Coming to ABC in 2010-2011: New Show Previews
ABC has lost Lost. It's seen the ratings for Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives tail off over the last couple seasons.
While the network still sits in second place for most overall viewers (behind CBS), it's looking for its next long-term hit. Will it find it this fall?
Below, we preview the six new scripted shows that will premiere on ABC in 2010-2011...
NO ORDINARY FAMILY
What is it? A typical family survives a plane accident, with one unusual caveat: each member acquires a special ability.
Who stars in it? Michael Chikilis, Julie Benz, Romany Malco, Autumn Reeser.
When does it air? Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
Prediction: ABC has enough faith in this drama to put it up against TV's top-rated show, NCIS. That might mean less-than-spectacular ratings, but possesses the best cast of any new show on television. We have high hopes for it. Watch a preview NOW.
What is it? A documentary-style look inside the Detroit Homicide Unit.
Who stars in it? Michael Imperioli, Jon Michael Hill, James McDaniel, Aisha Hinds.
When does it air? Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
Prediction: Imperioli has a loyal fan base following his run on The Sopranos. This is yet another cop show, but it uses the (typically successful) twist of incorporating a mock documentary to film behind the scenes at the department. Watch a preview NOW.
What is it? One sister gets engaged after less than two months of dating someone, while the other sister is in a long-term, committed relationship, minus the marriage.
Who stars in it? Joanna Garcia, Jennifer Finnigan, Debra Jo Rupp.
When does it air? Wednesday at 8: 30 p.m.
Prediction: Yes, it's another sitcom about relationships, life, love, blah, blah, blah. We do love Garcia, however, and it's got a cushy time slot on ABC's comedy Wednesdays. Watch a preview NOW.
THE WHOLE TRUTH
What is it? A legal drama that tells its stories from the perspective of both the defense and prosecution.
Who stars in it? Rob Morrow, Possibly Maura Tierney (original star, Joely Richardson, recently dropped out).
When does it air? Wednesday at 10 p.m.
Prediction: A last-second key cast change can't bode well. But if Tierney does come aboard, will instantly create buzz for the actress' first role since her cancer diagnosis.
What is it? A documentary crew follows around a group of high school classmates that come together a decade after they graduated.
Who stars in it? Michael Stahl David, Kelli Garner, Keir O'Donnell, Mechad Brooks.
When does it air? Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Prediction: The Deep End and FlashForward both failed in this pre-Grey's Anatomy time slot. Whether this unusual series succeeds will depend entirely on its cast of characters. Watch a preview NOW.
BODY OF PROOF
What is it? A procedural that stars Dana Delany as a brain surgeon turned medical examiner.
Who stars in it? Delany, Jeri Ryan, Geoffrey Arend, Sonja Sohn.
When does it air? Fridays at 9 p.m.
Prediction: It's yet another crime procedural, but Delany is a popular actress and its Friday time slot means it won't need to garner major ratings to be a success. Watch a preview NOW.
** ABC will also bring back V, and debut Mr. Sunshine (with Matthew Perry) and Off the Map (from Shonda Rhimes) in early 2011.