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Learn The Finale Dates For LOST, ALIAS, INVASION, LEGAL & The Other ABC Hourlongs!! Plus? King's DESPERATION!!

Published at: March 21, 2006, 9:20 p.m. CST by staff

I am – Hercules!!

Start planning those finale parties! (And note that the long-promised TV adaptation of "Desperation" airs May 18.)

Look! A press release!!

FINALES & SPECIALS HIGHLIGHT ABC’S MAY SCHEDULE

ABC Announces Two-Hour Season Finales for “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Boston Legal”

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” Airs its Two-Hour Season Finale and Becomes Longest Running Entertainment Program in ABC History

“Alias” Two-Hour Series Finale Airs May 22

ABC Television Network today announced a lineup of finales and specials to air this May. Among the special events will be the two-hour season finales of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Boston Legal.” A very special two-hour season finale for “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” during which the show celebrates its status as the longest running entertainment program in ABC history, is also scheduled.

Additional special programming will include the two-hour series finale of “Alias” and “Stephen King’s Desperation,” a three-hour movie event. Season finales for “Invasion” and “What About Brian” will also air.

Dates and time periods for May finales and specials are as follows:

Monday, May 8
10:00-11:00 p.m. “What About Brian” (season finale)

Sunday, May 14
10:00-11:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” (two-part season finale)

Monday, May 15
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” (two-hour season finale special pt. 2)

Tuesday, May 16
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Boston Legal” (two-hour season finale)

Wednesday, May 17
10:01-11:00 p.m. “Invasion” (season finale)

Thursday, May 18
8:00-11:00 p.m. “Stephen King’s Desperation”

Friday, May 19
8:00-10:00 p.m. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (two-hour season finale) Celebration for longest running entertainment program

Sunday, May 21
7:00-9:00 p.m. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (two-hour season finale)
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Desperate Housewives” (two-hour season finale)

Monday, May 22
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Alias” (two-hour series finale)

Wednesday, May 24
9:00-11:00 p.m. “Lost” (two-hour season finale)

Production information is as follows:

“What About Brian” stars Barry Watson as Brian, Matthew Davis as Adam, Sarah Lancaster as Marjorie, Rick Gomez as Dave, Amanda Detmer as Deena, Rosanna Arquette as Nic and Raoul Bova as Angelo. The creator/executive producer of “What About Brian” is Dana Stevens and the executive producers are J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Alias”), Jeff Judah, Gabe Sachs, Thom Sherman and Bryan Burk. The co-executive producer is Dan Lerner. The producer is Carol Trussel. The series is produced by Touchstone Television in association with Bad Robot.

“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, T.R. Knight as George O’Malley, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Katherine Heigl as Isobel “Izzie” Stevens, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, Isaiah Washington as Preston Burke, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev and Kate Walsh as Addison Forbes Montgomery Shepherd. The series was created by Shonda Rhimes (“Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”). Rhimes, Mark Gordon (“Saving Private Ryan”), Betsy Beers (“Casanova”), James Parriott (“The American Embassy”) and Peter Horton are executive producers. “Grey’s Anatomy” is a Touchstone Television Production.

“Boston Legal” stars James Spader as Alan Shore, Julie Bowen as Denise Bauer, Mark Valley as Brad Chase, Rene Auberjonois as Paul Lewiston, with Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt and William Shatner as Denny Crane. “Boston Legal” was created by David E. Kelley. Kelley, Bill D’Elia and Janet Leahy are executive producers. The series is produced by David E. Kelley Productions in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television

The “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” design team includes Ty Pennington, Eduardo Xol, Tanya McQueen, Paul DiMeo, Michael Moloney, Paige Hemmis, Daniel Kucan, Ed Sanders, Preston Sharp and Tracy Hutson. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. The series is executive-produced by Tom Forman. Denise Cramsey is the co-executive producer.

“Invasion” stars William Fichtner as Sheriff Tom Underlay, Eddie Cibrian as Russell Varon, Lisa Sheridan as Larkin Groves, Kari Matchett as Dr. Mariel Underlay, Tyler Labine as Dave Groves, Evan Peters as Jesse Varon, Ariel Gade as Rose Varon, Alexis Dziena as Kira Underlay and Aisha Hinds as Mona Gomez. Shaun Cassidy created the series and serves as executive producer. Lawrence Trilling (director – “Alias,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Scrubs”) is co-executive producer and multiple Emmy Award-winning director Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing,” “ER,” “Sports Night”) is executive consultant. “Invasion” is from Shaun Cassidy Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television Production Inc.

“Stephen King’s Desperation” stars Tom Skerritt as Johnny Marinville, Steven Weber as Steve Ames, Annabeth Gish as Mary Jackson, Ron Perlman as Collie Entragian, Shane Haboucha as David Carver, Kelly Overton as Cynthia, Matt Frewer as Ralph Carver, Sylva Kelegian as Ellie Carver, Charles Durning as Tom Billingsley, Sammi Hanratty as Pie Carver, Henry Thomas as Peter Jackson, Ewan Chung as Shih, Alain Uy as Cha’an, Trieu Tran as young Viet, Tom Parker as young Johnny and Darren Victoria as Brian Ross. “Stephen King’s Desperation” was executive-produced by Mick Garris (“Riding the Bullet,” “Stephen King’s The Shining,” “Stephen King’s The Stand”), Stephen King and Mark Sennet (“Martin and Lewis,” “Dr. Vegas,” “K Street”). Garris also served as director. The film is from Sennet-Gernstein Entertainment in association with Touchstone Television.

Hosted by Tom Bergeron, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” is from Vin Di Bona productions. Vin Di Bona is executive producer, with Todd Thicke and Terry Moore serving as co-executive producers.

“Desperate Housewives” stars Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Van De Kamp, Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis, Nicollette Sheridan as Edie Britt, Alfre Woodard as Betty Applewhite, Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young, James Denton as Mike Delfino, Doug Savant as Tom Scavo, Ricardo Antonio Chavira as Carlos Solis, Mark Moses as Paul Young, Richard Burgi as Karl Mayer, Cody Kasch as Zach Young, Andrea Bowen as Julie Mayer, Shawn Pyfrom as Andrew Van De Kamp, Joy Lauren as Danielle Van De Kamp, Shane and Brent Kinsman as Porter and Preston Scavo, Mehcad Brooks as Matthew Applewhite and Nashawn Kearse as Caleb Applewhite. Marc Cherry is executive producer and creator and Tom Spezialy is executive producer of the series, which is from Touchstone Television.

“Alias” stars Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, Victor Garber as Jack Bristow, Ron Rifkin as Arvin Sloane, Carl Lumbly as Marcus Dixon, Kevin Weisman as Marshall Flinkman, Balthazar Getty as Thomas Grace, Rachel Nichols as Rachel Gibson, Élodie Bouchez as Renée Rienne and Amy Acker as Kelly Peyton. “Alias” was created by J.J. Abrams, who executive-produces the series along with Ken Olin, Jeff Pinkner, Jesse Alexander and Jeffrey Bell. The series, which is filmed in Los Angeles and premiered on September 30, 2001, is from Touchstone Television.

“Lost” stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Mr. Eko, Naveen Andrews as Sayid, Emilie de Ravin as Claire, Matthew Fox as Jack, Jorge Garcia as Hurley, Josh Holloway as Sawyer, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin, Yunjin Kim as Sun, Evangeline Lilly as Kate, Dominic Monaghan as Charlie, Terry O’Quinn as Locke, Harold Perrineau as Michael, Michelle Rodriguez as Ana Lucia and Cynthia Watros as Libby. The series was created by Jeffrey Lieber and J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof. Abrams, Lindelof, Bryan Burk, Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse serve as executive producers. “Lost,” which is filmed entirely on location in Hawaii, is from Touchstone Television.







Firefly: The Complete Series just went half-off -- $24.96 new!!



You say you don’t live in Los Angeles and have grown miserable hearing of Herc’s adventures at the Museum of Television’s William S. Paley Festival? Then you might have a gander at these:
2005 Paley Festival: Lost
2005 Paley Festival: Desperate Housewives
2005 Paley Festival: Boston Legal

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  • March 21, 2006, 9:26 p.m. CST

    first?

    by SonnyC79

    and the only one who cares? who am i kidding? i dont care myself. tivo tells me when to watch.

  • March 21, 2006, 9:27 p.m. CST

    am i first?

    by white owl

    i'll admit to trolling for first if i am...

  • March 21, 2006, 9:30 p.m. CST

    may 24th is a year away

    by white owl

    To slog through two more months of slowly progressing plotlines and repeats sucks. I've missed the last two weeks on purpose and to my luck..repeat!

  • March 21, 2006, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Talk back is kickin!!

    by Pageiv

    Can't believe no one wants to weigh in on this. site plug http://www.geocities.com/pageiv71/Michigan_Partisan.html

  • March 21, 2006, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Ana Lucia must die

    by McCroskey

    Hopefully the insufferable Michelle Rodriguez and her vile character will not survive the season.

  • March 21, 2006, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Next season.

    by PsychoCrash

    Lindelof said no more main characters'll die this season.

  • March 21, 2006, 10:05 p.m. CST

    "What About Who?"

    by Led Gopher

    I have never heard of this "What About Brian" show. I guess it doesn't matter as its' season is over soon. Speaking of which, I am not sure if I used the correct form of "its". True story.

  • March 21, 2006, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Since Evidence has taken Invasion's spot...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...where the hell is Invasion? Seriously, I think I like it more than Lost right now, and it keeps getting shafted. Any word? I guess as evidenced above, it comes back to Wed.

  • March 21, 2006, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Looks like ABC is serious about moving Grey's to Monday

    by Mr. Profit

    Why else show part 2 of it's season finale on another night. It's been rumored ABC is very happy with Grey ratings upswing (it's now their #1 show) and want it to now anchor another night. I guess this 2 part scheduling confirms it. Especially with the departure of Monday Night Football next season. Looks like CBS has some competition next season.

  • March 21, 2006, 10:33 p.m. CST

    And my best friend made an insightful comparison....

    by Mr. Profit

    She says Lost is the equivalent of dating an OK dude for 6 months and he strings you along without going further than dinner. Then in the end... He finally tries something, but by then you have moved on and dont care. I thought that was spot on. And with shows as exciting as 24. Lost needs to really show why they won Best Drama.

  • March 21, 2006, 10:39 p.m. CST

    if there is a desperation movie.....

    by bpharoah47

    will they make a film of regulators?

  • March 21, 2006, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Will there be any more repeats of Lost until the finale

    by OhDaesu

    Or will it be a new episode every week until then? I hope they get their shit together next season and just show new episodes every week ala 24.

  • March 21, 2006, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Alias is still on?

    by punto

    last episode I saw was like 3 months ago, I already forgot what heppend (it was supposed to be a 'shocking twist', that's all I remember). Did I miss something, or did they finally figure out how to keep the episodes off the internets? and WTF is 'All about brian'? With JJ abrams as an executive producer I figured we would have heard about it non-stop from Herc.

  • March 21, 2006, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Alias Returns April 19th...Amy Acker Spin-Off?? Herc??

    by Hell's Cigarette

  • March 21, 2006, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Brian

    by Kessler11

    I read the book this show is based on? I think. Great book. Tom Hanks Co was/ is producing? Either way, ya, watching.

  • March 21, 2006, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Grey's Anatomy 2-nighter?

    by seanny_d

    How does that make any sense? Night one for one hour, night two for two hours? How is a "two-hour season finale" being shown for three hours? Unless the Monday version is a repeat of the Sunday night episode. I guess it's irrelevant because of the Jack Bauer Power Hour. Announce that the last four hours will be shown in theatres, Fox. That's what I want to see.

  • March 21, 2006, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Last time on Alias . . .

    by jocutus

    Um, I kinda don't remember too well either. I think Syd's mom kidnapped her to raise her (as yet unborn) baby in some sort of Rambaldi prophecy connected plot. Syd tried to escape only to discover she's on an oil tanker in the middle of the ocean.

  • March 22, 2006, 12:25 a.m. CST

    All broadcasters should just follow the 24 model...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    and just fucking show the goddamned shows in a row.

  • March 22, 2006, 12:50 a.m. CST

    seanny_d

    by Monkey Butler

    The Grey's thing is probably gonna work like the Lost finale did last year - techincally it's a two hour finale (because the finale is the last episode to air) but there are three hours to that episode. Last year Lost had Exodus Part 1, the Exodus Parts 2 and 3 which aired together. So, 3 part episode, 2 hour finale. And according to that wanker Ausiello, another person will be die on Lost this season (coincidentally, right around the time Michael's sheduled to come back).

  • March 22, 2006, 12:53 a.m. CST

    The 24 model works if...

    by LordEnigma

    These networks have shows to run in place of 24 during the November sweeps period. All about selling ads, and until HOUSE AND BONES showed up on FOX. The 24 model caused them a lot of hassles last season. That aside, Invasion, has been a freakin revelation this season. Unlike LOST, this show still has a lot of mystery to it, but has ANSWERED some damn questions! Thanks ABC for giving Shaun Cassidy another shot at a network show.

  • March 22, 2006, 2:17 a.m. CST

    As much as I wanna see the Stephen King mini-series...

    by Shermdawg

    I gotta pass, Annabeth FUCKING Gish a.k.a. Monica Reyes a.k.a. the poorly written, horribly acted replacement for Mulder, during the last few seasons of The X-files. (Yes, I said Mulder, she was introduced as someone who "believed", and it was hinted she might be psychic, but somewhere over the course of the season they reverse her character with Doggett's which made about as much sense as hiring CARY FUCKING ELWES. I think Chris Carter really was smoking something, there at the end. DYR!!!

  • March 22, 2006, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Annabeth Gish is...

    by Silver Shamrock

    pure TV death. She shouldn't be allowed within 50 miles of a camera. She sucks the life out of every room she's in. She's the female Ted McGinley. I'll never forget her awkward introduction into the X-Files, the show was never the same and died an agonizing death.

  • March 22, 2006, 3:11 a.m. CST

    I hope they wrap up some kind of arc for LOST...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    My suggestion would be for that arc to be in regards to The Others. Wrap it up -- with a scenario where they are all killed... because of the mystery disease? The black smoke monster? A conflict with the Lostaways? A combination of these? I say get rid of them all, except maybe Alex. Of course, the Lostaways learn nothing about what was going on. Before Zeke dies, he can tease that other people will soon come to the island and "it will be too late" or something just as ominous. Then next season you have the Lostaways figuring out more of what DHARMA is, now that it is no longer being managed by The Others. And there's are unsettling signs that the island is about to be "invaded" by some outside force. Oh, yeah -- and the clock has to run down in the finale and we need to be shown what happens.

  • March 22, 2006, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Say whatever you like about lost but

    by emeraldboy

    |am Stunned that Invasion is still is on the air in the. Never have I seen show as an inane and as completely devoid of anything as Invasion. I have been following it over here in Ireland, the whole thing leaves me dumbfounded that show so awful could have been green lit. Well it is the WB, afterall so go fig. I have just seen schlamme name on the credits, desperate for work huh, tom?

  • March 22, 2006, 5:25 a.m. CST

    does anyone still watch boston legal?

    by newc0253

    i stopped watching after rhona mitra took her fine ass booty and left the show. david e kelley shows are only good in their first season. after that, they start suffering from an immediate and invariable shitty decline. also, alias season 5 is just about to start here in the UK. i find it telling that there hasn't been a single talkback about it all season. herc really went off that show in a big way, the presence of amy acker notwithstanding.

  • March 22, 2006, 6 a.m. CST

    MICK GARRIS!

    by Demon Disco

    THIS IS THE HACK POLICE - STEP AWAY FROM THE STEPHEN KING ADAPTATION AND COME OUT WITH YOUR HANDS UP!

  • March 22, 2006, 7:04 a.m. CST

    What About Brian should be about Brian Doyle-Murray

    by BLove

    That would rock.

  • March 22, 2006, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Yeah, we still watch BOSTON LEGAL, Herc notwithstanding

    by SpyGuy

    Rhona Mitra was definitely a major loss, but Marisa Coughlan (Allen Shore's current secretary Melissa) and Julie Bowen are helping with Rhona withdrawal a little. I'm not sure why Herc has declared a jihad against BOSTON LEGAL, but the lack of talkbacks for a consistently entertaining show (more consistent than LOST or BSG this season anyway) are definitely telling...or at the very least, implying. Oh, and of course, DENNY CRANE!

  • March 22, 2006, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Yo, whoever's getting paid by LOST's producers...

    by OurManInMontr

    to peruse shit talkbacks like this one, kindly take notice: a great majority of viewers seems to want the show to be aired in a different way next season. It doesn't necessarily have to be as sensible and enjoyable as 24's 24 in a row, but anything other than the current 1 week on-2 weeks off model would be an awesome improvement. I wouldn't go as far as Mr. Profit's best friend, but I WOULD say that LOST is like a girl who slightly overrates her own capacity for cock-teasing... So, while you've yet to really lose interest in any way, you're getting more than a little tired of her drag-this-on techniques and prolonged unavailabilities. As things are, my interest is getting plenty enough small reveals and new myteries to be maintained, but it also gets plenty enough time to plainly forget some of what the fuck happened 3 GODDAMNED WEEKS AGO!

  • March 22, 2006, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Invasion

    by clockpolitiks

    I am a fan of both lost and invasion, but I have to say, I've actually enjoyed invasion more than this past season of lost. Sure, the characters arent as cool or interesting, but they're growing on me. And to be frank, Invasion is a hell of a lot more believable than lost...and its about fucking body snatchers!

  • March 22, 2006, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Invasion!

    by MisterE

    With or without its 3rd ovary, Invasion is awesome!

  • March 22, 2006, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Yea

    by clockpolitiks

    I wish more people would give it a chance. Its actually a pretty fun show. It moves kinda slow sometimes, but it pays off in the end. They've revealed a lot already, and its only the 1st season.

  • March 22, 2006, 10:39 a.m. CST

    I am one of those that gave up on Invasion after

    by jim

    4 or 5 episodes. But I got back into it over the past month and am loving it. Glad I gave it a second chance.

  • March 22, 2006, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Mick Garris's DVD Commentary for...

    by Leto III

    ...THE STAND was fairly humorous and worth a listen, though.

  • March 22, 2006, 12:21 p.m. CST

    BOSTON LEGAL's gone down hill

    by Silver Shamrock

    It's gotten way too preachy and shrill. The looney left sure is unhinged and desperate these days. They saddled the great Rene Aberjonois with a tiresome storyline "waaa, my daughter's a druggie, waaa!" And not enough Denny Crane... And who would rather look at Candice Bergan than Rhona Mitra?

  • March 22, 2006, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Lost's Season Finale

    by Tocksick

    Last season's finale was SO good, even though, thinking back, not too much happened. The big thing that DID happen was they opened the Hatch. I think the writers are smart and know that to keep things fast-paced they need to have a MAJOR turning point at the end of each season. The Hatch changed everything for season two, and I am sure something big will happen during the season finale this year. My first guess is that the countdown will go down and something HUGE will happen...but that is too easy. A very big revelation, even bigger than the Hatch should happen at the end. It should be something that has been hinted at but never shown. The source of the invisible monster! The revelation of the TRUE Others! Or my personal favorite: The return of Cindy, the disappearing Australian Flight Attendant who reveals she blew up the plan!

  • March 22, 2006, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Wm. Shatner, 75 today

    by Napoleon Park

    It's Bill the Shat's birthday, 75 today, oldest living Star Trek cast member, "Rock! It!, man", Denny Crane! I am simply at a loss for words that this fact does not warrent a headline, an article and a talkback of it's own at an internets site called Ain't It Cool. Ranger Bob on Howdy Doody, "Nightmare at 20,000 feet", the Mike Myers mask, T.J. Hooker, THE BIG GIANT HEAD, priceline.com, "GEt A Life, people, it's just a TV show for crying out loud", he put his name on those Tek Wars books and then starred in the show based on them, DENNY feaking CRANE! "Morals were made up by the ruling elite to keep the hoi polloi from having any fun." -- Denny Crane!

  • March 22, 2006, 1:59 p.m. CST

    But I agree...

    by Napoleon Park

    Lost should get it's shit together and just show the episodes. *** Invasion started out slow but really picked up a full head of steam in the second half and grabbed my attention. That doesn;t mean the Invasion "season finale" won't actually be a 'series finale' so lets hope it's good. *** Grey's Anatomy is my favorite soap opera, but really, a four hour season finale? Excessive, much? Unless we get an hour of Yang and Izzie in the shower again and more demolitions cops blowing up. *** I am sorry to see Alias end - I really hoped it would continue next season without Mrs. Affleck. That's a cast and a mythology that I'll miss, like Xena.

  • March 22, 2006, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Lost's 2006-2007 scheduling should be....

    by WWPUT

    Sept. 27th - Nov. 29th 10 episodes non-stop Feb. 7th - March 7th 5 episodes April 4th - May 23rd 9 episodes including 2 hour finale There not to hard.. we'd only have to deal w/ two breaks one long one short. The currently scheduling is the worst I have EVER seen.

  • March 22, 2006, 3:18 p.m. CST

    WWPUT, I like your idea. Kind of like what we have

    by jim

    seen happen with Prison Break: A dozen or so episodes in the fall, a dozen or so in the spring. It really does kill the momentum of a show when it is on one week, off the next two, on, then off again. And no need to worry about people getting hooked on another network's mid-season replacement shows since most get cancelled within a week (Emily's Reasons Why Not) or three (Love Monkey) anyway.

  • March 22, 2006, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Every war plan looks good on paper....

    by Silver Shamrock

    what sounds good for us might be physically impossible in real life. 10 episodes back to back? This isn't Life according to Jim where they can just crank out stuido based episodes with canned laughter, this is location shooting with all sorts of problems: weather, lighting... I can't think of a TV production team in the world that can produce as quickly as is being suggested here and maintain the quality control we're used to.

  • March 22, 2006, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Lost's season 3 schedule

    by Tocksick

    You have an interesting idea with your schedule WWPUT. I don't think there have to be DRASTIC changes but there should be some. Fewer, longer breaks would be MUCH better than medium-sized frequent ones, especially for a continuity heavy show like Lost. I think the best thing would be to push back the premiere by a month to the end of October. We should get teased with 5 episodes through the end of November and then go (almost) non-stop starting in mid-January. Just a couple of week-long breaks in March and April and they could end with a two-hour premiere in May. What do you guys think?

  • March 22, 2006, 9:38 p.m. CST

    FYI... Silver Shamrock: Why the plan could work

    by WWPUT

    Ok, maybe you move one more episode to the spring and start a week later, but they aired 11 episodes (OK 2 were the pilot) in the first season in the fall. The second season they aired 9. Usually the first couple of episodes of the new year are produced in the fall and held over due to vacations etc. By pushing back the winter/spring premiere a couple of weeks and airing just one more episode in the fall, you can get the splits I mentioned above. My goal w/ that schedule was to have two splits w/ 12 episodes each, but w/ sweeps such a major issue, I came up with the plan mentioned above. I think a fall cliff hanger could become a new television momentum builder if done right. People will be all over the winter/spring premiere.

  • March 22, 2006, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Lost should do it 24 style.

    by Tall_Boy

    Personally, I think 24 has the best air schedule on TV. all at freakin once for months. Gold.

  • March 22, 2006, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Invasion pwns Lost

    by boast

    better writing. better acting. nuff said.

  • March 23, 2006, 1:31 a.m. CST

    Hey Irish Guy, Invasion is on ABC, not WB.

    by Lenny Nero

    Although everything is screwy over there on the Green Isle. I should know. I'm leaving for there tomorrow.

  • March 23, 2006, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Invasion and Lost

    by Tocksick

    There is one very clear way that Lost pawns Invasion...the PILOT! I watched the first episode of Invasion and it seemed OKAY but not good enough for me to commit my weekly schedule. Lost on the other hand had me hooked on day one.

  • March 23, 2006, 5:25 p.m. CST

    invasion = poo

    by Chet Hudson

    Not even The Fichtner can save this turd. Yet, I can't keep myself from DVRing it.

  • March 24, 2006, 12:09 a.m. CST

    New show: Who gives a rat's ass about Brian?

    by mikep

  • March 24, 2006, 7:03 a.m. CST

    SUPERNATURAL+SURFACE

    by ScaryJim

    Please tell me these were axed after the first series - they are airing here in the UK at the moment and I want to know if I will have to suffer it's banality again. I should really turn off but they are conveniently placed when there is absolutely nothing else on. Invasion better have a pay off, I wouldn't be too fussed about never seeing it again but it's bearable . Only just recently watched firefly. Can't believe it was axed and for that we have to suffer crap like SUPERNATURAL. 'Scary just got fucking idiotic'.

  • March 24, 2006, 8:42 a.m. CST

    I think both Supernatural and Surface

    by jim

    are still alive. At least I have not heard of them being cancelled. Most likely we have to wait for the networks to see if their new crop of fall 2006 pilots are good enough to replace these shows with. I stopped watching Surface after a few episodes but watched the final episode. Felt like I missed 2 or 3 episodes, not 4/5 of the season. I like Supernatural in a B show kind of way (it's not the show I watch at that time, it's the one I tape). If I get bored I fast forward to the next scene. A few episodes have had some creepy moments but really nothing I haven't seen before. However, now that it has been moved to Thursday at 9 I doubt I will ever see it again. With everything else that airs at that time, including My Name is Earl/The Office and CSI, Supernatural is out of luck.

  • March 24, 2006, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Networks seasons

    by vwvoyager

    Obviously something is going to have to change concerning the way networks present their shows. With DVDs available, not watching the show when its aired and catching up on DVD is a tempting proposition. I know a couple of people who have watched 24 and Lost that way, and if you avoid spoilers (which is tough to do), its so much better than getting pissed off at damn reruns. Starting Lost's season later will help; Fox is more on the ball than ABC when it comes to compacting a series' season to avoid rerunitis.

  • March 25, 2006, 11:52 a.m. CST

    I know this is all ABC stuff, but what about 24?

    by digital8

    I know its a nonstop season, but there are bound to be more 2-hour nights.

  • March 25, 2006, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Alias is still going?????????

    by digital8

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