ABC Premiere Dates
You may have noticed I am nuts about ABC shows. The network has mastered the prime-time soap opera genre and it has been more gay friendly than any other network, so no surprise there. That is why this quick look at its premiere week beginning September 24 and all premiere dates beyond that week is a must.
Three years since its reversal of fortunes began with the arrival of "LOST" and "Desperate Housewives," ABC has managed to build a strong portfolio of quality hit shows that click with the 18-49 crowd including "Grey's Anatomy," "Ugly Betty" and "Brothers & Sisters."
And now that the reality hit "Dancing with the Stars" is entering its 5th cycle and there's an entire night of all-new, buzzworthy and much-anticipated programming ("Pushing Daisies," "Private Practice" and "Dirty Sexy Money" on Wednesdays), ABC may have its best schedule yet.
It all begins with the three-night premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" (8:00-9:30 p.m. Monday & Tuesday; 8:00-9:00 p.m. Wednesday). Dr. Quinn, 90210's Kelly and Mel B will spice things up. Of course my vote goes to that yummy model Albert Reed (pictured below). The 90-minute premiere will be followed by the 90-minute 11th season premiere of "The Bachelor."
"Boston Legal" begins with a 90-minute season premiere episode. John Larroquette plays a new senior partner at the firm, Carl Sack, who transfers to Boston from the firm's New York office. Mark Valley, Constance Zimmer, Julie Bowen and Rene Auberjonois have all left the show.
This is the night I'll be waiting for. Following the first "Dancing" results, ABC premieres Kate Walsh's "Grey's" spin-off "Private Practice" (9:00-10:00 p.m.) and Greg Berlanti's take on "Dynasty," this season's guilty pleasure "Dirty Sexy Money" (10:00-11:00 p.m.) Now that's a great title.
Another great night. Golden Globe winner "Ugly Betty" wraps up last May's zillion cliffhangers. This year Freddie Rodriguez plays Betty's new love interest, Marc gets a boyfriend, and Wilhelmina gets married. James Van Der Beek and Victoria Beckham guest star (8:00-9:00 p.m.)
TV's greatest hit "Grey's Anatomy" (9:00-10:00 p.m.) tries to shed off negative publicity following the departure of Isaiah Washington. Chyler Leigh and a bunch of new interns, plus a lighter tone in storytelling may be just what McDoctor ordered. Followed by Michael Vartan's new series "Big Shots" (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
Save the best for last. Dana Delany and a gay couple may be the shot in the arm "Desperate Housewives" (9:00-10:00 p.m.) needs to remain a hit in its fourth year. Those nutty Walkers from Ojai stay put at 10/9c ("Brothers & Sisters"). This year Justin returns from Iraq as an invalid, uncle Saul comes to terms with his homosexuality, and Senator McCallister (Rob Lowe) runs for President. Plus, Wentworth Miller's good buddy Luke MacFarlane returns as Scotty. Now that's what I call Must-See TV.
ALSO THIS FALL:
Back-to-back comedies "Cavemen" and "Carpoolers" (starring Jerry O'Connell, wife Rebecca Romijn guest stars) premiere October 2nd at 8/7c.
This season's most anticipated new show "Pushing Daisies" opens up the gate into its fantasy world Wednesday, October 3 at 8/7c. Whatever you do, don't miss that one.
Female-friendly procedural "Women's Murder Club" (9/8c) followed by a new season of "Men In Trees" (10/9c) begins Friday, October 12.
Christina Applegate returns to prime-time with her new sitcom "Samantha Be Good" (Monday, October 15, 9:30/8:30c).
Darren Star's ("Melrose Place") new soap "Cashmere Mafia" is previewed Tuesday, November 27 at 10/9c, before moving to its regular timeslot 9/8c the following week.