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ABC Announces 2008-09 Primetime Schedule

May 13, 2008 by  

Earlier this morning ABC President Steve McPherson announced the primetime schedule for ABC’s 2008-09 TV season. There weren’t a lot of big shockers here. In addition to the new ABC shows, it was nice to see that ELI STONE was picked up for a second season. BOSTON LEGAL will finish up its run with it’s final season in the Fall. And what shouldn’t be a big shock to anyone, SCRUBS will its final season on ABC this year. UGLY BETTY is moving production from L.A. to New York next year.  As previously announced, MEN IN TRESS and OCTOBER ROAD have been canceled.

ABC is making their presentation to advertisers this afternoon, and it will be the first chance to get a look at the new shows.  I’ll be watching and will let you know if anything interesting happens.

Get a taste for ABC’s new shows, and then continue on to get a peek at ABC’s new primetime schedule.

“Life on Mars” is based on the BBC series created by Matthew Graham, Tony Jordan and Ashley Pharoah. The series revolves around Sam Tyler, a modern-day police detective who, after a car crash, mysteriously finds himself transported back to 1973 and still working as a detective.

“Life on Mars” stars Jason O’ Mara as Sam Tyler, Rachelle LeFevre as Annie Cartwright, Colm Meaney as Gene Hunt, Stephanie Jacobsen as Maya, Lenny Clarke as George Randall, Patrick Wenk-Wolff as Colin Raimes and Richard Benjamin as Milton Kornboll. (CASTING is subject to change)

A new animated series from Mike Judge, creator of “King of the Hill.” “The Goode Family” is obsessed with doing the “right” thing, whether it’s environmentally, politically or socially. Unfortunately their efforts often have unintended comic consequences.

“The Goode Family” is voiced by Mike Judge as Gerald, Nancy Carell as Helen, Dave Herman as Ubuntu and Abby Elliot as Bliss.

“Opportunity Knocks” is a new show that breaks the mold of typical game and reality shows. We will be showing up on America’s doorstep and testing how well they know their family. Our mobile team will arrive at “Anywhere, America” in a semi-truck that is full of flat screen TVs, new furniture and big cash prizes that the family can win right there. We will take the action of a game show directly into our contestants’ homes, setting up shop in a family’s front lawn. The instant our host, JD Roth, knocks on the front door, the game will begin. Hollywood will invade a suburban neighborhood, and each week one lucky family will play the game of a lifetime in front of all their friends and neighbors.

The host poses trivia questions to family members based directly on their lives, each other and articles found in and around their home. If they’re able to prove they know their family inside and out, they’ll win the prizes of their dreams.

Executive producers for “Opportunity Knocks” are Ashton Kutcher, Jason Goldberg, Karey Burke, J.D. Roth and Todd A. Nelson.

ABC PRIMETIME SCHEDULE 2008-09 (Subject the change)

8pm- “Dancing with the Stars”
9:30pm – “Samantha Who?”
10pm – “Boston Legal” | “the Bachelor” (midseason)

8pm – “Opportunity Knocks”
9 pm– “Dancing with the Stars” results show | “Scrubs” and “The Goode Family” (midseason)
10pm – “Eli Stone”


8pm – “Pushing Daisies”
9pm – “Private Practice”
10pm – “Dirty Sexy Money”

8pm – “Ugly Betty”
9 pm– “Grey’s Anatomy”
10pm – “Life on Mars”

8 pm– “Wife Swap”
9pm – “Supernanny”
10pm – “20/20”

8pm – “Saturday Night College Football”

7pm – “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8pm – “Extreme Makeover Home Edition”
9pm – “Desperate Housewives”
10 pm– “Brothers & Sisters”

Additionally, the following shows have been picked up or renewed by ABC, but there placement on the schedule is TBD at this time.

  • Lost
  • According to Jim
  • The Untitled Ashton Kutcher/Tyra Banks Project – A beauty pageant like you’ve never seen.

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    8 Responses to “ABC Announces 2008-09 Primetime Schedule”

    1. ABC Announces 2008-09 Primetime Schedule — All This Nonsense on May 13th, 2008 10:31 am

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    2. Patty on May 13th, 2008 10:48 am

      Looking at this list I am shocked that I only watch ABC on Wedensdays. I don’t watch anything much on this network anymore! I will be catching up on Eli Stone this summer though because yuo and Ducky like it so much.

    3. Laiq on May 13th, 2008 11:16 am

      Slightly worried, but hopeful about the “Life on Mars” pick-up it was such an amazing show here in the UK, that I’m not sure it can be remade for a US audience. (But hey, it worked with “The Office”)

      Will have to check it out, but it wont look right seeing Sam Tyler being played by anyone except John Simms.

    4. Kristi on May 13th, 2008 12:57 pm

      Man, what! i didn’t know “October Road” got cancelled 🙁 This sucks…

    5. Kimber on May 13th, 2008 1:12 pm

      I didn’t see any mention of “Women’s Murder Club” … can I assume the rumours were true, and it’s not making a return? Damn.

    6. CFO (not my initials) on May 13th, 2008 1:51 pm

      Does anyone know what happened to Miss Guided?

    7. AmandaJ on May 14th, 2008 6:15 am

      I too am feeling very dubious about the remake of Life on Mars which is one of the most brilliant things made – ever. it is an extraordinarily quirky and clever series, and I’m not sure of how it will translate.

      Mind you, when I first heard about the US version of The Office I was wary, and looked how fantastically well that turned out. I do think that The Office concept translates in a more straightforward way, though. Life on Mars is just such an out of left field concept….

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