TV posts fall plans
Networks present lineups of new, returning series
CBS may be the most popular television network, but it’s still shaking things up for the fall by adding five new shows, axing seven current series and moving four established shows to new nights.
Second-place Fox is promising to boost a sagging “American Idol” and is counting on surprise hit “Glee” to deliver viewers for two new comedies that wil follow on Tuesday nights.
ABC will try to shore up its midweek schedule with cop and legal dramas and, only a few months after “Lost” departs, a supernatural series that also begins with a plane crash.
NBC is trying to erase the memory of this season’s failed Jay Leno experiment – and avoid another fourth-place finish – by presenting new scripted programming each weeknight at 10 p.m.
And the young CW network will add its first action series to the schedule, along with a drama with Ashley Tisdale (“High School Musical”) as the captain of a college cheerleading squad.
The broadcast networks announced their fall schedules to advertisers in a series of presentations this week. Here’s a rundown of the new shows to look for come September, as well as what you won’t be seeing anymore.
•“(Bleep) My Dad Says,” based on the real-life Twitter feed of a man who has built a following of more than a million people by recording the Archie Bunker-like observations of his father, played by William Shatner. (The Parents Television Council, upset over the title, already is threatening to challenge the broadcast licenses of CBS affiliates if they air the show.)
•“Hawaii Five-O,” a modern revival of the 1970s cop drama featuring Daniel Dae Kim, fresh from the Hawaii-based “Lost.”
•“Blue Bloods,” starring Tom Selleck as head of a New York family with three generations in law enforcement.
•“The Defenders,” a “comedic drama” with Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell as two colorful Las Vegas defense attorneys.
•“Mike & Molly,” about a couple who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting.
Canceled: “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Cold Case,” “Miami Medical,” “Numb3rs,” “Gary Unmarried,” “Accidentally on Purpose.”
•“Raising Hope,” about a 23-year pool cleaner who suddenly has to raise his baby, with sitcom veteran Cloris Leachman.
•“Running Wilde,” starring Will Arnett as a playboy trying to woo his high school sweetheart, played by Keri Russell.
•“Lonestar,” a prime-time soap about a Texas family with feet in both the working class and high finance worlds.
Canceled: “Sons of Tucson,” “Past Life,” “Til’ Death,” “The Wanda Sykes Show.”
•“Detroit 1-8-7,” with Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”) playing a “damaged but driven” homicide detective.
•“The Whole Truth,” a legal drama starring Rob Morrow (“Numb3rs”) and Joely Richardson (“Nip/Tuck”) as former Yale Law School classmates who compete as a prosecutor and defense attorney.
•“My Generation,” a scripted series about a documentary crew that follows a Texas high school class in 2000, then returns to revisit those lives a decade later.
•“No Ordinary Family,” featuring Michael Chiklis, about a family whose plane crashes into the Amazon River and emerges with superpowers.
•“Body of Proof,” with Dana Delany playing a neurosurgeon who becomes a medical examiner after being injured in a car accident.
•“Better Together,” a comedy about three couples in a family at various stages of their lives and relationships.
•“Secret Millionaire,” a reality show that used to be on Fox in a different format, following some wealthy people as they live and volunteer in some of the country’s most impoverished neighborhoods.
Canceled: “Flash Forward,” “Scrubs,” “Better Off Ted,” “Hank,” “Eastwick.”
•“Outlaw,” starring Jimmy Smits as a U.S. Supreme Court justice who quits and returns to private practice to fight for the “little guy.”
•“Love Bites,” a romantic anthology that stars two women who are the last of their group of friends to get married, and brings in different stories each week.
•“The Event,” a conspiracy thriller in which a man discovers a government cover-up while investigating the mysterious death of his fiancee.
•“Chase,” a Jerry Bruckheimer-produced drama about catching criminals on the lam.
•“Undercovers,” a drama from J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Alias”) about two of the CIA’s best spies who retired to run a catering business when they got married, then are called back into action to find a missing colleague.
•“Outsourced,” a comedy about a mid-American novelties company whose call center has been outsourced to India.
•“School Pride,” a reality series about communities trying to renovate broken-down schools.
•“Law & Order: Los Angeles,” another spinoff from the long-running franchise.
Canceled: “Law & Order,” “Heroes,” “Mercy,” “Trauma.”
•“Nikita,” with Maggie Q (“Mission: Impossible III,” “Live Free or Die Hard”) as a government-trained assassin who breaks the rules by falling in love – and now is targeted for death.
•“Hellcats,” about cheerleaders at a mythical, football-crazed college based in Memphis, starring Tisdale and Aly Michalka.
Canceled: “Melrose Place,” “High Society,” “Fly Girls.”