The Upfronts: ABC
- Out: Eyes, Blind Justice, 8 Simple Rules, My Wife and Kids, Complete Savages.
- New: The Night Stalker, Invasion, Freddie, Commander-In-Chief, Hot Properties, What About Brian (debuts in January), Emily's Reasons Why Not (January), Crumbs (January), The Evidence (January), In Justice (January), and The Miracle Workers (January), Sons and Daugthers (January).
- Returning: Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, America's Funniest Home Videos, Rodney, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Primetime Live, 20/20, The Bachelor (January), Jake In Progress (January), and Hope and Faith (January)
- Moving: Alias (Thursdays, 8 p.m., EST), Lost (Wednesdays, 9 p.m.), Boston Legal (Tuesdays, 10-11 p.m.), According To Jim (Tuesdays, 8 p.m.), George Lopez (Wednesday, 8 p.m), Supernanny (Friday, 8 p.m.)
Read on for show descriptions.
The New Shows:
Commander-In-Chief is a drama about the first female President of the United States. It stars Geena Davis and Donald Sutherland. Tuesdays at 9 p.m.
Hot Properties is a half-hour comedy about four women who work for a NYC real estate firm. Think Designing Women meets Desperate Housewives. Its stars Gail O'Grady and Nicole Sullivan. Fridays at 9:30 p.m.
Freddie stars Freddie Prinze, Jr. as a rich, goodlooking, young, single chef looking for more meaning in his life. More than, you know, being rich, goodlooking, and young. Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m.
Invasion sounds cool. It's about aliens using natural disasters as a cover to a more sinister plan to take over the Earth. I am so there for this one. Stars William Fichtner and Eddie Cibrian. Wednesdays at 10 p.m.
The Night Stalker sounds half promising/half "oh no they're destroying one of my childhood memories." The old one was about a newspaper reporter who battled monsters and no one believed him. The new one is about a reporter who's wife is killed in a weird way and he's the suspect. Along the way he battles monsters with the help of a cute fellow reporter, which is a change from the original lone hero plot - looks like they're making it more X-Files; the show is produced by Frank Spotnitz and Daniel Sackheim, two ex-X-Filers. Stars Stuart Townsend, Gabrielle Union, and Cotter Smith. Thursdays at 9 p.m.
Crumbs comes from the creator of Caroline in the City and is about two warring brothers who go back to their hometown to take care of their mom and run the family business. Stars Fred Savage, Jane Curtin, and William Devane. Starts in January.
Emily's Reasons Why Not stars Heather Graham as a woman who has a "fabulous job in publishing." I've been in publishing for 20 years, and let me tell you, it's usually not that fabulous. Mondays at 9 p.m. starting in January.
The Evidence is one of the shows that probably bumped Eyes off the schedule. It's a police procedural using innovative camera techniques and plot devices to tell the story of a crime that occurred. It's from John Wells, the ER guy, so it will probably have a certain level of quality, but I'm still pissed. Stars Orlando Jones, Martin Landau, and Nicky Katt.
In Justice is about how innocent people are put in prison and how a law firm tries to get them out. Stars Kyle Maclachlan, Jason O'Mara, and Constance Zimmer. Starts in January.
The Miracle Workers is a reality series about a group of medical professionals who use innovative methods to help patients with rare disorders. Starts in January.
Sons and Daughters is a half hour comedy about a family in a small town who is trying its best to get by. (You know, some of these premises sound lame, but as we all know it all depends on the writing and the cast). Stars Fred Goss, Gillian Vigman, Alison Quinn, Jerry Lambert, Max Gail, and Dee Wallace. Starts in January.
What About Brian is an hour long comedy/drama starring Barry Watson, Polly Shannon, Matthew Davis, Rick Gomez, and Amanda Detmer. It's about a thirtysomething guy who finds himself the last single person in his circle of friends. Oh, that hits home. Believe it or not, this is from JJ Abrams, creator/writer/producer of Alias and Lost. But he also did Felicity, so I guess it's not so odd. Mondays at 10 p.m starting in January.