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By Tim Surette

May 15, 2007

It's a big week for television execs, advertisers, and watchers, as the major networks are expected to announce their fall schedules this week. NBC started the announcements off this morning, revealing which shows made its cut and which shows didn't.

ABC, CBS, and Fox will announce their lineups on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, respectively. However, there may not be many surprises left as word of networks' pickups spreads.

The Grey's Anatomy spin-off that snuck onto the back end of an extended two-hour Grey's a few weeks ago will be picked up by ABC, says the NY Post. The show, tentatively called Private Practice, stars Kate Walsh as popular character Addison Shepherd as she leaves Seattle for a new job in Los Angeles.

The network will also announce that it has picked up six other dramas and three comedies, reports Variety. They include:

Dirty Sexy Money--Peter Krause stars as a man who takes over the family law business when his father suddenly dies. Kind of like what Krause has done before.

Eli Stone--Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting's Sick Boy) plays a lawyer who thinks he may be a prophet. Natasha Henstridge costars.

Pushing Daisies--Lee Pace (Wonderfalls) stars as a man with the ability to bring people back from the dead...but only for a little while before there are consequences. He uses his ability to solve crimes, but after he brings an old flame back to life, things get a little out of control. Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me creator Bryan Fuller executive produces.

Big Shots--Dylan McDermott, Christopher Titus, Michael Vartan, and Joshua Molina star as friends with high-power executive-level jobs.

Cashmere Mafia--Lucy Liu and three gal pals cavort around New York City and try and balance out work, family, and romance. Sound familiar? That's because it was created by Darren Star (Sex and the City).

Women's Murder Club--A group of professional women (homicide detective, medical examiner, newspaper reporter, and assistant district attorney) conveniently happen to be friends and hunt down serial killers in San Francisco. Angie Harmon stars.

Cavemen--Spawned by the Geico car insurance commercials, the comedy follows the barely bipedal footsteps of cavemen working in Atlanta and dealing with bigotry.

Sam I Am--Former Bundy bimbo Christina Applegate plays an amnesiac who discovers she was not liked by others before she lost her memory.

Carpoolers--Bruce McCulloch (Kids in the Hall) executive produces this comedy of men who...carpool.

As for CBS, the network has approved six pickups, according to The Hollywood Reporter. They include:

Moonlight--The drama (formerly titled Twilight) features a private eye who must live with another important aspect of his life--he's a vampire.

Viva Laughlin--An adaptation of British comedy Viva Blackpool, the show follows a man who wants to build a casino in Laughlin, Nevada.

Swingtown--This drama is set during the 1970s and focuses on randy couples experiencing the semiglamorous life of swinging.

Big Bang Theory--It's Weird Science all over again, as two nerdy science geeks make friends with an attractive woman.

Cane--Jimmy Smits stars as the patriarch of a Latin American family in this drama.

Power of 10--Like Family Feud, contestants on this gameshow will attempt to predict the results of nationwide surveys.

Fox will reportedly add seven shows, with four dramas and three comedies. They include:

Canterbury's Law--Julianne Margulies (ER) goes from medical scrubs to power suits as a district attorney.

New Amsterdam--A New York City homicide detective is blessed/cursed with immortality after saving a Native American girl in the 1600s. And he solves crimes.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles--Yes, that Sarah Connor. This science-fiction drama is a Terminator spin-off starring Lena Headey (300) as Connor as she defends her son from time-traveling cyborgs.

K-Ville--Set in a post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, this drama focuses on a pair of cops dealing with the ravaged city's problems.

Back to You--Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) and Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) star in the comedy set at a local news station.

The Return of Jezebel James--Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino executive produces this comedy starring Parker Posey as a woman on the biological clock who asks her sister (Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose) to carry a child for her.

Rules for Starting Over--Comedy film vets Peter and Bobby Farrelly produce this show about a man getting back into the dating scene.

Official announcements on fall lineups will be made later this week.

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  • jansenonline May 16, 2007

    Kelseyyyyyyy, lovin' Back to You allready!!!

  • Proman84 May 16, 2007

    I have a feeling 'Caveman' will not be good news for Geico.

  • Jamin_Jamin May 16, 2007

    I want to see back to you for patricia and kelsey.

  • MemnochZERO May 15, 2007

    Besides the Addiston show, the only other one that sounds remotely interesting to me is, surprisingly, The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

  • MrsP55 May 15, 2007

    I think the Caveman show could be really funny if it's done the right way. I'm excited about Jezebel James, I love Amy Sherman-Palladino and Parker Posey!

  • bermyblue May 15, 2007

    Some of those are just ridiculous sounding. I will watch Michael Vartan tho...rar!

  • PB101 May 15, 2007

    Kelsey Grammer - might aswell

  • MDB316 May 15, 2007

    "Pushing Daises" and "Eli Stone" might be wortha look. I think i'll skip the others

  • AlkaStealther May 15, 2007

    I'll see Private practice, seems interesting. About other pick ups I'm not that thrilled about them, but I'll give a try to one or two.

  • Muppetguy21 May 15, 2007

    lee pace is so freaken hot!@

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