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ABC Picks Up Five Shows for Midseason

The Fall TV season hasn't even started yet, and already, at least one network is looking a few months ahead. ABC, which only has one new scripted show (Life on Mars) on its Fall schedule, has picked up three dramas and two comedies for midseason.

Among them: Rob Thomas's Cupid, his remake of his own 1998 show, which now stars Sarah Paulson and Bobby Cannavale (at right). I've been curious about that project for a while now, so I'm glad it's taken the next step toward becoming a series.

The other dramas:

  • Castle — Starring Nathan Fillion, the show focuses on a horror novelist who helps the NYPD solve crimes.
  • The Unusuals — Starring Amber Tamblyn, this one's described as an "ensemble dramedy" set in a police precinct.

For descriptions of the comedies, and to see what else ABC has in its pipeline,


ABC's midseason comedies are:

  • Better Off Ted — Jay Harrington stars as a moral man trying to do the right thing in this office-set show.
  • Single with Parents — This comedy from How I Met Your Mother producer Kristin Newman stars Alyssa Milano as a woman juggling a dysfunctional family.

ABC Entertainment President Steve McPherson hinted to the Hollywood Reporter that some of ABC's other pilots might be getting the go-ahead later on. The network still has Captain Cook's Extraordinary Atlas starring Janel Moloney and Rob Thomas's other pilot, Good Behavior, as well as the Alicia Silverstone/Alia Shawkat comedy Bad Mother's Handbook, as possibilities.


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shellle shellle 8 years
I don't know when I'll warm up to ABC's new lineup, I'm still mourning the loss of Men In Trees. Such a tragic loss.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
Love Bobby Cannavale and Nathan Fillion!!! ...time for a Firefly moment!!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i love amber - and i hope that the show comes on air and does well. ever since she left general hospital - i've been sad - so that's kind of what i'm hoping for. as for the other shows - i guess we'll just have to wait and see how the season pans out right?
Melo-D Melo-D 8 years
I agree arienne. That's what all the Law and Orders, CSI's, The Closer and others are for. They should have kept BIG SHOTS. UGH!
arienne arienne 8 years
Do we really need two more crime dramas? Ugh...
kristyrk kristyrk 8 years
I love Nathan Fillion! I'll watch anything with him in it.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Hope Amber Tamblyn does well with this series. Some of these seem as though they have potential!
PollyPrissyPants PollyPrissyPants 8 years
Anything that gets Nathan Fillion on my screen on a weekly basis has to be a good excited!
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