ABC Announces New Fall Schedule

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ABC's upcoming fall schedule includes an expanded Dancing With the Stars, a two-hour Wednesday night comedy block and the apocalyptic thriller Flash Forward being used as a lead-in for Grey's Anatomy on Thursday nights, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Thursdays will lead off with Flash Forward at 8 p.m., which was somewhat unexpected, followed by the return of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.

Asked if Grey's Anatomy stars Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight (George and Izzie) are signed up to return next season after Season Five's two-hour cliffhanger ending, ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson said at the network's upfronts:

"They're both signed on; I can't say whether they will both be there."

The comment drew a laugh in the room. Make of it what you will, we guess, as the fate of the two stars - both left hanging on May 14 - remains a mystery.

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On Mondays, Dancing with the Stars, expanded from its usual 90 minutes, will give a strong lead-in to the sophomore detective drama Castle, which showed more ratings heft when provided a direct boost from the reality show at the end of this season.

Tuesdays kick off with Mark Burnett's new reality competition, Shark Tank (with Who Wants to Be a Millionaire filling the slot in early fall. The Dancing results show remains at 9 p.m., followed by Jerry Bruckheimer's new crime drama, The Forgotten.

The headline is Wednesday nights, when ABC will become the third network to offer a two-hour comedy block. Hank, The Middle, Modern Family and Cougar Town compose the lineup. Eastwick, an update of the John Updike novel The Witches of Eastwick, will follow at 10 p.m.

Launching an entirely new night of television is something ABC has done before, when it premiered Pushing Daisies, Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money on this night a few years back. However, having four comedies without a familiar title is a bold move.

Scrubs and Better Off Ted, while better known to viewers, were considered too male-skewing for the lineup. Both shows are planned for sometime in midseason, ABC says.

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You know what??? I think this is just trying to cause hype and questioning about Izzie and George. I'm just gonna wait and see what happens on Sept 24th instead of obssesing over what's going to happen god! I don't want to go crazy over it because I like all the characters in their own way and IF any of the core characters go then the ratings will drop guaranteed because people have their own opinion on GA characters and couples,let it be. I love Izzie and George (especially Izzie) on the show and if either of them are killed off it will upset me but it wouldn't be the end of grey's for me


if some ppl dont like izzie and george thats too bad for them if theyre going to diss the show then why bother watching it and boring everyone else with your lame and pointless comments. dont ruin the show for the ppl who love it. very immature!!!


I know. I read that. I'm crying. We can't lose our George.


Not sure how much of this is true but I guess we'll know soon enough. This sucks.


This back and forth all summer-- all the ambiguous comments about whether we'll have our George & Izzie next season... TR & KH... it's all quite aggravating... I really want them both to LIVE! Holly-- I feel your pain... I really do. Gizzie are my favorite, then George & Izzie, then Mer & Der... I know we barely had any George and then this. But keep in mind that the little George we did get was great and that the connection between he and Izzie was showcased as unparallelled, and even though it was heartbreaking to see him so hurt after the accident, he was written as the hero-- the brave, self-sacrifing HUGE heart of George that we have always known him to be. What he did was Amazing. What he did for Izzie was so selfless (when he walked her down the aisle-- that was the purest, bravest, most selfless act) and then saving that woman, a stranger... Hold on to that. Our George. And hold on to hope that maybe we will still have our George in S6. I somewhat believe in Gus C's theory... although I think the truth most likely lies somewhere between. I just hope and pray that we have both George and Izzie next season. As friends, lovers, or in heaven... I can't imagine one w/o the other.


@anuflas - i so hope you're right about merder.


Hmm who would care if George and Izzie died? All of us who loves those two. They are my favorites, George is my first and Izzie my second. So I would care. I am so angry we didn't see george all season, and then they show him at the end and we see how lonely and sad he is and then they kill him off like THIS? Why is she doing this to George? George is the nicest character on TV. He is awesome. He deserves to be happy. Why is every other characetr getting happy things but him? I just want to scream!


@Gus C... I TOTALLY agree. I want them both alive!


@linda, word. He is the lead and should've gotten lead material but I guess that the writer's were trying to avoid the usual whining from KH, which sucks because Patrick could've done so much better. Derek's dark period was really good and he did an excellent job, especially at the end of the confrontation with the Chief at the trailer. I hope that this gets to SR ears and decide to return him as the lead. I think that JDM got more screentime than he did. This is wrong. The good thing is that maybe he does have a chance at winning the Emmy this year. Maybe he should whine like KH to get him more material. @Bri, I think that season 6 should go more in that direction. No offense to the writers, but I'm sick of Steven's Anatomy. She should just go home and get better (if she lives) and get focus on the other characters that made this show incredible. I'm dying to see MerDer deal with a pregnancy this season, Derek hovering over a pregnant Mer and her dealing with the fact she's going to become a mom (after they go to the Bahamas or City Hall and have a legal marriage). I'd love to have more insight on Mark and Derek's friendship from the beginning. These two are hilarious together. Loove them. Also have Cristina and Owen start acting like a normal couple. So much for wishful thinking but I hope that at least we get something. I love this show, I really do so I don't want to give it up if I have to see more of Izzie's cancer.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

Burke was- He took something from me. He took little pieces of me, little pieces over time, so small I didn't even notice, you know? He wanted me to be something I wasn't, and I made myself into what he wanted. One day I was me Cristina Yang, and then suddenly I was lying for him, and jeopardizing my career, and agreeing to be married and wearing a ring, and being a bride. Until I was standing there in a wedding dress with no eyebrows, and I wasn't Cristina Yang anymore. And even then, I would've married him. I would have. I lost myself for a long time. And now that I'm finally me again, I can't. I love you. I love you more than I loved Burke. I love you. And that scares the crap out of me because when you asked me to ignore Teddy's page, you took a piece of me, and I let you. And that will never happen again.