ABC moves 'Lost' out of 'Idol's' way


ABC is reshuffling its Wednesday lineup, launching a two-hour comedy block and moving the hit drama "Lost" to 10 p.m.

With the shift from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. when "Lost" returns with all-original episodes Feb. 7, the Emmy-winning drama will no longer face the "American Idol" results show.

That unenviable task has been assigned to buzzworthy new heist comedy "The Knights of Prosperity," which will air in the Wednesday 9 p.m. slot, followed by another new single-camera half-hour, "In Case of Emergency."

ABC's two-hour Wednesday comedy block will premiere Jan. 3 with episodes of "According to Jim" running back to back from 8-9 p.m. It will have two weeks to establish itself before "Idol" arrives on the night with an 8-10 p.m. Wednesday premiere.

ABC's comedy block will take final shape Jan. 24 when "George Lopez" joins the lineup at 8 p.m. with "Jim" airing at 8:30 p.m.

The network's announcement of "Lost's" move to 10 p.m. came on the same day Hearst-Argyle president and CEO David Barrett raised concerns at the Credit Suisse Media and Telecom Week conference in New York about ABC's weakness in the hour leading into local stations' 11 p.m. newscasts.

While having "Lost" at 10 p.m. is sure to improve the fortunes of ABC stations' late newscasts, the move of the young-skewing fantasy series, which has been a family viewing favorite, to the 10 p.m. hour normally reserved for adult-oriented dramas, raised a few eyebrows.

It has not been determined what will air in the Wednesday 10 p.m. slot in January until "Lost" returns. The low-rated new drama "Day Break," which has been subbing in "Lost's" Wednesday 9 p.m. slot, might migrate to 10 p.m.

Meanwhile, the reality series "Show Me the Money," which runs in the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour, will move to Tuesday at 8 p.m. starting Jan. 2.

"Knights," which stars Donal Logue as the leader of a group of misfits plotting to rob Mick Jagger, is produced by Touchstone TV. Creators Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman are executive producing with David Letterman, Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman.

"Emergency," an ensemble comedy with a cast including David Arquette and Greg Germann, also hails from Touchstone TV. Howard J. Morris is the creator.