Upfronts Day 3: Commence! Over the last two days, we’ve seen the new fall 2012 schedules for NBC and Fox, as well as trailers for some of the new series that those networks will be offering. Today it’s ABC’s turn, and their new schedule has a couple of change-ups for returning series. The fan-favorite drama Revenge has taken over Desperate Housewives’ Sunday night spot (if you weren’t aware, DH had its series finale this past weekend), and the comedies Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23 will be moving to Tuesday nights.
Tuesday is fast becoming the new comedy night, as NBC has set their two most high profile new comedies—The New Normal and Go On—for Tuesday, and that night is currently host to Fox’s all-comedy block that includes New Girl and Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project. In other words, you’re probably gonna have to do some in-depth DVR scheduling. Hit the jump to check out the full ABC schedule. We’ll have trailers for the new series up once they’re available.
Coming off of the great renewal news for Community and Parks and Recreation, ABC has just announced that they are renewing another worthy comedy for a further season. Per TV Line, Happy Endings has been renewed for a 22-episode third season. Like the aforementioned NBC comedies, Happy Endings got off to a rough start creatively but has since come into its own and flourished as a whip-smart comedy with a great ensemble cast. This news comes on the heels of ABC renewing other comedies Modern Family, Suburgatory, and The Middle, though there’s still no word on freshman laugher Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23.
Elsewhere in the comedy television world, 30 Rock is set to return for a 13-episode final season, and with deals close to finished with the principal actors, an official renewal for The Office is expected shortly.
On the ABC comedy series Happy Endings, actress Elisha Cuthbert (best known for her role as Kim Bauer on 24) plays Alex, an everyday normal girl who remains friends with the guy she bailed on, on their wedding day. A year later, Alex and Dave (Zachary Knighton) are still trying to figure out just where their relationship stands, after a break-up that complicated the lives of all their mutual friends. Created by executive producer David Caspe, the series also stars Eliza Coupe as Jane, Adam Pally as Max, Damon Wayans Jr. as Brad and Casey Wilson as Penny.
During this recent interview to promote the show, Elisha Cuthbert talked about her favorite moment in an upcoming episode, her favorite episode of the series, how much fun she’s been having doing comedy, an outtake that she wishes had made it into the show, what she would like to see happen with the Alex and Dave relationship, and how she would love to have Kiefer Sutherland guest star as her character’s father. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Finally, it’s time for ABC to chime in with their verdict on some series that have been waiting for good or bad news. Thankfully, it seems be mostly good all around with EW reporting that the network has given full season orders to their new freshman fairytale drama Once Upon a Time and Tim Allen‘s return to sitcoms with Last Man Standing. Personally I found the former pilot to be an absolute pain to get through while the latter sitcom is cheesy, but not without a few genuine laughs. Unfortunately, the exaggerated nature of that kind of sitcom coupled with the audience laughter just doesn’t work for me. However, a comedy that really has continued to shine and keep fans laughing is Happy Endings, which just got a full season order for its sophomore run.
However, one show still waiting in the wings is the fantastic but, lower rated Pan Am since the show only got an order for five more scripts, which doesn’t guarantee that more episodes will be ordered to air. It’s only slightly below the line of what ABC wants out of the drama, but the great cast, intrigue, romance and more have made it a surprisingly enjoyable addition to the set of series recordings on my DVR. So it sounds like all you Nielsen families and viewers need to tune in and give it a chance, because it’s really quite stellar and you can’t go wrong with lovely ladies like Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie and Kelli Garner. Here’s hoping Pan Am joins the ranks of these other ABC shows sooner that later.
Chiming in with their first moves on the new TV season, THR reports that ABC has just decided to give full season orders to their freshman series Revenge and Suburgatory. The former centers on Emily Thorne (Van Camp), or Amanda Clarke, who returns to the Hamptons to take revenge on the people who destroyed her family, including her father’s (James Tupper) death while the latter is a comedy following a single father (Jeremy Sisto) and teenage daughter (Jane Levy) who move to the suburbs after living in New York City. Both series debuted strong and have continued to bring in audiences each week.
In addition, the second season of Happy Endings has been going strong enough to warrant an order for six more scripts which could result in a longer season for the series which originally had some problems with the weak lead-in of Cougar Town and several of its episodes hitting the air out of order. This week the viewership for the series was up 18%, so there’s a good chance the series will end up getting a real extension in the coming weeks.
This week ABC is revealing their premiere dates for the new and returning series for the 2011-2012 season kicking off in September, and plenty of fan favorites are returning in a big way. Comedy series like The Middle and Modern Family are getting special one-hour premieres while Grey’s Anatomy gets a whopping two-hour premiere episode. In addition, after the jump you’ll find out the premiere dates for new series like the remake of Charlie’s Angels, the period drama Pan Am, Tim Allen’s return to TV in Last Man Standing the fairytale drama Once Upon a Time and more. If you want more information on any of ABC’s new series hitting this fall, check out our previous post (Link 1) on their upfronts presentation. Otherwise check out the full premiere schedule after the jump.
The circus that is upfronts continues with ABC announcing a slew of cancellations, pick-ups and renewals. Via TV Line, the network has decided to cancel sci-fi series V, Matthew Perry’s sitcom Mr. Sunshine, the superhero family drama No Ordinary Family and the on-the-bubble drama Brothers and Sisters (after considering giving the show one more season, the network decided to free up their Sunday night slot and axe the show). Other cancellations at ABC include Off the Map, Detroit 187 and Better With You.
On a lighter note, freshman comedy Happy Endings and procedural drama Body of Proof were both renewed for a second season, and the Charlie’s Angels reboot has scored a pick-up. Other new series getting picked up include Tim Allen’s return Last Man Standing, controversial series Good Christian Belles (previously Good Christian Bitches), period soap Pan Am, Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal and the fairytale-themed Once Upon a Time from Lost vets Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Damon Lindelof hinted via Twitter that the show is “gonna be special.”
Midseason schedules have already been announced from FOX and NBC, but now ABC has revealed their plans for the midseason with the premieres of the new comedy series Mr. Sunshine starring Matthew Perry and Happy Endings featuring Elisha Cuthbert (24). As a result of the new comedy premieres, Courtney Cox’s Cougar Town will not return to the schedule until Wednesday, April 13th. Starting that same Wednesday ABC will premiere a three-hour comedy block starting with The Middle and concluding with Modern Family Fan Favorite episodes. For a full rundown of the new schedule and details on ABC’s two new comedy series premieres, hit the jump.
With the release of ABC’s 2010-11 schedule comes a whole bunch of preview clips to promote the network’s new shows. On the comedy/reality side, we have short trailers for new fall shows Better Together and Secret Millionaire as well as midseason offerings Happy Endings and Mr. Sunshine. (For clips from ABC’s new comedies, click here.) Targeting me specifically, ABC spread the lovely ladies JoAnna Garcia, Eliza Coupe and Andrea Anders throughout their three new comedies to make sure I’ll watch each one. Check out the clips for yourself, as well as full synopses for each show, after the jump.
Over at ABC headquarters today, the network renewed V for a second season and cancelled freshman shows FlashForward and Romantically Challenged alongside veteran comedies Scrubs and Better Off Ted. ABC has plenty of material to fill those slots, though, as the network officially picked up comedies Mr. Sunshine, Better Together, Happy Endings and dramas The Whole Truth, Detroit 187 and My Generation for their fall schedule. More on each item after the jump.