ABC announced their Fall 2008 TV Schedule today and it pretty much looks like their Fall 2007 Schedule. Only two new shows will be debuting this fall. In midseason there are a couple of more, along with the returning, but new to ABC, Scrubs.
While there aren’t a lot new shows, at present, in the ABC lineup, they sure did cancel a lot of shows that played at some point last season.
ABC presently has 17 pilots presently in development, so there could be a lot more new to come in midseason and into the spring.
You can see the full primetime schedule, new and returning midseason series and cancellations below. Bold Italic denotes new show.
Update 5.18.2008: See what the rest of the networks are doing for Fall 2008.
ABC Fall 2008 Primetime TV Schedule
America’s Funniest Home Videos
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Brothers & Sisters
Dancing with the Stars – This slot will be filled by an Untitled Tyra Banks-Ashton Kutcher Show after it completes its fall run, which will be some sort of beauty pageant competition reality show.
Boston Legal – ABC has ordered 13 episodes of the show for fall and announced this would be the show’s final season. The Bachelor will then play in this timeslot. Still think that this would have been a good spot for the cancelled Men in Trees.
Opportunity Knocks – A traveling game show that shows up on people’s doorsteps and tries to find out how much they know about each other.
Dancing With the Stars the Results – Scrubs, moving over from NBC and new animated comedy The Goode Family will takeover this timeslot after the show’s fall run.
Eli Stone – Very glad to see this show coming back, it started out slow, but became a favorite by the end of its first season run.
Pushing Daisies – One of the best new shows from last season, very much looking forward to its return.
Dirty Sexy Money
Life on Mars – It is based on the BBC series of the same name. It is about a present day police detective that wakes up after being in a car crash to find he has somehow been transported back to 1973, but is still working as a detective. Sounds interesting and the BBC version is supposed to be really good, but I wonder how well it will do in this timeslot. Will the Grey’s audience stick around and watch?
Saturday Night College Football
ABC Shows – Retuning at Midseason
Coming back, but not until later are: According to Jim, The Bachelor, Lost and Primetime: What Would You Do?
ABC Shows – New for Midseason
Debuting in late fall or early 2009 are: The Goode Family, Scrubs, well new to ABC anyway, and the Untitled Tyra Banks-Ashton Kutcher Show.
ABC Shows – Cancelled/Not Returning
They have said goodbye to: Big Shots, Carpoolers, Cashmere Mafia, Cavemen, Men in Trees, Miss Guided, Notes From the Underbelly, October Road, Oprah’s Big Give, and Women’s Murder Club.
TVaholic’s Take on the ABC Fall 2008 TV Schedule
My happiness for the return of Eli Stone is tempered by the cancellations of Men in Trees and Women’s Murder Club. Also would have liked to see Miss Guided get a better shot than they did, it was actually pretty good.
Looking forward to the midseason return of Scrubs and learning more about the many comedies that ABC has in the pipeline. On the drama side, can’t wait to hear about Cupid making a winter or spring debut.
Except for Samantha Who?, it looks like the TVaholic will have ABC free Mondays and Fridays. But, overall the schedule looks pretty strong, with eight returning shows that I will be watching and one new show that I will be checking out.
How about you? What do you like about ABC’s Fall 2008 Schedule? What don’t you like? What shows do you wish they hadn’t cancelled? Let us know in the comments.