ABC Fall Lineup: 7 New Shows and a Stable Schedule
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
ABC announced its plans for the 2010-2011 TV season and despite adding seven new shows this fall, the rest of the schedule is very familiar.  Returning shows Dancing with the Stars, Castle, Modern Family, Cougar Town, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters all remain right where they currently are.

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Other than the new shows, the main story from ABC is that V, which was renewed for a second season, won't be back until 2011.  It looks like the network really is trying to turn it into the new Lost.

Here's the complete schedule for the fall:

8pm: Dancing with the Stars
10pm: Castle

8pm: No Ordinary Family (NEW)
9pm: Dancing with the Stars Results Show
10pm: Detroit 1-8-7 (NEW)

8pm: The Middle
8:30pm: Better Together (NEW)
9pm: Modern Family
9:30pm: Cougar Town
10pm: The Whole Truth (NEW)

8pm: My Generation (NEW)
9pm: Grey's Anatomy
10pm: Private Practice

8pm: Secret Millionaire (NEW)
9pm: Body of Proof (NEW)
10pm: 20/20

8pm: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9pm: Desperate Housewives
10pm: Brothers and Sisters


No Ordinary Family: A family crashes in the Amazon River and survives with super powers, starring Michael Chiklis (The Shield) and Julie Benz (Dexter).
My First Thought: It sounds like Heroes, which could be a good thing, if they actually get it right.

Detroit 1-8-7: A cop drama set in Detroit starring Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos).
My First Thought: Another cop drama, really?

Better Together: A comedy about three relationships connected by the women in them starring JoAnna Garcia (Privileged, Gossip Girl).  
My First Thought: If the writing is smart enough, this could be a perfect companion for Modern Family, which is currently the best show on TV.

The Whole Truth: A legal drama starring Rob Morrow (Numb3rs) and Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck).
My First Thought: Didn't ABC just fail with the legal drama The Deep End?

My Generation: A faux documentary following Austin 20-somethings 10 years after the same documentary crew followed them in high school.
My First Thought: It sounds interesting, so long as they avoid the pitfalls of the short-lived Reunion.  If you have no idea what the show was, that's why they need to avoid it.

Secret Millionaire: ABC brings back this show that originally aired on FOX two years ago about rich people blending into real life to see how ordinary people live.
My First Thought: Picking up FOX's sloppy seconds is a pretty terrible idea, as is the blatant and obvious attempt to capitalize on the success of Undercover Boss.

Body of Proof: A neurosurgeon suffers and accident and becomes a medical examiner, starring Dana Delany.
My First Thought: If you liked Crossing Jordan, you're sure to love this show.  Note: I did NOT love Crossing Jordan.


In addition to V, ABC has three shows ready for mid-season.

Happy Endings: A comedy about a couple that breaks up, forcing their friends to choose sides, starring 24's Elisha Cuthbert.
My First Thought: It sounds a bit like Cougar Town, which I LOVE.

Mr. Sunshine: A comedy about a 40-year-old manager of a sports arena starring Matthew Perry and Allison Janney.
My First Thought: I would watch Janney in anything, so my only complaint is that I need to wait until mid-season.

Off the Map: Young doctors at a clinic in South America star in this new show from Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes.
My First Thought: Somehow the romantic foibles of doctors are ABC's equivalent of crime dramas, and Shonda Rhimes is their CSI franchise.

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