As is usually the case when the networks release their upcoming fall schedule there is a mix of old and new and maybe a few surprises thrown in. This past season ABC hit the jackpot with a trio of popular shows that kept the network relevant on Wednesday nights. The Middle, Modern Family, and Cougar Town not only impressed the critics, the viewing public latched on to these shows with all their might.
For 2010, ABC doesn’t have a trio of half-hour comedy shows to release, but they do have some new ideas to mix with some old stand-bys.
Better Together – Wednesdays – Maddie and Ben have been dating for years, Maddie’s sister Mia has been dating a guy for 7-weeks and they are getting married and having a baby. The girls parents have been so beaten down over the years they happy for Mia. Maddie is disgusted with Mia and everything else outside of her relationship. Better Together stars JoAnna Garcia, Jennifer Finnigan, and Josh Cooke. This show has a chance, but my question is will the writer’s have enough material to keep this fast-paced show going?
No Ordinary Family – Tuesdays – After a plane crash, the members of a family now have superpowers. What will they do with these powers? The executive-producer is Jon Feldman, and it stars Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, and Tate Donovan. Nice cast but I cant see this one lasting.
Detroit 1-8-7 – Tuesdays – Another show where we follow big city cops around. Cast includes Michael Imperioli, Natalie Martinez, and Joshua Biton. We’ve all seen this before numerous times. This will really have to be good to make it.
My Generation – Thursdays – A show about a documentary about high school kids from Austin, TX. See what these kids are doing 10 years after high school. Stars Michael Stahl David, Kelli Garner, and Jaime King. Give it a try.
Secret Millionaire – Fridays – Follow some wealthy and powerful people as they help in some of the neediest parts of the country. This show will be emotional and life changing for all involved. It’s a good concept, but how will this show do on Friday nights?
Sundays – Extreme Makeover Home Edition and Desperate Housewives – No need to tinker with Sunday nights here. Former Bachlorette Jillian joins the design team on Extreme Makeover. Desperate Housewives is well, Desperate Housewives.
Monday/Tuesday – Dancing With the Stars – With Idol going through major changes look for Dancing to be the runaway number one show on the air. Look for another diverse and exciting cast. Will Julianne Hough come back is one question we will be waiting to find out the answer to, also rumors that Betty White may be a contestant.
Wednesday – The Middle, Modern Family, and Cougar Town. Wednesday will remain comedy night on ABC. All great shows, and I’m looking forward to see how these progress in 2010.
Thursday – Private Practice – This show has done well, and with many cliffhangers coming in 2010 it should hold steady.
Friday – 20/20 – The old guard of ABC, still going strong after all these years.
Possible mid-season replacements include The Bachelor, V, and Happy Endings.