Spin-offs, Sci-Fi Rule Small Screen for Fall

"Surviving the Filthy Rich," a comedic drama about a tutor and her spoiled students, will probably appeal to the same fans hooked on the shenanigans of "Gossip Girl's" privileged Upper East Side teens. Like "Gossip Girl," the show is based on a series of books, Alloy Entertainment's "How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls."

"Stylista," the CW's new reality offering, is being promoted as "The Devil Wears Prada" for TV. Hosted by "America's Next Top Model" maven Tyra Banks, it follows contestants competing for a job at Elle magazine.

Returning shows include: "Gossip Girl," "One Tree Hill," "Smallville," "America's Next Top Model," "Supernatural," "Reaper," "Everybody Hates Chris" and "The Game."

Canceled shows include: "WWE's Friday Night Smackdown."


ABC's got only one new scripted show on deck for the fall: "Life on Mars," a remake of the science fiction/police drama BBC series.

On the reality front, the network will debut "Opportunity Knocks," the brainchild of "Punk'd" and "Pop Fiction" producer Ashton Kutcher. The show's premise: a TV crew shows up at a new house each week to test the family on how well they know one another.

A new animated comedy, "The Goode Family," will roll out midseason.

Returning shows include: "Grey's Anatomy," "Ugly Betty," "Desperate Housewives," "Brothers & Sisters" "Lost," "Pushing Daisies," "Private Practice," "Dirty Sexy Money," "Scrubs" (poached from NBC), "Boston Legal" and "Eli Stone."

Canceled shows include: "Women's Murder Club," "Men in Trees" and "Carpoolers."


Fox's schedule features two new scripted series for the fall. The first, "Fringe," is primed to make the biggest splash. Produced by "Lost's" J.J. Abrams and co-starring Joshua Jackson, John Noble and newcomer Anna Torv, "Fringe" is a thriller that science fiction fans will love.

A new comedy, "Do Not Disturb," stars Jerry O'Connell and Niecy Nash as the management team behind a trendy New York City hotel.

Fox will roll out another scripted series and a reality show midseason: "Dollhouse," a sci-fi drama from the creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" starring Eliza Dushku, and "Secret Millionaire," a feel-good series that follows different millionaires as they go in search of a lost soul who could benefit from their money.

One of Fox's most promising offerings will come in the spring: "The Cleveland Show," a "Family Guy" spin-off starring the Griffin family's neighbors. "Sit Down, Shut Up," an animated comedy about a group of high school teachers and staffers who couldn't care less about their students, also debuts in the spring.

Returning shows include: "American Idol," "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "Prison Break," "House," "Bones," "'Til Death," "The Moment of Truth," "Kitchen Nightmares," "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?," "Hell's Kitchen," "The Simpsons," "King of the Hill" and "American Dad."

Canceled shows include: "Back to You," "Canterbury's Law," "K-Ville," "Nashville," "New Amsterdam," "The Next Great American Band," "The Return of Jezebel James" and "Unhitched."

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