What the nets' midseason schedules might look like -- As NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox announce their casualties, EW makes guesses at how they'll fill in the gaps
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The networks have begun axing underperforming series, and now comes the fun part: filling in some gaping scheduling holes.

— NBC could give its new politico drama ”Mr. Sterling,” starring Josh Brolin, the 8 p.m. Friday slot left by ”Providence,” which sunsets in December. And either ”Crossing Jordan” or ”Dateline” could temporarily cede their 10 p.m. slots on Mondays and Tuesdays, respectively, to make way for the much-talked-about drug lord drama ”Kingpin.”

— Over at CBS, a new take on ”Star Search” will likely shine at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays once ”The Amazing Race 3” wraps this winter, while the sitcom version of ”My Big Fat Greek Wedding” may settle into the 8:30 p.m. Sunday slot recently vacated by ”Bram and Alice” (a post-”Everybody Loves Raymond” debut is also possible).

— ABC may put its ”Dragnet” update on Mondays at 9 p.m. once football ends, and the Western ”Then Came Jones” — costarring Half-Pint herself, Melissa Gilbert — could get the Fridays at 9 p.m. slot, where ”That Was Then” crashed and burned.

— On Fox, the second season of ”American Idol” looks like a good bet for Mondays at 9 p.m., replacing ”girls club.”

While hashing out the schedules will be rough, one exec insists change will do the nets good: ”’Dragnet’ has built-in name appeal, ‘Kingpin’ will have some controversy, ‘American Idol’ had the big summer ratings, and ‘Greek Wedding’ has the success of the movie leading into it. Everyone’s got something with hype behind it.”

(Additional reporting by Adam B. Vary)

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