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.”
After putting his best foot forward with work in films like Training Day and both Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, it looks like Ethan Hawke taking post at Fox with his first major TV series. Deadline reports the actor will both star in and produce Exit Strategy, a potential series which would focus on a team of 5 experts associated with the CIA who are deployed when an operation goes bad to extract those in danger before it’s too late. Hawke would play the team leader, the architect of the plan who would rather die than fail them. Set up as a procedural, each episode would deal with a different crises at different locales around the world. The pilot was written by Safe House screenwriter David Guggenheim and several unnamed A-List directors apparently already circling the project. Sounds like a decent replacement for Fox’s now finished action series 24, and with Hawke attached, we’ll likely see it get picked up for next season.
Details on a couple guest stars for Hawaii Five-0 and No Ordinary Family after the jump.
ABC has finally weighed in on their faith in the network’s new series this season. The network announced today, via press release, that No Ordinary Family (the only new show that I’m still watching besides Boardwalk Empire) and Better with You will have full seasons with the back nine episodes for each series picked up today. In addition, ABC also ordered five more episodes of Detroit 1-8-7 and four more episodes for the veteran drama series Brothers & Sisters. Personally, I’m glad No Ordinary Family will get the full season treatment since it’s been the only series that hasn’t been canceled that knows exactly what it wants to be, and delivers both comedy and action in a family superhero package that Fantastic Four never quite captured on the big screen. Anyone excited about the series extensions?
Greg Berlanti is having a good year. Not only does his movie Life As We Know It get released this weekend, he has a series (No Ordinary Family) that just premiered on ABC, and he’s also working on The Flash, Green Lantern 2 and Clash of the Titans 2. As you might imagine, when I found out I was going to be able to speak with him at the Life As We Know It press junket, I had a lot of questions.
Since we covered so many subjects, I decided to break up the interview into two parts. For today’s part, Berlanti talks about No Ordinary Family, Green Lantern 2 and Clash of the Titans 2. Hit the jump for more:
The new ABC television series No Ordinary Family follows the Powell family and their journey from ordinary to extraordinary. After 16 years of marriage, Jim (Michael Chiklis) feels disconnected from his workaholic wife, Stephanie (Julie Benz), and two teenage children, Daphne (Kay Panabaker) and JJ (Jimmy Bennett). In an attempt to encourage family bonding time, Jim decides the family will join Stephanie on her business trip to South America, but when their plane crashes into the Amazon River, they soon realize that their lives have been forever changed, as each member of the family starts to show signs of new, unique and distinct super-powers. In trying to understand their abilities, they rebuild their family life and learn about what defines them as individuals.
In a recent interview to promote the series premiere, actress Kay Panabaker talked about her character’s power of telepathy and its pitfalls as a 16-year-old, how she would love to be able to read minds herself and that she would really like to be able to do physical stunts, at some point during the season. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
The time is finally upon us for the 2010 fall TV season to kick off next week with the return of all your favorite series and the premiere of some brand new ones for you to sink your teeth into (or forget about completely). We’ve been posting reviews here and there for several of the new shows, but right now we’re just going to give you the line-up of most of the new series hitting the different networks complete with plot description and premiere time. You can find the line-up after the jump (organized chronologically by premiere date), but stay tuned for more pilot reviews as the fall season starts next week as well as episode recaps for several prominent series both new and old.
The new ABC series No Ordinary Family, premiering on September 28th, tells the story of the Powells (played by Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Kay Panabaker and Jimmy Bennett), a family who goes on a bonding trip to South America, in an attempt to reconnect with each other. When their plane crashes into the Amazon River, they soon realize that their lives have been forever changed, as each member of the family starts to show signs of new, unique and distinct super-powers and they are left to navigate whether their newfound abilities will finally bring them together or push them further apart.
Following the show’s Sunday afternoon panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, co-creator/executive producer Greg Berlanti took a few minutes to talk about all of his current superhero projects – No Ordinary Family, Green Lantern and The Flash, for which he is currently working on developing the story. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
In a sign that this year’s Comic-Con is going to be bigger than ever, THR is reporting a huge number of TV shows are already confirmed to appear at the Convention. Included are:
- FOX – Steven Spielberg’s new sci-fi Fox show Terra Nova, Fringe, Human Target, Bones
- NBC – The Event, The Cape, Chuck
- CBS – Hawaii Five-O
- ABC – No Ordinary Family, V, Castle
- AMC – The Walking Dead
- The CW – Nikita, Vampire Diaries
- USA Network – Burn Notice, Psych, White Collar
- FX – Sons of Anarchy
- They even mention that Conan O’Brien might attend. Can I say YES!
While the official schedule usually gets released about a month from now, with Comic-Con only getting bigger every year, I’d imagine a lot more shows will be added to this list. After all, I know Stargate Universe will be there and that’s not listed. Finally, if you don’t have a badge…better get on eBay, as Comic-Con has been sold out for months. See some of you in San Diego next month.
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 drama side, we have short trailers for new fall shows Body of Proof, Detroit 1-8-7, My Generation, No Ordinary Family and The Whole Truth as well as midseason offering Off the Map . (For clips from ABC’s new comedies, click here.) As per usual, it looks like ABC will rival Fox for the most ambitious slate of the season. Check out the clips for yourself, as well as full synopses for each show, after the jump.
ABC officially released their fall schedule this morning, with new programming on most nights. Mondays will stick with the Dancing With the Stars/Castle combo. New dramas No Ordinary Family and Detroit 1-8-7 will bookend the Dancing results show on Tuesdays. The Wednesday night comedy block remains mostly intact save for new laffer Better Together at 8:30, followed by legal procedural The Whole Truth. The buzzed-about hourlong My Generation will lead off Thursday nights, followed by the familiar pair of Shonda Rhimes medical soaps, Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy. Two new shows unveil on Friday, with the unscripted Secret Millionaire at 8:00 and scripted medical/crime drama Body of Proof at 9:00. Meanwhile, stability is the word on the weekends, with three hours of football on Saturday and not a minute of ABC’s female-friendly Sunday lineup altered from last season. Check out the full schedule after the jump.
Season orders abound today, as ABC’s superhero drama No Ordinary Family starring Michael Chiklis, Fox’s Will Arnett sitcom Running Wilde (formerly titled Wilde Kingdom), and NBC’s relationship comedy Perfect Couples co-starring Olivia Munn join the four pilots that Fox picked up earlier today (RideAlong, Midland, Traffic Light, and Keep Hope Alive) that will grace the fall schedule. Family is ABC’s first official order of pilot season, while Fox now has five series slated with Wilde. NBC is tops, as Couples represents the network’s seventh early pickup, joining Law & Order: LA, Undercovers, The Event, Outsourced, Love Bites, and Chase. [The Live Feed]
Details on each of the new orders after the break.
Around this time every year, all the networks start to cast their pilots. While you may think every show that gets developed ends up on the air, you’d be mistaken. The odds of creating a show that actually makes it is very small, and to become a hit show, it’s like winning the lottery. To try and raise the odds of a successful crop of new shows, the networks develop many pilots. In fact, the number is often two or three times what they actually need. That way they can pick the best of the bunch, and the rest are usually never seen or heard from again. Again, even if you hear about a pilot, it doesn’t mean you’ll ever see it.
Saying that, a number of actors (Daniel Dae Kim Cast, Michael Chiklis, Jason Ritter, Zach Gilford, Aisha Hinds, Todd Williams) have recently been cast in pilots that are about to shoot. Hit the jump for details on what shows they landed on: