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2010 Upfronts: ABC

by Mike Moody, posted May 18th 2010 9:28AM
abc logoABC has announced its new fall schedule ahead of its upfront presentation, slated for later today in New York City. The network has picked up five new dramas including 'No Ordinary Family,' 'Detroit 187,' 'The Whole Truth,' 'Body of Proof' and 'My Generation.'

The new comedy 'Better Together' joins ABC's Wednesday night comedy block, and reality game show 'My Secret Millionaire,' which previously ran on Fox, will air on Friday nights. All in all, it looks like ABC has greenlighted 10 new shows for next fall, including comedies 'Mr. Sunshine' and 'Happy Endings' and Shonda Rhimes' medical drama 'Off the Map' to debut later in the season.

Network staples like 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Castle,' 'Desperate Housewives,' and the mega hit 'Dancing With the Stars' are all coming back, and, of course, ABC has renewed all of its current Wednesday night comedy lineup, led by the hit 'Modern Family.' And Sci-fi drama 'V' is set to return in November.

Check out the new schedule (updated with new show descriptions), courtesy of The Live Feed, below and head back to TV Squad after 4 PM ET today for more coverage of ABC's upfronts.

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my generationAt ABC's official upfront presentation, entertainment head Steve McPherson laid out the network's three goals for the new fall season: more comedy, more dramas at the 10PM hour, and more ambitious shows he dubbed "event television."

One of the "event" shows is 'No Ordinary Family' about a regular family that becomes super-powered after a plane crash. The network is pushing the Tuesday night series, starring Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz, as a drama with broad appeal that families can watch together. "Event" show number two is "My Generation," a drama that mixes faux documentary style footage with traditional drama to track nine Austin, TX high school friends ten years after graduation. Macpherson called the show ABC's most ambitious new series. It will air on Thursdays with returning relationship-oriented medical dramas 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice'

'Better Together' will be the first new comedy to debut on the network on Wednesdays. Macpherson said Matthew Perry's 'Mr. Sunshine' and single-camera relationship comedy 'Happy Endings' would debut "later this fall," not during mid-season as previously expected.

Wednesday is capped off with and Rob Morrow's 'The Whole Truth' in the slot now claimed by the exiting 'Happy Town.'

Oddly, Dana Delany's medical mystery drama 'Body of Proof' is starting out on Friday nights, where 'Primetime' specials have been running lately. I guess the network is looking to grab older viewers and crime procedural junkies.

Returning sci-fi reboot 'V' is probably the most heavily serialized show on the schedule. ABC is hoping to bring it back this November to give showrunners enough time to produce a bulk of episodes. The network hopes to run the new season straight through uninterrupted. 'V' will most likely take over 'Dancing with the Stars' results show slot to be paired with ABC's other genre show, 'No Ordinary Family' on Tuesday nights.

The network still has the option to renew reality shows 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution' and 'Shark Tank.'

'Lost' star Matthew Fox made an appearance at the upfront event to introduce a few of the new shows. Speaking about 'Lost,' Fox said that is was "bittersweet to see it come to an end" and later commented about the finale in a pre-recorded segment also featuring his fellow castmembers. "I couldn't imagine it coming to an end in such a beautiful way," he said.

FULL RUNDOWN:


Returning: 'Dancing with the Stars,' 'Castle,' 'The Middle,' 'Modern Family,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Private Practice,' '20/20,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Brothers & Sisters,' 'V' (expected to return in November with the goal of running the season uninterrupted).

Canceled:
'FlashForward,' 'Better Off Ted,' 'Romantically Challenged,' 'The Deep End,' 'Happy Town,' 'Scrubs,' 'The Forgotten'

New: 'No Ordinary Family,' 'Detroit 1-8-7,' 'Better Together,' 'The Whole Truth,' 'My Generation,' 'Secret Millionaire,' 'Body of Proof,' Mr. Sunshine (TBA mid-season), 'Happy Endings' (TBA mid-season), 'Off the Map' (expected to air on Sundays mid-season)

NEW SHOWS:

no ordinary family abc'No Ordinary Family' – Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz star as a husband and wife heading up a family with superpowers.

Detroit 1-8-7' – A cop dramedy with a mockumentary feel stars Michael Imperioli as a homicide detective.

'Better Together' – The new comedy from 'Friends' producer Shana Goldberg-Meehan is about two sisters at different stages in their romantic relationships. Joanna Garcia and Jennifer Finnegan play the sisters.

'The Whole Truth' – 'Numb3rs' vet Rob Morrow stars in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced legal drama, which co-stars 'Nip/Tuck' alum Joley Richardson.

'My Generation' – A drama about high school students from Austin, TX who reunite ten years after graduation.

body of proof abc'Body of Proof' – A medical mystery series starring Dana Delaney as an ex-neurosurgeon who helps solve murder cases.

'Mr. Sunshine' -Matthew Perry returns to TV in a comedy about a San Digeo sports arena manager going through a mid-life crisis

'Happy Endings' – Another relationship comedy about couples that break up but are still part of each other's lives.

'Off the Map' – 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Private Practice' creator Shonda Rhimes gives us another medical drama. This one centers on three young doctors practicing medicine in the Amazon.


THE SCHEDULE:

MONDAY:
8PM 'Dancing with the Stars'
10PM 'Castle'

TUESDAY:

8PM 'No Ordinary Family'
9PM 'Dancing with the Stars the Results Show'
10PM 'Detroit 1-8-7'

WEDNESDAY:
8PM 'The Middle' 8
8:30PM. 'Better Together'
9PM 'Modern Family'
9:3-PM 'Cougar Town'
10PM 'The Whole Truth'

THURSDAY:

8PM 'My Generation'
9PM 'Grey's Anatomy'
10PM 'Private Practice'

FRIDAY:
8PM 'Secret Millionaire'
9PM 'Body of Proof'
10PM '20/20'

SATURDAY:

8PM 'Saturday Night College Football'

SUNDAY:
7PM 'America's Funniest Home Videos'
8PM 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' 9PM 'Desperate Housewives'
10PM 'Brothers & Sisters'


jimmy kimmel upfrontBonus: Jimmy Kimmel returned to roast his own network again at the upfront presentation this afternoon. The late night host also saved some quips for ABC's competitors. Here's a sampling of quotes from his hilarious monologue:

- "I read in The Times this morning that (NBC head) Jeff Zucker is building a 40-ton solid-cement containment dome that he hopes to lower down over the fall schedule."

- "You know, the last time NBC took a show that had been on for 20 years in New York and moved it to LA it wound up as the lead-in to George Lopez on TBS. "

- "Watching 'Lost' is what I imagine it might be like to be trapped inside the brain of Paula Abdul."

- About Fox's decision to air 'Glee' after the Superbowl next year: "Apparently they're trying to set a new Guinness World Record for most drunk 43-year-old guys saying, 'What the f*** is this?' all at once."

- "I think Steve Macpherson said it best when he said 'We're looking for shows that break the mold,' and then introduced a new medical drama from Shonda Rhimes."

- "Yes. Were losing 'Lost,' but the good news is we're bringing back 'Eli Stone.'

- "All these analysts say that the networks are losing ground to cable. I disagree. I believe we're gaining ground on newspapers. Watch your back, Christian Science Monitor, we're coming after you."

- "We have the number 15 most popular show on television and we're canceling it. That's confidence. And if 'Modern Family' keeps going and doing as well as it is, we will cancel that too."

- "Charlie Sheen is a genius ... I'll tell you why: You're on a family sitcom on CBS, you get arrested for threatening your wife with a knife on Christmas, which happens to be Jesus' birthday. So how do you handle a public relations nightmare like that? You call your agent and demand $2 million an episode or you're not coming back, and you get it! Tiger Woods must feel like a real dumbass right now."

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kinch63

I want to see The Seeker renewed. I heard they had started filming the third season and I want to see it. It's my number one show on the ABC network. Please keep it on the air!

May 18 2010 at 10:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RobynM

The only new show that looks remotely interesting is "No Ordinary Family". What can I say - I'm a sucker for genre shows.

I had to laugh at Jimmy's crack about running Glee post-Super Bowl. It's too true.

May 18 2010 at 9:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Becky

I am really sorry to see the Forgotten being cancelled, I really liked that show and I don't think it was given a chance.

Most of the new shows they have for this fall sound lame and I'll probably not watch any of them. I'll probably only be watching ABC on Monday. Sad because I used to watch ABC all the time and now I'm not impressed with 98% of their shows.

May 18 2010 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anne

Still no word yet on LEGEND OF THE SEEKER? That's just sad.... and ABC decided to bring in lame shows too on their channel.

May 18 2010 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nissa

Private Practice and V coming back is still good news to me, but I'm sad to see that shows such as Happy Town (haven't seen any of it yet though) aren't even getting a shot at creating an audience.

Anyway. I'll check out Detroit 1-8-7 just for Michael Imperioli's sake (I'm not a fan of cop shows) and No Ordinary Family has always sounded like an intriguing premise with a solid cast.

May 18 2010 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mike

I think there are a couple of different trends at play here and they're all becoming clear with the different schedules being presented this week - the network sitcom is "back" (even though it didn't really ever go anywhere -- but look at Modern Family, Parks & Rec, Big Bang, etc. to see why there will be even more of them next year), and other standard shows are falling - legends like Law & Order, Lost or 24, and even American Idol is on decline. This should be an interesting year for upfronts, and even more so for new shows in general. I'm looking forward to fall (for a first time in a long time!) http://thesmogger.com/2010/05/17/next-years-tv-now/

May 18 2010 at 12:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ceti

No write-up of the new shows?

May 18 2010 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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