. . . Tuesday May 18, 2004


Left for dead in a distant fourth place, ABC has to make some big changes to make anyone notice its Fall lineup.

One would have predicted that going with a Jessica Simpson sitcom would’ve been a sure thing. Not so. One would also think that the idea of putting William Shatner into a Practice spinoff (even though I will TiVo anything with Rhona Mitra) would just be a little joke for TV insiders. No so.

Simpson is out. Shatner is in.

ABC is not going totally against the grain when it comes to trying to attract viewers. Their drama-heavy schedule will include a show called Desperate Housewives. I’m not sure if this show has any connection to a movie I saw in college that was called Desperate Housewives Part 38.

Concentration is important!