Upfronts: ABC’s fall sked — Lotta stability, lotta Ashton

LifeonmarsomaraHere we go with the first main event — ABC unveiled its fall sked this ayem.

Lineup is mostly similar to what worked for the net last fall, before all hell broke loose with the strike. As predicted, new drama “Life on Mars” (pictured left) landed the plum post-“Grey’s Anatomy” slot on Thursday. “Boston Legal” moves from Tuesday to Monday 10 p.m. to make room for “Eli Stone,” which the net showed major faith in by picking up for a sophomore sesh.

Ashton Kutcher the producer scored by landing the Tuesday 8 p.m. berth on the fall sked for Katalyst’s latest unscripted concoction, “Opportunity Knocks” (pictured right), plus Katalyst got a midseason order for a beauty pageant thing co-produced with Tyra Banks’ shingle. So Katalyst is 2 for 1, because from the looks of ABC’s release, doesn’t seem like comedy “Miss Guided” is back, but we don’t know that for sure yet.Opportunityknocks

I don’t think I’m the only one who looks at this sked and thinks — good grief, after May 29, we’re gonna have to wait NINE LONG MONTHS before “Lost” comes back!?! Oh, the agony.


8:00 p.m.  “Dancing with the Stars”
9:30 p.m. “Samantha Who?”
10:00 p.m. “Boston Legal”

8:00 p.m. “Opportunity Knocks”
9:00 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”
10:00 p.m. “Eli Stone”


8:00 p.m.  “Pushing Daisies”   
9:00 p.m. “Private Practice”
10:00 p.m. “Dirty Sexy Money”


8:00 p.m. “Ugly Betty”
9:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy”
10:00 p.m. “Life on Mars”


8:00 p.m. “Wife Swap”
9:00 p.m. “Supernanny”
10:00 p.m. “20/20”

8:00 p.m. “Saturday Night College Football”


7:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00 p.m. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
9:00 p.m. “Desperate Housewives”
10:00 p.m. “Brothers & Sisters”


“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.

The series is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television and ABC Studios. Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Jane Featherstone, Stephen Garrett and David E. Kelley are the executive producers. The pilot episode of “Life on Mars” was executive-produced by David E. Kelley, Tommy Schlamme, Bob Breech, Jane Featherstone and Stephen Garrett, and was produced by David E. Kelley Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

A beauty pageant unlike any you’ve ever seen, from executive producers Ashton Kutcher and Tyra Banks.

“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. “Opportunity Knocks” is produced by Katalyst Films and 3 Ball Productions.

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. Executive producers for “The Goode Family” are Mike Judge, David Krinsky, John Altschuler, Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally. The series is produced by MRC and 3 Arts Entertainment.

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  1. A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life. A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day living that wears you out. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.

  2. Phil says:

    aww, that’s boring! So “Boston Legal” gets another timeslot change, and it’s competition in “CSI: Miami” with “Samatha Who?” leading in which is, to be perfectly honest, just a timeslot success (eyes are eyes though I suppose). Unless Spader or the Shat win another Emmy, I think this may be Boston Legal’s final season. :
    I’m curious to see if “Life on Mars” will be able to bring success to the timeslot that kills every other show besides “Men in Trees” (the only show to ever show signs of growth on Thursdays at 10, only to get 4 additional timeslot changes and a cancellation… while “Eli Stone” and “October Road” survive).
    Looks like I’m much more interested in ABC’s mid-season. Any hope for Rob Thomas’ two pilots, “Bad Mother’s Handbook,” “The Prince of Motor City,” and Tommy Schlamme’s “Captain Cook’s Extraordinary Atlas?”

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