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Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2004 10:44 am | Updated: 4:58 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Searching for a way out of its slump, ABC said Tuesday it would introduce a whopping 11 new series next season, all but three of them in the fall.

They include two reality series, seven dramas and only two new comedies, something of a shift for a network that has tried to build behind comedies with limited success the past few years.

A spin-off series, titled ‘‘The Practice: Fleet Street,’’ is set for 9 p.m. Sunday nights.

ABC will start a suburban soap, called ‘‘Desperate Housewives,’’ and a drama for teenage boys described as a male version of ‘‘My So-Called Life.’’

The two reality shows are ‘‘Wife Swap,’’ about real-life women who switch families, and ‘‘The Benefactor,’’ in which Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will give away $1 million.

‘‘We feel like we really have the pieces to start in the right place,’’ said ABC entertainment president Stephen McPherson, who’s been on the job for 29 days.

ABC, a fourth-place place network for much of this year, canceled the comedies ‘‘It’s All Relative,’’ ‘‘Married to the Kellys,’’ ‘‘I’m With Her’’ and ‘‘Life With Bonnie.’’ The drama ‘‘The D.A.’’ also was canceled.

The John Ritter-less ‘‘8 Simple Rules’’ will move to Fridays as part of the "TGIF" comedy lineup geared to families. Ritter died in September.

ABC News announced that Elizabeth Vargas will replace Barbara Walters as co-host of ‘‘20/20’’ with John Stossel. Walters was the original cohost, on the job since 1979.

The Thursday newsmagazine is being renamed ‘‘Primetime Live’’ and will go back to its roots as a live broadcast.

ABC’s new lineup for the fall

Monday: 7 p.m. — "The Benefactor"; 8 p.m. — "Monday Night Football"

Tuesday: 7 p.m. — "My Wife and Kids"; 7:30 p.m. — "George Lopez"; 8 p.m. — "According to Jim"; 8:30 p.m. — "Rodney"; 9 p.m. — "NYPD Blue"/"Blind Justice" (midseason)

Wednesday: 7 p.m. — "Lost"; 8 p.m. — "The Bachelor", 9 p.m. — "Wife Swap"

Thursday: 7 p.m. — "Extreme Makeover"; 8 p.m. — "Life As We Know It"; 9 p.m. — "Primetime Live"

Friday: 7 p.m. — "8 Simple Rules"; 7:30 p.m. — "Savages"; 8 p.m. — "Hope & Faith"; 8:30 p.m. — "Less than Perfect", 9 p.m. — "20/20"

Saturday: 7 p.m. — "Wonderful World of Disney"

Sunday: 6 p.m. — "America’s Funniest Home Videos"; 7 p.m., "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"; 8 p.m. — "Desperate Housewives"/ "Alias" midseason); 9 p.m. — "The Practice: Fleet Street"

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