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ABC Unveils Fall Programming

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May 15, 2002 | 10:01am EDT

ABC unveiled its fall schedule Tuesday, and viewers can expect big changes next season from the third-ranked network.

In a bid to rebrand itself, ABC will be showcasing several new shows this fall. ABC Entertainment Television Group Chairman Lloyd Braun told Variety that the network's fall primetime campaign will revolve around the 8-9 p.m. hour Monday through Friday rather than focus on a dominant night.

Primetime shows between 8 and 9 will fall under the new banner "ABC Happy Hour."

Some of the new series include Dinotopia--which will compete Thursdays at the coveted 8 p.m. time slot, the Tuesday comedy Eight Simple Rules of Dating My Teenage Daughter, the Wednesday medical drama Meds, the Thursday reality drama Push, Nevada and the Friday drama That Was Then.

ABC has also scheduled the revamped Dragnet series for Mondays at 9 p.m. as a midseason replacement for Monday Night Football.

Missing from the lineup are some familiar series, including Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Dharma & Greg, What About Joan, Bob Patterson, Spin City, The Job, The Mole, Philly, Thieves, Once and Again, The Chair and The Court.

The network also announced it is pulling the plug on Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect and will replace the late-night program with an entertainment show headed by former Man Show host Jimmy Kimmel.

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