Wednesday, May 15, 2002
ABC makes radical changes for fall
By John Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer
ABC puts a new spin on fall by changing every night but Sunday, adding seven new shows, and canceling Spin City, Dharma & Greg and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire, TV's No. 1 show two years ago, also won't be back weekly, though trade publications say it will return as sweeps specials.
Politically Incorrect, started in 1993 on Comedy Central, will end five years on ABC in December. Jimmy Kimmel (The Man Show) will debut a new late-night show after ABC's Super Bowl telecast in January.
ABC FALL LINEUP
Sunday: 7, Wonderful World of Disney; 9, Alias; 10, The Practice|
Monday:8, Drew Carey; 8:30, Whose Line Is It Anyway?; 9, Monday Night Football
Tuesday:8, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter; 8:30, According to Jim; 9, Life with Bonnie; 9:30, Less than Perfect; 10, NYPD Blue.
Wednesday: 8, My Wife and Kids; 8:30, George Lopez Show; 9, The Bachelor II; 10, Meds
Thursday: 8, Dinotopia; 9, Push, Nevada; 10, Primetime Thursday
Friday: 8, America's Funniest Home Videos; 9, That Was Then; 10, 20/20
Saturday: 8, movie
Don Cheadle (Ocean's Eleven, A Lesson Before Dying) plays hustler Cousin D on The Bernie Mack Show (9 p.m., Channels 19, 45).|
The network also canceled Delhi Township native Diana-Maria Riva's Philly; Sally Field's The Court, Jason Alexander's Bob Patterson, The Job; Once and Again; What About Joan?; Thieves; The Chair; and 9:30 p.m. Eastern (8:30 p.m. Central).
ABC, fourth with viewers ages 18-49, has taken radical steps to revive the network.
It will start Tuesday and Thursday with new 8 p.m. shows, and move Drew Carey to 8 p.m. Monday. The 8-9 p.m. programming will be promoted as the ABC Happy Hour, says Lloyd Braun, ABC Entertainment chairman.
People can come home from a tough day at work, take their shoes off, relax, turn on ABC at 8 p.m. and have a great time, he says.
The new comedies:
8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (8 p.m. Tuesday): John Ritter (Hooperman, Three's Company) plays the father of two teen daughters, and a teen-age son, basedon W. Bruce Cameron's best seller. Katey Sagal (Married... with Children) co-stars as his wife.
Life with Bonnie (9 p.m. Tuesday): Bonnie Hunt writes, directs and stars as a local TV host, wife and mother of two children. With Brian Kerwin (Beggars and Choosers) and David Alan Grier (In Living Color).
Less than Perfect (9:30 p.m. Tuesday): A perky TV station secretary (Sara Rue from Popular) gets promoted to TV anchor. With Sherri Shepherd (Emeril; Everybody Loves Raymond), Andy Dick (NewsRadio) and Eric Roberts (Star 80).
Meds (10 p.m. Wednesday): Two renegade doctors fight the HMO system to give patients the best care. Stars include William Fichtner(The Perfect Storm), John Hannah (The Mummy Returns),Jacqueline McKenzie and Edward Herrmann (Gilmore Girls).
Dinotopia (8 p.m. Thursday):ABC's May miniseries continues as a weekly one-hour series.
Push, Nevada (9 p.m. Thursday):Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and partners produce this audience-participation drama in which the viewer who solves the puzzle will win the money an IRS agent (Derek Cecilfrom Pasadena) is trying to find in a strange Twin Peaks-like town.
That Was Then (9 p.m. Friday): A salesman (James Bulliard) living with his parents travels back in time to age 16, and changes his life. With Bess Armstrong (My So-Called Life) and Jeffrey Tambor (Larry Sanders Show).
ABC also announced that when Monday Night Football ends in January, it will be replaced by a Dragnet revival from producer Dick Wolf (Law & Order) and a drama called Miracles.
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