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No ALIAS Till 2005'' ABC's Autumn Schedule!!

I am – Hercules!!

ABC announced its fall slate Tuesday morning!

The big news is that, following this Sunday’s season finale no new “Alias” episode will air in 2004.

What are we excited about? “Lost,” the weirdass new castaway series from “Alias” creator J.J. Abrams, and “Fleet Street,” the “Practice” sequel starring James Spader, William Shatner, Rhona Mitra and Lake Bell.

Shitcoms “I’m With Her” and “It’s All Relative” have been purged (and the Jessica Simpson laugh-fest apparently was not ordered), apparently because all networks realized about seven seconds ago that Americans now prefer reality shows to anything with a laughtrack. Even "Life With Bonnie," described as "renewed (or almost)" by USA Today last month, is on the scrapheap.

One caveat: some say “Wife Swap” and “Extreme Makeover” could trade slots by the time of ABC’s formal Tuesday announcement.

The expected big rundown:

Monday
8:00 The Benefactor
9:00 Monday Night Football

Tuesday
8:00 My Wife And Kids
8:30 George Lopez
9:00 According to Jim
9:30 That’s Just Rodney
10:00 NYPD Blue/Blind Justice

Wednesday
8:00 Lost
9:00 The Bachelor
10:00 Wife Swap

Thursday
8:00 Extreme Makeover
9:00 Life As We Know It
10:00 Primetime

Friday
8:00 8 Simple Rules …
8:30 Savages
9:00 Hope & Faith
9:30 Less Than Perfect
10:00 20/20

Saturday
8:00 Wonderful World of Disney

Sunday
7:00 America’s Funniest Home Videos
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9:00 Desperate Housewives/Alias
10:00 Fleet Street

The nine new autumn shows:

“The Benefactor” is a realitiy skein from Clay Newbill (“The Mole”) that will see Internet zillionaire Mark Cuban give away $1 million to an individual he deems worthy.

“That’s Just Rodney” is a family sitcom built around standup comic Rodney Carrington, from writer-producer Don Reo (“Blossom,” “The John Larroquette Show,” “Action,” “My Wife and Kids”). It stars Carrington, Amy Pietz (“Caroline in the City,” “The Weber Show”), Jennifer Aspen (“Bob Patterson”), Matthew Michael Josten (“JAG”), Oliver Davis (Alex Taggart on “ER”) and Nick Searcy (“Seven Days”).

“Blind Justice” is about a blind detective who fights crime – like “Daredevil”! But not so much. It’s from “NYPD Blue” writers Matt Olmstead, Nicholas Wooten and Stephen Bochco and stars Ron Eldard (“Men Behaving Badly”), Rena Sofer (“Coupling”), Marisol Nichols (“Vegas Vacation”), Reno Wilson (“The Chronicle”) and Frank Grillo (“Minority Report”).

“Lost” is a sci-fi action adventure about plane-crash survivors who find themselves stranded on a strange island teeming with the weird and dangerous, created by “Alias” mastermind J.J. Abrams. It stars Matthew Fox (“Party of Five,” “Haunted”), Maggie Grace (“Oliver Beene”), Ian Somerhalder (Adam Knight on “Smallville”), Dominic Monaghan (the “Lord of the Rings” series), Harold Perrineau (the “Matrix” series), Daniel Dae Kim (“Angel,” “24,” “Hulk”), Naveen Andrews (“The English Patient,” “Rollerball”), Josh Holloway and Evangeline Lilly.

“Wife Swap” is a reality show about hausfraus who swap households without getting to sleep with each other’s husbands. It’s based on a Brit hit and comes from producer Michael Davies (“Who Wants to Be A Millionaire”)

“Life As We Know It”, a Seattle coming-of-age hourlong from “Freaks & Geeks” writers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah. It stars Sean Faris (“Undressed,” “Sleepover”), Jon Foster (“Danny”), Chris Lowell, Marguerite Moreau (“Wet Hot American Summer,” “Runaway Jury”), Kelly Osbourne (“The Osbournes”), Lisa Darr (“Popular”), Missy Pergrym (“Black Sash”) and D.B. Sweeney (“Harsh Realm”).

“Savages” is a sitcom about a father raising five teen boys, from married writer-producers Mike Scully and Julie Thacker (“The Simpsons,” “The Pitts”). It stars Keith Carradine (“Deadwood”), Eric Von Detten (“The Princess Diaries”), Shaun Sipos (“Maybe It’s Me”), Mitchel Musso (“Secondhand Lions”) and Vincent Ventresca (“The Invisible Man”).

“Desperate Housewives” is a comedy-drama about four housewives on a cul-de-sac, all of whom harbor secrets. It’s from writer-producer Marc Cherry (“The Golden Girls,” “The Crew,” “Some Of My Best Friends”) and Chuck Pratt (“Sunset Beach,” “Titans”). It stars Teri Hatcher (“Spy Kids”), Marcia Cross (“Everwood”), Felicity Huffman (“Sports Night,” “Out of Order”), Eva Longoria (“L.A. Dragnet”), Sheryl Lee (“Kingpin”), Andrea Bowen (“That Was Then”), Jamie Denton (“Threat Matrix”), Ricardo Chavira (“The Alamo”), Mark Moses (“Red Dragon”), Cody Kasch (“Normal, Ohio”), Kyle Searles (“7th Heaven”) and Michael Reilly Burke (“Providence”).

“Fleet Street” is David E. Kelley’s “Practice” sequel revolving around the James Spader, Rhona Mitra, William Shatner, Rebecca De Mornay, Vince Colosimo and Lake Bell characters we met in the season just concluded.

And the three due at midseason:

“Empire” is a limited series, set in Ancient Rome, about an outcast gladiator who protects Julius Caesar’s exiled nephew. It’s written by somebody named Tom Wheeler and stars Santiago Cabrera, Jonathan Cake (“The American Embassy”), James Frain (“The Count of Monte Cristo”), Fiona Shaw (the “Harry Potter” movies), Roger Ashton-Griffiths (“Gangs of New York”) and Orla Brady (“Family Law”).

“Eyes” is an hourlong about a results-oriented “risk management corporation” from writer-producer John McNamera (TV’s “Fugitive,” “Fastlane”). It stars Tim Daly (“The Fugitive”), A.J. Langer (“It’s Like, You Know …” “Three Sisters”), Laura Leighton (“Melrose Place”), Rick Worthy (a recurring Xindi in “Star Trek Enterprise”), Reg Rogers (“Analyze That”), Garcelle Beauvais (“Barbershop 2”) and Natalie Zea (“The Shield”).

“Grey’s Anatomy”, an hourlong about surgical residents in San Francisco, from writer-producer James Parriott (“The American Embassy,” “Threat Matrix”). With Katherine Heigl (“Roswell”), T.R. Knight (“Charlie Lawrence”), Ellen Pompeo (“Old School”), Chandra Wilson (“Bob Patterson”), Isaiah Washington (“Hollywood Homicide”), James Pickens Jr. (“The Lyon’s Den”) and Patrick Dempsey (“Sweet Home Alabama”).

I am – Hercules!!





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  • May 18, 2004, 2:33 a.m. CST

    alias....

    by YourHero

    if they're gonna take that much time off til the next season there better be a reeeal good storyline, i.e. situations where jennifer garner has to wear tight clothing again.

  • There are two kinds of reality programs, "smart people doing smart things", and "stupid people doing stupid things" and everything except Survivor and Amazing Race is in the second category. *** Of all the networks, ABC is looking to be the worst in my eyes. I see nothing, with the possible exception of "Lost" that I have the least interest in watching. If Alias does not return to ABC till 2005, then neither do I! Anyone know if it is a full season of Alias that was ordered?

  • May 18, 2004, 3:07 a.m. CST

    What the Flying Fuck!

    by NicholasWolfwood

    *begins to cry*

  • May 18, 2004, 3:31 a.m. CST

    No Alias = No ABC

    by NGrey

    Alias was the only show on abc i watched. Guess i wont be watching abc till 2005. Another case of dumb network exec's. Booo!

  • May 18, 2004, 3:35 a.m. CST

    THANK GOD ALMIGHTY FOR CABLE!

    by Luvs269er

    What a complete and utter CLUSTERFUCK the ENTIRE 2004-2005 TV Season is already shaping up to be. Networks eagerly cancel fan favorites while inexplicably (except for the backroom deals) keep reviled shows alive? NO "Alias" but "DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES"?!? How about Desperate VIEWERS?!? How horrifying it must be to grow up around the CULTURAL wasteland that is current Network TV. If I hear that TY What-His-Fuck yell into that "Extreme Home Makeover" BULLHORN of his one more time (why does he have to YELL into a BULLHORN anyway?!?)-- I'm not going to wait for some angry construction worker to grab it and shove it up his ass... I'm going to call in what little favors I have and track that sonofabitch down and shove the damn thing up his ass myself... But not before I make sure the whole "Design Team" is standing nearby!

  • May 18, 2004, 3:51 a.m. CST

    WTF??

    by frantoll

    They're pre-empting/post-poning one of the finest shows of this decade with a cheap, sleezy reality show about wife-swapping? No Alias in 2004 because ABC will be better served by Horny Housewives or whatever? This is Disney, right? The holier-than-thou, too-good-to-distribute-Michael Moore mickey mouse network? What the fuck??? There better be a fucking explanation forthcoming.

  • May 18, 2004, 5:16 a.m. CST

    I agree with Luvs269er

    by Diogenes

    I totally agree with Luvs269er, if there wasnt HBO then I probably wouldn't watch any tv, well except for 24, The Simpsons, Malcom in the Middle, Two and a Half Men, Scrubs, and ER sometimes, but other than that the only shows I watch are all of the ones on HBO, and well and I watch a lot of documetaries and The News Hour w/ Jim Learer*, so I guess I would watch tv, but I agree that the new fall lineups suck so far.

  • May 18, 2004, 11:33 a.m. CST

    From TV Guide.com

    by JackBristow

    ABC won't debut a fourth season of Alias until January '05, allowing the serial thriller to enjoy an uninterrupted, rerun-free 20-episode run.

  • May 18, 2004, 11:35 a.m. CST

    so then how many episodes of alias are we getting next season

    by Demosthenes2

    not right i tell ya. not right. did greg grunberg's pilot also from j.j. abrams not get picked up? bummer.

  • May 18, 2004, 3:24 p.m. CST

    My first reaction on seeing this line-up

    by jim

    was to think that ABC had done the impossible: To have a line-up even more dismal than the WB's. But on reading the descriptions and casting, some of these shows may actually be watchable. All in all, the networks' fall schedules makes me think I will have A LOT of time next fall & winter to catch up on my reading.

  • May 18, 2004, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Grays Anatomy - An hour long dramam about a team of Nevada surgi

    by sTalking_Goat

    Now that a show I would watch, do we really need a two millionth doctor show? Lost is the only new show that even remotely watchable on any network this Fall. This has to be the worst season of television in my lifetime. TV itself has jumped the shark.

  • May 18, 2004, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Grays Anatomy - An hour long dramam about a team of Nevada surgi

    by sTalking_Goat

    Now that a show I would watch, do we really need a two millionth doctor show? Lost is the only new show that even remotely watchable on any network this Fall. This has to be the worst season of television in my lifetime. TV itself has jumped the shark.

  • May 18, 2004, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Grays Anatomy - An hour long dramam about a team of Nevada surgi

    by sTalking_Goat

    Now that a show I would watch, do we really need a two millionth doctor show? Lost is the only new show that even remotely watchable on any network this Fall. This has to be the worst season of television in my lifetime. TV itself has jumped the shark.

  • May 18, 2004, 5:11 p.m. CST

    apologies for the multiple posts. don't know how that happened..

    by sTalking_Goat

  • May 18, 2004, 6:31 p.m. CST

    WTF?

    by Choda Boy

    "apparently because all networks realized about seven seconds ago that Americans now prefer reality shows to anything with a laughtrack." Oh please. Last time I checked I was an American and I'd rather watch a marathon of "Living Single" with my eyelids taped open than watch the fucking "Simple Life", so keep your blanket statements in check. At least a sitcom isn't trying to convince me that it's "real" or "unscripted". What's this new one, "Wife Swapping"? And they said Chuck Barris was ruining TV... Thank God for cable indeed. Reality TV go to fuck itself.

  • May 18, 2004, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Oooops

    by Choda Boy

    I meant to say "Reality TV can go fuck itself." I have to remember to proofread next time I decide to go off on a hate-filled rant.

  • May 18, 2004, 9:52 p.m. CST

    1 Good Thing

    by tvchick

    There's one good thing about this insane schedule ABC has put together....D.B.Sweeney

  • May 18, 2004, 11:58 p.m. CST

    That sound you hear is...

    by OptimusPrimeTime

    ...millions of 18-34 year old males turning on their GameCubes, their X-Boxes, and their PS2s....again. First, they treated Sports Night so horribly that Sorkin dropped the show (in favor of The Left Wing)...then they cancelled Clerks: Animated after a handful of airings. I now have no reason to watch ABC, save for Monday Night Football, until 2005. Viva la Mario!

  • May 19, 2004, 12:50 a.m. CST

    If Alias

    by TenDeuChen

    if alias is going to be on a rerun free uninterrupted schedule this can mean only one thing...they're going to do one hella crazy storyline that you can't miss a single week of! maybe...let's hope, let's hope!!!

  • May 19, 2004, 12:54 a.m. CST

    NO Alias, What the F***!!!!!!!!!!

    by maverick fan

    I have absolutely no clue what ABC is thinking. Jennifer Garner is at the peak of her popularity after her last movie and she has Elektra on the way. Why would you not want to make her vehicle a centerpiece of your turnaround. Plus, you need around 100 episodes before the magical dollars of syndication start to roll in. Absolutely no freakin clue. I won't watch a damn thing on ABC until Alias comes back.

  • May 19, 2004, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Alias is getting ridiuclous...

    by Batutta

    They've stretched this Rimbaldi crap beyond all reason. They not only jumped the shark they beat it to a bloody pulp.

  • May 19, 2004, 4:26 a.m. CST

    We should still be getting a full season.

    by Psyclops

    According to other online sources, we'll still be getting a full fourth season with no interruptions from January till May of 2005. Plus, ELEKTRA is due out in February so I'm sure ABC will be using that time to promote the hell out of the star of their Sunday night line up. Let's hope that extra time before the season premiere will the writers a chance to work out a stronger storyline.