Upfront Report 2011: ABC

ABC made a splash at the Upfront Market with a lot of new shows scheduled for next season.  Here's what's coming our way:

Charlie's Angels - The biggest news is the eagerly awaited remake of the classic television series and movies.  This reboot is set in Miami but still centers on three beautiful detectives working for a mysterious boss.  The angelic but feisty crimefighters this time around are Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly, and Rachael Taylor, with Ramon Rodriguez playing the part of Bosley.  It's rumored that Robert Wagner may be providing the voice of Charlie.  The show is being produced by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar coming off of their successful Smallville run, with executive producer chores handled by previous Charlie's Angels helmers Drew Barrymore, Leonard Goldberg, and Nancy Juvonen.

Last Man Standing - Tim Allen returns to weekly primetime TV as a guy who realizes it's "not a man's world anymore."  Others in the sitcom's cast include Nancy Travis and Hector Elizondo.

Man Up - ABC describes this comedy as "three modern men trying to get in touch with their inner tough guys."

Once Upon a Time - Fairytales collide with the modern world in this drama from Lost executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.

Pan Am - I'm glad to see that the network picked up this period drama set in the 1960s about the sexy adventures of an airline crew, starring Christina Ricci and others.

Revenge - A woman returns to her hometown to seek vengeance after her family and reputation were destroyed.  Madeleine Stowe is one of the stars.

Suburgatory - I love this sitcom's title.  Let's see if the rest of it is as clever.  Jeremy Sisto plays a single dad who moves out of the city to the suburbs to provide a better life for his teen daughter.

The midseason replacements list includes:

Apartment 23 - This comedy about the wacky shenanigans of two female roommates in New york stars Krysten Ritter, Dreama Walker, James Van Der Beek, and others.

Good Christian Belles - Leslie Bibb, Kristin Chenoweth, and Annie Potts headline this soap opera-ish drama set in Dallas.  The pilot was originally called Good Christian Bitches.

Missing - Ashley Judd and Sean Bean star in a drama about a mother who travels to Europe to find her missing son.

The River - A wildlife TV star disappears while filming a documentary show in the Amazon and his family tries to find him.  The cast includes Bruce Greenwood.

Scandal - Kerry Washington stars as a professional crisis manager trying to deal with a dysfunctional staff.

Work It - In this sitcom that sounds like a Bosum Buddies rip-off, two men impersonate women to get jobs as pharmaceutical reps.

As we mourn the cancellation of shows like V, No Ordinary Family, and Detroit 1-8-7, let's hope that one of the series listed above will find better success.

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