Sheesh, why not just make it an even dozen? ABC, the network that had already renewed a ton of series before this week's upfronts, announced 11 new shows — seven dramas and four comedies — this morning. Amazingly, "Cavemen" — yup, that one based on the Geico caveman, pictured above — was one that made the cut, along with "Dirty Sexy Money" and "Private Practice," whose pickup was among the worst-kept secrets in showbiz.
Among returning shows, here were some of the big announcements:
- "Lost" isn't on the fall schedule; it will instead premiere midseason, probably still on Wednesday, though no time slot has been set.
- Despite rumors about "Ugly Betty" possibly moving to Sundays, the Sunday lineup of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers & Sisters" is staying intact.
- Once again, we're in for fall seasons of "Dancing with the Stars" and "The Bachelor."
- The neglected "Men in Trees" will be back in its original Friday time slot.
- Virtually all the other returning shows are staying put in their current time slots.
Gone: "What About Brian," "Knights of Prosperity," "According to Jim," "George Lopez," "In Case of Emergency"
Here's ABC's official press release, and to see the full schedule and descriptions of the new shows,
All caps = new show
** = new timeslot
8-9:30 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars"
9:30-10 p.m. "SAM I AM"
10-11 p.m. "The Bachelor"
8-8:30 p.m. "CAVEMEN"
8:30-9 p.m. "CARPOOLERS"
9-10 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars the Results Show"
10-11 p.m. "Boston Legal"
8-9 p.m. "PUSHING DAISIES"
9-10 p.m.: "PRIVATE PRACTICE"
10-11 p.m.: "DIRTY SEXY MONEY"
8-9 p.m. "Ugly Betty"
9-10 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy"
10-11 p.m. "BIG SHOTS"
8-9 p.m. "Men in Trees"**
9-10 p.m. "WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB"
10 p.m. "20/20"
8 p.m. "Saturday Night College Football"
7-8 p.m. "America's Funniest Home Videos"
8-9 p.m."Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
9-10 p.m. "Desperate Housewives"
10-11 p.m. "Brothers & Sisters"
Returning shows "October Road," "Lost" and "Notes from the Underbelly" will premiere later in the season, along with new dramas "Cashmere Mafia" and "Eli Stone," new comedy "Miss/Guided" and the reality show "Oprah's Big Give."
Here's how ABC describes the new shows:
This is the story of four friends at the top of their game...until the women in their lives enter the room. Lines between boardroom and bedroom blur when these competitive but dysfunctional CEOs take refuge in their friendship, discussing business, confiding secrets, seeking advice and supporting each other through life's surprising twists and turns. Cast includes: Michael Vartan, Dylan McDermott, Christopher Titus.
Four ambitious and sexy women, who've been best friends since business school, try to balance their glamorous and demanding careers with their complex personal lives in the city that never sleeps. They've created their own "boys club" to protect each other and discuss their ups and downs as they try to have it all. What good is it to break the glass ceiling without girlfriends to share in your success? Cast includes: Lucy Liu, Frances O'Connor, Miranda Otto, Bonnie Somerville.
"Dirty Sexy Money"
Some people say money is the root of all evil. They may be right. Nick George's whole life has been lived in the shadow of the Darling family, but as an adult he's leading the perfect life as an idealistic lawyer, until his father's suspicious death. The absurdly wealthy Darlings of New York have asked him to take over his father's job as their personal lawyer, but the money that will allow him the freedom to be an altruistic do-gooder is only part of the picture. That same money pulls him into the dubious doings of the Darling clan. Power, privilege and family money are a volatile cocktail. Cast includes: Peter Krause, Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin.
Many lawyers consider themselves prophets, but Eli Stone may be the real deal. Eli has built a successful career at a top law firm in San Francisco representing only the biggest and richest corporations that make a habit of screwing over the little guy. But after experiencing a series of odd hallucinations, Eli seeks to find a deeper meaning to life while trying not to lose his job and destroy his relationship with the bosses' daughter. When Eli discovers an aneurysm in his brain, he wonders if his condition is truly medical or if perhaps he now has a higher calling. Cast includes: Jonny Lee Miller, Victor Garber, Natasha Henstridge.
From Shonda Rhimes, the Golden Globe-winning creator of "Grey's Anatomy," comes a story about new beginnings and old friends. Addison Forbes Montgomery is a renowned neonatal surgeon, respected by her friends and colleagues at Seattle Grace Hospital. Deciding she can no longer healthily co-exist with her ex-husband, McDreamy, and her ex-lover, McSteamy, Addison heads to Los Angeles for sunnier weather and happier possibilities. Reunited with her once-married, newly divorced medical school friends, Naomi and Sam, Addison joins their chic private practice. Featuring an all-star cast including Kate Walsh, Amy Brenneman, Tim Daly and Taye Diggs, "Private Practice" tells the story of a woman unafraid of change and willing to begin a new life. Cast includes: Kate Walsh, Tim Daly, Taye Diggs, Paul Adelstein, Merrin Dungey, Chris Lowell, Amy Brenneman.
From Bryan Fuller ("Heroes") and Barry Sonnenfeld ("Men in Black") comes an unprecedented blend of romance, crime procedural and high-concept fantasy in a forensic fairytale about a young man with a very special gift. Once upon a time, a mild-mannered boy named Ned realized he could touch dead things and bring them back to life. Grown-up Ned puts his ability to good use, not only touching dead fruit and making it ripe with everlasting flavor, but working with an investigator to crack murder cases by asking the deceased to name their killers. But the tale gets complicated, as all tales do, when Ned brings his childhood sweetheart, Chuck, back from the dead and keeps her alive. Chuck encourages him to use his power to help others, instead of merely solving mysteries and collecting the rewards. Life would be perfect for Ned and Chuck, except for one cruel twist: If he ever touches her again, she'll go back to being dead, this time for good. Cast includes: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, Swoosie Kurtz, Kristin Chenoweth.
"Women's Murder Club"
Based on James Patterson's bestselling novels, The Women's Murder Club, four working women in San Francisco — a detective, a district attorney, a medical examiner and a reporter — use their expertise and unique talents to solve murder cases. Each woman is successful in her own field, but because of their unique friendship, they realize that pooling their resources during investigations leads to undiscovered clues and answers in both work and their personal lives. Cast includes: Paula Newsome, Aubrey Dollar, Tyrees Allen, Angie Harmon.
Less about saving the environment than male bonding, four guys from very different backgrounds relish their daily commute as they commiserate about their lives, jobs and families in the carpool lane. There's Laird, the recently divorced playboy; Aubrey, the timid homemaker and breadwinner; the conservative and traditional Gracen; and eager newlywed Dougie. Together, between the pressures of home and work, these men find time to be themselves while driving to and from the office. Cast includes: Fred Goss, Faith Ford, Jerry O'Connell, Jerry Minor, Allison Munn.
"Cavemen" is a unique buddy comedy that offers a clever twist on stereotypes and turns race relations on their head. Inspired by the popular Geico Insurance commercials, the series looks at life through the eyes of the ultimate outsiders — three modern cavemen — as they struggle to find their place in the world. Joel, his cynical best friend, Nick, and easy-going little brother, Jamie, are contemporary cavemen who live in the suburban south and simply want to be treated like ordinary thirty-something guys. Despite their attempts at assimilation, Nick doesn't believe mainstream society will ever completely accept them, Jamie seems to take it all in stride and Joel straddles the middle, torn between his friends, his more traditional values and his loving fiancee. Cast includes: Bill English, Nick Kroll, Dash Mihok, Kaitlin Doubleday.
Having navigated the awkward and sometimes traumatic world of high school, Rebecca Freely returns to her alma mater as a guidance counselor, free of the insecurities and orthodontia of her school days. Amidst student behavioral problems and the persistent romantic advances of the male nurse, Gary, Rebecca is certain of one thing — she is interested in the hot auto-shop-turned-Spanish-teacher, Tim. However, much as in high school days of unexpected teenage angst, Lisa, a former cheerleader and nemesis of Rebecca's, returns as the new English teacher determined to make Rebecca relive her unpopular past, setting sights on Tim as well. Cast includes: Judy Greer, Brooke Burns, Earl Billings.
"Sam I Am"
When a terrible accident leaves Samantha "Sam" Newly in a coma for eight days, she wakes up with no recollection of any past experiences, memories or events. Faced with amnesia, Sam must start over. To her dismay she discovers that she wasn't a particularly honest, good-hearted or loving person. In fact she was self-involved, narcissistic and devoid of real relationships — essentially a bitch. Sam must now struggle with her desire to be good and her temptation to be ... not so good. Finding the line between good and evil is never easy. Cast includes: Christina Applegate, Jennifer Esposito, Kevin Dunn, Melissa McCarthy, Jean Smart.
"Oprah's Big Give"
The first primetime series from Harpo Productions centers on the competition, drama and emotion as millions of dollars are given away to make a difference in people's lives across the country. Each week contestants will face a "big twist" that will test their nerve, drive, ingenuity and passion. Big name stars will turn up throughout the series to join the "Oprah's Big Give" tour. During the eight episodes filmed in various U.S. cities, the field will be narrowed. The stakes will get higher and higher, with one person ultimately being chosen as The Biggest Giver.
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