For Fall 2010 lineup, ABC keeps trying to find the next 'Lost' series

By Lisa de Moraes
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

ABC sure did show a lot of clips of "Lost" during its new-schedule presentation to advertisers Tuesday at Lincoln Center.

And why are network suits trying to talk up advertisers about finding the next "Lost" when "Lost" kept losing viewers year after year? Shouldn't they be looking for a show that attracts more viewers year after year?

"Lost" star Matthew Fox was trotted out to introduce the two new dramas that ABC suits think are the likely next-"Lost" contenders on its schedule.

" 'Lost' was introduced to the world six years ago and changed television forever," Fox said modestly to a couple of thousand advertising execs holed up at Avery Fisher Hall.

We prefer ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel's take on "Lost." Watching 'Lost,' " he said, "is like being trapped inside the brain of Paula Abdul," as he appeared during the presentation's seventh-inning stretch.

ABC's first post-"Lost" prime-time lineup includes a new strange-things-happen-

after-plane-crash drama that the network hopes will be less cultlike and more, well, broadcastlike than "Lost."

It's one of seven new series joining ABC's slate in the fall, also including two documentary series -- and a reality show that another network dumped because it wasn't sufficiently gritty.

Monday night's schedule -- one of ABC's bright spots -- is returning untouched: "Dancing With the Stars" -- which some weeks this season attracted more viewers than did Fox's "American Idol." After "Dancing": rom-dram "Castle," which defied critics' and some industry executives' ratings expectations in this, its second season.

On Tuesdays, new drama "No Ordinary Family" will have to self-start at 8 p.m. It's a live-action version of "The Incredibles": A family goes on vacation, only to have their plane crash into the Amazon -- nooooooo, not another plane crash! But, unlike "Lost," they all survive -- not just the hot, young ones -- only they discover each now possesses distinct superpowers that seem to have something to do with having crashed in the Amazon instead of, say, the Potomac. "The water had a phosphorescence," Mom says in the pilot. The old phosphorescence gag! Dad can fly and stop a bullet; Mom can move really fast and shatter glass; Junior can read minds.

The family patriarch on "No Ordinary Family" is played by Michael Chiklis, our generation's greatest living scenery chewer. And the show is expected to be more of a guy magnet, which is good because it'll be on against two of TV's bigger chick magnets: NBC's "Biggest Loser" and Fox's "Glee."

After "No Ordinary Family," the "Dancing" results show is back at 9 -- duh! -- followed at 10 by a new cop drama, "Detroit 1-8-7." The cop show stars Michael Imperoli, whom you will remember from "The Sopranos"; he plays a wily detective who is part of a homicide unit being followed by a documentary crew.

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