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Sneak Preview: The New ABC Shows

by Chris Harnick, posted May 18th 2010 7:29PM
Body of ProofABC has announced its new fall schedule packed with stars from Dana Delany to Matthew Perry. Interested in whether these shows can fill the void of 'Lost'?

Check out the video clips and my initial opinions on ABC's new lineup including 'Body of Proof,' 'Detroit 1-8-7' and 'Mr. Sunshine.' Be warned, I am always skeptical of new shows and these opinions are based off of only a few clips, not full episodes. My tune may change once the entire pilots make their way to the TV Squad offices.

'Body of Proof'
Delany is a capable actress. She reinvigorated 'Desperate Housewives' and ABC is very keen on her. In her new Friday drama, Delany plays Dr. Megan Hurt, a neurosurgeon turned medical examiner who is known for getting a little too involved in the police department's investigations. The clips served up by ABC show Dr. Hurt's fractured family life -- her daughter won't talk to her -- and her relationship with the police.

Based on these brief samplings, Delany's character comes off as brassy, yet vulnerable. This show would probably do well with 'Castle,' but it's been given a Friday time slot. There's definitely an audience out there for this procedural/character-driven show, the question is if they'll tune in on a Friday.

'No Ordinary Family'
There wasn't any preview video for this show, but its description and cast -- Michael Chiklis from 'The Shield' and Julie Benz of 'Dexter' -- and concept have generated some buzz. An ordinary suburban family becomes gifted with super powers, like the Fantastic Four. As a comic book fan I'm interested by the concept.

'Detroit 1-8-7'
Michael Imperioli's character is described as "Yoda with a badge." Do we need to go on? This documentary-style gritty police drama has been generating a lot of buzz, and for good reason. These clips gave us a glimpse of some colorful and likable characters. ABC will sure be giving this drama a big publicity push and it'll probably click with viewers.

'My Generation'
With no big name attached, this show seems to be depending on its concept: another documentary-style drama, but this one follows high schoolers in 2000 and again in 2010. The preview clips don't really do much to drive my interest in the show, but audiences will probably tune-in for the concept, but they probably won't stick around. ABC found a hit with its documentary-style comedy 'Modern Family,' but it looks like it may be relying on that format a bit too much now.

'Off The Map'
It looks just like 'Private Practice' but in South America. A group of young sexy doctors run away from personal demons to a small clinic in South America. They get hot and sweaty while saving lives and we assume they eventually get hot and sweaty in the bedroom. Not my cup of tea, but there is an audience out there.

'The Whole Truth'
ABC's latest legal drama, 'The Whole Truth' looks at how cases are built from both the prosecution and defense. Familiar TV faces Rob Morrow and Joely Richardson front the cast and will probably clash quite often. It's tough to make a legal show look interesting and fresh, something these previews fail to do.

'Better Together'
JoAnna Garcia stars in this romantic comedy about two sisters and their very different relationships. To have me even tune in for the first episode, the laugh track has got to go. Garcia is charming, but how much of this show can she shoulder?

'Happy Endings'
Elisha Cuthbert headlines this sitcom about a couple who splits and the friends that are caught in between. 'Saturday Night Live' alumna Casey Wilson also stars. Romantic entanglements ensue making this show seem to be a good fit with 'Cougar Town,' but it also looks like it could be a part of NBC's lineup. There's only so much romance a TV viewer can handle.

'Mr. Sunshine.'
Matthew Perry's return to comedy TV has made this show pretty anticipated. From the looks of this preview clip, he's picked a good vehicle and we're not talking about the one driven by Allison Janney. Perry stars as Ben, a manager of a sports arena in San Diego. Janney, who has been pitch-perfect in almost every one of her indie comedies, plays Perry's boss. The dynamic between these two works really well in the clip and I'd like to see more.

Videos from Live Feed. More previews there.

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It doesn't matter what they put on, most of these shows will be canceled by next summer.

May 19 2010 at 7:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ABC seems a bit overconfident this year, relying on renewals of shows that have always performed well and on formulas that have proven to be hits for them (Shonda Rhimes, documentary-style drama, procedurals - Now with a surgeon AND cops!). I feel this conservative approach might make them particularly vulnerable to rating drops next year, particularly when you compare this new crop of shows to the other three major networks'.

May 19 2010 at 7:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


May 19 2010 at 2:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Need to save Cold Case!!!!!

May 19 2010 at 12:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rich Keller

Perry looks much better in this clip then he ever did on 'Studio 60.' There, he constantly looked like death warmed over. Looking forward to this one.

May 18 2010 at 11:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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