Returns set for Grey's, Housewives

The last of the major networks finally revealed its post-strike plans, as ABC picked return dates for its shows returning this season.

Surprisingly, the first show back with new episodes for the network won't actually be a vet. April 7 sees the first of six new episodes of Samantha Who?, the freshman comedy starring Christina Applegate as a woman suffering from amnesia...with hilarious results, of course!

The following day will be the return of legal comedy-drama-dramedy Boston Legal, which has been asked to provide a half-dozen fresh episodes. Typically, hour-long dramas take a little bit longer to produce and were expected to return later, but showrunner David E. Kelley has once again proven that he works at his own breakneck speed.

Desperate Housewives brings its catfights back on April 13 for the first of five new hour-long episodes, and will conclude with a special two-hour finale. The celebrated acting ensemble of Brothers & Sisters will resume their award-winning work on April 20 with the first of four new episodes.

Speaking of award winners, America Ferrera will be made down for Ugly Betty's return on April 24. ABC has asked for five more episodes of the comedy. Also returning that night will be the first of five new episodes of Grey's Anatomy, cementing a rock-solid night for ABC on Thursdays over the five-week period.

As speculated, the April 24 return of Grey's at 9 p.m. on Thursdays will push Lost back an hour to 10 p.m. The question is whether the move benefits or hurts Lost. Obviously 9 p.m. is a better time slot, but Lost could find new viewers from spillover from Grey's.

While new comedy Samantha Who? will get right back on its horse and create new episodes, three other new shows from ABC will not. In keeping with the strategy of proper relaunches in the fall, Pushing Daisies, Private Practice, and Dirty Sexy Money will return next season.

For the latest on the return dates of major-network shows (if they return at all), head over to TV.com's Strike Source feature.

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Mar 25, 2008
Glad that Grey and Lost will have more episodes. :)
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Mar 16, 2008
It doesn't really matter where they put Lost...we'll find it!



Although I don't watch them, I understand how people got wrapped up in those other drama shows (especially when the only alternative is reality tv -- no thanks)...



But Lost really is in a class by itself. It can't be compared to those other shows. ...just watch the first few episodes on the first season DVD (you can rent it)...you'll see what I mean.
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Mar 12, 2008
I'm glad to put the dates on my calendar when my favorite shows will return - Grey's, Housewives, Brothers and Sisters. Hopefully, a few reruns will air the weeks before the new episodes to refresh our memories and prepare us for the new episodes.
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Feb 29, 2008
Is Greys back on Irish screens in Apr or is it back on sky first?? Dee.
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Feb 28, 2008
It's a shame that we have to wait till fall to see more episodes of Pushing Daisies but at least it wasn't cancelled.
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Feb 25, 2008
go Grey's Anatomy.
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Feb 25, 2008
It won't hurt Lost, since the show was on at 10 last season. I personally can't wait for Grey's and Lost back to back! I wonder what happens to Eli Stone though? Not that I care...
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Feb 24, 2008
I can't wait to see Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy, I am so glad that they will be coming back before the fall. I love Private Practice, I can't wait until fall to see what will happen.
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Feb 24, 2008
what an AWESOME IDEA you ****ing morons, move LOST to 10 so we can shovel feed these idiotic women more crap about doctors having sex with each other, or whatever the hell these other shows are about. LOST is your bread winner, your line up sucks. Make viewers think again. stop the spoon feeding.
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Feb 24, 2008
I looved Private Practice but it was kinda losing steam before the strike... I hope things really go somewhere when it comes back b/c I think it had a lot of potential.

Why is Samantha Who the only rookie to come back early??
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Feb 23, 2008
d*mn tht strike!! 3 month between episodes :s
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Feb 22, 2008
at least Grey's will have some new eps.



But It's going to kill me waiting that long for new Private Practice. Waaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
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Feb 22, 2008
Some good news at last!!! :)
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Feb 22, 2008
I just wish Private Practice could be back before the fall.
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Feb 22, 2008
Five new episodes of Grey's! This is great!
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Feb 22, 2008
Yay! Desperate Housewives! I was beginning to worry we wouldn't see those gorgeous housewife faces till next fall!
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Feb 21, 2008
what happened to women's murder club?? and big shots?
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Feb 21, 2008
is it just me or does abc only have lost. its becoming the lifetime channel with desperate housewives, grays anatomy, ugly better, girlie legal shows. they obviously do not care about the male 18-49 category. i watch their network for lost only.
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Feb 21, 2008
omg I'm so DESPERATE for those desperate housewives.

I'm a bit confused, does this mean 5 new hour long episodes and plus another 2 hour episode finale (meaning episode 6-7 is the finale= 7 total new episodes)?
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Feb 21, 2008
Great to see that Grey's back with 5 eps which takes this season's total to 16, 6 short of a full season. Still wondering if they would end season 4 with 16 eps and dump the remaining 6 into next season. Hmm... But it doesn't really matter now, now all that matters is that Thursday nights will not be that boring anymore... YAY!
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Feb 21, 2008
Glad that the strike is over aren't you all?!
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Feb 21, 2008
I want DH back so much. Cant wait.
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Feb 21, 2008
I'm happy to see Desperate Housewives back.
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Feb 21, 2008
love samantha who it is so funny and great to hear about the other shows
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