Tuesday, May 15, 2007

ABC and NBC Present Fall TV Lineups

Although this blog is mostly about music and podcasting, I like to give a nod to significant news in TV land sometimes... after all, TV shows now have their own podcasts, too.

As you may know, this is "upfront" week in TV, when the big networks pitch their lineups for upcoming season to advertisers in hopes of getting them to pony up big bucks in prepaid advertising.

Here's the gist on what NBC and ABC are up to:

  • "Scrubs" has been renewed for another season
  • ABC will add a "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff starring Kate Walsh, tentatively titled "Private Practice"
  • "Friday Night Lights" is back for another season, but is moving from Wednesday to (appropriately enough) Friday
  • "Crossing Jordan" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" have been canceled
  • ABC is adding five new dramas, including "Pushing Daisies" (about a man who can bring people to life from the dead--and send them back again) and "Dirty Sexy Money" (a lawyer takes over his father's job as personal attorney to a rich family)
  • NBC is introducing a new version of "The Bionic Woman," a series from the '70s (Wednesdays at 9pm)
  • ABC is introducing "Caveman," a sitcom based on the popular Geico TV commercials about cavemen living in modern society (maybe next season we'll see a show starring Geico's Cockney-talking gecko?)

Last but certainly not least, NBC will ride the "Heroes" horse again with a spinoff called "Heroes: Origins," which will feature a novel gimmick: viewers will be able to vote on their favorite new character, who will become a regular.

Later this week we'll see upfront presentations from CBS, Fox, and the CW network.

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