May 18, 2011

TV TimeZ

May 18, 2011
WHAT SHOULD I WATCH TONIGHT?
ABC:  The Middle, Modern Family, Cougar Town, Happy Endings, Happy Endings
CBS:   Criminal Minds, 
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
CW:   America's Next Top Model

FOX:  American Idol, Breaking In
NBC:  Minute to Win It, L&O: SVU



2011 UPFRONT: ABC
Paul Lee, President/ABC Entertainment Group ushered in ABC's schedule for the 2011-2012 season at their presentation yesterday afternoon at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. 
ABC Fall 2011 Primetime Schedule:
        Monday: Dancing with the Stars, Castle

Tuesday: Last Man StandingMan Up, Dancing with the Stars Results Show, Body of Proof
Wednesday: The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family, Happy Endings, Revenge
Thursday: Charlie's Angels, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice
Friday: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Shark Tank, 20/20
Saturday: Saturday Night College Football
Sunday: America's Funniest Home Videos, Once Upon a Time, Desperate Housewives, Pan Am
*New shows picked up but not appearing on the fall schedule, will debut later during the 2011-2012 season.
ABC's new fall and midseason drama series:
  • Charlie's Angels - Revamped series based on the 1970s ABC hit; new version set in Miami where three attractive detectives solve cases for their mysterious boss, Charlie.  Series stars Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor and the "angels" with Ramon Rodriguez as Bosley. Produced by Millar/Gough Ink, Flower Films and Panda Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.
  • Good Christian Belles - Soap set in Dallas about Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb), the former "mean girl" in high school who is forced to return home in disgrace after her marriage ends in scandal.  Also stars Kristen Chenoweth, Annie Potts, Jennifer Aspen, Miriam Shor, Marisol Nichols, Brad Beyer, Mark Deklin and David James Elliott.  ABC Studios is producing.
  • Missing - Ashley Judd stars as Becca Winstone who learns her son disappeared while studying abroad and she races against time when she travels to Europe to find him.  Becca has a secret of her own - she's a former CIA Agent and must now rely on old friends to help her discover what's happened to her son.  Produced by Stillking Films.
  • Once Upon a Time - From Lost executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, comes this drama where fairy tales collide with the modern world.  The plot centers on Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) who is found by her son she gave up ten years prior.  The son thinks Emma comes from an alternative world and is Snow White and Prince Charming's missing daughter.  Ginnifer Goodwin stars as Snow White/Sister Mary Margaret; Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold; Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen/Regina among other cast members.  Produced by ABC Studios.
  • Pan Am - Period drama set in the 1960s about the stewardesses and pilots working for the legendary airline Pan Am. The drama is focused on the romantic and glamorous entanglements of the crew.  Christina Ricci stars. Produced by Jack Orman Productions, Out of the Blue Entertainment and Shoe Money Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.
  • Revenge - Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) moved to the Hamptons on her own and seemingly blends in with her wealthy neighbors though she has returned to right wrongs done to her family.  Produced by ABC Studios.
  • The River - After the famed explorer/TV personality Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) goes missing in the depths of the Amazon, a search party consisting of his friends, family and crew set out on a mysterious and deadly journey to find him.  From ABC Studios.
  • Scandal - A Shonda Rhimes drama about the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her eccentric staff.  Kerry Washington leads the cast as PR guru Olivia Pope.  Produced by ABC Studios.

ABC approved five new comedy series for this fall and midseason:
  • Apartment 23 - A naive Midwestern girl comes to the Big Apple and finds herself living with a vivacious roommate who has the morals of a pirate.  Dreama Walker, Krysten Ritter and James Van Der Beek star in this comedy from 20th Century Fox Television.
  • Last Man Standing - Tim Allen is back on ABC in a new comedy about a man's man trying to get men back to their rightful place in a female-dominated world.  20th Century Fox Television is producing.
  • Man Up - Three modern guys try to get in touch with their inner tough personas to redefine what it means to be a "real man" today.  ABC Studios produces.
  • Suburgatory - Teenager Tessa is horrified when her single father George moves her from exciting New York City to the suburbs filled with overly-manicured lawns and plastic Franken-moms.  Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy star.  Produced by Warner Bros. Television.
  • Work It - Two unpleasant and unemployed guys dress up as women to land jobs as pharmaceutical reps.  Ben Koldyke and Amaury Nolasco star in the comedy produced by Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with Summer School Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

ABC is returning a slew of series including the dramas: Body of Proof starring Dana Delany; Castle helmed by Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic;Desperate Housewives with a cast led by Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria and Vanessa Williams among others; as well as Shonda Rhimes' two medical dramas Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.  ABC's returning comedies consist of Cougar Town starring Courteney Cox; Happy EndingsThe Middle starring Patricia Heaton; and Modern Family.  ABC's returning alternative series includeAmerica's Funniest Home VideosThe BachelorDancing with the StarsExtreme Makeover: Home EditionSecret MillionaireShark Tank; and 20/20.