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    ABC Teams 'Alias' with 'Lost' for Midseason

    "Desperate Housewives" has become a runaway hit for ABC this season in the Sunday timeslot formerly occupied by "Alias." That's created a bit of a dilemma -- albeit one any network would like to have -- when it came to finding a new home for the spy series.

    ABC will solve that problem by pairing "Alias" with its other freshman smash, "Lost," on Wednesday nights beginning Jan. 5. Both shows are executive produced by J.J. Abrams, and ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson is hoping that link will help "Alias" break beyond its cult-show status in the ratings.

    "When we made the strategic decision this fall on 'Alias,' we only hoped to be in the situation we find ourselves in today," McPherson says. "'Lost' provides a terrific platform for 'Alias'' new season. Not only do both shows have similar audience profiles ... but they also share J.J.'s unique sensibility. This is a great two-hour block of programming."

    "Alias" will open its fourth season with a two-hour premiere at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday, Jan. 5. ABC is sticking to its plan to air the show without repeats through the rest of the season, which would put its season finale near the end of May sweeps.

    As a result of "Alias" moving to Wednesday, the "Bachelor" franchise is being shipped to Monday nights, where ABC will replace "Monday Night Football" with an all-unscripted night of programming.

    Beginning Jan. 10, Mondays will lead off with "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: How'd They Do That?," a behind-the-scenes look at the hit home-makeover series that ABC tried out as a special on Nov. 1, to promising results. Each episode will break down the previous night's "EM: Home Edition" to explain how host Ty Pennington and his team of contractors and designers accomplished their build.

    "The Bachelorette," featuring ex-rose recipient Jen Schefft, will air at 9 p.m. Mondays. Schefft is returning to the TV-romance game after her engagement and subsequent breakup with "Bachelor" No. 3 Andrew Firestone. A new series, "Supernanny," debuts Jan. 17 and will air at 10 p.m. Mondays.

    "What to do with Monday night after football has always been one of the network's biggest challenges," McPherson says. "But we think that we've come up with a strategy for success."

    The schedule shuffle leaves the medical drama "Grey's Anatomy," which ABC previously announced for Monday nights post-football, without a home for the time being. It and another drama, "Eyes," will be used to plug holes as needed.
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    I'm glad you guys are getting your Alias back, there's not much on Wednesdays at 9pm anyway.. well Bachelor but they all end the same no matter what
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    We were talking about this in The Bachelor forum this morning. I think this is the BEST thing that could have happened to Alias (and to me! heh)

    Alias was drowning last season in a pathetic Sunday spot. I know it lost a lot of viewers because there was no lead in, and The Practice got dismal ratings.

    Now I get both "Lost" and "Alias"... I'm in tv geek heaven!
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    For me, this is the best combo on tv since the old Must See TV lineup (Seinfeld/ Friends, etc). On second thought, it's better than the 90210/ Melrose combo.
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    Oh yeah, our two favorite shows on television. This makes for a perfect night of viewing in the Snowflake household!
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    Who cares when a show is on?

    Whats the big deal if a show is on Weds or Sunday?

    I don't care, my ALIAS is at number 5 on my Wish List and LOST is currently at number 3 on my TIVO.

    I think no matter where they move it too, my TIVO will record it for me.

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    Lucky you

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    This is a terrific move by ABC. They are finally doing something right with Alias.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jckatz
    Whats the big deal if a show is on Weds or Sunday?

    I don't care, my ALIAS is at number 5 on my Wish List and LOST is currently at number 3 on my TIVO.

    I think no matter where they move it too, my TIVO will record it for me.
    It can be a huge deal in terms of ratings, meaning if the show dies in a bad time slot (e.g. Sunday, against Desperate Housewives) and gets cancelled, your TIVO will have nothing to record.

    Lost is hot right now and will probably give Alias a good lead-in, thus reviving the ratings of the popular but Nielson-lacking show.
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    This is great news. Two of my favorite shows back to back. Maybe there is hope for ABC yet.

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