We are in the middle of up-fronts, and ABC has no more than 10 new TV shows to proudly present us. And this time we have footage for every single one. However, we can’t help but notice the country flavor a couple of shows have. After we’ve said our final goodbyes to Desperate Housewives, or just got extremely frustrated because some untimely cancellation, let’s see what shows will grace our TV screens next season.
This is the first series with that country flavor we were talking about. Since GCB didn’t make the cut this spring, here’s a new show about the southern life and mainly the country music business. Rayna James (Connie Britton – Friday Night Lights, American Horror Story) is an aging country star whose success is being threaten by up-and-comer and quite bitchy Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere – Heroes). The only thing that might help Rayna’s decades-long career is the undiscovered writing talent of Scarlett O’Connor (Clare Bowen – Home and Away). If the synopsis sounds a little familiar, then you probably saw Country Strong a couple of years ago. The show is created by Callie Khouri and also stars Powers Boothe (24, Deadwood), Charles Esten (Big Love, Enlightened) and is set to air on Wednesdays at 10 pm.
How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest Of Your Life)
How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) is probably the funniest comedy ABC has on its new schedule. Sarah Chalke is back on television staring as Poly, a single mom who is forced to move back with her parents, after a very difficult year. Now she and her daughter Natalie (Rachel Eggleston – House, Chuck) have to get used with the new environment. And it’s not easy. Polly’s parents played by dream team Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds) and Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond, Til’ Death) are not exactly easy to live with. Now it’s up to Polly to rebuild her life with the help of her assistant and her nice but irresponsible ex-husband. The show is created by Claudia Lonow (Friends With Benefits) and is set to make its debut midseason.
666 Park Avenue
This creepy drama might actually be a long-running hit for the Alphabet Network. Jane Van Veen (Rachel Taylor – Charlie’s Angels) and Henry Martin (Dave Annabele – Brothers & Sisters) are a young, naive couple from Midwest who get the opportunity of a lifetime in managing an historic building, The Drake, at 666 Park Avenue, New York. Though at first the opportunity seems incredible, the owner of the building Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn – Hawaii Five – O, Lost) and his mysterious wife Olivia (Vanessa Williams – Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty) are not exactly welcoming. Jane and Martin will soon have to face all the incredible and scary things The Drake has to offer. The show is written by David Wilocox (Fringe, Law & Order) and is based on the book series with the same name by Gabriella Pierce. 666 Park Avenue will air Sundays at 10 pm.
The second country flavored show is Malibu Country, a sitcom that also marks the comeback of country superstar Reba McEntire to television. Reba Gallagher (Reba) decides to move to California after she finds out that her country singer husband Bobby (Jeffrey Nordling – Body of Proof, Desperate Housewives) has been cheating on her. Now she, her two kids, and her own mother have to get used to sunny California while Reba gets her music career back on track. The show also stars Lily Tomlin (Eastbound & Down, Damages), Sara Rue (The Big Bang Theory, Rules of Engagement) and Jai Rodriguez (How I Met Your Mother, Bones) and was created by Kevin Abbot (Last Man Standing, My Name Is Earl). Malibu Country is set to air on Fridays at 8:30 pm.
Here’s another mysterious drama that marks another comeback to television, – ER vet Anthony Edwards. He plays Hank Galliston, a guy obsessed with conspiracies and paranormal, but when his wife goes missing, he is sucked into one of the most exciting mysteries in history. With a treasure map and his personal motto – “logic is the compass” – he embarks on a journey to save his wife and humanity, all at the same time. The show stars Addison Timlin (Californication), Scott Michael Foster (The River, Califonication), and Michael Nyqvist and was created by Paul Scheuring, the mastermind behind Prison Break. Expect to see this drama next spring.
The Family Tools
This new sitcom seems a bit unlikely to succeed beyond the first season, but who knows, strangest things have happened. Jack Shea (Kyle Bornheimer – Romantically Challenged, Perfect Couples) finally has the chance to prove his worth in front of his family when his father has a heart attack and has to give the family business to Jack. Though his backtrack with keeping a job is not exactly stellar, Jack will do everything he can to make the handyman business a successful one. The show stars J. K. Simmons (The Closer), Leah Remini (The King of Queens), and Edi Gathegi (House) and will also premiere midseason.
Last Resort is probably the most anticipated series ABC has to offer and the trailer certainly doesn’t disappoint. The show starts 500 ft. below ocean level, on US ballistic submarine Colorado. But when the crew receive an order to fire nuclear weapons on Pakistan, they decide to ignore the order, and so they become enemies of their own country. After the submarine is targeted and hit, the crew finds shelter on an exotic island where they’ll have to start a new life, all the while they try to find the truth about their orders. The show stars Scott Speedman (Felicity), Robert Patrick (Big Love), Autumn Reeser (Hawaii Five – O, No Ordinary Family), and Jessy Schram (Falling Skies) and will air this fall every Thursday, at 8 pm.
This is the last comedy in ABC’s new line-up and it looks a little… odd. Marty Weavers (Lenny Venito – Bored to Death) and his family just moved into a small community in New Jersey, looking for the perfect place to raise his three children in. Though their new neighbors seem a little odd, they have no idea who or what is actually living next door. After they invite the whole block for dinner, the Weavers find out that all their neighbors are actually aliens form planet Zabvron and they’ve been living in human form for the past decade. Though I haven’t seen a decent comedy with aliens since 3rd Rock From the Sun, this one might actually have a shot. Just one, though. The Neighbors also stars Jami Gertz (Entourage), Tim Jo (Glory Daze) and Max Charles (Hot in Cleveland, Community) and it was written by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love, Tangled). The show will air Wednesdays at 9:30 pm.
Since this season we said our final goodbye to our favorite desperate housewives, it’s time for another female driven drama, about the scandalous lives of four professional women. Alyssa Milano (Charmed, Romantically Challenged) plays Savi a successful career woman trying to start a family with her husband, while also maintaining her status at her law firm. Her nanny, Josselyn (Jes Macallan – Grey’s Anatomy, Justified) is completely different – carefree, wild and not afraid to date around. April (Rochelle Aytes – Work It, Desperate Housewives) is their common best friend, a recent widow who has to rebuild her life for her and her two children. Recently back in their lives is Karen (Yunjin Kim – Lost), a successful therapist who gets involved with one of her patients. The show also stars Brett Tucker (Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Castle), Chris Payne Gilbert (10 Items or Less, The Protector) and Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy, Off the Map). Expect to see this drama next year.
“Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.” That’s basically the idea behind this ABC drama. Marta Walraven (Radha Mitchell – The Crazies, Melinda and Melinda) just became a widow, after her husband was shot in a drug deal gone badly. Now it’s up to her to protect her children while having to get back in the family business she so hard tried to get out. Marta tries to navigate the dangerous life of organized crime, the same life her brother and father lead. Will she find the truth about her husband murder? Or will she have to get her hands dirty? The show stars Wil Traval (All Saints, Underbelly), Jamie Ray Newman (Drop Dead Diva, Eureka) and is set to premiere next year.
Now that you’ve seen the previews, which show are you most excited about? Hit the comments below!
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