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Posted on: Tuesday, May 18, 2010

ABC, Fox, NBC announce fall TV lineups

Special to The Advertiser

This fall, ABC will be back to what TV knows best doctors and crime-solvers.

It will even combine the two for one show. In "Body of Proof," Dana Delany plays a doctor whose surgery career is ended by an accident; she becomes a medical examiner.

Meanwhile, the network is going slow on some of its riskier ventures in the current season:

Fantasy and science fiction: "FlashForward" is being canceled; "V" has been renewed, but isn't on the fall schedule. There is one new show, however: "No Ordinary Family" has a Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz crash-landing in the Amazon with their children; all four soon have superpowers.

Comedies: Only one is being added, to fill a Wednesday hole. However, two are ready for mid-season, one starring Matthew Perry.

Mostly, ABC will stick to the standards. It even has two shows the cop show "Detroit 1-8-7" and a drama, "My Generation" that pretend to be done by a documentary crew. It has also adds a reality show ("Secret Millionaire"), from the "Undercover Boss" producers, which had a brief run on Fox.


The network announced its line-up today and introduced it to advertisers late this afternoon. Details:

Mondays: Unchanged, with "Dancing With the Stars" at 7 p.m. and "Castle" at 9.

Tuesdays: 7 p.m., "No Ordinary Family"; 8, "Dancing With the Stars" results show; 9, "Detroit 1-8-7," starring Michael Imperioli, formerly of "The Sopranos."

Wednesdays: "The Middle," "Modern Family" and "Cougar Town" return at 7, 8 and 8:30. The new comedy, "Better Together," is at 7:30; it pairs one couple that's dated comfortably for nine years and another that is marrying and pregnant after seven weeks. At 9 p.m., "The Whole Truth" stars Joely Richardson and Rob Morrow as friends working opposite sides as a prosecutor and defense attorney.

Thursdays: 7, "My Generation," in which Austin, Texas, youths are re-visited by a documentary crew that profiled them 10 years ago as teens; 8 and 9, "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" return.

Fridays: 7, "Secret Millionaire" (rich people go undercover); 8, "Body of Proof"; 9, "20/20."

Saturdays: Football.

Sundays: Unchanged, with "America's Funniest Home Videos" at 6, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" at 7, "Grey's Anatomy" at 8 and "Private Practice" at 9.

Mid-season: "Off the Map," from the "Grey's Anatomy" producers, has American doctors in a clinic in the South American jungle. "Mr. Sunshine" is a Matthew Perry comedy. "Happy Endings" is a youth comedy that includes Elisha Cuthbert, Casey Wilson and Damon Wayans, Jr. Current shows waiting for mid-season slots are "V" and "Supernanny."


The new fall line-ups announced by Fox and NBC Monday, with capsules of the new shows:

Mondays, Fox: 7 p.m., "House"; 8 p.m., "Lonestar." Jimmy Wolk is a young schemer, with families in Amaraillo and Houston.

Mondays, NBC: 7 p.m., "Chuck"; 8 p.m., "The Event," with Jason Ritter entangled in a conspiracy of national impact; 9 p.m., "Chase," producer Jerry Bruckheimer's ("CSI") action drama about U.S marshals.

Tuesdays, Fox: 7 p.m., "Glee"; 8 p.m., "Raising Hope," with a pool boy, 23 and living with his parents, raising a baby born in prison; 8:30 p.m., "Running Wilde," a romance of opposites, played by Will Arnett and Keri Russell.

Tuesdays, NBC: unchanged, with "Biggest Loser" at 7 p.m., "Parenthood" at 9.

Wednesdays, Fox: 7 p.m., "Lie to Me"; 9 p.m., "Hell's Kitchen."

Wednesdays, NBC: 7 p.m., "Undercovers" J.J. Abrams, the "Alias" and "Lost" producer, heads this story about two former spies now married and running a catering company who are pressed back into service; 9 p.m., "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."; 10 p.m., "Law & Order: Los Angeles," not yet cast.

Thursdays, Fox: no change, with "Bones" at 7 p.m. and "Fringe" at 9 p.m.

Thursdays, NBC: 7-8:30 p.m., "Community," "30 Rock" and "The Office"; 8:30 p.m., "Outsourced," with Ben Rappaport as an American running a call center in India; 9 p.m., "Love Bites," an hour-long anthology with three short stories and vignettes.

Fridays, Fox: 7 p.m., "Human Target"; 8 p.m., "The Good Guys."

Fridays, NBC: 7 p.m., "Who Do You Think You Are"; 8 p.m., "Dateline"; 9 p.m., "Outlaw," with Jimmy Smits as a Supreme Court who resigns and defends the common man.

Saturdays: Fox continues to have "Cops" and "America's Most Wanted"; NBC has reruns.

Sundays: Fox continues its cartoons; NBC continues football.

Mid-season, Fox: "Ride-Along," a Chicago cop show from "Shield" producer Shawn Ryan, will be 8 p.m. Mondays; "American Idol" will be 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, followed by "Runing Wilde." "Raising Hope" and "Glee" move to Wednesdays, sandwiched around a half-hour "Idol." Also: A comedy ("Mixed Signals") a Sunday cartoon ("Bob's Burgers") and a fantasy epic ("Terra Nova") from Steven Spielberg, with people from the future visiting the days of dinosaurs.

Mid-season, NBC: After football season, Sundays have "Dateline," "Minute to Win It" and "Celebrity Apprentice." "School Pride," a reality show about reviving schools, will take the 7 p.m. Friday spot. Waiting are three sitcoms and two dramas, one a law show from David E. Kelley ("Boston Public").