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ABC adds 11 new series, led by ‘Grey’s’ spinoff

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff will air next fall on an all-new Wednesday night schedule, one of 11 new series the network plans for next season.
/ Source: The Associated Press

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff will air next fall on an all-new Wednesday night schedule, one of 11 new series the network plans for next season.

“Private Practice” features Dr. Addison Shepard, who leaves Seattle for work in Los Angeles. A special “Grey’s Anatomy” that effectively served as the show’s pilot was seen by 21 million people earlier this month.

Veteran TV actors Merrin Dungey, Tim Daly, Taye Diggs and Amy Brenneman will join star Kate Walsh in “Private Practice,” which will air at 9 p.m.

Two other new series will air Wednesdays on ABC in the fall. “Pushing Daisies,” described as a forensic fairy tale, features a boy who can touch dead people and bring them back to life. “Dirty Sexy Money” is a prime-time soap opera about a wealthy New York family.

ABC also gave the go-ahead to “Cavemen,” a comedy adapted from the Geico insurance commercials.

The network canceled the comedies “George Lopez,” “Help Me Help You” and “Knights of Prosperity.” “What About Brian” did not make the cut, and ABC is still debating the future of “According to Jim,” while leaving it off the fall schedule.

The first prime-time series from Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions, “Oprah’s Big Give,” will debut in midseason. It’s a reality series where contestants compete in philanthropy.

In contrast to last year, when “Grey’s Anatomy” made its successful switch to Thursday nights, ABC plans no major shifts of its existing series. “Men in Trees” moves to an earlier time slot on Friday nights.

“Lost” will return in midseason, but ABC made no commitment Tuesday on where it will land on the schedule.

Other new series that ABC plans for next season:

  • “Big Shots,” a drama about four hard-charging friends who are dysfunctional CEOs. Dylan McDermott, Christopher Titus, Joshua Malina and Michael Vartan play the lead characters.
  • “Cashmere Mafia,” ABC’s attempt to inherit the “Sex and the City” mantle. Four women, friends since business school, juggle their personal and professional lives in New York. NBC has a similar new show — with three women.
  • “Eli Stone,” a drama about a top lawyer in San Francisco who begins having visions because of a brain aneurysm.
  • “Women’s Murder Club,” based on James Patterson novels, is a drama about four women in San Francisco — a detective, district attorney, medical examiner and reporter — who work together to solve crimes.
  • “Carpoolers,” a comedy about four men from different backgrounds who get together each day for some male bonding on the drive to work.
  • “Miss/Guided,” a comedy about a former high school geek who returns to her alma mater as a guidance counselor, only to see an ex-cheerleader and former nemesis come back as an English teacher.
  • “Sam I Am,” a comedy with Christina Applegate about a woman who awakes from a coma with no memory, only to find out she was a creep before.