ABC has picked up some new shows and has canceled some others. So here are the goners, you ready? Brothers & Sisters (no short season like they proposed), V, No Ordinary Family, Off the Map, Detroit 187, and Mr. Sunshine. The only show I will miss a little bit (but not really) is Brothers and Sisters…but it looks like they’re shaking things up a lot at ABC, especially with the cancelation of their soaps. It’ll be interesting to see how everything pans out.
On the positive side, here are their pick ups and renewals (pasted from The Hollywood Reporter):
A modern take on the 1970s series starring Annie Ilonzeh (Melrose Place), Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) and Rachael Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy) as Charlie’s (Robert Wagner) new Angels. The Miami-set drama, from Sony Pictures Television, is written by Smallville duoAlfred Gough and Miles Millar and produced by Nancy Juvonen (Whip It),Leonard Goldberg (the Charlie’s Angels features) and Drew Barrymore, who appeared in the big-screen reboot. Marcos Siega (The Vampire Diaries) directed the pilot. The project scored strong buzz throughout pilot season, with the benefit of its built-in franchise name.
Last Man Standing
The project centers on the former Home Improvement star, who is fighting for his manhood in a world increasingly dominated by women. Nancy Travis (So I Married an Axe Murderer) co-stars in the multicamera comedy from 20th Television. Jack Burditt (30 Rock) penned the pilot, with Marty Adelstein (Prison Break), Becky Clements and Shawn Levy (Date Night) on board as producers. Insiders believe the mutlicam Allen vehicle, which has had “lock” status for weeks, will launch a second ABC comedy block, likely on Tuesdays (Improvement‘s old stomping ground). While it’s not Friends money, Allen didn’t come cheap, with two sources with knowledge of his deal suggesting he’ll be paid $220,000 per episode with a 7.5 percent backend (off adjusted gross).
From Sony, the sexy soap set in the 1960s focuses on stewardesses and pilots, some of whom live double lives as spies. Christina Ricci stars in her first series regular role in the drama written and produced by Jack Orman (ER). Also producing are Sid Ganis, Nancy Hult Ganies and Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing), who helmed the pilot. Though there has been buzz about casting troubles and potential retooling, say insiders, both its Mad Men-esque world and the names attached were a selling point.
The a single-camera comedy from 20th TV centers on a Midwestern girl (Dreama Walker, The Good Wife) whose big-city dreams are dashed after her first week in New York, where she finds herself living with her worst nightmare (Krysten Ritter, Breaking Bad). James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) co-stars as himself in his first series comedy role. Nahnatchka Khan (American Dad) and Dave Hemingson (Traffic Light) penned the pilot and will produce along with Jeffrey Morton (Traffic Light). Jason Winer (Modern Family) helmed the pilot. The project has been considered a lock for some time, with several insiders giving Van Der Beek’s performance high marks. Another noted its status as one of 20th’s highest testing comedy pilots in years.
Good Christian Belles (formerly Good Christian Bitches)
The soap, which will inevitably be retitled, revolves around a former high school “mean girl” (Leslie Bibb, Popular) who returns home to Dallas after her marriage ends in scandal. The series, from ABC Studios, also stars Kristin Chenoweth (Glee) and Annie Potts(Designing Women). Robert Harling (Laws of Attraction), who penned the pilot, produces alongside Darren Star (Sex and the City) and Aaron Kaplan. Alan Poul (Six Feet Under) directed the pilot. The series is based on the book by Kim Gatlin. A lock from the beginning, the show dubbed “Desperate Housewives in Dallas” could be paired with Housewives, which currently occupies the Sunday block alongside (now-canceled) Brothers and Sisters.
The Count of Monte Cristo-inspired soap from Mike Kelley (Swingtown), centers on a woman (Emily VanCamp, Brothers and Sisters) who moves to the Hamptons. The ABC Studios pilot, which was directed by Phillip Noyce, counts Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey as executive producers. The project gained momentum internally in recent weeks, insiders tell THR.
Once Upon a Time
A fantasy drama that revolves around a woman (Jennifer Morrison, How I Met Your Mother) who, after a boy who claims to be her son shows up, is drawn into a town where fairy tales might be real. Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love) co-stars as Snow White in a cast that also includes Robert Carlyle (Stargate Universe) and Josh Dallas (Thor) as Prince Charming.Lost’s Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz penned the pilot and will produce alongsideSteve Pearlman (V) and Mark Mylod (Shameless), who directed the pilot from ABC’s sister studio.
Scandal (formerly Damage Control)
The drama revolves around the life and work of a professional fixer (Kerry Washington) and her staff. Lost’s Henry Ian Cusick co-stars as her right-hand man and Tony Goldwynplays the president. It is based on the career of crisis management consultant Judy Smith, who serves alongside producers including Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) and Betsy Beers (Grey’s Anatomy). From ABC Studios, the pilot was directed byPaul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin). Though buzz surrounding the project cooled some in the recent days, Rhimes is a very valuable producer for the network and her voice has connected with its viewers.
A stylized project that follows a crew through the Amazon in search of a missing adventurer.Eloise Mumford (Lone Star) stars in the ABC Studios drama written by Michael Green(Kings) and Michael R. Perry (Persons Unknown). Executive producers include Oren Peliand Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity), Darryl Frank and Justin Flavey (United States of Tara), Zack Estrin (No Ordinary Family) and Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity).Jaume Collet-Serra directed the pilot, which was shot in Puero Rico. There was buzz in recent weeks about the high quality of the show’s footage.
The single-camera comedy from Sony stars Zachary Knighton and Elisha Cuthbert. With a throng of comedies jumping into the fray the spring, Endings managed to cut through and win some critical praise.