Latest programming updates for midseason


Carat Programming’s Broadcast and Video Beat reports in the spirit of its corporate “green” initiative, NBC will be recycling used programming content from cable sibling, USA. Encore telecasts of drama series Monk (Sundays, 8 p.m.) and Psych (Sundays, 9 p.m.) will launch on NBC on 3/2. They’ll join the previously announced slate of Law and Order Criminal Intent repeats. Speaking of USA, Carat has just learned that dramas, The 4400 and Dead Zone have been canceled.

ABC’s Lost will vacate its Wednesday night location and will move to Thursdays at 9 p.m., where Grey’s Anatomy normally airs. The truncated eight-episode season of the drama will premiere on Thursday, 1/31, the first night of the February sweeps measurement period. The reason for relocating Lost is to ensure that original programming continues to air in this highly important timeslot.

The network will also be launching four new series during midseason. The new competition series Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann will have a special two-hour premiere on Monday, 1/7; subsequent episodes will air for 90 minutes.

Cashmere Mafia will get a sneak peek on Thursday, 1/3 will move to its regular timeslot, Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on 1/9. New drama Eli Stone will air in the post-Lost timeslot (Thursdays, 10 p.m.). The show will also launch on 1/31.

Finally, reality series Oprah’s Big Give will air on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. (in Desperate Housewives’ timeslot) as of Sunday 3/2. By the way, the sole remaining original episode of Grey’s Anatomy airs on 1/3. The medical drama, which gets forced into strike-induced repeats, will move to Fridays at 8 p.m. The post-tornado and sole remaining original episode of Desperate Housewives will air on Sunday, 1/6.
| See the latest primetime strike status report and tentative January/February schedule here |