ABC and WB announce their fall look

May 15, 2002 by Ian Evans

It was ABC’s turn to address advertisers in New York Tuesday and to try and explain how they would bounce back from a 23% drop in ratings.

Several shows are now gone from the schedule: the once invincible Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, the drama Philly, and the sitcoms Dharma & Greg and Spin City.

Ready to step up to the plate are:

  • 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, which stars John Ritter and Katey Sagal.
  • Dinotopia, based on the mini-series of the same name.
  • Less Than Perfect, a sitcom set at a TV network. It features Andy Dick.
  • Life with Bonnie, with Bonnie Hunt as a local TV host.
  • Meds, a one-hour hospital drama about renegade doctors that ABC is comparing to M-A-S-H.
  • Push, Nevada, a drama developed by Ben Affleck with chances for the viewers to win prizes.
The WB also announced their fall lineup on Tuesday.

They’re trying something new for the nets. On Sundays, they’re going to start their programming at 5pm with reruns of Smallville, a new show called Everwood and Gilmore Girls.

Former 90210’er Jennie Garth will star in the comedy What I Like About You, which is about two sisters in NYC. Also joining the WB lineup: Greetings From Tucson, a comedy about a Mexican-American husband and Irish-American wife, taken from the viewpoint of their son.