Network shuffles schedule, dumps shows
ABC is performing some sked surgery in advance of the new year, dumping two skeins and making changes on three nights of the week.Net Friday pulled the plug on William Shatner-hosted quizzer “Show Me the Money” and the Taye Diggs drama “Day Break.” Both shows are off the air, effective immediately. Decision to dump “Day Break” isn’t a surprise. Skein was headed off the air at the end of December anyway (Daily Variety, Dec. 6); it’ll now leave two weeks earlier than planned. “Show Me,” however, had been doing acceptable, if disappointing, numbers — until last week, when it cratered in the Nielsens. ABC had even ordered more episodes and announced plans to move the show to Tuesdays in January. While gameshows remain red-hot in development, their on-air track record this year has been mixed at best. NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” remains a hit, while “1 vs. 100” has done OK. But Fox killed “The Hit List” after just one episode, and “Show Me” is now on hiatus. Alphabet will air a mix of repeat and original episodes of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” Tuesdays from 8-9 p.m., starting this week. On Wednesdays, ABC will launch its new comedy block this week rather than next month. It’ll start with a mix of holiday-themed repeat episodes of “George Lopez” and “According to Jim.” As for Fridays, ABC has decided to air repeats of “Brothers & Sisters” at 9 p.m. starting Jan. 12. Encore showings of “Grey’s Anatomy” remain Fridays at 8. ABC plans to air the remaining segs of “Day Break” on ABC.com.