A look at ABC's next-season offerings
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- While there's a lot of good stuff on cable in the summer (see below for a few of them), the basic networks are largely full of reality shows and reruns. If that disappoints you, as it does me, cheer yourself up with thoughts of the new goodies that are coming in the fall.
In the next few weeks, I'll give you a rundown of everything the networks will be throwing our way in about four months. I'll go alphabetically, so ABC is first up. Next season, the Alphabet Network will premiere four new sitcoms and six dramas. They are:
Based on a book series, it stars Dave Annable ("Brothers & Sisters") and Rachael Taylor ("Transformers") as a Midwestern couple who move to New York to manage an apartment building where the inhabitants have struck Faustian bargains with the building's owner (Terry O'Quinn, "Lost") to achieve their greatest desires. Vanessa Williams ("Ugly Betty") plays O'Quinn's wife.
A man (Kyle Bornheimer, "Perfect Couples") must take over the family handyman business after his father (J.K. Simmons, "The Closer") has a heart attack. Also stars Edi Gathegi ("X-Men: First Class"), Leah Remini ("The King of Queens") and Danielle Nicolet ("The Starter Wife").
A divorced single mom (Sarah Chalke, "Scrubs") moves back in with her parents (Elizabeth Perkins, "Weeds," and Brad Garrett, "Everybody Loves Raymond"), who are her complete opposites. Also stars Orlando Jones ("MADtv"), comedian Jon Dore and newcomer Rebecca Delgado Smith.
A nuclear submarine is crippled and goes on the run after refusing orders to fire on Pakistan. Declared enemies of the state, the crew ends up on an island where they'll attempt to clear their names and get home. Starring Andre Braugher ("Men of a Certain Age"), Scott Speedman ("Felicity"), Autumn Reeser ("No Ordinary Family") and Jessy Schram ("Falling Skies"). Robert Patrick ("Terminator 2") has a recurring role.
A Nashville divorcee (Reba McEntire) moves to Malibu, where she tries to jumpstart her music career and keep her kids from being corrupted by their materialistic new home. Also stars Lily Tomlin, Jeffrey Nordling ("Once and Again"), Sara Rue ("Less Than Perfect") and Jai Rodriguez ("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy").
Chronicles the lives and scandalous relationships of four girlfriends - a lawyer trying to become partner and also start a family (Alyssa Milano), her carefree, single sister (up-and-comer Jes Macallan), a widowed mother rebuilding her life after tragedy (Rochelle Aytes, "The Forgotten") and a therapist who has a complicated relationship with a patient (Yunijn Kim, "Lost").
A fading country star (Connie Britton, "Friday Night Lights") must tour with an ambitious teen starlet (Hayden Panettiere, "Heroes") per her record label's orders. There's also family drama when her influential, estranged father (Powers Boothe, "24") backs her husband (Eric Close, "Without a Trace"), against her wishes, in the Nashville mayoral race.
A family moves to an exclusive gated community and discover that all their neighbors are aliens. They also find that marital and parental problems aren't exclusive to humans. Starring Jami Gertz ("Still Standing") and Lenny Venito ("The Knights of Prosperity").
A widow (Radha Mitchell, "Silent Hill") must take over her assassinated husband's role in a crime syndicate to protect her family and reveal the truth about his death. Also stars Luke Goss ("Hell Boy II"), Lee Tergesen ("Oz") and Jamie Ray Newman ("Eastwick").
A paranormal magazine publisher (Anthony Edwards, "E.R.") is thrust into one of the world's greatest conspiracies when his wife (Jacinda Barrett, "Poseidon") is abducted. He must race against the clock to find her and save humanity, too. Also stars Michael Nyqvist (star of the Swedish "Girl with the Dragon Tattooo" films), Scott Michael Foster ("Greek") and Carmen Ejogo ("Chaos").
Series premieres: "Breaking Pointe," 8 p.m. Thursday, CW (professional ballet); "Longmire," 10 p.m. Sunday, A&E (contemporary Western).
Scripted season premieres: "The Glades," 9 p.m. Sunday, A&E; "Drop Dead Diva," 9 p.m. Sunday, Lifetime; "Teen Wolf," 11 p.m. Sunday, MTV; "Pretty Little Liars," 8 p.m., and "Jane By Design," (midseason return) 9 p.m. Tuesday, ABC Family; "Rizzoli & Isles," 9 p.m., and "Franklin & Bash," 10 p.m. Tuesday, TNT; "Royal Pains," 9 p.m., and "Necessary Roughness," 10 p.m. Wednesday, USA.
Reality season premieres: "Secret Millionaire," 8 p.m., and "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition," 9 p.m. Sunday, ABC; "Hell's Kitchen," 8 p.m., and "Master Chef," 9 p.m. Monday, Fox; "The Real Housewives of New York City," 9 p.m. Monday, Bravo; "Love in the Wild," 9 p.m. Tuesday, NBC; "The Glee Project," 10 p.m. Tuesday, Oxygen.
Series finale: "Best Friends Forever," 8 p.m. Saturday, NBC.
Season finales: "Touch," 8 p.m. Thursday, Fox; "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," 8 p.m. Monday, ABC Family; "The Game," 10 p.m., and "Let's Stay Together," 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, BET; "Hot in Cleveland," 10 p.m., and "Happily Divorced," (midseason finale) 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, TV Land.
Specials: "Adele: Live in London," 8 p.m. Sunday, NBC; "Miss USA Pageant," 9 p.m. Sunday, NBC; "MTV Movie Awards," 9 pm. Sunday, MTV; "20/20: Concert for the Queen," 9 p.m. Tuesday, ABC (with Elton John, Paul McCartney and more); "CMT Music Awards," 8 p.m. Wednesday, CMT.
W.Va. alert: Actor Scott Martin on "Common Law," 10 p.m. Friday, USA.
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