Quick thoughts on ABC's Fall schedule...
No surprise, Desperate Housewives was renewed, and as rumored, ABC launched a family comedy block on Tuesday at 8pm headed up by Tim Allen's Last Man Standing.
The biggest surprise to me besides all the shows that seemed to be held for mid-season was that ABC didn't change any of the shows that followed Dancing with the Stars performance and results shows, so Castle and Body of Proof stayed put. Lee said that they were looking for a nice balance of stability of established hits and ambition. Mondays was working for them and he spoke highly of Castle "it's really found its groove."
Unlike NBC's Bob Greenblatt who basically said that NBC's mid-season comedies are just-in-case schedule spackle, Lee went to lengths to talk up the mid-season shows and how important they are. He talked up drama The River.
Cougar Town and Apartment 23 will air from 9-10p Tuesdays between cycles of Dancing with the Stars. So between cycles of DWTS, Tuesday will be a two hour comedy block.
I was also a bit surprise was that Happy Endings got the cushy Modern Family lead-in on Wednesdays. Lee said, labeled Happy Endings the "new buzz show" and said "we think it has deep potential."
Lee described Charlie's Angels as "pure candy' and Thursdays as power block of dramas, noting that Charlies Angels was the only drama at 8pm on Thursdays.
Lee described Friday night as "a classic audience for family viewing" and a perfect place for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Lee said they had long-term ambition for the night.
Lee said he viewed Sunday night as the place for appointment television.