HOLLYWOOD — ABC will start the new year with an all-reality Monday night lineup and a two-hour Wednesday block produced by J.J. Abrams.
Net Tuesday announced a post-“Monday Night Football” January sked that avoids launching any new dramas or comedies and features only one entirely new series concept. It also shifts “The Bachelor” franchise to a new night and moves “Alias” from its longtime Sunday home to Wednesday nights.
While unscripted skeins have had a rough fall, ABC is betting reality is the way to go on Mondays once football ends.
Net will start off the night with “Extreme Makeover: How’d They Do That,” a spinoff of the popular Sunday hit. Skein, which features footage not used in the previous night’s episode, will air Mondays at 8.
A special “EM: HTDT” that aired a few weeks ago significantly improved ABC’s 8 p.m. Monday average.
ABC will anchor its Monday night at 9 p.m. with the latest installment of “The Bachelorette.” Move means the “Bachelor” franchise won’t have to do battle on Wednesdays against the “American Idol” results show, which is slated to air Wednesdays at 9 starting in January.
It also likely means “Bachelorette” will be the only reality show in the timeslot, since “24” is skedded to air Mondays at 9 starting in January.
At 10 p.m. Mondays, ABC hopes to provide an alternative to the CBS hit “CSI: Miami” by launching “Supernanny,” a U.S. adaptation of the U.K. hit in which a British nanny whips unruly tots into shape. Fox decided to launch its own take on the format, “Nanny 911,” after losing out on “Supernanny.”
NBC hasn’t yet said what it will air at 10 p.m. Mondays, though there has been speculation the net could put Mark Burnett’s “The Contender” in the slot. The fourth edition of “Law & Order” is also a possibility, though NBC might be loath to face off against another “CSI.”
ABC’s reality Monday begins Jan. 10 with “EM: HTDT” and a two-hour “Bachelorette.” “Supernanny” bows Jan. 17.
Replacing “The Bachelor” franchise Wednesdays at 9 p.m. will be the Abrams-produced “Alias,” which starts its fourth season Jan. 5 with a two-hour premiere. ABC execs hope “Alias” — which will run for 19 weeks without any repeats — will benefit from its new lead-in, the Abrams-produced “Lost.”
After “Desperate Housewives” hit big in the old “Alias” Sunday slot, ABC execs knew they had no choice but to move “Alias.” While other nights were considered, the net ultimately decided an all-Abrams block made the most sense.