ABC will announce its fall slate Tuesday during its annual upfront presentation, and the new schedule is heavy on dramas. The network, which is losing "Lost," didn't opt for any sci-fi-friendly programming, instead picking up a range of shows including one starring "Desperate Housewives" alum Dana Delany, one with "Friends" alum Matthew Perry, and one from "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rimes, as well as a new 10PM legal drama.
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NEW YORK -- ABC will try to boost its midweek schedule in the fall with cop and legal dramas and, only a few months after "Lost" departs, a supernatural series that also begins with a plane crash.
The third-place network said Tuesday it will bring in Matthew Perry, Michael Imperioli, Michael Chiklis and Dana Delany for new series. Last year's ambitious "Flash Forward" was canceled, and "Scrubs" was scrapped following an unsuccessful move from NBC.
Unlike its three chief rivals, ABC lost viewers this season as hits like "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey's Anatomy" started aging. Yet the network's biggest risk of last fall - stuffing Wednesday night with four new comedies - was a success. Three of them are back and one, "Modern Family," is considered one of the freshest new shows on TV.
"We really had three goals going into development - attack 10 o'clock, more comedy and event television," said Stephen McPherson, ABC Entertainment Group president. "This schedule really speaks to it."
ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.