cancelled.
INVASION, however, might be moving to SCI-FI!
I still can't believe they're doing a show based on a stupid game about Kevin Bacon and they DIDN'T hire Kevin Bacon for it.
THE NINE sounds exactly like the show from last year on FOX about the murder mystery between high school friends that didn't last long... I expect the same to happen with this one.
I hope the Taye Diggs show lasts. He has a good screen presence and what little I saw of his last show (Kevin Hill) I liked, but that show didn't really have much to offer a broader audience. This one looks like it has a better chance of lasting a whole season, but what to do after that.
TRAVELLER is my choice for Best New Show on ABC. This could be another huge break out hit like LOST.
SET FOR THE REST OF YOUS LIFE can be quite entertaining, if only it brings on a couple who bombs so badly that we read in the Enquirer that they are getting a divorce because of the show. (As you can tell, I have a thing for bad things happening to people... I sorta get off on it. HEY I think I'll go watch the AI video of Chris getting cut from the show again!)
Let's Rob Mick Jagger sounds hilarious, Day Break and Six Degrees sound interesting, and I'll give HMHY a shot out of respect for Ted Danson. Other than that, however, not much here is really grabbing me. The big news is that Grey's Anatomy is moving to Thursday, which will change the viewing habits of every woman in the known world. It's kind of risky putting it up against CSI, but Grey's is just going to keep breaking out while CSI is already a bit long in the tooth.
"He looks like a perverted roofer who knocks off early on warm spring days to drink beer and ogle teenage girls at the river, but wrestles like a man who actually cares about his job." ---DVDVR's Raven Mack on "Gigolo" Jimmy Del Ray
Apparently, ABC is going to air Lost in chunks (zap2it.com). Although the article says its like how 24 is aired, its really more like how they aired Prison Break, since there will be about seven straight new episodes in the fall, and then won't be back until January or February, when it will air new episodes each week until the end of the season. The article gives the impression that viewers are stupid and are more likely to think that if they see Shannon walking around they missed her resurrection instead of thinking that they might be watching a rerun. During the break, Day Break will get that time slot. On the one hand, I can't argue with this, as it means there's less "OMG!!! XXXXX JUST HAPPENED AND NOW I HAVE TO WAIT THREE WEEKS FOR A NEW EP!?!?!?!" going on, but the way the idea's presented, it sounds stupid. And that two or three month break in the middle of the season is going to be LOOOOOOOONG...
(edited by EddieBurkett on 16.5.06 1625) Found at Insert Credit, citing Something Awful: "Nintendo is so intent on becoming number one, that they named their console after it."
I was holding onto the slim chance that "Sons and Daughters" would be back, but no dice. To be honest, none of the new shows strike me, thought I may check out one or two (don't know which ones yet). So I'll stick to my usual ABC schedule of Boston Legal and Lost.
Originally posted by EddieBurkettApparently, ABC is going to air Lost in chunks (zap2it.com). Although the article says its like how 24 is aired, its really more like how they aired Prison Break, since there will be about seven straight new episodes in the fall, and then won't be back until January or February, when it will air new episodes each week until the end of the season. The article gives the impression that viewers are stupid and are more likely to think that if they see Shannon walking around they missed her resurrection instead of thinking that they might be watching a rerun. During the break, Day Break will get that time slot. On the one hand, I can't argue with this, as it means there's less "OMG!!! XXXXX JUST HAPPENED AND NOW I HAVE TO WAIT THREE WEEKS FOR A NEW EP!?!?!?!" going on, but the way the idea's presented, it sounds stupid. And that two or three month break in the middle of the season is going to be LOOOOOOOONG...
(edited by EddieBurkett on 16.5.06 1625)
I am totally in favour of this, since Lost is the kind of show that really needs the consistent airings. Now, if only ABC should get it on a night where it doesn't have to battle American Idol...
"He looks like a perverted roofer who knocks off early on warm spring days to drink beer and ogle teenage girls at the river, but wrestles like a man who actually cares about his job." ---DVDVR's Raven Mack on "Gigolo" Jimmy Del Ray
RE Noah It felt too much like a WELS sermon to me. It was all 'you're bad, you're bad, you're bad, but Jesus saves' in the last three minutes. My wife (lifelong Lutheran she is) laughed when I gave her that synopsis. YMMV