ABC announced its schedule
Tuesday. The worst-kept secret was that "Private Practice," the spinoff of "Grey's Anatomy," would receive a spot -- in "Private's" case, Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET. If "Private" can get close to the audience "Grey's" attracts, ABC will be very happy.
But overall, the network appears to be wiping the slate clean. No more "George Lopez," which dated back to 2002; no more "Knights of Prosperity," which barely scraped (more or less) through its opening season. (Even "According to Jim," many critics' favorite punching bag
, is on the chopping block ... to mix metaphors.)
In their places, viewers will find 11 new series, including "Cashmere Mafia" (I wonder if it will end up going against NBC's "Lipstick Jungle"), "Miss/Guided" (no relation to the 2003 Alicia Silverstone show "Miss Match"
) and "Big Shots," about four CEO buddies.
Is ABC doing the right thing by programming so many new shows? Or did they pull the trigger too quickly on some of their current programs?