Alphabet aims new drama for Wednesday
ABC has focused in on Wednesdays at 10 as the home for new Tim Daly drama “Eyes.”
Net will look to expand its drama dominance on the night by slotting “Eyes” in the tough timeslot opposite “Law & Order” and “CSI: NY” effective April 13. Skein, from Warner Bros. TV and exec producer John McNamara (“Fastlane”), has Daly (“Wings”) playing the head of a high-tech detective firm.
Move displaces the Alphabet’s frosh reality success “Wife Swap,” which will have aired 22 episodes by mid-April. ABC had quietly upped production on that show to 30 episodes this season, however, so if “Eyes” doesn’t perform well, it would be easy to bring back “Swap.”
ABC has 13 episodes of “Eyes” this season. If the show works, net can either leave it on with original editions this summer or get a head start on production for a second season.
While “Law & Order” and “CSI: NY” are both big hits, neither show has been quite the monster some insiders had expected going into the fall. And, assuming “Alias” holds up once Fox’s “American Idol” shifts to 9 p.m. next month, ABC will be giving “Eyes” a strong lead-in.
Both those factors give ABC execs hope the net can finally get a drama to click at 10 p.m. Wednesdays.
One wild card: NBC will premiere new drama “Revelations” at 9 p.m. the same night “Eyes” bows. If “Revelations” pops, it could dampen numbers for “Alias.”
ABC has yet to announce premiere dates for midseason contenders “Gray’s Anatomy” or “Jake in Progress.” According to published speculation, the Alphabet may air two episodes of “Jake” each week in an hourlong block, perhaps in the 10 p.m. Sunday slot after “Desperate Housewives.”