The Upfronts: ABC

What’s out
Biggest loss as far as I’m concerned is Brothers & Sisters, it’s cheesy, melodramatic and basically a well polished soap opera, but I loved it. Apparently the large cast made it too expensive and time was called after five seasons.

V also bit the dust. I gave up on this very early on in because in the battle between all these characters, I found myself rooting for the third option of ‘kill them all and leave me in peace’. With its cancellation unless I’m missing something, there isn’t a sniff of a spaceship anywhere on US television.

More freshman deaths – Detroit 187 (nothing special, but solidly ok from the pilot, not enough to drag me in for more), The Whole Truth (awful), No Ordinary Family (tolerable pilot, but seemed doomed from early on) and Off the Map (showing that even the creator of Grey’s Anatomy is finding it tough to make the next Grey’s Anatomy). I’d forgotten ABC was also responsible for the hideous My Generation which never aired more than 2 episodes. Oh and Matthew Perry still can’t catch a break, Mr Sunshine was cancelled, he’s back in rehab and I never even got round to watching the pilot.

What’s back
Surprisingly – Body of Proof made the cut, personally I thought it wasn’t great, but apparently desperation set in and they had to actually renew something! Less surprising are renewals for Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Castle. Desperate Housewives was also eventually renewed after some kerfuffle about salaries, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was its last season. Various comedies that I don’t watch but hear good things about will also be back – The Middle, Modern Family, Cougar Town (although not until January) and Happy Endings.

What’s new
Charlie’s Angels – it’s exactly what you’d think it would be, so long as it doesn’t take itself too seriously, I see no reason why this shouldn’t be stupid, entertaining and successful.

Once Upon A Time – I so want this to be good! It’s got a great cast and the back and forth between fairy tale looks great in the trailer. Please don’t suck. Please don’t suck.

Apartment 23 – not really what I’d call funny, but it was considerably less offensive than most of the other ‘comedy’ trailers ABC brings us this year.

Last Man Standing – I like Tim Allen, he can pull off the stuff that in the other shows is offensive and contrived, not sure the writing or supporting cast of this can manage it though.

Scandal – lawyers doing ‘crisis management’ i.e. (it would seem) solving problems by threatening people. It sounds sort of horrific, but actually I rather liked the trailer (if they dilute the melodrama a bit). It’s Shonda Rhimes which gives it an extra couple of points as well. But it’s not arriving until midseason.

The River – This was not the kind of trailer I expected to see for a television show, certainly not one on ABC, but it’s got me hooked already.

Revenge – ah, this was more what I expected from ABC, more melodrama than you can shake a stick at.

Good Christian Belles – ee! So much blonde! So much wooden acting… Kristin Chenoweth deserves better.

Missing – I have no idea what’s going on with this, the show looks like the Bourne Identity all exploding and espionage, for some reason though ABC decided to have the lead actress do the voiceover as herself, not the character. Worst trailer evah!

Suburgatory – from the school of ‘think of a title the rest will follow’. The central out-of-place character I kind of love, the problem is that she’s out of place because she’s surrounded by the most annoying and ridiculous collection of characters I’ve seen since… well last pilot season.

Man Up! – It’s a very very sorry state of affairs when this is not the worst trailer I’ve seen today.

Work It – Oh. My. God.

Links: The Futon Critic, The TV Addict (with some different video clips and first impressions).

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  1. September 4th, 2012
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