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"Eli" Is Saved, But not "Trees"

Judging by my emails and party conversations, the most popular decision that ABC made today was renewing the spring series, "Eli Stone, " for next fall.

The series about a lawyer with a brain aneurysm that may have led to his unusual visions is one of several new ABC shows that will be coming back after the unusual 2007-08 season interrupted by the writers' strike.

ABC seems to have chosen "Eli" over two sophomore series, "Men in Trees," and "October Road," which had trouble finding an audience the second time around.

"Eli" will move into the 10 p.m. Tuesday slot this fall vacated by "Boston Legal," which is moving to 10 p.m. Mondays for its final season.

As expected, ABC made a deal to give "Scrubs," which had its final NBC airing last week, an eighth season.

ABC only announced two new fall series -- a drama, "Life on Mars," based on a BBC series about a detective transported back to 1973; and a reality show, "Opportunity Knocks," from Ashton Kutcher, in which a TV crew brings a game show to a neighborhood. I kid you not.

More on ABC's schedule in Wednesday's Buffalo News.

-- Alan Pergament

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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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