Tuesday, May 17, 2005

ABC Fall Shows 

ABC has made their official scheduling announcement for next season. The Futon Critic has an excellent summary of the changes, and has a day-by-day schedule posted.

Geena Davis' new show, Commander In Chief, will be on Tuesdays at 9:00 pm. She stars as the United States Vice President, who is elevated to President after her boss falls ill. The dying president and her party pressure her to resign rather than remain in succession, but she stays on to fulfill her duty. Apparently much of the show's focus is on her relationship with her husband and children (teenage twins and a 6-year-old), and the effect of her position on her family life. I guess it would be too much to ask to have the first woman president portrayed as a political leader rather than a working mother. Donald Sutherland co-stars.

Following Commander In Chief on Tuesdays is the answer to the Grey's Anatomy/Boston Legal scheduling question: Boston Legal will be moving to Tuesdays at 10:00 pm. In addition to the five unaired episodes from this season will be a standard 22 new episodes, for a total of 27 new episodes for season two. Yee-haw!

Lost is remaining on Wednesdays, but is moving to 9:00, followed by newcomer Invasion at 10:00. Invasion is the tale of a US Park Ranger who slowly uncovers evidence of an ongoing covert alien invasion, the signs of which have been masked as natural disasters.

A half-hour sitcom is moving in Fridays at 9:30. Hot Properties is built around the wheelings and dealings of four women who are real estate agents in New York. I've seen it described as having a Desperate Housewives vibe, so I'll give it a shot. I'm not signing any agreements yet, as sitcoms don't usually hold my interest for long of late.

Finally, Sundays will feature the return of power shows Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy, at their current times of 9:00 and 10:00.

Two midseason starters of note to legal geeks are The Evidence and In Justice. They're both one-hour dramas, but the decision has not yet been published regarding their appointed times. The Evidence is set in San Francisco, and features two police inspectors trying to solve various crimes based on a set of evidence which is revealed at the start of each show. After we see the evidence, the show flashes back to the day of the crime and works forward from there. We'll see how long it takes the jury to determine whether this twist will make it or will be disallowed as an insubstantial gimmick. Note to sci-fi geeks: Martin Landau stars as Inspector Cole, the main character. The 74-year-old Landau seems an odd choice for a cop who's not yet retired, but who knows?

Calling all fans of Ex-Sister Lilly: Constance Zimmer is a regular on In Justice. What this means for her recurring role on Joan of Arcadia, Lilly's budding relationship with Kevin the Ego, or the return of Joan in general, only next season will show. Next season, and CBS's upcoming scheduling announcement. Anyway, In Justice revolves around Kyle MacLachlan as the head of an organization dedicated to freeing unjustly convicted innocents. He is assisted by young, idealistic and enthusiastic associates, of whom I'm guessing Zimmer is one.

So there you have it - all the ABC that's fit to interest me.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 12:41 PM