ABC has new plan for Wednesdays


ABC is making its summer plans already, announcing a Wednesday lineup set to launch after the close of the fall season.

In addition, the network has scheduled another midseason entry, the comedy "Notes From the Underbelly."

New reality series "The Next Best Thing: Who Is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator?" will kick off at 8 p.m. May 30 with a two-hour opener. The following week, Season 2 of the unscripted hour "American Inventor" returns at 9 p.m.

Wednesday will be rounded out by the new scripted drama "Traveler," which ABC announced in May at its upfront presentation as a midseason addition.

"Underbelly," another midseason holdover from the upfront schedule, also is getting a Wednesday slot beginning April 11 at 9:30 p.m. The series will replace "In Case of Emergency," which has struggled against Fox's "American Idol." Whether -- or where -- that half-hour will continue is to be determined; by then 11 of its initial 13-episode order will have aired. The comedy about a couple pregnant with their first child is from the Tannenbaum Co., Hill Three Prods. in association with Warner Bros. Television.

"Impersonator" is from Peter Engel Prods. and New Wave Entertainment. Michele Merkin will host, with Jeffrey Ross, Elon Gold and Lisa Ann Walters on board as judges.

"Inventor" is from FremantleMedia North America, Syco Television and TV Ltd.

"Traveler," a thriller about friends whose cross-country road trip is interrupted by a terrorist attack, is from Warner Bros. Television in association with the Jinks/Cohen Co.