Matthew Fox, 'Lost'

Matthew Fox of 'Lost'

ABC unveiled a midseason slate on Friday (Dec. 14) that includes scheduling moves both thrilling ("Lost" moving to Thursdays!) and not-so-thrilling ("According to Jim" returns!).

Entering its fourth season with a pre-ordained end in sight, "Lost" will premiere on Thursday, Jan. 31, taking over the competitive Thursday 9 p.m. time slot from "Grey's Anatomy." Eight episodes of the Emmy-winning series were reportedly finished before the writers strike hit, which ought to be enough to at least temporarily placate a rabid fanbase that's been scratching its collective head since the show's third season finale included a shocking flash-forward.

"Lost" will lead into the midseason drama "Eli Stone," from producer Greg Berlanti. "Eli Stone" will replace "Big Shots," which should burn off its remaining original episodes in January.

"Eli Stone" is one of four new shows to premiere for ABC in 2008.

"Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann" will kick off on Monday, Jan. 7 and will air in the 8 p.m. time period until a new edition of "Dancing with the Stars" is ready to go on Monday, March 17 (the same night as the premiere of the latest installment of "The Bachelor").

The soapy drama "Cashmere Mafia" will have a special Thursday premiere on Jan. 3 and will move into its regular Wednesday 10 p.m. slot on Jan. 9.

Finally, "Oprah's Big Give" will air Sunday nights at 9 p.m. starting on March 2, when "Desperate Housewives" will go down to the 10 p.m. hour, giving "Brothers & Sisters" a breather.

Nowhere to be found, however, is the comedy "Miss/Guided," which stars Judy Greer as a high-school guidance counselor. Six episodes have been shot, but ABC has decided not to schedule it.

On the returning front, new seasons of "Just for Laughs" and "According to Jim" will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 1, while "Wife Swap" and "Supernanny" will be back on on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

A somewhat confusing run-down of ABC's spring:

MONDAY (JAN)
8:00 p.m. "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann"
9:30 p.m. "Notes from the Underbelly"
10:00 p.m. "October Road"

MONDAY (FEB)
8:00 p.m. "Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann"
9:00 p.m. "Samantha Who?"
9:30 p.m. "Notes from the Underbelly"
10:00 p.m. "October Road"

MONDAY (MAR)
8:00 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars"
9:30 p.m. "Samantha Who?"
10:00 p.m. "The Bachelor"

TUESDAY
8:00 p.m. "Just for Laughs"
8:30 p.m. "Just for Laughs"
9:00 p.m. "According to Jim"
9:30 p.m. "Carpoolers"
10:00 p.m. "Boston Legal"

TUESDAY (MAR)
8:00 p.m. "Just for Laughs"
8:30 p.m. "Just for Laughs"
9:00 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars the Results Show"
10:00 p.m. "Boston Legal"

WEDNESDAY
8:00 p.m. "Wife Swap"
9:00 p.m. "Supernanny"
10:00 p.m. "Cashmere Mafia" ("Men in Trees" beginning Feb. 27)

THURSDAY (JAN)
8:00 p.m. "Ugly Betty"
9:00 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy"
10:00 p.m. "Big Shots" (after special premiere of "Cashmere Mafia" on Jan 3)

THURSDAY (FEB)
8:00 p.m. "Ugly Betty"
9:00 p.m. "Lost"
10:00 p.m. "Eli Stone"

FRIDAY
8:00 p.m. Drama encores
9:00 p.m. Drama encores
10:00 p.m. "20/20"

SUNDAY (MAR)
7:00 p.m "America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 p.m. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9:00 p.m. "Oprah's Big Give"
10:00 p.m."Desperate Housewives"