More than 30 shows will debut in the TV season beginning this fall, the broadcast TV networks announced this week. Two will star Central Kentuckians, and another features an actress with Lexington ties.
Lexington native Josh Hopkins, 38, co-stars in ABC's Cougar Town, Courteney Cox's much-hyped return to broadcast TV. Hopkins previously had regular guest-starring stints on Private Practice, Brothers and Sisters and Cold Case but hasn't had much luck in his starring roles on the critically lauded but canceled Swingtown last year and the short-lived Pepper Dennis in 2006.
Winchester native Matt Long, 29, is the star of ABC's midseason replacement The Deep End, about a group of young lawyers at a prestigious Los Angeles firm. Long previously starred in the critically lauded 2004 series Jack and Bobby.
Sara Rue, 30, whose mother is Lexingtonian Joan Rue and who starred in Less Than Perfect for four seasons, will be one of the stars of ABC's Eastwick.
Here's the roundup of announcements from four of the major networks. The CW's announcement was not available by press time; see LexGo.com for details.
ABC announced Tuesday it will add 11 programs to its lineup. The network has called on actors with proven track records to star in the new shows: Courteney Cox, Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton and Ed O'Neill.
Returning: America's Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Brothers & Sisters, Dancing With the Stars, Desperate Housewives, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Grey's Anatomy, Lost, Private Practice, Supernanny, Ugly Betty, Wife Swap, 20/20 and the ratings-weak Better Off Ted, Castle, Scrubs and True Beauty.
Canceled: Samantha Who?, Opportunity Knocks, Motherhood, Eli Stone, Pushing Daisies, Cupid, Dirty Sexy Money, Life on Mars, The Unusuals and According to Jim.
Other: Surviving Suburbia will air this summer. There is no word on its fate after that.
Cougar Town : Courteney Cox plays a recently divorced single mother who must face honest truths about dating. Josh Hopkins co-stars.
The Deep End : Matt Long stars in this drama about young lawyers. (Starts midseason.)
Eastwick : Sara Rue and Rebecca Romijn star in this series based on The Witches of Eastwick.
Flash Forward : The world is given a glimpse of the future. Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Jack Davenport, Sonya Walger, Courtney B. Vance and Brian O'Byrne star.
The Forgotten : A team of amateurs works on cases involving unidentified victims.
Hank : Kelsey Grammer plays a titan of industry who finds himself out of work.
Happy Town : Haplin, Minn., has a dark secret. (Starts midseason.)
The Middle : Patricia Heaton stars in this story of life in the middle class.
Modern Family : This comedy is a documentary filmmaker's vision of modern families. Ed O'Neill stars.
Shark Tank : A reality show about budding entrepreneurs getting the chance to make their dreams come true.
V : Updated version of the 1980s series about an alien invasion. Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut and Scott Wolf star. (Starts midseason.)
Because of the network's ratings success, only four new shows plus one transplant from another network were announced Wednesday. CBS has picked up the Patricia Arquette series Medium, canceled by NBC after five seasons.
Returning: How I Met Your Mother, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, CSI: Miami, NCIS, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Gary Unmarried, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY, Survivor, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Mentalist, Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, 60 Minutes, The Amazing Race and Cold Case.
Canceled: The 11th Hour, Worst Week, Without a Trace, The Ex List, The Unit and Flashpoint.
Note: The network has five midseason replacements in the wings. Miami Trauma, starring Jeremy Northam, is a medical drama, and The Bridge, starring Aaron Douglas, is a police drama. The comedy Rules of Engagement, plus the reality shows Undercover Boss and Arranged Marriage, are the other potential additions to the CBS lineup.
NCIS: Los Angeles : Chris O'Donnell and LL Cool J star in this spinoff of NCIS. The group looks into crimes involving the military using high-tech equipment.
The Good Wife : Julianna Margulies plays a wife and mother who must return to work as an attorney after her husband gets arrested.
Three Rivers : Alex O'Loughlin portrays the head of a transplant surgery team. This is a return to CBS for O'Loughlin, who starred in the short-lived vampire drama Moonlight.
Accidentally on Purpose : Former Dharma and Greg star Jenna Elfman plays a journalist who gets pregnant. The father is a much younger man.
There were few surprises in the announcement of the Fox schedule, made Monday.
Returning: Fringe, Dollhouse, American Dad, Family Guy, Hell's Kitchen, House, Kitchen Nightmares, Lie to Me, So You Think You Can Dance and 'Til Death. New seasons for American Idol and 24 will begin in January.
Canceled: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Prison Break and Do Not Disturb. King of the Hill also was canceled, but a final 13 episodes will air next season.
Note: There is no word on the fate of Moment of Truth, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? and Don't Forget the Lyrics. All three shows are on the Fox schedule for this summer.
The Cleveland Show : Animated offering from the producers of Family Guy.
Brothers : The comedy stars Michael Strahan (Fox NFL Sunday) and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell (Ed). A former NFL star returns to his mother's to get his life on track.
Glee : The Ryan Murphy series about a ragtag high school glee club. Previewed Tuesday after American Idol.
The Human Target : Mark Valley stars in the action series based on the DC Comics graphic novel. Jackie Earle Haley and Chi McBride co-star. (Launches Jan. 17.)
Past Life : Kelli Giddish and Nicholas Bishop deal with mysteries that must be solved in the past and present.
Sons of Tucson : A schemer is hired to impersonate the father of three brothers whose father is in jail.
The Wanda Sykes Show : The late-night talk show will begin at 11 p.m. Nov. 7. That Saturday time slot became available when Fox canceled MadTV.
The network announced Tuesday it will debut three of its seven new shows in the fall. That's because five hours of its prime-time schedule go to Jay Leno for a talk show at 10 p.m. weeknights. It also will divide the season into sections, with some shows airing uninterrupted in the fall and winter and others starting in the spring. NBC's coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in February will be the dividing line.
Returning: 30 Rock, Heroes, The Biggest Loser, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Parks and Recreation, The Office, Southland, Law & Order, Chuck (spring 2010), Celebrity Apprentice (spring 2010).
Canceled: My Name Is Earl, Medium, My Own Worst Enemy, Knight Rider, Lipstick Jungle, Kath & Kim, ER, Crusoe and Life. There is no word on the fate of Deal or No Deal.
Note: SNL Weekend Update Thursday, which NBC successfully tried last fall, will have a limited run, after which 30 Rock will assume that time slot. Friday Night Lights, America's Got Talent, Breakthrough With Tony Robbins and Dateline NBC will air in summer 2010.
Community : A look at the student body at Greendale Community College starring Joel McHale (The Soup) and Chevy Chase.
Day One : Life after a global catastrophe that wipes out the world's infrastructures. (To start in spring 2010.)
The Marriage Ref : The reality series from Jerry Seinfeld has celebrities commenting on real marital disputes. (To start in spring 2010.)
Mercy : Medical drama starring Taylor Schilling, Jamie Lee Kirchner and Michelle Trachtenberg. (To start in spring 2010.)
100 Questions : Charlotte Payne (Sophie Winkleman) turns to a dating service to find Mr. Right. (To start in spring 2010.)
Parenthood : Ron Howard and Brian Grazer offer a small-screen version of their feature film starring Peter Krause, Maura Tierney, Craig T. Nelson, Bonnie Bedelia, Monica Potter and Erika Christensen.
Trauma : Medical series starring Derek Luke and Cliff Curtis.