'Scrubs,' 'Samantha Who?' Get New Nights - ABC comedies will be...

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Christina Applegate of 'Samantha Who?' ABC will double the current number of sitcoms on its schedule -- from two to four -- in March by pairing "Scrubs" and "Samantha Who?" with a pair of new shows.

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Jan 26, 2009
 
You forget the Smallville, Supernatural block on Thursdays.
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Jan 26, 2009
 
So I guess ABC is trying to get rid of Samantha Who? I mean, Thursdays at 8 already includes Survivor, Ugly Betty, and Smallville -- oh, and those crappy NBC sitcoms. Who will be left to watch Samantha Who? Personally, I've never understood what made this series funny, so I guess it doesn't really matter to me.
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#3
Jan 26, 2009
 
Whoever makes the decisions about ABC's schedule is an idiot. They are determined to ruin their shows by placing them in the wrong time slots and moving them around too often so the shows don't generate a following. It's been a trend for years and ABC won't rise to the top if it continues.
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Jan 26, 2009
 
Yep, ABC has apparently been sucking on the same teats as the morons at NBC. True, Ugly Betty is no longer the great show it once was, but it's better than at least 60% of what passes for network programming these days. Ah, well, guess that means more viewers for Bones.

You'd think by now these people would learn, but I guess intelligence is no longer a factor to being a network executive or programmer. Now that our former president is out of a job, maybe he can get a job for NBC or ABC. He'd fit right in.
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Jan 26, 2009
 
Is is just me, or wouldn't have made more sense to make the Monday night reality shows an hour, and then have Scrubs/Samantha Who from 9p-10p on Monday nights? I know The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars are hits, but do they really deserve that much more screen time? Then again, Monday's are just as competitive.

Or how about pairing Better of Ted/Motherhood, Samantha Who/Scrubs, and Ugly Betty on Tuesdays.

I kind of feel bad for Scrubs because they come home just be neglected all over again. I just don't see the logic behind putting it up against Idol unless they're committed to ending the show once and for all.

Then again, Scrubs may just be competing with Gary Unmarried, and may get some Lost fans to tune in prior to their show. Who knows?

All I can say is I'm glad I don't run a network because it's far from an exact science.
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Jan 26, 2009
 
I have a bad feeling about Betty.
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#7
Jan 26, 2009
 
This is a really stupid move. First of all Samantha Who? and In The Motherhood have a lot of episodes to air and will only air a few before betty returns. And ABC may as well premiere Better Off Ted in February since Scrubs will run out of episodes if it keeps doubling up and if they do that, Ted will get to air more episodes. And airing 2 sitcoms on Thursday nights hasn't worked well for ABC as evidenced with last season's Miss Guided.
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Jan 26, 2009
 
The thing about Scrubs is that it has a loyal following, but few casual fans. I doubt it's ratings will change very much, even against Idol. I think they will drop less than those of most shows.
I was confused by the wording of a sentence in the article. Will Scrubs or Better Off Ted be kicking off the hour?
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Jan 26, 2009
 
Marcos wrote:
Is is just me, or wouldn't have made more sense to make the Monday night reality shows an hour, and then have Scrubs/Samantha Who from 9p-10p on Monday nights?
Or how about pairing Better of Ted/Motherhood, Samantha Who/Scrubs, and Ugly Betty on Tuesdays.
I agree that Samantha Who? and Scrubs should be paired on Tuesdays starting ASAP because currently Scrubs is airing double episodes and soon it will run out. And if Samantha returns in March it won't have enough time to air the remaining episodes. Samantha should be put after Scrubs in February then moved to Thursday before In the Motherhood. Also based on recent history, pairing two new shows together, Better off Ted and In the Motherhood probably won't work out that well. In the past ABC has tried pairing new shows together but it hasnt worked out well.
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Jan 27, 2009
 
So, I guess that's the end for Scrubs... unless another network comes and picks it up. Oh, WAIT!
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Jan 27, 2009
 
It's highly likely that Scrubs will end this year since Zach Braff won't be returning for a ninth season. Ratings aren't that great either so thats pretty much a sign that it will be gone soon. Anyway with this new schedule between the airings of Betty, Samantha, Motherhood, and Ted its unlikely that any of these shows will air out all of their episodes, plus theres still the remaining episodes of According to Jim to be burned off.
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Jan 27, 2009
 
CW is awesome wrote:
You forget the Smallville, Supernatural block on Thursdays.
Are you serious?! I'm presuming you did not type that with a straight face.
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Jan 27, 2009
 
K first of all ABC really needs to hire someone to help them straighten out cause they got that new animated show, Scrubs, Samantha, Motherhood, Betty, and Ted. First If I was in charge I would starting next week put Scrubs & Samantha at the 9 hour on Tuesday for like 2 - 3 weeks so Samantha can mebe get a few more fans. Then move Samatha & Motherhood to the 8 hour on wednsday night. Put Ted on at 9:30 tuesday. Betty would stay on Thursday nights!!! The animated show would be moved to next fall!!
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Jan 27, 2009
 
Why are they moving these shows to Thursdays of all nights? All the shows I like are on Thursdays. I only have one dvd-r!
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Jan 27, 2009
 
Because advertisers rule, the networks are in thrall to the advertisers, and according to the King James Version of the Advertising Bible, Judas 13:13, "And so it was written, verily, that Thursday nights shalt be thine most important days for setting advertising rates. Also therefore, verily, since only the hip people doeth matter, and since hip people don'teth watch TV on Fridays and Saturdays, thus shalt the day of Thursday be set as the day when all programs of importance shalt be shown. Thus sayeth the Lord of Advertising, Amen."

Or, to be not so sacreligious, advertising is based on anticipated viewing. Thursdays, as of right now, are when the advertising business has decided that the people with the most money/education/intelligence/e tc watch TV, so all these shows that cater to these folks get shoved on the same night. This is actually a stupid way to do business, as it forces these same people to choose amongst a crowded field of shows, which means that some will inevitably get left out. Until the networks and the advertisers figure this out, Thursday night programming will retain its current look.
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Jan 27, 2009
 
K-Dude wrote:
K first of all ABC really needs to hire someone to help them straighten out cause they got that new animated show, Scrubs, Samantha, Motherhood, Betty, and Ted. First If I was in charge I would starting next week put Scrubs & Samantha at the 9 hour on Tuesday for like 2 - 3 weeks so Samantha can mebe get a few more fans. Then move Samatha & Motherhood to the 8 hour on wednsday night. Put Ted on at 9:30 tuesday. Betty would stay on Thursday nights!!! The animated show would be moved to next fall!!
Exactly, so Samantha can air out some episodes so fans don't forget the show, and so Scrubs episodes can last through April and help out Ted. And Betty can stay where it is, Scrubs will stay where it is and Ted can be put at 9:30 tuesday, and Samantha and Motherhood can air at 8. The Goode GFamily could then be pushed to next season similiar to what happened to The Cleveland Show. Thats how the schedule should be.
another stupied comedy

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#17
Jan 27, 2009
 
i hope for the very best for the new comedies but i am concered that it will be another stupied comedy that have laugh tracks with jokes that arnt even funny like according to jim which some how survived 8 seasons. i hope that samantha who? will go well on thursday cause its ABC's only decent comedy show and hopefully ABC will bring some great comdies not another disaster
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Jan 28, 2009
 
another stupied comedy wrote:
i hope for the very best for the new comedies but i am concered that it will be another stupied comedy that have laugh tracks with jokes that arnt even funny like according to jim which some how survived 8 seasons. i hope that samantha who? will go well on thursday cause its ABC's only decent comedy show and hopefully ABC will bring some great comdies not another disaster
Like Samantha and Scrubs both Better Off Ted and In the Motherhood will be single camera comedies. And thankfully Jim will be ending this season.
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Jan 28, 2009
 
CW is awesome wrote:
You forget the Smallville, Supernatural block on Thursdays.
It's quite easy to forget given the small ratings. ;)
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Jan 28, 2009
 
Thorny wrote:
Because advertisers rule, the networks are in thrall to the advertisers, and according to the King James Version of the Advertising Bible, Judas 13:13, "And so it was written, verily, that Thursday nights shalt be thine most important days for setting advertising rates. Also therefore, verily, since only the hip people doeth matter, and since hip people don'teth watch TV on Fridays and Saturdays, thus shalt the day of Thursday be set as the day when all programs of importance shalt be shown. Thus sayeth the Lord of Advertising, Amen."
Or, to be not so sacreligious, advertising is based on anticipated viewing. Thursdays, as of right now, are when the advertising business has decided that the people with the most money/education/intelligence/e tc watch TV, so all these shows that cater to these folks get shoved on the same night. This is actually a stupid way to do business, as it forces these same people to choose amongst a crowded field of shows, which means that some will inevitably get left out. Until the networks and the advertisers figure this out, Thursday night programming will retain its current look.
And yet personally, I don't watch a single show on the networks on Thursday as it's also the night where the networks keeps their hit shows a lot longer than prudence and long-term thinking should allow (although I've been told CSI is much improved this season so I might try it again).

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