ABC is back with their upfront presentation for the 2008/2009 television season, and they didn’t change a whole lot of anything. New shows are in bold.
8:00 pm: “Dancing with the Stars”
9:30 pm: “Samantha Who?”
10:00 pm: “Boston Legal”
8:00 pm: “Opportunity Knocks”
9:00 pm: “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”
10:00 pm: “Eli Stone”
8:00 pm: “Pushing Daisies”
9:00 pm: “Private Practice”
10:00 pm: “Dirty Sexy Money”
8:00 pm: “Ugly Betty”
9:00 pm:”Grey’s Anatomy”
10:00 pm: “Life on Mars”
8:00 pm: “Wife Swap”
9:00 pm: “Supernanny”
10:00 pm: “20/20”
8:00 pm: “Saturday Night College Football”
7:00 pm: “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8:00 pm: “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
9:00 pm: “Desperate Housewives”
10:00 pm: “Brothers & Sisters”
Here are the descriptions of each new show with my take.
“LIFE ON MARS”
(Drama, Thursdays 10pm)
“Life on Mars” is based on the BBC series created by Matthew Graham, Tony Jordan and Ashley Pharoah. The series revolves around Sam Tyler, a modern-day police detective who, after a car crash, mysteriously finds himself transported back to 1973 and still working as a detective.
“Life on Mars” stars Jason O’ Mara as Sam Tyler, Rachelle LeFevre as Annie Cartwright, Colm Meaney as Gene Hunt, Stephanie Jacobsen as Maya, Lenny Clarke as George Randall, Patrick Wenk-Wolff as Colin Raimes and Richard Benjamin as Milton Kornboll.
The series is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television and ABC Studios. Josh Applebaum, Andre Nemec, Scott Rosenberg, Jane Featherstone, Stephen Garrett and David E. Kelley are the executive producers. The pilot episode of “Life on Mars” was executive-produced by David E. Kelley, Tommy Schlamme, Bob Breech, Jane Featherstone and Stephen Garrett, and was produced by David E. Kelley Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television.
Sean’s Take: The British version was quite intriguing, but seeing as it only ran for two seasons, a total of 16 episodes, or less than one American television season. It was the perfect length, and fitting, so trying to run this for 22 episodes, let alone multiple seasons is going to be tricky, and more than likely not work.
(Drama, Tuesdays 8pm)
“Opportunity Knocks” is a new show that breaks the mold of typical game and reality shows. We will be showing up on America’s doorstep and testing how well they know their family. Our mobile team will arrive at “Anywhere, America” in a semi-truck that is full of flat screen TVs, new furniture and big cash prizes that the family can win right there. We will take the action of a game show directly into our contestants’ homes, setting up shop in a family’s front lawn. The instant our host, JD Roth, knocks on the front door, the game will begin. Hollywood will invade a suburban neighborhood, and each week one lucky family will play the game of a lifetime in front of all their friends and neighbors.
The host poses trivia questions to family members based directly on their lives, each other and articles found in and around their home. If they’re able to prove they know their family inside and out, they’ll win the prizes of their dreams.
Executive producers for “Opportunity Knocks” are Ashton Kutcher, Jason Goldberg, Karey Burke, J.D. Roth and Todd A. Nelson. “Opportunity Knocks” is produced by Katalyst Films and 3 Ball Productions.
Sean’s Take: ugh… this sounds painful and annoying. No thank you. However, considering this network pulls off Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, it’ll probably do well.
ABC is doing well, and there was no reason to mess with success at this time. Only changing up the lineup a little, while adding two new shows, was probably the right way to go. They also had already gotten rid of the majority of their dead weight in the season just now wrapping up (Carpoolers and Cavemen jump immediately to mind)