"LOST" to Move to Tuesdays?
One of the versions of ABC's new fall schedule floating around Hollywood this morning has "Lost" moving to Tuesday nights, "Private Practice" airing on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. and new soap "Football Wives" getting the coveted post-"Grey's" slot.
ABC will of course unveil the new schedule on Tuesday, but since this is the first version that got leaked, here's what it looks like along with a couple of comments:
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
9:30 Sam I Am
8:00 Dancing with the Stars
9:00 Dirty Sexy Money
10:00 Boston Legal
8:00 Pushing Daisies
9:00 Private Practice
10:00 October Road
8:00 Ugly Betty
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
10:00 Football Wives
8:00 The Middle
9:00 Men in Trees
7:00 Home Videos
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9:00 Desperate Housewives
10:00 Brothers & Sisters
"Notes from the Underbelly" and "Perfect Gentlemen" (starring "Alias" vet Michael Vartan) would replace "Dancing" on Mondays, Oprah Winfrey's "The Big Give" would replace "Dancing" on Tuesdays, "LOST" would air on Tuesdays from February.
Cashmere Mafia, Cavemen, Eli Stone, George Lopez, The Knights of Prosperity, Supernanny, Wife Swap and The Bachelor would air as midseason replacements.
It's hard to speculate if this schedule is great or not if we don't know what airs on other networks. Nevertheless...
On one hand, airing "Private Practice" after a hit like "Desperate Housewives" or "Grey's Anatomy" seems like a waste since it already has an established star and presumed audience.
On the other hand, this all reminds me of "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart" that aired on NBC Wednesdays in 2005 and helped dilute the ratings of the original on Thursdays. Of course we can't really compare reality and drama spin-offs.
It's lead-in "Pushing Daisies" (pictured above) from Bryan Fuller (the openly gay writer on "Heroes" who criticized actor Thomas Dekker for 'the gay debacle') tested very well and may successfully anchor the night as "Ugly Betty" did on Thursdays.
Pairing "Dirty Sexy Money" off with "Boston Legal" and giving it a "Dancing" lead-in seems like a good choice for this great new show from "Everwood"/"Brothers & Sisters" showrunner Greg Berlanti.
Putting "Men in Trees" back on Fridays may not necessarily be good for the show, but given the treatment ABC has given this Anne Heche-fronted drama I would not be surprised by that. Then again, something has to air on Fridays.
No changes for "Desperate Housewives," "Brothers & Sisters" and "Ugly Betty" which is, under one scenario, supposed to move to Sundays.
This version would spell the death of "According to Jim," "Help Me Help You,"Big Day," "The Nine," and "What About Brian."
"In Case of Emergency," "Six Degrees" and "Day Break" have already been canceled.
Finally, what timeslot "LOST" ends up in really depends on the success of the line-up. If for instance "Dirty Sexy Money" is a monster hit, it is less likely "Lost" would get that spot.
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