Do you love Grey’s Anatomy, obsess over Dancing with the Stars, drift away with the fairytale world of Once Upon a Time? Enough to plan season finale parties? Then follow the jump to the complete of ABC’s finales for the 2012-13 season.
After a couple of seasons of less than enthralling soap, Grey’s Anatomy [ABC, Thursdays, 9/8C] regained its footing last year and, in this season’s two-hour premiere, it continues to move forward with style, substance and fun.
ABC has announced the dates for its season finales. Meanwhile, I’m still trying to figure out the appeal of Shark Tank and Wipeout. The complete list follows the jump.
ABC gave six of its current series early pick-ups for the 2011-12 season. The good news went to Castle, Cougar Town, Grey’s Anatomy, The Middle, Modern Family and Private Practice. The press release follows the jump.
ABC has announced the dates of the May finales for its primetime programming which you can check out following the jump – series finales and likely series finales are in bold print [note: some of these series are still on the bubble, so any uptick in their ratings could result in a stay of execution – except Betty. sorry].
The usually consistently very good Grey’s Anatomy suffered a major dip in quality in season five because of two poorly thought character arcs – one that went on far too long, and one that was truncated for no really good reason – and a conspicuous by his absence arc for another character.
ABC revealed its schedule for the 2009-10 season this morning.
New Series Include “Cougar Town,” “The Deep End,” “Eastwick,” “Flash Forward,” “The Forgotten,” “Hank,” “Happy Town,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Shark Tank” and “V.”
“Better Off Ted,” “Castle,” “Scrubs” and “True Beauty” Join Previously Announced Returning Series “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost,” “Private Practice,” “Supernanny,” “Ugly Betty,” “Wife Swap” and “20/20”
Blowed up real good: In the Motherhood, According to Jim, Samantha Who?. The Unusuals, and Cupid. On the bubble – believe it or not – Surviving Suburbia Whose mediocrity makes this season’s cast-offs – except for According to Jim – look like Shakespeare by comparison!].
“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 Stephen McPherson, president, ABC Entertainment Group. “This year we’ve got the best of both. We’re headed into the season with a strong slate of returning series as well as great new shows from one of our best development seasons ever.”
Fall premiere dates will be announced at a later time. However “Shark Tank” will premiere over the summer following the special 10th anniversary primetime return of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” and will then move to Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. Please note shows picked up but not listed on the schedule will debut later in the 2009-10 season.
ABC’s fall schedule and program descriptions follow the jump.
ABC today announced the early pickup of an even dozen series: six each of scripted and unscripted programs.
Scripted series pickups go to: Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Private Practice and Ugly Betty.
Unscripted series pickups include: America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Dancing With the Stars, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Supernanny and Wife Swap.
The 2009-10 season of Lost, its sixth, will mark the conclusion of one of the best television dramas of all time, while America’s Funniest Home Videos will be entering its 20th season.
Starting today, ABC.com begins rolling out a wide array of new interactive digital features for many of ABC’s most popular primetime series, including Dancing with the Stars, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy and Ugly Betty.
Site highlights include:
· Wisteria Lane Virtual Tour — Sponsored by Lexus, this interactive tour of the Desperate Housewives set allows fans to get an up-close peek into the homes of their favorite Wisteria Lane residents. Fans will be able to click on hot spots found throughout the houses, zooming in on certain features and objects to find details about the series’ characters and storylines, as well as information about Lexus vehicles featured on the show.
· Design a Dance Contest – This feature combines user-generated submissions and weekly polls to allow Dancing with the Stars fans to contribute to a special on-air dance segment based on viewer-selected elements including the dancing couple, style of dance, music and costumes.
· Mode Magazine Online – An online version of Mode Magazine (from Ugly Betty) that is updated with new content each week.
· Dr. Sydney Heron’s Healing with Love blog – Using submissions of the viewers of Grey’s Anatomy, this blog features “tongue-in-cheek” advice and self-help strategies from the Seattle Grace resident
· Life on Mars Interactive Poll – Fans place themselves in Detective Sam Tyler’s shoes when they’re confronted with a series of situations that test how well they would fare living in 1973 versus 2008.
· Life on Mars 1973 Computer Electronic Game – Fans play a vintage computer game that features segments containing trivia and factoids about the year 1973.
· How Well Do You Know Me? Quiz – Viewers of Opportunity Knocks have the opportunity to find out how well their friends, family and co-workers really know them – by challenging them to answer ten simple questions about their habits, likes and dislikes. Users can see which family members, friends and co-workers know them best on their personal leader board, and can compete to have the highest ranking on the ABC leader board by having the most people take the challenge.
· Personality Quizzes – Fans can learn which characters from their favorite shows they’re most like through a variety of quizzes. Shows include Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Dirty Sexy Money, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Samantha Who? and Ugly Betty.
The site offers a multitude of other features, including games, trivia, message boards and a library of over 2,000 pieces of short-form content related to ABC’s popular primetime lineup. ABC.com is also home to a new Ugly Betty webisode series, Mode After Hours, featuring Marc (Michael Urie) and Amanda (Becki Newton) in different adventures at the Mode office after the work day is done and everyone has left. Original webisode series are also planned for Brothers & Sisters and Scrubs.
ABC has just announced that two of its most popular shows, Grey’s Anatomy and Lost, have been given the go-ahead to shoot two-hour finales. In both cases, this means that plot arcs that were severely pruned because of the WGA strike will be given extra room to complete.
The news is especially good for Lost fans, as the series had been slated to run for sixteen episodes but was cut back to thirteen because of the strike. With the addition of an extra hour to the post-strike schedule, the show will now run the equivalent of fourteen eps – drastically reducing the expected need to condense its elaborate story arcs.
The Grey’s Anatomy two-hour finale will air on Thursday, May 22nd [9/8C] while the two-hour Lost finale will run Thursday, May 29 [9/8c]. Both shows return Thursday, April 24th with original episodes – Grey’s at 9/10C, and Lost at 10/9C.
With the end of the writers’ strike all but signed, sealed and delivered, ABC is the first network out of the box in terms of announcing early pickups for the ‘08-‘09 with nine series getting the good news.