According to Jim is doing what Gilmore Girls, Arrested Development, The 4400, and Veronica Mars couldn't; it's surviving.
ABC is in talks to bring back the half-hour comedy starring Jim Belushi for an eighth season, according to TVGuide.com's Michael Ausiello. Ausiello cites a source as saying the deal has actually already been made, but not officially announced yet.
The show was thought to be left for dead last year, when it wasn't included in ABC's fall schedule. In a surprising move last June, the network revealed it was bringing the show back for a seventh season as a midseason show.
The show definitely has its critics ("If [According to Jim's renewal] was caused by the strike, then we definitely lost too much," said one executive, according to Ausiello...Ouch!), but is apparently still making enough money to justify keeping it on the air ...Read more
Like horror-movie bad boys Jason Vorhees, Michael Myers, and Freddy Krueger, just when one thinks Jim Belushi is done, he springs up again ready to slay with his brand of deadly comedy.
ABC has announced that Belushi's sitcom According to Jim has been renewed for a seventh season. The deal comes as a bit of a surprise, as many thought the show was left for dead when it failed to make ABC's 2007-2008 programming at this year's upfronts.
The show has been a consistent performer for the network, never doing great, but never doing horribly, either. According to Jim is a family-style sitcom with Belushi as the patriarch, Courtney Thorne-Smith as the wife, and a trio of kids.
"When Brillstein-Grey approached me with the idea of doing a family show, I didn't realize the family ...Read more
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 ...Read more
Show Me the Money
Tuesday, January 2, 8:00 p.m.
William Shatner's trivia-meets-dancing game show has been given an additional six-episode order, and will move to a new timeslot on January 2. Don't miss a minute!
According to Jim
Wednesday, January 3, 8:30 p.m.
Jim Belushi's family sitcom kicks off its sixth season with an episode titled "The Flannel Sexual." We know we won't miss this one!
The Knights of Prosperity
Wednesday, January 3, 9:00 p.m.
Watch as Donal Logue and his band of merry thieves hatch a plan to end their blue-collar lifestyles by robbing Mick Jagger's ritzy apartment.
In Case of Emergency
Wednesday, January 3, 9:30 p.m.
What would you do if you realized you had no one to help you in ...
It's time to get out your red pen and mark your calendars, because ABC has announced the finale dates of its lineup, including the season finales of Lost and Grey's Anatomy, and possibly the series finales of Scrubs and… According to Jim.
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 ...Read more
Simon Cowell and company blew away the wannabe Seattle singers and the TV competition last night. The second night of Fox's two-night season six premiere of American Idol rocked a 15.4 rating/36 share in adults 18 to 49, and 36.9 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen.
The show had blasted back to the airwaves Monday night with auditions from Minneapolis, earning a 15.7 rating/36 share in adults 18 to 49 and 37.3 million viewers. Those numbers made Idol the highest-rated prime-time broadcast of the 2006-2007 season and the second highest-rated episode of Idol ever, after the 2003 season-two finale.
At 8 p.m., Fox scored 13.9 for the first hour of Idol. ABC took a combined 2.2 for an hour of According to Jim, and CBS scored a 1.9 for Armed & Famous ...Read more
ABC is home to some of the best shows on television, and the finales for these great series will surely not disappoint. Look for excitement from Desperate Housewives, Lost, and Grey's Anatomy--and be sure to bid a final farewell to Sydney Bristow on the series finale of Alias.
9:00 p.m.: Supernanny