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The middle of May means two things in television: the end of the network season, and the beginning of network upfronts for the fall. We’ve already covered CBS, NBC, Fox, FX, and The CW, here’s what ABC had to show when they took the stage, and thoughts on each trailer:
Back in the Game
Why are Maggie Lawson and an unshaven, homeless-looking James Caan starring in this? Back in the Game is about a woman (“emotionally damaged” by her father, by her own admission) whose All-Star softball career falls apart after she has a kid (seriously). Cann stars as her father, your cardboard cutter asshole, fitting right into that Kenny Powers archetype that was popular three or four years ago. It’s unfortunate to see the talent involved – the trailer’s a mish mash of disturbing physical humor (throwing baseballs full speed at people’s heads?) and misogynistic »
Samantha Who? co-creator Don Todd has joined ABC’s new drama series Mind Games as executive producer. On the 20th TV-produced show, Todd will assist creator/executive producer Kyle Killen with showrunner duties. Mind Games, which received a midseason order, centers on bothers Clark (Steve Zahn), a former professor who has bipolar disorder, and Ross (Christian Slater) Edwards, a slick con man, who partner in a unique agency committed to solving clients’ problems using the hard science of psychological manipulation. Killen and Todd executive produce with Keith Redman. Todd most recently worked on Hart Of Dixie. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Maybe Olivia Pope needs to do some damage control for ABC, which brought back only two of the 10 shows it premiered last season. At the network’s upfront presentation on Tuesday, Kerry Washington appeared in a pre-taped clip as her character from Scandal, and offered advice to Anne Sweeney, the president of Disney/ABC Television Group, alongside Jimmy Kimmel. Discussing the problem of Dancing With the Stars, which took a ratings dip this season, Kimmel quipped, “For one thing, they’re not really stars.” There aren’t a ton of stars in ABC’s new lineup, either — but there are »
- Melissa Maerz
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the third announced earlier today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on ABC.
The network is changing up some of its serialized dramas - removing random repeats in favor of two "uninterrupted runs" of twelve episodes each (one in the fall, one in the spring) for shows like "Once Upon A Time," "Grey’s Anatomy," "Scandal" and "Revenge". The large gaps between the two half-seasons will be bridged by "limited series" designed around only 12-13 episode seasons.
Several other pilots didn't make the final cut and won't be seen including the high-profile "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" rip-off "Gothica", McG's rip-off of Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet" entitled "Westside", the series based on Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain ride, the Annie Potts-led "Murder in Manhattan" about »
- Garth Franklin
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Written and executive produced by Kyle Killen ("Awake," "Lone Star"), "Mind Games" stars Christian Slater (Ross) and Steve Zahn (Clark) as brothers who use the science of psychological manipulation in order to solve their clients' problems. Of course, the two men have problems of their own -- Clark suffers from bipolar disorder while Ross is a con man with a past in the prison system.
Still, these problems help them get inside the human mind better than anyone else. Based on the trailer, the show seems to be a procedural of sorts, heavily influenced by the strong characters of the brothers. There is also a smattering of "Leverage" to be seen, since the company seems »
Do you like superheroes and fairy tales? ABC sure hopes so! Here are the clips of their new dramas (including the two "limited runs," which are basically thirteen-week miniseries.)First up is Avengers spinoff Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will air Tuesday at 8 p.m. Not to spoil the clip, but Someone Special Is Alive! And here is the Christian Slater and Steve Zahn–starring Mind Games. They manipulate people for a living! (It airs midseason.) Over in fairy tale land, we have Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, a spinoff of ABC's very popular Once Upon a Time. Free Alice! If your interests include lottery winners and cute little kids in ballet tutus, Lucky 7 airs Tuesdays at ten. And for your crying needs, here is Resurrection (another midseason show). That small child is older than he looks! In the limited-series department, Betrayal is about an affair between a married »
- Amanda Dobbins
Fresh off the announcement of its primetime 2013-14 schedule this morning, ABC has released first-look trailers for all of its new series. We already shared the full trailer for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but here are the other new shows that we’ll be looking at today: Once Upon a Time in Wonderland – The spinoff series of the network’s fantasy show stars Sophie Lowe as the titular Alice and features John Lithgow as the voice of the White Rabbit. Trophy Wife – A mixed family comedy starring Malin Akerman as a reformed party girl who must contend with her new husband’s (Bradley Whitford) numerous ex-wives. Betrayal – A drama series starring Hannah Ware and Stuart Townsend as new lovers who find themselves on opposite sides of a murder investigation. Killer Women – A midseason drama series starring Tricia Helfer as the only female Texas Ranger patrolling the Texas frontier. Mind Games »
- Adam Chitwood
Following in the footsteps of NBC and Fox, ABC on Tuesday gave viewers a glimpse at the new additions to its 2013-14 lineup, including the buzzy Once Upon a Time spin-off, a Super Fun Night with Rebel Wilson, an ’80s-set comedy with another Bridesmaids vet and many more.
Related | Fall TV Schedule 2013 — What’s On When? And Against What?
Set your sights on the Alphabet Network’s fresh offerings below, and then hit the comments with your snappy judgments!
- Megan Masters
New York — ABC is cutting its aging "Dancing With the Stars" back to two hours and one night next season, creating a slot for a new drama series based on the Marvel Comics world that's aimed at expanding the network's audience, its programming chief said Tuesday.
Condensing the celebrity dancing contest on Monday night "opens up Tuesday for a pretty aggressive play," said Paul Lee, ABC Entertainment Group president, whose network became the third of the major broadcasters to announce its 2013-14 schedule. The network's entire Tuesday lineup for the fall is made up of new series.
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," from hit-maker Joss Whedon of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "The Avengers" films, will help broaden the audience for ABC, which is the network leader among young adult women, Lee said. The comic-book based series presumably will attract some younger men to the network. "Dancing With the Stars" is big with older women. »
With the five major American TV network upfront presentations set to take place next week, each of them has been locking down their schedules for the new season.
That means the axe has fallen on numerous shows over the past 48 hours, while others have scored renewal orders. Decisions have also been made as to which pilots will be ordered to series. Here's the breakdown by network:
New Shows: Marvel's highly anticipated "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," the 'Once' spin-off "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," the Hannah Ware and Stuart Townsend-led murder thriller "Betrayal," the remake of »
- Garth Franklin
"Modern Family" has been renewed for a fifth season because ABC (and audiences) just can't get enough of the Dunphys.
Starring Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet and more, "Modern Family" centers on a hilariously unconventional family wading their way through the trials and tribulations of life.
"Modern Family's" renewal was in the bag. The comedy has seen strong ratings since it's 2009 premiere, and has only increased in viewership over the years. Season 4 is currently averaging 13 million viewers.
In addition to "Modern Family," the network renewed "Castle," "Grey's Anatomy," "Last Man Standing," "The Middle," "Nashville," "Once Upon A Time," "Revenge," "Scandal" and "Suburgatory." ABC canceled an additional five series from the 2012-2013 season: "Body Of Proof," "Happy Endings," "How To Live With Your Parents," "Malibu Country" and "Red Widow," which join the previously canceled "666 Park Avenue," "Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23," "Last Resort," "Private Practice" and "Zero Hour. »
- Leigh Weingus
ABC has canceled its midseason drama "Red Widow" after airing the full first season of eight episodes.
The drama, based on a Dutch series called "Penoza," was executive produced by Melissa Rosenberg and starred Radha Mitchell as a suburban housewife who turns to the family's organized crime business after her husband is assassinated. She takes cues from her own family of known Russian gangsters in order to find her husband's killer and get revenge.
The series debuted in March to over 7 million viewers for the two-hour premiere, but ratings quickly dipped to the 4-5 million range so ABC's decision to cancel "Red Widow" hardly comes as surprise.
In addition to "Red Widow," ABC canceled five other series on Friday: "Body Of Proof," "Happy Endings," "How To Live With Your Parents" and "Malibu Country" join the previously canceled "666 Park Avenue," "Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23," "Last Resort," "Private Practice" and "Zero Hour. »
- Maggie Furlong
"Revenge" has been renewed for a third season.
After two seasons of drama, backstabbing and death, ABC has officially given Season 3 of "Revenge" the green light.
The newly-renewed "Revenge" follows Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp), whose father was framed for a crime he did not commit, sent to prison for life, and later murdered in the prison. She returns to the Hamptons, intent on getting revenge on those who wronged her and her father -- with the help of her right-hand man Nolan Ross (Gabriel Mann) -- and at the top of her list is Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe).
Mann tweeted excitedly to fans when "Revenge's" renewal was announced:
S3 !!! ~ Update: ABC Renews #Revenge deadline.com/2013/05/abc-re… via @nikkifinke
— Gabriel Mann (@Gabriel_Mann) May 11, 2013
- Leigh Weingus
"Last Man Standing" has been renewed. ABC will bring the Tim Allen sitcom back for a third season.
Despite a shortened season and move to Friday nights, "Last Man Standing" held steady in the ratings. The Season 2 finale, which featured Allen reuniting with his "Home Improvement" co-star Jonathan Taylor Thomas, had 7.9 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic. That's a solid number for a broadcast series on a weekday, let alone a Friday.
Paired with "Malibu Country," the comedy brought viewers back to a time when Friday night meant Tgif on ABC.
In addition to "Last Man Standing," ABC renewed "Castle," "Grey's Anatomy," "The Middle," "Modern Family," "Nashville," "Once Upon A Time," "Revenge," "Scandal" and "Suburgatory." ABC canceled an additional five series from the 2012-2013 season: "Body Of Proof," "Happy Endings," "How To Live With Your Parents," "Malibu Country" and "Red Widow," which join the previously canceled "666 Park Avenue, »
- Chris Harnick
"Grey's Anatomy" has been renewed by ABC for a 10th season of hospital hookups, major medical drama and life-changing natural disasters.
Shonda Rhimes' hit medical drama -- which stars Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson, Sara Ramirez, Jessica Capshaw, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr, Kevin McKidd, Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew, among many other newbies welcomed as interns each season -- has always been strong in the ratings, but Season 9 has seen a resurgence in viewers (averaging over 12.5 million viewers an episode), making it even more likely that "Grey's Anatomy" would be renewed.
And she followed it up with this:
As with every season finale of the show, the Season 9 finale sounds like it'll possibly take the lives of some of the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital employees. Pompeo, Dempsey, Oh, Wilson, Pickens »
- Maggie Furlong
"How To Live With Your Parents" has been canceled.
Thanks for coming folks.Don't forget to tip your waitresses.
— claudia lonow (@claudialonow) May 11, 2013
"How To Live With Your Parents" -- shortened from "How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life)" -- made its debut in April and boasted a pretty impressive 8.44 million total viewers and 2.9 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. With the exception of one episode, "How To Live With Your Parents" performed pretty well, mainly staying above a 2.0 rating and 6 million total viewers, a vast improvement from "Don't Trust The B**** In Apartment 23, »
- Jaimie Etkin
The half-hour "Super Fun Night" centers on Junior attorney Kimmie Boubier (Wilson) and her two best friends Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash), who have had a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. They even have a motto for what they call “Friday Night Fun Night”: “Always together! Always Inside!”
However, Kimmie’s recent promotion throws a monkey wrench into the tradition. Not only is she now working with her idol, “Lady Lawyer of the Year” Felicity Vanderstone (Kelen Coleman), but she meets a dashingly handsome British attorney, Richard Lovell (Kevin Bishop), who invites her to his party at a trendy club. Determined to spend time with Richard and heed Felicity’s advice to network, Kimmie sets out to »
- Laura Prudom
The network also rounded out its drama orders by renewing Revenge and Once Upon A Time. On the comedy side, it’s bringing back Modern Family (no duh), The Middle, Suburgatory, Last Man Standing, and The Neighbors.
As for new shows, ABC announced the pickup of comedy Super Fun Night, a Rebel Wilson starrer about a junior attorney and her two best friends, who have a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. »
- Lynette Rice
ABC’ opened the floodgates on Friday evening, ordering seven new dramas and five comedies for the 2013-14 season.
“Shield,” the drama loosely linked to Marvel’s “Avengers” film franchise, has been a hot property ever since it came together last summer. A sneak peek of ABC Studios’ “Shield” will run Sunday in the season finale of “Once Upon a Time.”
- Cynthia Littleton
What’s more, the first promo for the brand-new series is set to air this Sunday during the Once Upon a Time season finale.
Related | Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New
The cast for S.H.I.E.L.D. — which follows a worldwide law enforcement organization that polices the new, the strange and the unknown — includes ER alum Ming-Na (as former soldier Melinda May), Clark Gregg (reprising his big-screen Avengers »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
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