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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

FALL TV UPFRONTS 2010-11: ABC

MONDAYS: The usual: DANCING WITH THE STARS for 2 hours leading into junior year bubbly show CASTLE, which could break out wide next fall. It's certainly been on a roll this year thanks to the resurgent DANCING. Better hope the casting people of DANCING choose wisely again, since their choices this last season reinvigorated the aging reality competition.
UPFRONT GRADE: B
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: None
HOURS I WILL WATCH: None

TUESDAYS: The buzzy NO ORDINARY FAMILY will kick things off. Its about a family who's plane crashes in the Amazon, and then the family discovers they have certain superpowers. Looks really fun! But then so did PUSHING DAISIES, and you saw what ABC did to that one. The DWTS RESULTS show follows, and then the documentary-style police drama DETROIT 1-8-7 wraps the night.
UPRFRONT GRADE: A-
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: NO ORDINARY FAMILY. DETROIT looks kinda interesting, but i will most likely not watch it.
HOURS: 1.00

WEDNESDAYS: Comedy is king again for ABC. THE MIDDLE will kick it off, followed by newcomer BETTER TOGETHER starring one of my favorite actresses (REBA's JoAnna Garcia). MODERN FAMILY and COUGAR TOWN keep the comfort flowing. Then THE WHOLE TRUTH finishes the night.
UPFRONT GRADE: A
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: MIDDLE, BETTER TOGETHER, MODERN FAMILY, and COUGAR TOWN
HOURS: 2.00

THURSDAYS: MY GENERATION starts the night out and follows high school students from graduation to 10 years later. Shonda Rimes' GREYS ANATOMY and PRIVATE PRACTICE stay put. Yawn.
UPFRONT GRADE: C+
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: MY GENERATION
HOURS: 1.00

FRIDAYS: Reality SECRET MILLIONAIRE starts the night; Dana Delaney's new show BODY OF PROOF gets the ugly 9 pm birth; and 20/20 closes out.
UPFRONT: B-
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: None
HOUR: None

SATURDAYS: College Football

SUNDAYS:
Nothing new here, unfortunately. AMERICAS NEXT TOP MODEL, EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and BROTHERS & SISTERS. ABC really dropped the ball here. If they wanted to save HOUSEWIVES, they should have been more aggressive. EXTREME has been sucky for two years now, and isnt it time to test out a NEW show following HOUSEWIVES? I'm afraid CBS is going to win this night now.
UPFRONT: D+
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
HOURS: 1.00

OVERALL UPFRONT GRADE: C
SHOWS I WILL WATCH: NO ORDINARY FAMILY, MIDDLE, BETTER TOGETHER, MODERN FAMILY, COUGAR TOWN, MY GENERATION, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
TOTAL HOURS: 5.00

MIDSEASON: HAPPY ENDINGS, MR SUNSHINE, V, and OFF THE PATH

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