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Posted on: Tuesday, May 18, 2010

ABC, Fox, NBC announce fall TV lineups


By MIKE HUGHES
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.

ABC'S FALL LINEUP

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."

FOX, NBC

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").