Net adds laffer to Thursday nights
ABC has rounded out its January sked plans, adding new laffer “Crumbs” to Thursday nights and placing frosh procedural drama “In Justice” on Fridays.
Also, ABC announced another twist for the return of summer hit “Dancing With the Stars”: As had been rumored, the competition will air for 90 minutes throughout its eight-week run — with the exception of its two-hour premiere on Jan. 5 (Daily Variety, Dec. 1).
This makes “Dancing” the first regularly scheduled 90-minute primetime network skein in several years. As previously announced, “Dancing” will air Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Behind “Dancing” ABC will launch “Crumbs.” The dysfunctional family laffer airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. starting Jan. 12.
“Crumbs,” from Touchstone TV and Tollin/Robbins Prods., stars Fred Savage as a writer who returns home and reunites with his estranged brother (Eddie McClintock) after his mother (Jane Curtin) has a nervous breakdown. William Devane and Maggie Lawson also star in the Marco Pennette-created skein.
That suddenly makes for a four-way comedy competish at 9:30 on Thursdays, where NBC has slated “The Office” and Fox will air “Stacked,” while UPN continues with “Cuts.”
As for Fridays, the net slated the half-hour “Dancing” results show at 8 p.m., while “Hope & Faith” slides down to 8:30 p.m. (both replace the reality skein “Supernanny,” which goes on hiatus). At 9 p.m., with “Hope” and the canceled “Hot Properties” out of the equation, Alphabet net will launch “In Justice.”
That skein revolves around a nonprofit org that works to overturn wrongful convictions and exonerate the falsely accused. Kyle MacLachlan, Jason O’Mara, Marisol Nichols, Constance Zimmer and Daniel Cosgrove star in the Touchstone TV skein.