ABC's "Big Shots" On Hiatus; Replaced by "Private Practice" Reruns
ABC is about to try what some have been suggesting since the beginning: air "Grey's Anatomy" spin-off "Private Practice" after its parent series on Thursday nights at 10:00 pm. That means "Big Shots" in going on hiatus, effective immediately.
Although the critically-panned Michael Vartan series did manage to generate a limited following, it also regularly managed to lose more than half of the 17-19 million people who would tune into "Grey's Anatomy" at 9:00pm this fall.
The Alphabet net's fading confidence in the series was reflected in the schedule - "Big Shots" was preempted 3 times over the past 4 weeks, and the only new episode aired on the night when both "Ugly Betty" and "Grey's Anatomy" were reruns (November 29).
3 more episodes of "Big Shots" have been filmed (8 have aired), and although ABC originally planned to burn off at least 2 of them in December, the show is replaced by reruns of "Private Practice" effective immediately.
Unlike its competitors, ABC has yet to announce its 2008 schedule. Many of its signature shows have either run out of new episodes or have only 1-3 fresh episodes left.
The network is facing a challenge in putting together an effective schedule as some of the shows no longer have a lead-in: there will be 3 new episodes of "Dirty Sexy Money" and at least 3 or more episodes of "Brothers & Sisters," but either none or one episode of "Private Practice" and "Desperate Housewives" to air before them.
ABC is expected to announce the new schedule this week.
The new schedule will reveal what ABC is planning to do with "Big Shots"; where they will air the remaining episodes of "Brothers & Sisters" and "Dirty Sexy Money"; and what timeslots will Lucy Liu's new dramedy "Cashmere Mafia" and the 4th season of "LOST" get.