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Paul Nelson, KSL Newsradio The major TV networks are releasing their fall line-ups. New programs include a reality show for kids, and a remake of a 1970s sci-fi classic. So, what sounds good and what looks stupid?
To make room for the new shows, the networks have to toss some of the old. ABC will get rid of "George Lopez," Fox is ditching "The War At Home," and CBS is planning to get rid of "Jericho," but Nightside Project TV Analyst Alan Carter says that might not happen. He says, "We have gotten so much mail here today that I have to think that Jericho might get a reprieve because people are writing in saying, ‘Is CBS nuts?'"
So, let's focus on what's coming up, starting with ABC. Morning News Television Editor Scott Pierce says crazy ideas can work sometimes. "Maybe it will be great, who knows, but I'm really skeptical doing a show from the Geico Cavemen ads," says Pierce. It's called "Cavemen," and it's one of three sitcoms ABC has planned, including "Sam I Am" about a woman with amnesia, and "Carpoolers" which follows the lives of four guys in a car. "That just seems crazy to me," says Pierce.
ABC also has five dramas being released, including the spin-off of "Grey's Anatomy" called "Private Practice." Over on NBC they only have five new shows planned, including a remake of "The Bionic Woman." "I thought it was a dreadful, dreadful, awful, horrendous idea," Pierce says. Pierce says he thinks the original series wasn't that good, but he says other critics are giving it good reviews. They also have a drama about a man who slips back in time, and a game show called "The Singing Bee." "It's almost like a karaoke contest," Pierce says.
Apparently, you don't have to sing well, you just need to know the words. On CBS, they're trying a new reality show called "Kid Nation." Pierce explains, "Forty kids between the ages of eight and 15 who are going to build a society in a ghost town."
They also have a show called "Viva Laughlin," which Pierce calls a drama/murder mystery, musical and a show called "Moonlight" with a premise that sounds a lot like an upcoming show on another network. Scott Pierce says, "We have a vampire who is a cop on CBS [and] we have a guy who is immortal who is a cop on Fox." That show is called "New Amsterdam."
They also have a drama called "K-Ville" where cops try to keep order in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and a sitcom about dueling news anchors.
Through all these changes, one thing will stay the same. There will be nothing good on Saturdays. Two networks plan to show reruns that night.