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TV's next big hits

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NBC
Matthew Broderick takes the lead in Beach Lane, about a celebrity author who moves to the Hamptons to run the local paper. With SNL/30 Rock‘s Lorne Michaels exec-producing, could Ferris Bueller find himself in the vaunted Thursday-night lineup?… Becki Newton — of the soon departing Ugly Betty — lands in Sex and the City writer Cindy Chupack’s romantic anthology series Love Bites…. Dermot Mulroney makes the move to the small screen, taking up the James Garner role in a remake of The Rockford Files, with Steve Carell exec-producing. Beau Bridges will play Mulroney’s truck-driver dad…. J.J. Abrams brings his magic to husband-wife spy drama Undercovers, for which he’ll direct the pilot…. The magnificent Kathy Bates (see: her recent guest arc on The Office) snags the lead — originally written for a man — as a testy former patent lawyer in David E. Kelley’s drama Kindreds. American DreamsBrittany Snow plays her assistant…. Another legal drama has Jimmy Smits leaving the Supreme Court to go back into private practice.

CBS
My Name Is Earl spitfire Jaime Pressly will make a welcome return to sitcoms in an untitled project from How I Met Your Mother creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas about a Pittsburgh couple and their friends. Pressly plays the best bud/co-worker…. Hawaii Five-0 gets an update with brawny eye candy Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, and Scott Caan…. S — – My Dad Says goes from Twitter feed to sitcom with William Shatner as the titular father…. ER master John Wells returns to his medical roots with an ensemble drama featuring Janeane Garofalo, Sissy Spacek, Rachelle Lefevre, Amy Smart, and Skeet Ulrich…. Jerry O’Connell and Jim Belushi get serious in the Las Vegas-set legal drama Defenders.

FOX
The dream comedy team we didn’t know we’d been waiting for: Will Arnett and Keri Russell, who play a Beverly Hills cad and the selfless humanitarian he falls for in Wilde Kingdom. Even better? It comes from the mind of Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz…. Jon Voight takes his first series-regular television role in Midland as a Texas tycoon whose daughter (Friday Night Lights‘ Adrianne Palicki) is one of two women being duped by a con man leading a double life…. The L Word‘s Jennifer Beals heads up Chicago’s finest as the Windy City’s first female police chief in Ride-Along…. Christian Slater‘s third TV gig in as many years has him running a team that cracks security systems — in a comedy. Given his Office cameo this season — and his all-too-aptly-named drama The Forgotten — funny seems like a good bet…. John Larroquette adds another to the never-ending string of lawyers he portrays in an adaptation of Scott Turow’s Pleading Guilty. He’ll be joined by Harry Potter‘s Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs).

The CW
HeroesHayden Panettiere gets her first exec-producing credit on HMS, a drama about Harvard Medical School’s freshman class — you know, for those who think Grey’s Anatomy is about old people…. Scott Porter leaves Friday Night Lights behind for Nomads, about backpackers who are also part-time CIA operatives…. Nikita lives on in yet another incarnation, with Maggie Q as the title character, but with a twist: She’s gone rogue…. High School Musical queen bee Ashley Tisdale brings it on as an ultra-competitive college cheerleader in Hellcats, with Smallville‘s dreamy Tom Welling exec-producing.

ABC
Wright vs. Wrong stars Debra Messing as a conservative pundit, with Carrie Fisher as her acerbic manager and Cheryl Hines as her liberal counterpart. Yes, please…. More politics comes courtesy of the Arianna Huffington-exec-produced comedy Freshmen, about first-year members of Congress, including ScrubsSarah Chalke…. No Ordinary Family — about a clan who discover they have special powers — has quite the superhero cast: The Shield‘s Michael Chiklis, WeedsRomany Malco, and Dexter‘s Julie Benz. Brothers & SistersGreg Berlanti co-writing and exec-producing doesn’t hurt either…. Matthew Perry headlines midlife-crisis comedy Mr. Sunshine, with no less than The West Wing‘s Emmy darling Allison Janney as his boss at the San Diego sports stadium he manages…. ER heartthrob Goran Visnjic and Battlestar Galactica bombshell Katee Sackhoff team up in Boston’s Finest as a disgraced ex-cop and the detective who helps him unravel the case that cost him his job. Nia Long plays Sackhoff’s partner; Treat Williams plays Visnjic’s ex-partner…. Fresh off Wisteria Lane, Desperate Housewife Dana Delany stars in the network’s latest procedural-drama effort as a neurosurgeon — turned — medical examiner.

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