New ABC sched Cavemen-less

By Tim Surette

May 13, 2008

ABC revealed its 2008-2009 schedule today in New York City, and the company pulled a shocking maneuver: Cavemen has been canceled.

Joking aside, Cavemen will be joined in ABC's dumpster by Oprah's Big Give, Miss/Guided, Carpoolers, October Road, Cashmere Mafia, Women's Murder Club, and Men in Trees, all of which fell victim to the axe. Big Give certainly had the ratings punch to be granted a second season, but apparently Oprah Winfrey didn't want to continue the show, according to ABC exec Stephen McPherson.

But enough bad news--new television schedules aren't just for mourning lost loves (Maurice the Caveman, you will be missed), they're also for checking out the new freshman class. Picked up for fall debuts are the new drama Life on Mars and the "alternative series" Opportunity Knocks.

Mars made news yesterday when it was the centerpiece of Boston Legal's renewal, as producer David E. Kelley handed over the rights to the show to ABC on the condition that Legal was picked up. The drama is an adaptation of a British series which sees a modern-day detective transported back to 1973. It will hold the coveted post-Grey's Anatomy slot on Thursday nights this fall.

Opportunity Knocks is basically a game show on wheels. The show's crew will be hauling prizes around in a semi and pull up to people's houses and ask them trivia questions based on their own lives. Opportunity Knocks is slated to air on Tuesday nights before Dancing With the Stars.

Aside from yesterday's news of Boston Legal's return, the only other real bubble show that successfully fought for its survival was Eli Stone, which will air Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. this fall. The dramedy, which was a midseason program this year, stars Jonny Lee Miller as a lawyer who has prophetic visions...usually accompanied by George Michael songs.

Other returning shows this fall include Dirty Sexy Money, Pushing Daisies, Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, Samantha Who?, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Wife Swap, Dancing with the Stars, Supernanny, and America's Funniest Home Videos.

ABC also announced the pickup of two new shows for midseason. The Goode Family is an animated show from Mike Judge (King of the Hill) about a clan that insists on doing the right thing, with often hilarious consequences. New reality fare for midseason comes from an untitled show from Ashton Kutcher and Tyra Banks, centering on a unique take on beauty pageants.

Finally, the worst-kept secret in Hollywood is finally out. Scrubs is coming over to ABC and will air next midseason.

Also announced to return later are The Bachelor, Lost (duh), and--wait for it--According to Jim.

Below is ABC's current schedule for the fall.

8:00 p.m. Dancing with the Stars
9:30 p.m. Samantha Who?
10:00 p.m. Boston Legal

8:00 p.m. Opportunity Knocks
9:00 p.m. Dancing with the Stars the Results Show
10:00 p.m. Eli Stone

8:00 p.m. Pushing Daisies
9:00 p.m. Private Practice
10:00 p.m. Dirty Sexy Money

8:00 p.m. Ugly Betty
9:00 p.m. Grey's Anatomy
10:00 p.m. Life on Mars

8:00 p.m. Wife Swap
9:00 p.m. Supernanny
10:00 p.m. 20/20

8:00 p.m. Saturday Night College Football

7:00 p.m. America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9:00 p.m. Desperate Housewives
10:00 p.m. Brothers & Sisters

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  • jaysonlee2003 Aug 01, 2008

    Cavemen was a smart comedy and I think that some of the comedy went over people's heads. It is ironic that a comedy about cavemen went over people's heads. :) I am sorry to see that show and also Carpoolers go. They were both fantastic.

  • bhess4 Jul 22, 2008

    They kept the best shows. Cant wait for the new seasons of dancing with the stars and samantha who. hopefully the cast of dancing with the stars will be really good this season just like the past seasons.

  • Navaros_Bg Jun 23, 2008

    Yey, Eli Stone! One of most intriguing productions the network's come out with of late.

  • vishus1990 Jun 13, 2008

    no shows that i watch here

  • Jshaw71 May 23, 2008

    of those shows listed the one i only watch on a regualr basis is extrmeme makeover home edition, i have an odd tv watcing schedule, that invovles mostly scifi channel, or g4tv, and hardly anything inbetween, oh well...

  • Disneygrl2 May 22, 2008

    YAY for Ugly Betty and Samantha Who!

    SO sad that Miss Guided wasn't renewed. With back to back episodes on only for like a month why have it on in the first place? I LOVED IT! BRING IT BACK! please?

  • sanfranman91 May 19, 2008

    It's too bad ABC gave Miss/Guided the toss. With back to back episodes, it just doesn't seem that the network ever trusted the sitcom, let alone gave the show a real shot.

  • sanfranman91 May 19, 2008

    ABC, you can count me in when Eli Stone and Pushing Daisies are back in business. Life on Mars US sounds fun too.

  • Angeluskamps May 17, 2008

    Too bad Carpoolers was canceled, because it was a great comedy!

  • Zmt1 May 17, 2008

    I'm pumped that Boston Legal is back.....Yes Scrubs is on ABC!

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