ABC quietly aired the remaining episodes of both animated series The Goode Family and Bob Saget family comedy Surviving Suburbia this past Friday. ABC has announced that these will serve as the series finales for both series. Source However, there still might be some hope left for The Goode Family . On that series' Facebook page , producers pledge that the show will return on a new network. The text reads: "That was our first season. We will let all of you know as soon as we have our new network and time slot. A lot of people have asked how they can see episodes they missed and we will try and find an answer. This show has been the most creatively satisfying thing we have ever done and we look forward to continuing it. Thanks as always. John and Dave" So what do you think? Sad that Surviving Suburbia is dead? Want to see Goode live on on a new network?
* Good Morning America (7 am/ET ABC) Water, water everywhere - that's where country fans can expect to hear "Water," the second single from Brad Paisley's new American Saturday Night CD, this summer. It shouldn't come as a surprise, seeing as how Paisley's coming off yet another No 1 hit with "Then" (his 10th No. 1 single in a row), not to mention two CMA awards last November and three CMT awards last month. And be very surprised if he doesn't play "Water" on this morning's GMA Central Park concert. * Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader ? (8 pm/ET Fox) Hot dog! Those precocious fifth graders are donning their thinking caps just when the rest of us are kicking back for the Fourth of July! They're kicking off their summer season by matching wits with competitive-eating champ Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, who has won the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest the last two years. He's scheduled to be back at Coney Island in New York to defend his title tomorrow, but tonight you can see how much knowledge he has stuffed into his head. * Degrassi: The Next Generation (8 pm/ET The N) Jane is forced to confront a past she's successfully repressed when her long-absent dad suddenly reappears in her life. While she's certain that she doesn't want to associate with her father, she's unsure why. As Jane begins to piece together some memories from her childhood, a truth she doesn't want to face, but can no longer avoid, begins to emerge. * The Goode Family (8:30 pm/ET ABC) In the family do-gooder tradition, Bliss gets a job cleaning up graffiti. But Greenville is graffiti-free, so there's no work for her to do. In order to keep her daughter occupied, Helen starts secretly tagging and her graffiti quickly becomes a sensation. An Oxford professor (voice of Elvis Costello) even declares it the work of a major new urban artist. Will Helen come out of the closet and accept the acclaim? * Mental (9 pm/ET Fox) Willie Garson, best known as Stanford from Sex and the City, takes a serious guest turn as a suicidal gambling addict that Jack treats. But the doctor also has another matter to deal with: He's set to testify on behalf of a patient charged with manslaughter by a high-powered prosecutor (Lori Heuring) who has never lost a case. Jack's expertise becomes critical when the case turns out to be more complicated than it appeared. Source Here
Wednesday's ratings recap: * 8 pm/ET ABC's Wipeout (8.37 million total viewers) once again squeaked past the first half of So You Think You Can Dance , though the Fox series topped the demos and averaged 8.76 mil over its two-hour run. I'm a Celebrity drew 4.78 million, down 13 percent from the night prior and off a full 25 percent from its Monday premiere. * 9 pm Night two of NBC's Inside the Obama White House special drew nearly 9 mil, besting a Criminal Minds repeat. ABC's The Goode Family (averaging 2.67 mil across two episodes) got worse, plunging 32 percent from its premiere. Surviving Suburbia returns to the 9:30 slot next week. * 10 pm Law & Order 's 19th season finale copped 8.8 mil, up 31 percent from its last fresh episode. Lagging far, far behind a CSI: NY repeat, The Unusuals dropped 25 percent to hit a new all-time low of 2.94 mil. Source Here
How Wednesday's fresh fare fared: * 8 pm/ET CBS' George Strait concert special was the night's most watched program, averaging 10.6 million total viewers over its two-hour run. The Season 2 premiere of ABC's Wipeout , however, topped the 8 o'clock demos - So You Think You Can Dance included. With an audience of 8.64 million, Wipeout bested its Season 1 average and gave ABC its best numbers in the Wedsnersdays-at-8 slot since November 2007. Fox's Dance tangoed with 8.58 mil in its two-hour Wednesday premiere. * 9 pm The premiere of ABC's The Goode Family wiped away 50 percent of Wipeout's audience, scoring just 3.93 mil. Lead-out Surviving Suburbia in turn hit a series-low 2.83 mil. Keep in mind, the fate of Bob Saget's new show will be decided by these "summer" numbers. * 10 pm ABC's soon-to-be unplugged The Unusuals hit an all-time low of 3.9 mil, lagging far behind Criminal Minds and Law & Order repeats. Source Here
* George Strait: ACM Artist of the Decade All Star Concert (8 pm/ET CBS) The famously taciturn George Strait may not say a lot, but when he sings he speaks volumes. The Texas-born troubadour rode into Nashville on a song more than 25 years ago and is now the owner of an amazing 57 No. 1 singles on the country charts. It's no wonder the Academy of Country Music selected him as its artist of the decade, joining previous legends Marty Robbins (1960s), Loretta Lynn (1970s), Alabama (1980s) and Garth Brooks (1990s). Fortunately for Strait, he doesn't have to say much during tonight's all-star tribute. He gets to sit back and listen to a who's who of country artists literally sing his praises, such as Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Sugarland and Martina McBride. * Wipeout (8 pm/ET ABC) ABC's zany, splashy summer series returns for a second season of contestants tackling - and being tackled by - an extreme obstacle course. Your favorite obstacles from last season are back - with a few new ones thrown in for good measure, including Hurtles, Sweeper Gyro and a Bridge Too Far. One player will win, and the rest will wipe out. * Great Performances (8 pm/ET PBS) How did In the Heights, the 2008 Tony Award-winning musical set in a Latino neighborhood in New York City, come to be? This behind-the-scenes documentary was lucky to begin shooting early in the production process, tracking the play from the workshop stage to off-Broadway and, finally, to Broadway. Along the way, extended performance sequences are featured and the cast, including composer-lyricist and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, are profiled. * The Goode Family (9:01 pm/ET ABC) Mike Judge (creator of Beavis and Butt-head and King of the Hill) is one of the co-creators of this new animated comedy, which takes us inside the lives of a vegan, politically correct, environmentally conscious family. The Goodes certainly have good intentions, but their actions tend to backfire. In the opener, daughter Bliss tires of her mother's attempts to talk to her about sex and joins an abstinence group. * Meet the Browns (10 pm/ET TBS ) Creator, executive producer and director Tyler Perry's sitcom about the goings-on at a home for seniors kicks off its second season. In tonight's Perry tale, marrieds Will and Sasha attempt to keep youngsters Brianna and Joaquin from being adopted, with one of the offbeat residents even getting involved. And it gets bad, bad for LeRoy Brown: The center's overseer suspects that the neighborhood frat boys are growing pot, so he tries to smoke them out. A second new episode airs immediately afterward. *E! True Hollywood Story's 10 Greatest Stories Ever Told (10 pm/ET E! ) In celebration of the iconic series' 500th episode, the folks at E! will count down the docu-series' most compelling subjects and memorable shows to date. The elite top 10 were chosen based on three criteria: a knock-out story, killer ratings or a twist-of-fate follow up. One episode bound to be on the list? The 1996 series' premiere, which investigated the stalking and murder of actress Rebecca Schaeffer. Source Here
ABC has rolled out its summer schedule, and aside from the glorious airing of the remaining episodes of three canceled series, the Alphabet is betting mostly on reality to beat the heat. Among the returning reality shows are the latest installment of The Bachelorette (featuring Jillian Harris from the last cycle of The Bachelor ), embarrassment-based competition shows Wipeout and I Survived a Japanese Game Show and the lovey-dovey couples competition Here Come the Newlyweds. New this summer are The Superstars , Dating in the Dark and The Goode Family , the lone scripted holdout. Superstars is based on ABC's Wide World of Sports and features teams of celebrities and professional athletes competing head-to-head each week in cycling, swimming and other physical activities. Dating in the Dark will each week follow three men and women on a series of dates in complete darkness, testing the notion that love is blind. When the couples see each other in the daylight, will they stick together? The Goode Family is a new animated series from Beavis and Butt-Head and King of the Hill creator Mike Judge. The show follows Gerald and Helen Goode, two overzealous carbon-footprint-minimizing, hybrid-driving vegans whose politically correct plans always end up going out of control. Here's how the premieres shake out: The Bachelorette : Premieres Monday, May 18 at 9 pm/ET, but then airs weekly on Monday at 8 pm Here Come the Newlyweds: Premieres Monday, May 25 at 10 pm Wipeout : Premieres Wednesday, May 27 at 8 pm The Goode Family : Premieres Wednesday, May 27 ay 9 pm The Superstars : Premieres Tuesday, June 23 at 8 pm I Survived a Japanese Game Show : Premieres Wednesday, July 8 at 9 pm Dating in the Dark : Premieres Monday, July 20 at 10 pm As previously reported, the remaining episodes of Pushing Daisies , Eli Stone , and Dirty Sexy Money will air on Saturdays at 10 pm beginning May 30 with Daisies. Eli Stone will air from June 20 to July 11, and Dirty Sexy Money airs from July 18 to August 8. Which of these summer shows will you be checking out? Source Here