Which network's fall lineup has you most excited?
The major networks have been unveiling their fall lineups all week at the annual TV upfronts. Lynette Rice, Ken Tucker, and Ausiello have been covering everything tirelessly — after the jump, we’ve rounded up the five networks’ 2010-2011 plans with easy links out to all you need. Considering the shows you already watch and the ones you might give a shot, which network’s upcoming slate has you most intrigued? Vote below!
ABC At the network’s upfront presentation, Jimmy Kimmel took shots at other networks, like Fox for airing Glee right after the Super Bowl. V returns (switched to Wednesday), and FlashForward is canceled. “It was Sophie’s Choice,” said an exec. In a post-aLostalyptic universe, will ABC lose some of that loving feeling?
New series: My Generation (the “most ambitious” new offering, according to an exec), police procedural Detroit 1-8-7, Off the Map, family comedy Better Together (starring Kitty from That ’70s Show!), forensics foray Body of Proof, No Ordinary Family (starring The Shield‘s Michael Chiklis and Dexter‘s Julie Benz), legal drama The Whole Truth, and Secret Millionaire, a U.S. version of a British reality series. Mid-season: Mr. Sunshine, starring Matthew Perry as a sports arena owner and Allison Janney as his boss, and Off the Map, a Shonda Rhimes medical drama. Yes, another. Read Ken’s take on ABC and scan the complete schedule at Hollywood Insider.
CBS is rearranging a prime time schedule that already works really well — switching CSI: Miami to Sunday, CSI: NY to Friday, Survivor to Wednesday, and The Big Bang Theory to Thursdays (opposite NBC’s Community). No more Ghost Whisperer or Old Christine.
New series: a “re-tooled” Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods (starring Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg), The Defenders (“as much a bromance as a legal drama,” says a CBS exec), $#! My Dad Says (a William Shatner television show based on…a Twitter account?), Chuck Lorre sitcom Mike and Molly. Read Ken Tucker’s CBS roundup featuring video clips of the new shows. Hollywood Insider has the complete weekly schedule.
Fox‘s upfront featured a song-and-dance showdown by the Glee kids; an exec said their fall slate is “designed to be aggressive, not just to maintain.” They need to figure out how to ramp up their continuing procedurals — and start promoting Fringe!
New series: Lonestar, “a modern-day Dallas” starring Jon Voight and Friday Night Lights‘ Adrianne Palicki as his daughter, working-class family sitcom Raising Hope, Mitch Hurwitz’s Will Arnett-Keri Russell screwball sitcom Running Wilde, and The Good Guys, starring Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford as bad cops. Mid-season: Shield creator’s Chicago cop show Ride-Along, and Terra Nova, a Steven Spielberg co-produced series set in 2149 in which Earth is over-populated. Ken says: “Yes: There will be dinosaurs. It’s like Battlestar Galactica + Jurassic Park % Land of the Lost. Could be great; could be a folly.” Hollywood Insider has the schedule.
NBC is keeping the dream alive with mostly scripted new offerings (five comedies, seven dramas) instead of showy big-box reality extravaganzas. Don’t worry, The Biggest Loser is returning, too. Parks and Recreation will return mid-season. You know what would really spice up this jam-packed new roster? Will Ferrell’s 30 Rock spoof series Bitch Hunter. Alas.
New series: J.J. Abrams’ romantic-spy adventure The Undercovers starring Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, conspiracy thriller/24 void-filler The Event, Jerry Bruckheimer’s cop show Chase, Outlaw, starring a much happier Jimmy Smits than we saw in Dexter, Law & Order: Los Angeles, India-set sitcom Outsourced, and Becki Newton rom-com Love Bites.
Midseason: The Cape, Friends With Benefits, Perfect Couples, Harry’s Law, The Paul Reiser Show, a new version of The Apprentice, and America’s Next Great Restaurant with Bobby Flay. Hollywood Insider has the schedule.
The CW is rearranging its returning series — 90210 moves to Monday, One Tree Hill to Tuesday, and Supernatural to Friday (?!), leaving new actioner series Nikita to follow Vampire Diaries on Thursday.
New series: Nikita stars Maggie Q as a spy and assassin who tries to take down the secret government agency that created her; Hellcats is a coming-of-age drama surrounding the high school football program at a Southern university. Ausiello has the complete weekly schedule.
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