LIFE ON MARS Finally Makes It to ABC’s Fall Schedule

Only one new scripted series has found its way onto ABC’s 2008 fall schedule, announced this morning at a press conference in New York: the long-delayed adaptation of Life on Mars. Otherwise, this fall’s ABC lineup looks an awful lot like last fall’s ABC lineup.

ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson did officially announce the network’s acquisition of NBC comedy Scrubs, which is scheduled to premiere midseason. Other midseason premieres include the Mike Judge animated comedy The Goode Family and an as-yet untitled Tyra Banks/Ashton Kutcher reality show.

New Series for Fall 2008 or Midseason 2009

LIFE ON MARS
October Road‘s Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg have stepped in for David E. Kelley as showrunners for this American version of the mind-bending BBC drama about a 21st century detective (Jason O’Mara, stepping into John Simm’s shoes) who, following a car crash, mysteriously finds himself working as a cop in the 1970s. Costarring Colm Meaney, Lenny Clarke and Rachelle Lefevre.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS
J.D. Roth has been tapped to host this Ashton Kutcher-produced game show, in which producers show up at a home with a truckload of prizes and quiz family members on what they know about each other.

THE GOODE FAMILY
King of the Hill‘s Mike Judge, John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky re-team for this animated series about a family obsessed with doing the “right” thing, only to have their efforts result in unintended comedic consequences. Judge is expected to voice several characters on the show, including the family’s father.

Returning Fall 2008 or Midseason 2009

· 20/20
· ACCORDING TO JIM
· AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS
· THE BACHELOR
· BOSTON LEGAL
· BROTHERS & SISTERS
· DANCING WITH THE STARS
· DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
· DIRTY SEXY MONEY
· ELI STONE
· EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION
· GREY’S ANATOMY
· LOST
· PRIMETIME
· PRIVATE PRACTICE
· PUSHING DAISIES
· SAMANTHA WHO?
· SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE FOOTBALL
· SCRUBS
· SUPERNANNY
· UGLY BETTY
· WIFE SWAP

Canceled Series

· BIG SHOTS
· CARPOOLERS
· CASHMERE MAFIA
· CAVEMEN
· MEN IN TREES
· MISS GUIDED
· NOTES FROM THE UNDERBELLY
· OCTOBER ROAD
· OPRAH’S BIG GIVE
· WOMEN’S MURDER CLUB

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One thought on “LIFE ON MARS Finally Makes It to ABC’s Fall Schedule

  1. I’d like to wave at Scrubs or be delighted about Pushing Daisies or happy for Dirty Sexy Money or thirlled they killed Cashmere Mafia or worried about Life on Mars–argh!–but all I can see is this:

    According to Jim lives on. That says something bad about our culture.

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