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ABC Bows Most New Shows for Fall Season

NEW YORK: ABC will have the most new shows in the fall season, comprising 27 percent of the network’s prime-time schedule, according to an analysis from TVbytheNumbers. The Disney-owned broadcast network will debut eight new shows in the fall over a total of six hours.

All of Wednesday’s schedule will consist of new shows--“Hank,’ “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Cougar Town” and “Eastwick.” Tuesdays will get “Shark Tank” and “The Forgotten,” and Thursday gets “Flash Forward.”

Two shows that debuted in fall of ’08 are gone--“Opportunity Knocks” and “Life on Mars.” Alumni “Samantha Who?” “Boston Legal,” “Eli Stone,” “Pushing Daisies,” and “Dirty, Sexy Money” are also gone.

NBC will have only five new shows, but those five will comprise 7.5 hours or 34 percent of prime time, mostly because “Leno” will be stripped weekdays at 10 p.m.

NBC’s other fall debutantes include “Trauma” on Monday and encored Saturday; “Parenthood’ on Wednesday; and “Community” on Thursday. Gone are last year’s, “My Own Worst Enemy,” “Knight Rider,” “Kath & Kim,” “Crusoe” and “America’s Toughest Jobs.” Dead alumni include “Deal or No Deal,” “Lipstick Jungle,” and “Life.”

CBS will roll out five new shows in the fall comprising 4.5 hours, or 20 percent of prime time. “Accidentally on Purpose” bows on Mondays; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” and “The Good Wife” follow the original “NCIS” on Tuesday; “Medium” is new for Friday and “Three Rivers” is new on Sunday night. Gone are “Worst Week,” “The Unit,” and “Without a Trace.”

Fox is adding three shows for fall, totaling two hours or 13 percent of prime time. “Glee” is new on Wednesday; “Brothers,” on Friday; and “Cleveland Show” on Sunday. “Do Not Disturb” did not survive it’s debut last fall. The dead alumni list includes “Terminator: Sarah Connor,” “Chronicles,” “Prison Break,” “The Moment of Truth,” “Kitchen Nightmares,” “Are you Smarter Than 5th Grader?” “Don’t Forget the Lyrics,” and “King of the Hill.”

The CW is also adding three shows totaling three hours or 30 percent of prime time. “Melrose Place” is new for Tuesdays; “The Beautiful Life” on Wednesdays; and “The Vampire Diaries” on Thursdays. Onto the scrap heap go “Privileged,” “Stylista,” “In Harm’s Way,” Valentine” and Easy Money.” “Everybody Hates Chris” and “The Game” also got the boot.