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[05/17/04 - 12:00 AM]
ABC's 'Alias' to Get Midseason Bump
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

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LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest upfront buzz, broken down by network:

Please note: All information contained in this article is based on various sources and contacts in the TV industry. Nevertheless, all news should be treated as "unofficial" until the networks make their formal announcements.

The WB
(presents on Tuesday, May 18)

No changes have been indicated in the past 24 hours, as this is still understood to be the Frog's fall 2004 slate:

Mondays
8:00/7:00c - "7th Heaven"
9:00/8:00c - "Everwood"

Tuesdays
8:00/7:00c - "Gilmore Girls"
9:00/8:00c - "One Tree Hill"

Wednesdays
8:00/7:00c - "Smallville"
9:00/8:00c - "Blue Collar TV" (New Series)
9:30/9:30c - "The Green Screen" (New Series)

Thursdays
8:00/7:00c - "The Mountain" (New Series)
9:00/8:00c - "Studio 7" (New Series)

Fridays
8:00/7:00c - "What I Like About You" (New Time Slot)
8:30/7:30c - "Commando Nanny" (New Series)
9:00/8:00c - "Reba" (New Time Slot)
9:30/8:30c - "Grounded for Life" (New Time Slot)

Sundays
5:00/4:00c - "One Tree Hill" (Encores)
6:00/5:00c - "The Mountain" (Encores)
7:00/6:00c - "Steve Harvey's Big Time" (New Time Slot, One-Hour Episodes)
8:00/7:00c - "Charmed"
9:00/8:00c - "Jack & Bobby" (New Series)

Midseason
"Big Man on Campus" "High School Reunion"
"Shacking Up"
"Wannabes"

Canceled
"All About the Andersons"
"Angel"
"The Help"
"The Jamie Kennedy Experiment"
"Like Family"
"Run of the House"
"Tarzan"

ABC
(presents on Tuesday, May 18)

Not surprisingly the Alphabet is set to launch eight new series this fall with changes to every night of the week, save for Saturday. The big news however is that the network is expected to shelve the fourth season of "Alias" until midseason in order to give newcomer "Desperate Housewives" a higher profile launch on Sunday nights. "Alias" would then return in January for the an uninterrupted run.

As for the rest of its schedule, ABC will trim an hour of comedies while adding two new reality series ("The Swap" and "The Benefactor"). Both "My Wife and Kids" and "George Lopez" are set to relocate to Tuesday nights, followed by "Jim" and new entry "That's Just Rodney." "Eight Simple Rules" then, as previously indicated, jumps to Fridays along with "Less Than Perfect."

Here's the network's complete schedule set to be unveiled tomorrow afternoon:

Mondays
8:00/7:00c - "The Benefactor" (New Series)
9:00/8:00c - "Monday Night Football"

Tuesdays
8:00/7:00c - "My Wife and Kids" (New Time Slot)
8:30/7:30c - "The George Lopez Show" (New Time Slot)
9:00/8:00c - "According to Jim"
9:30/8:30c - "That's Just Rodney" (New Series)
10:00/9:00c - "N.Y.P.D. Blue"/"Blind Justice" (New Series)

Wednesdays
8:00/7:00c - "Lost" (New Series)
9:00/8:00c - "The Bachelor"
10:00/9:00c - "The Swap" (New Series)

Thursdays
8:00/7:00c - "Extreme Makeover" (New Time Slot)
9:00/8:00c - "Life As We Know It" (New Series)
10:00/9:00c - "Primetime Live"

Fridays
8:00/7:00c - "Eight Simple Rules..." (New Time Slot)
8:30/7:30c - "The Savages" (New Series)
9:00/8:00c - "Hope & Faith"
9:30/8:30c - "Less Than Perfect" (New Time Slot)
10:00/9:00c - "20/20"

Saturdays
8:00/7:00c - "The Wonderful World of Disney"
10:00/9:00c - (Various Programming)

Sundays
7:00/6:00c - "America's Funniest Home Videos"
8:00/7:00c - "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
9:00/8:00c - "Desperate Housewives" (New Series)/"Alias"
10:00/9:00c - "Fleet Street" (New Series)

Midseason
"Alias"
"Blind Justice"
"Empire"
"Eyes"
"Grey's Anatomy"

Canceled
"10-8"
"The Big House"
"Celebrity Mole"
"The D.A."
"I'm With Her"
"It's All Relative"
"Karen Sisco"
"L.A. Dragnet"
"Life With Bonne"
"Married to the Kellys"
"The Practice"
"Threat Matrix"

CBS
(presents on Wednesday, May 19)

The biggest rumor on Monday was that the Eye may pull the plug on "Yes, Dear" in favor of a newer entry. With just two comedy orders expected - both Jason Alexander and John Goodman's projects - the decision would fit with the network's current six-comedy setup. On the flip side, there's also talk of expanding Wednesdays into a two-hour comedy block with "60 Minutes II" being pushed back to 10:00/9:00c.

As for dramas, "C.S.I.: New York's" home still remains a mystery. Several schedules put "Dr. Vegas" on Tuesdays in the place of "The Guardian" while "Clubhouse" may take residence on Friday nights sandwiched between "Joan of Arcadia" and "J.A.G."

New Series
"C.S.I.: New York"
"Center of the Universe"
"The Clubhouse"
"Dr. Vegas"
"Untitled Jason Alexander/Tony Kornheiser Project"

FOX
(presents on Thursday, May 20)

The network has firmed up its fall commitments with new orders out to "The Inside," "Johnny Zero" and "Related by Family." It's not clear if FOX will release a "fall schedule" or simply fill in series on the fly based on the results of its summer slate. As for "Arrested Development" and "Tru Calling," both series are definitely on their way back.

New Series
"House"
"The Inside"
"Johnny Zero"
"Related by Family"

UPN
(presents on Thursday, May 20)

While the fate of "Enterprise" remains up in the air, industry insiders indicate the netlet is set to go forward with at least two new dramas: the Mel Gibson-produced "Kevin Hill" and the detective series "Veronica Mars."

New Series
"Kevin Hill"
"Veronica Mars"





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· 10-8 (ABC)
· 20/20 (ABC)
· 60 MINUTES (WED.) (CBS)
· ACCORDING TO JIM (ABC)
· ALIAS (ABC)
· ALL ABOUT THE ANDERSONS (WB)
· AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (ABC)
· ANGEL (WB)
· ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (NETFLIX)
· BACHELOR, THE (ABC)
· BENEFACTOR, THE (ABC)
· BIG HOUSE, THE (ABC)
· BIG MAN ON CAMPUS (WB)
· BLIND JUSTICE (ABC)
· BLUE COLLAR TV (WB)
· BOSTON LEGAL (ABC)
· CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE (CBS)
· CHARMED (WB)
· CLUBHOUSE (CBS)
· COMMANDO NANNY (WB)
· COMPLETE SAVAGES (ABC)
· CSI: NEW YORK (CBS)
· DA, THE (ABC)
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC)
· DR. VEGAS (CBS)
· DREW CAREY'S GREEN SCREEN SHOW (WB)
· EIGHT SIMPLE RULES (ABC)
· EMPIRE (ABC)
· EVERWOOD (WB)
· EXTREME MAKEOVER (ABC)
· EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION (HGTV)
· EYES (ABC)
· GEORGE LOPEZ SHOW, THE (ABC)
· GILMORE GIRLS (NETFLIX)
· GREY'S ANATOMY (ABC)
· GROUNDED FOR LIFE (WB)
· GUARDIAN, THE (CBS)
· HELP, THE (WB)
· HIGH SCHOOL REUNION (TV LAND)
· HOPE & FAITH (ABC)
· HOUSE (FOX)
· I'M WITH HER (ABC)
· INSIDE, THE (FOX)
· IT'S ALL RELATIVE (ABC)
· JACK & BOBBY (WB)
· JAG (CBS)
· JAMIE KENNEDY EXPERIMENT, THE (WB)
· JOAN OF ARCADIA (CBS)
· JONNY ZERO (FOX)
· KAREN SISCO (ABC)
· KEVIN HILL (UPN)
· LA DRAGNET (ABC)
· LESS THAN PERFECT (ABC)
· LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (ABC)
· LIFE ON A STICK (FOX)
· LIFE WITH BONNIE (ABC)
· LIKE FAMILY (WB)
· LISTEN UP (CBS)
· LIVING WITH FRAN (WB)
· LOST (ABC)
· MARRIED TO THE KELLYS (ABC)
· MOLE, THE (ABC)
· MOUNTAIN, THE (WB)
· MY WIFE & KIDS (ABC)
· NYPD BLUE (ABC)
· ONE TREE HILL (CW)
· PRACTICE, THE (ABC)
· PRIMETIME: WHAT WOULD YOU DO? (ABC)
· REBA (CW)
· RODNEY (ABC)
· RUN OF THE HOUSE (WB)
· SEVENTH HEAVEN (CW)
· SMALLVILLE (CW)
· STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE (UPN)
· STARLET, THE (WB)
· STEVE HARVEY'S BIG TIME CHALLENGE (WB)
· STUDIO 7 (WB)
· TARZAN (WB)
· THREAT MATRIX (ABC)
· TRU CALLING (FOX)
· VERONICA MARS (HULU)
· WHAT I LIKE ABOUT YOU (WB)
· WIFE SWAP (PARAMOUNT)
· WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY, THE (ABC)
· YES, DEAR (CBS)





[08/16/19 - 11:29 PM]
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[08/16/19 - 12:00 PM]
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[08/16/19 - 11:00 AM]
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[08/16/19 - 09:09 AM]
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[08/16/19 - 09:06 AM]
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[08/16/19 - 09:00 AM]
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[08/16/19 - 08:04 AM]
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[08/16/19 - 08:01 AM]
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[08/16/19 - 07:19 AM]
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[08/16/19 - 06:00 AM]
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[08/16/19 - 05:33 AM]
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[08/15/19 - 11:36 PM]
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