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ABC Holds Off on Wednesday Comedies

(Posted September 24, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES ( ABC's new comedy "Freddie" will, at some point, premiere this fall. Eventually. Just not yet.

For now, though, the Freddie Prinze Jr. vehicle and its Wednesday-night lead-in, "George Lopez," will have to wait another week, as the network, still high over the huge premiere for "Lost," will give those few people who didn't see the season opener another chance.

ABC will re-air the "Lost" premiere at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday (Sept. 28), leading into the show's second episode at 9. The network is apparently looking to repeat its success from this week, when a special recapping the first season drew better than 15 million viewers at 8 p.m. and the season debut clocked nearly 23.5 million viewers, ABC's most-watched fall drama premiere since 1995.

The change pushes the hour-long season premiere of "George Lopez," which ABC had already been promoting on-air, back to Wednesday, Oct. 5. That in turn moves "Freddie," originally set to go that night, to Oct. 12. ABC is also opting not to air the "Freddie" pilot as its first episode; in its place will go an episode titled "Rich Man, Poor Girl."

The delay likely also means that "Freddie" will be premiering opposite postseason baseball on FOX. Games in both the American and National league playoffs are scheduled for Oct. 12.

Source: Zap2it

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