ABC Strike Schedule Delayed
ABC may be having really hard time putting finishing touches on its early 2008 schedule. Or they are trying to build as much buzz as possible. In any event, the strike-imposed schedule was delayed and is now expected on Thursday.
ABC is the last to reveal its strike contingency plans and for a good reason - unlike the self-contained episodic dramas on other networks, many of ABC shows are serialized dramas that don't repeat well.
Also, the network has only one episode of its signature drama "Grey's Anatomy" left (the much-anticipated Bailey-voiceover episode). Does one air that immediately in January, or save it for sweeps, or hold it off till the strike is resolved?
Some shows like "Brothers & Sisters" and "Dirty Sexy Money" have 3 fresh episodes left, but since their respective lead-ins "Desperate Housewives" and "Private Practice" have run out of originals, isn't it a waste to burn them off on rerun nights?
The biggest question of all is of course where to put "Lost." The show that has changed all 3 timeslots on Wednesday nights in the past 3 seasons is now, as TV Guide reports, moving to a new night. But where can it have most impact?
ABC's recent scheduling moves (airing original episodes during Thanksgiving) has made little sense. I do hope though whatever the Alphabet comes up with, it helps them stay on top of their game.