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Upfront 2010

After 'Lost,' ABC Finds New Comedies

Disney Network Readies 10 New Shows to Flank Aging Veterans 'Grey's,' 'Housewives'

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Faced with the aging of some of its marquee shows and the departure of its long-running mystery drama "Lost," Walt Disney's ABC said it would add seven new series to its fall lineup, reworking four weeknights on the prime-time grid.

ABC will add the new Matthew Perry vehicle, 'Mr. Sunshine,' mid-season.
ABC will add the new Matthew Perry vehicle, 'Mr. Sunshine,' mid-season. Credit: ABC
The network -- whose continuing mainstays "Desperate Housewives," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Brothers & Sisters" are showing signs of marketplace maturity -- said it would introduce five new dramas, one comedy and one reality-based program to its fall schedule, with one drama and two comedies waiting in the wings for the spring.

The network has canceled "Flash Forward," "Happy Town," "Eastwick," "The Forgotten" and "Ugly Betty." Returning programs include "V," "Cougar Town," "Modern Family," "The Middle," "Castle," "20/20," "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Private Practice," "Supernanny," "The Bachelor," "America's Funniest Home Videos," "Dancing With the Stars" and the three veteran dramas.

The program lineup on Mondays, Sundays and Saturdays will remain the same as this current season. Saturdays in the fall are devoted to college-football broadcasts; Sundays to "America's Funniest Home Videos," "Extreme Makeover," "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters"; and Mondays to "Dancing With the Stars" and "Castle."

On Tuesdays, ABC will sandwich its "Dancing With the Stars" results show with two new programs. At 8 p.m., the network will launch "No Ordinary Family," a look at a family that discovers each member has super powers, and at 10 p.m., it will launch "Detroit 1-8-7," a gritty police drama.

On Wednesdays, ABC will introduce one new comedy and one new drama. At 8:30 p.m., ABC will launch "Better Together," a comedy about a surprise marriage, while moving "The Middle" to 8 p.m. "Modern Family" will remain at 9 p.m. and "Cougar Town" will stay at 9:30 p.m. At 10 p.m., ABC will launch the legal drama "The Whole Truth."

'No Ordinary Family' will air at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, before the 'Dancing With the Stars' results show.
'No Ordinary Family' will air at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, before the 'Dancing With the Stars' results show. Credit: ABC
"Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" remain in place on Thursdays, but at 8 p.m. ABC will introduce "My Generation," a mock docu-drama that looks at a group of high-school graduates from Austin, Texas, and the reasons why they return home years later.

On Fridays, ABC will run "20/20" at 10 p.m, adding two new programs earlier in the evening. At 8 p.m., ABC will add "Secret Millionaire," a reality-based program that follows wealthy people going undercover to live among the impoverished. At 9 p.m., ABC will launch "Body of Proof," a medical drama focused on a neurosurgeon who becomes a driven medical examiner.

ABC will keep "V" on hold for mid-season, when it will also add one drama and two comedies. The drama "Off the Map" is produced by "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes and focuses on young doctors working at a remote South American medical clinic. The comedies are "Mr. Sunshine," which stars former "Friends" star Matthew Perry as a sports manager re-evaluating his life, and "Happy Endings," about a group of friends trying to figure out whose side to stay on when one of the couples in their group splits.

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