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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’re h

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 Chronicle