Upfronts 2012: ABC Announces Schedule for 2012-13 TV Season

Broadcast networks upfronts day 3 – on board for today is ABC. The network renewed most of its current slate, while picking up a total of 9 pilots – 5 dramas and 4 comedies. Like last season, ABC continues to try their hand at different types of shows, particularly on the drama side.

    • 666 PARK AVENUE [Drama – Sundays @ 10]: Without a doubt, one of the pilots that I am most looking forward to. Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor play a young couple taking up the opportunity to manage the titular ominous building, owned by Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams. With an address like that, nothing is definitely as it seems and supernatural forces come into play. The cast alone (which also includes Robert Buckley and Helena Mattsson) makes me want to watch it. But then you have executive producers Matthew Miller, Leslie Morgenstein, Gina Girolamo, and Alex Graves, who have come from shows like Chuck, The Vampire Diaries, and Fringe (ie. some of my favourite shows)? SOLD. Allow me to slightly fangirl here…SO. DAMN. EXCITED.
    • HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE [Comedy – Midseason, Tuesdays @ 8]: Well ain’t that a mouthful of a title (and we thought How I Met Your Mother was long). Sarah Chalke stars as a single mom, who moves back in with her parents after a divorce. I think Sarah Chalke is pretty cool so I’m willing to give the show a try, but I really do wish they come up with a shorter title.
    • THE NEIGHBORS [Comedy – Wednesdays @ 9:30]: First of all, it took all of me to spell “neighbours” the American way. Anyways, the show is about the Weaver family who just moved into a gated community called Hidden Hills. They soon learn that their oddball neighbours are actually aliens. Yes, aliens…because clearly, ABC hadn’t learned their lesson from Cavemen. I highly doubt this one’s going to last.
    • NASHVILLE [Drama – Wednesdays @ 10]: Focusing on the country music scene, the show follows Connie Britton’s Rayna James, a successful star in country music who is losing popularity, and Hayden Panettiere’s Juliette Barnes, an up-and-comer. As usual, I’m always up for some more music on my TV screen. I’m not usually a country music fan, though I am fascinated by it, so hopefully this show turns out well.

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    • LAST RESORT [Drama – Thursdays @ 8]: Taken straight from Entertainment Weekly, the show is about “a U.S. nuclear sub crew refuses orders to fire their missiles and escapes to a NATO outpost and declares themselves the smallest nuclear nation.” Yeah, there was no way for me to explain it any other way. I’m kind of interested in the show based on the cast alone (Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Autumn Reeser), but I’m not so sure if I’m going to like this. I’ll probably watch the pilot episode, at the very least, just to see how all this gets played out, and then I’ll make judgment from there. However, this timeslot hasn’t particularly been kind to its former occupants in the past few years, so it’s going to be a tough one.
    • MALIBU COUNTRY [Comedy – Fridays @ 8:30 starting November]: Country music singer Reba returns to television in this new series, playing a woman who moves from Nashville to Malibu with her kids after she finds out her husband has been cheating on her. I somewhat enjoyed her last TV venture, but I don’t think I’ll go out of my way to watch this show. It doesn’t seem like my type of show.
    • ZERO HOUR [Drama – Midseason]: Anthony Edwards plays a publisher of a skeptics magazine, who gets pulled into a big conspiracy of his own when his wife is abducted. Sounds interesting to say the least, plus Scott Michael Foster (aka Cappie!) is in it too!

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  • RED WIDOW [Drama – Midseason]: Marta Walraven (played by Radha Mitchell) discovers that in order to protect her family and uncover the truth of her late husband’s death, she must take on her husband’s former role as part of an organized crime syndicate. I think this is another one of those “we’ll have to wait and see” to really decide whether it is worth my time or not.
  • FAMILY TOOLS [Comedy – Midseason, Tuesdays @ 8:30]: Kyle Bornheimer stars as Jack Shea, who takes over his father’s handyman business. Bornheimer seems like a funny guy, but he just hasn’t found the right project yet, maybe this will be the one to turn it around for him.

Other notable changes in the schedule:

  • Revenge moves from its current Wednesday slot to Desperate Housewives former slot @ 9 on Sundays. I actually don’t mind the move at all because that means ABC’s got me for the entire night on Sunday. Once Upon A Time, Revenge, 666 Park Avenue = perfect Sunday night.
  • Last Man Standing moves to Fridays @ 8, pairing it perfectly with Reba’s Malibu Country (even though I don’t watch LMS and I don’t really intend on watching MC).
  • Unsurprisingly, following NBC moving The Voice‘s Tuesday telecast to 8, ABC has also moved the Dancing With the Stars results show to 8.  While we’re on the topic of DWTS, it was announced that next season will be an all-star edition, featuring fan-favourites from past seasons.
  • Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 are now paired up on Tuesdays following the DWTS results show. Seriously, how perfect is this pairing?
  • Body of Proof is being held off until midseason.
  • Cougar Town has officially moved to TBS for next season.

All in all, I must say ABC has done some good things to its schedule for next season. They’ve made some pairings and line-ups that should really work out in the long run. For a complete look at what the schedule will look like and a more detailed description of the new shows, head on over to Deadline.

Tomorrow, it is CBS’ turn.

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