Fall 2006: What’s new in primetime


Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford
Synopsis: Behind-the-scenes look at a “Saturday Night Live”-type latenight sketch comedy show
Exec producers: Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme
From: Warner Bros.
Net: NBC, 9 p.m. Thursday

Men in Trees
Anne Heche, James Tupper, Suleka Mathews
Synopsis: A woman gives advice on dating the right kind of man, but her own relationships are in utter disarray.
Exec producers: Jenny Bicks, Kathy Conrad, James Mangold
From: Tree Line Film, Perkins Street Prods., NS Pictures, Warner Bros.
Net: ABC, 9 p.m. Friday

The Nine
Chi McBride, Jessica Collins, Tim Daly, Scott Wolf
Synopsis: Nine people are held hostage in a bank robbery and bond in unique ways after the ordeal is over.
Exec producers: Hank Steinberg, Alex Graves
From: Sunset Road Prods., Warner Bros.
Net: ABC, 10 p.m. Wednesday

Matthew Bomer, Logan Marshall-Green, Aaron Stanford, Steven Culp
Synopsis: One of three friends is missing after a terrorist bombing, and the other two are not only trying to prove he’s innocent but that he even exists.
Exec producers: Dan Jinks, Bruce Cohen
From: Jinks/Cohen Co., Warner Bros.
Net: ABC (midseason)

Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen, Amy Smart, Jonny Lee Miller
Synopsis: A crew of thieves and career criminals plan heists led by Liotta, who would rather go for one or two more big scores and spend the rest of his time with the family.
Exec producer: John Wells
From: Warner Bros.
Net: CBS, 10 p.m. Tuesday

Victor Garber, Kerr Smith, Eamonn Walker
Synopsis: A group of high-powered attorneys use the media to help try their cases in court.
Exec producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Jonathan Shapiro, David McNally
From: Jerry Bruckheimer TV, Warner Bros.
Net: Fox, 9 p.m. Wednesday

Joe Pantoliano, Billy Baldwin, Larenz Tate, Mary Stuart Masterson
Synopsis: The mayor of Providence, R.I., uses both the soft touch and hard sell when trying to get his way.
Exec producers: Jack Orman
From: Waterfront Pictures, Jack Orman Prods., Warner Bros.
Net: CBS (midseason)


20 Good Years
John Lithgow, Jeffrey Tambor, Heather Burns
Synopsis: A retired surgeon and widower are polar opposites but become friendly and are determined to live out the last 20 years of their lives with no regrets.
Exec producers: Tom Werner, Eric Gold, Jimmy Miller, Marsh McCall
From: Warner Bros.
Net: NBC, 9 p.m. Wednesday

Notes From the Underbelly
Peter Cambor, Jennifer Westfeldt, Melanie Paxson
Synopsis: Trying to keep a pregnancy secret proves difficult for an adventurous couple.
Exec producers: Stacy Traub, Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum
From: Tannenbaum Co., Warner Bros.
Net: ABC, 8:30 p.m. Thursday

The Class
Jason Ritter, Heather Goldenhersh, Lizzy Caplan
Synopsis: Twenty years after being classmates in third grade, a group of twentysomethings find they still have lots in common.
Exec producers: David Crane, Jeffrey Klarik, James Burrows
From: Warner Bros.
Net: CBS, 8:30 p.m. Monday

Happy Hour
John Sloan, Lex Medlin, Nat Faxon, Jamie Denbo
Synopsis: A contented small-town man moves to Chicago, where he’s dumped by his girlfriend and is befriended by a womanizing playboy.
Exec producers: Jackie Filgo, Tom Werner, Eric Gold, Jimmy Miller
From: Werner-Gold-Miller, Warner Bros.
Net: Fox, 8:30 p.m. Thursday


James Woods, Jeri Ryan, Sam Page, Alexis Cruz
Synopsis: A former defense attorney switches to become a D.A. and uses cutthroat tactics in all his cases.
Exec producers: Brian Grazer, Ian Biederman, Ed Redlich
From: Imagine Entertainment, 20th Century Fox
Net: CBS, 10 p.m. Thursday

Joanne Kelly, John Allen Nelson, Rebecca Gayheart
Synopsis: A senator’s wife goes missing and her backstory is uncovered as the manhunt continues.
Exec producer: Paul Redford
From: 20th Century Fox
Net: Fox, 9 p.m. Monday

Ron Livingston, Rosemarie DeWitt, Gina Torres
Synopsis: A hostage negotiating team’s members can handle the most volatile situations but have a difficult time dealing with one another.
Exec producers: Craig Silverstein, Tim Story
From: 20th Century Fox
Net: Fox, 8 p.m. Tuesday

The Wedding Album
Bruno Campos, Tara Summers, Tony LoBianco
Synopsis: A topnotch wedding photographer takes pictures of everyone’s big day, but he’s a bit reluctant to walk down the aisle himself.
Exec producers: Andy Tennant, Wink Mordaunt
From: Fox TV Studios, 20th Century Fox
Net: Fox, 9 p.m. Friday


The Singles Table
John Cho, Conor Dubin, Jarrad Paul
Synopsis: Stuck at the singles table at a friend’s wedding, a group of strangers begin bonding with one another.
Exec producers: Bill Martin, Mike Schiff
From: 20th Century Fox
Net: NBC (midseason)

Help Me Help You
Ted Danson, Charlie Finn, Jim Rash
Synopsis: A group therapist does his best to help his patients while his own life is spiraling out of control.
Exec producers: Jennifer Konner, Alexandra Rushfield
From: Regency TV
Net: ABC, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday

The Winner
Rob Corddry, Keir Gilchrist, Erinn Hayes
Synopsis: At the age of 32 and still living with his parents, Corddry tries to step out and find his own way in the world.
Exec producers: Seth MacFarlane, Ricky Blitt
From: 20th Century Fox
Net: Fox (midseason)


Brothers and Sisters
Calista Flockhart, Ron Rifkin, Rachel Griffiths
Synopsis: A family’s secrets simultaneously bring them closer together but also create plenty of friction.
Exec producers: Jon Robin Baitz, Ken Olin, Marti Noxon
From: Touchstone TV
Net: ABC, 10 p.m. Sunday

Day Break
Taye Diggs, Meta Golding, Moon Bloodgood
Synopsis: An assistant district attorney is killed and the man accused is being framed on a “Groundhog Day” scenario that keeps repeating itself.
Exec producers: Jeff Bell, Matt Gross, Rob Bowman
From: Touchstone TV
Net: ABC (midseason)

Six Degrees
Jay Hernandez, Bridget Moynahan, Hope Davis, Campbell Scott
Synopsis: Six New York strangers become entwined with each other in unique and mysterious ways.
Exec producers: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Stu Zimmerman, Raven Metzner
From: Touchstone TV
Net: ABC, 10 p.m. Thursday


Betty the Ugly
America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Ana Ortiz
Synopsis: In the world of high fashion, where wafer thin is accepted as the norm, a more “normal” size woman helps people see things differently.
Exec producers: Silvio Horta, Ben Silverman, Salma Hayek, Jose Tamez
From: Touchstone TV
Net: ABC, 8 p.m. Friday

In Case of Emergency
Jonathan Silverman, David Arquette, Greg Germann, Kelly Hu
Synopsis: Four high school buddies see their lives fall apart but reunite and try to help each other cope.
Exec producers: Howard J. Morris, Emile Levisetti, Jon Favreau
From: Touchstone TV
Net: ABC (midseason)

Let’s Rob
Donal Logue, Maz Jobrani, Sofia Vergara
Synopsis: Hoping to raise money to open a restaurant, a janitor and his friends attempt to rob Mick Jagger’s luxurious Central Park West apartment.
Exec producers: Rob Burnett, Jon Beckerman, Mick Jagger, Victoria Pearman
From: Touchstone TV
Net: ABC, 9 p.m. Tuesday


Sendhil Ramamurthy, Milo Ventimiglia, Adrian Pasdar
Synopsis: Following a solar eclipse, ordinary people develop extraordinary powers.
Exec producers: Tim Kring, Dennis Hammer, David Semel
From: NBC Universal
Net: NBC, 9.p.m. Monday

Friday Night Lights
Kyle Chandler, Gaius Charles, Taylor Kitsch
Synopsis: A Texas high school football team feels the pressure to win at all costs; show is based on the bestselling book.
Exec producers: Brian Grazer, David Nevins, Peter Berg, Jason Katims
From: Imagine, Film 44, NBC Universal
Net: NBC, 8 p.m. Tuesday

The Black Donnellys
Jonathan Tucker, Billy Lush, Thomas Guiry, Michael Stahl-David
Synopsis: Four young working-class Irish brothers are involved in organized crime in New York.
Exec producers: Paul Haggis, Bobby Moresco
From: Blackfriars Bridge Prods., NBC Universal
Net: NBC, 10 p.m. Thursday (midseason)

Jeff Goldblum, Matt Craven, Dov Davidoff, Luis Guzman
Synopsis: An eccentric LAPD detective has the ability to speak to dead crime victims to help solve their cases.
Exec producers: Graham Yost, Frank Darabont
From: NBC Universal
Net: NBC (midseason)


30 Rock
Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Jordan
Synopsis: Fey plays a TV writer for a frenetic variety show and must deal with a tough network boss.
Exec producers: Lorne Michaels, Tina Fey, JoAnn Alfano, Marci Klein, David Miner
From: Broadway Video TV, NBC Universal TV
Net: NBC, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday

Andy Barker, P.I.
Andy Richter, Harve Presnell, Tony Hale
Synopsis: An ordinary accountant is mistaken for a private detective — and then takes on the case.
Exec producers: Conan O’Brien, Jonathan Groff, Jeff Ross, David Kissinger
From: Conaco, NBC Universal TV
Net: NBC (midseason)


Jeremy Sisto, Delroy Lindo, Dana Delany, Timothy Hutton
Synopsis: The teenage son of a affluent Manhattan family is kidnapped, and everyone becomes a suspect.
Exec producers: David Greenwalt, Jason Smilovic, Michael Dinner, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly
From: 25C Prods., Sony Pictures TV
Net: NBC, 9 p.m. Tuesday

Donnie Wahlberg, Leslie Hope, Dustin Mulligan
Synopsis: A seemingly happy Midwestern family is actually using secret identities after the father has been unjustly accused of a violent crime.
Exec producers: Darren Star, Ed Zuckerman
From: Darren Star Prods., Golly Inc., Sony Pictures TV
Net: CW, 9 p.m. Monday


Big Day
Marla Sokoloff, Josh Cooke, Wendie Malick
Synopsis: Each episode will focus on one day in the planning of a wedding.
Exec producers: Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa
From: Sony Pictures TV
Net: ABC, 8 p.m. Thursday


Skeet Ulrich, Gerald McRaney, Ashley Scott
Synopsis: After a nuclear mushroom cloud appears in the horizon, the residents of a small Kansas town try to decipher the crisis.
Exec producers: Jon Turtletaub, Stephen Chbosky, Carol Barbee
From: Junction Entertainment, CBS Paramount TV
Net: CBS, 8 p.m. Wednesday

3 LBS.
Stanley Tucci, Mark Feuerstein, Indira Varma
Synopsis: A team of neurosurgeons take different approaches to patients outside before operating on them.
Exec producers: Peter Ocko, Scott Kaufer
From: CBS Paramount TV
Net: CBS (midseason)


The Game
Aldis Hodge, Coby Bell, Tia Mowry
Synopsis: Being the wife or girlfriend isn’t as glamorous as it seems, as they must deal with agents, groupies and everyone’s fragile egos.
Exec producers: Kelsey Grammer, Mara Brock-Akil, Steve Stark
From: Happy Camper Prods., Grammnet Prods., CBS Paramount TV
Net: CW, 8:30 p.m. Sunday


Hidden Palms
Michael Cassidy, Taylor Handley, Amber Heard, Sharon Lawrence
Synopsis: A 15-year-old boy whose father has committed suicide moves to Palm Springs, where he discovers the dirty underbelly lurking in the desert paradise.
Exec producers: Kevin Williamson, Scott Winant
From: Outerbanks Entertainment, Lionsgate TV
Net: CW (midseason)

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