ABC's midseason schedule moves Lost

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Lost fans finally know when to clear their calendars, given that ABC today unveiled its strike-afflicted midseason prime-time schedule. The hit drama has a new night and time, moving from Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. to Thursday nights at 9 p.m.

The first episode of Lost's fourth season will air on January 31, just barely beating the February launch date that was speculated. The show currently has eight of its planned 16 episodes in the can due to complications from the writers strike.

Cashmere Mafia, from Sex and the City creator Darren Star, makes its debut Thursday, January 3, before moving to Wednesdays at 10 p.m. The show stars Lucy Liu as one of four leading ladies in New York City who must juggle their ambitious careers with their hectic love lives.

Hate Mondays but love dancing? Well, hate Mondays no longer because Dancing with the Stars spin-off Bruno vs. Carrie Ann takes over the first day of the work week starting January 7. Come March 17, Dance War will yield to the new season of Dancing with the Stars, the details of which are still to be determined.

March 17 will also see the newest season of The Bachelor, which also has not been detailed yet by ABC.

Tuesdays will be ABC's designated "funny" night, with Just for Laughs, the return of According to Jim, Carpoolers, and dramedy Boston Legal. In March, the Dancing with the Stars results show will take over for Jim and Carpoolers. Noticeably missing is any mention of the network's panned (but actually very funny, seriously) Cavemen.

ABC wasn't lying when it said that Big Shots was not cancelled. The show about four male executives living it up will be back in January after Grey's Anatomy at 10 p.m. The network recently pulled the show's remaining episodes, which left many to wonder if it had been cancelled.

However, Big Shots' stint in prime time won't last long. The new drama Eli Stone makes its premiere in February. The show stars Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting's Sick Boy and former Angelina Jolie beau) as a San Francisco lawyer who uses his powers of prophecy for good.

ABC's midseason schedule is listed below.

Monday (January)
8:00 p.m. Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann
9:30 p.m. Notes from the Underbelly
10:00 p.m. October Road

Monday (February)
8:00 p.m. Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann
9:00 p.m. Samantha Who?
9:30 p.m. Notes from the Underbelly
10:00 p.m. October Road

Monday (March)
8:00 p.m. Dancing with the Stars
9:30 p.m. Samantha Who?
10:00 p.m. The Bachelor

Tuesday
8:00 p.m. Just for Laughs
8:30 p.m. Just for Laughs
9:00 p.m. According to Jim
9:30 p.m. Carpoolers
10:00 p.m. Boston Legal

Tuesday (March)
8:00 p.m. Just for Laughs
8:30 p.m. Just for Laughs
9:00 p.m. Dancing with the Stars the Results Show
10:00 p.m. Boston Legal

Wednesday
8:00 p.m. Wife Swap
9:00 p.m. Supernanny
10:00 p.m. Cashmere Mafia
(Men in Trees
beginning Feb 27)

Thursday (January)
8:00 p.m. Ugly Betty
9:00 p.m. Grey's Anatomy
10:00 p.m. Big Shots
(after special premiere of Cashmere Mafia
on Jan 3)

Thursday (February)
8:00 p.m. Ugly Betty
9:00 p.m. Lost
10:00 p.m. Eli Stone

Friday
8:00 p.m. Drama encores
9:00 p.m. Drama encores
10:00 p.m. 20/20

Sunday (March)
7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos
8:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9:00 p.m. Oprah's Big Give
10:00 p.m. Desperate Housewives

For more on the writers strike, check out http://www.tv.com/story/10570.html target=_blank>TV.com's Strike Source, featuring up-to-date statuses on shows, the latest information, and more.

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That's my favourite show, I like this man, seems saw him before on an age gap dating site like agemingle.com or something. But don't know if it is him.
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Great. Two of my favorite shows in Lost and Supernatural are on at the same time. Maybe NBC can move Heroes to Thursdays at 9 as well, and then I'll just give up on watching everything.
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! It's hard enough to choose between Grey's Anatomy and Supernatural, and now the stupid producers are gonna make me choose between Lost too??!?! What's wrong with these people? Why do they keep moving all the good shows to the same time slot?!?!?
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so what happens to grey's
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Good thing the Office will be in reruns while LOST is airing. Another good thing - NO CAVEMEN !! I cant believe they left that thing on the air as long as they did!
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At least the would show Big Shots)))...



And about Lost, I started to hate this show. We all have been waiting for nealry 8 months to watch 8 eps(where I'm sure everything will be more complicated and we will find no answers) and then we may wait another year. Thas's so unfair...
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i don't like it the best back to back showing they had was alis and lost! because the same kind of audiences watched it but ugly betty and lost boooo! and my whole family is like totally busy on thursdays every time wensdays were perfect! booo abc! guess i'll be TVOin thrusday now more than ever!
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I like that Lost will come on Earlier then Feb 08 but I watch Grey's Anatomy and CSI on Thursdays. This sucks!!
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cant wait
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Lost Vs. The Office? NOOOOOOO!
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It'll be running against Supernatural. :c
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going to start up in jan..of what year..or was it this year of 2007? they need to put the year so you have some kind of a idea gee
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Lost and Ugly Betty back to back, doesnt get much better than that:P
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lost is gonna b good. i waited long enough for this. watch the trailer for season 4 and ull notice that some1 that died is back. (HINT: its at the end of the trailer)
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Great decision! It's even going to air a week earlier than normal, so I'm definitely not complaining.
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Yay for Lost coming back!
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! My two favorite shows are now competing with eachother!!!!!!! CSI and Lost both Thursdays at 9pm!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Im gonna die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But im happy its finally coming back!!!!!!!!!!!!:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
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not that excited about lost returning after that horrible flash forward last year.
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Smart move, and it's nice to finally have a return date. Not so happy about the fact we'll only get 8 episodes, but I need my Lost fix and 8 is better than nothing. With the right promotion by ABC this new timeslot could mean new viewers for Lost this year, which is also great news. Can't wait!
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Hope the day change, doesn't affect the show
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D-U-M-B move ABC. Who in their right mind would put Lost up against CSI? Even though CSI will be in rerun mode, it will still draw a larger audience than Lost will. The best spot for Lost would have been Tuesday against Big Brother, but they give that time to the Dancing With the Stars result show when the result show would succeed at any timeslot. Even Friday would be better than where they are placing Lost.
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finally a date for lost's premiere :D
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Ugh, Lost is going to be on the same time as Supernatural. I'm the only one in my househould that watches it. :? I don't know what I'm going to too, I guess I'm recording Lost.
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that's amazing news!Thursday 9pm is a great day and time slot for lost! i can't wait till 31st of Jan!
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I can't wait for the return of Lost!
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Yay for Lost! Great that it's coming back a bit earlier than expected!
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What?? Desperate Housewives at 10pm?? Whyyy??
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zzzzzz I sure will miss my shows :( sucky writers strike.
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they better not cancel GREYS on Thursday
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Great!! Lost is back before expected... can't wait to watch the episodes
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Wow, I really miss normal television schedules. I'm glad January is coming because of the half a season shows. Other than that we are in for a LONG winter.
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