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ABC Unveils Fall Schedule, Creates Comedy Block on Wednesdays, "Flash Forward" Lands on Thursdays, "Ugly Betty" Heads to Fridays

Welcome to Day Two of the 2009 network upfronts. Up next is ABC, which has unveiled its fall schedule to advertisers. So far, the Alphabet has picked up the most new programming out of any broadcast network to date, with orders for Cougar Town, The Deep End, Eastwick, Flash Forward, The Forgotten, Hank, Happy Town, The Middle, Modern Family, Shark Tank , and V as expected . Returning series include America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Better Off Ted, Brothers & Sisters, Castle, Dancing with the Stars, Desperate Housewives, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Private Practice, Saturday Night College Football, Scrubs, Supernanny, True Beauty, Ugly Betty, Wife Swap, and 20/20 . "Our focus is always on delivering the best stories with the most memorable characters on TV, whether that’s established audience favorites or innovative new shows," said ABC Entertainment Group president Steve McPherson. "This year we’ve got the best of both. We’r

FOX Unveils Fall Schedule, Shifts "Fringe" to Thursdays, Holds New Scripted Series for 2010

Welcome to the first day of network upfronts 2009. FOX is up first and this morning announced its plans both for fall and midseason, unveiling a schedule that includes several new scripted series, including dramas Past Life , Glee , and Human Target and comedies Brothers and The Cleveland Show . What's immediately noticeable is the decision to shift sophomore drama series Fringe to Thursdays (where it will be paired with Bones ) and hold off launching the majority of its new scripted series (other than Glee , The Cleveland Show , and Brothers ) until the New Year, a wise move considering the massive promotional machine that is American Idol . (Traditionally, FOX has had a hell of a time trying to launch new series in the fall.) Fridays, meanwhile, will remain the home of Dollhouse at 9 pm ET/PT, this time being paired with two live-action comedies, Brothers and 'Til Death , which take over the 8 pm timeslot vacated by the now-canceled Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chroni

NBC Infront News, Plus Fighting the Good Fight for "Chuck"

There wasn't much in the way of news at yesterday's NBC Infront, which I attended at the Globe Theatre on the Universal backlot, although I will say that I did tell Ben Silverman to please renew Chuck . (Yep, right to his face.) The second annual NBC Infront presentation, overseen by Ben Silverman, Mike Pilot, Dick Ebersol, Angela Bromstad, Vivi Zigler, and Paul Telegdy, was pretty similar to the one given in New York last week (and likely the one in Chicago as well). Silverman said that the fall schedule was still not locked and urged advertisers to speak up about their support for bubble series like Chuck and that there were still negotiations going on behind-the-scenes on these series. After hearing Silverman (and confronting him later on the red carpet), I do feel like NBC will be bringing back Chuck ... if they can reach a financial agreement that makes sense for all concerned parties. Silverman's reaction to my heartfelt pleas to renew Chuck certainly indicated t