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