Snap Judgements: ABC’s New Slate of 2009-10 Shows

According to the official ABC description: Sterling Law is one of L.A.’s most prestigious law firms. Each year it recruits four new young lawyers from the finest law schools worldwide. It will nurture, guide and shape these recruits into the best damned lawyers they can possibly be — or else.

According to this TV Addict: It’s GREY’S ANATOMY meets L.A. LAW. Which is something we’d usually be far more critical of, except for the fact that these lawyers include JACK & BOBBY’S Matt Long! VERONICA MARS’ Tina Majorino! TITANIC’s Billy Zane! And Broadway’s Norbert Leo Butz! (TV Addict note: Gratuitous use of exclamation marks denotes our off-the-charts level of excitement for this series)

According to the official ABC description: Co-executive produced by Courteney Cox and Bill Lawrence (SCRUBS), COUGAR TOWN is the single-camera comedy that dares to tell the truth about dating after divorce. Juggling a teenage son with her thriving career and budding love life isn’t easy, but before you know it, Jules will have you cheering, “Go Cougars!” 

According to the TV Addict: While we’re certainly not cheering for this cliché-ridden preview, we are willing to give any Bill Lawrence show the old college. Especially one that features an ex-FRIEND (Cox) and ALIENS IN AMERICA alum Dan Byrd in starring roles.

According to the official ABC description: A mysterious global event causes everyone to black out simultaneously for two minutes and seventeen seconds, and each person sees a glimpse of their lives six months from now. When they wake up, everyone is left wondering if what they saw will actually happen. 

According to this TV Addict: While creators David Goyer (THE DARK KNIGHT) and Brandon Braga (STAR TREK, 24) certainly have the proven track-record to make this high concept serialized drama work, this TV Addict can’t help but feel that ABC should have pressed pause on what will surely be a mythology-laden show until LOST ends its run next season.

According to the official ABC description: Sometimes scaling back is the best way to get ahead. Wall Street legend Hank Pryor (Kelsey Grammer) and his wife Tilly have been living the high life in New York City. That is until Hank is forced out of his CEO job and has to move his family back home to the small town of River Bend.

According to this TV Addict:  If Kelsey Grammer insists on playing yet another variation of his now iconic FRASIER character, the least he could do is bring co-stars David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin and John Mahoney to up the LPM [Laughs per minute].

According to the official ABC description: From the executive producers of OCTOBER ROAD and LIFE ON MARS, comes the enthralling new drama, HAPPY TOWN. In the sleepy little hamlet of Haplin, Minnesota, not all secrets have been put to rest. 

According to this TV Addict: It’s what OCTOBER ROAD might have looked like if Physical Phil turned out to be a crazed killer. Color us intrigued.

According to the official ABC description: Forget about athletes, movie stars and politicians. Parents are the real heroes — but Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton), well she’s some kind of superhero. A loving wife and mother of three, she’s middle class in the middle of the country and is rapidly approaching middle age. 

According to this TV Addict: Patricia Heaton is no Jane Kaczmarek and if you’re asking us to choose between MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE retreads, our vote, with apologies to SCRUBS’ Janitor (Neil Flynn) goes to FOX’s SONS OF TUCSON.

According to the official ABC description: Single-handedly, housewives accomplish astonishing things… and together, watch out. In the seaside village of Eastwick, this might just be evidence of their inner-witch rising to the surface. 

According to this TV Addict: Desperate Housewitches, really? Is it too late to bring back LIPSTICK JUNGLE?

According to the official ABC description: Today, the world woke up to find spaceships over every major city. The Visitors claim to have come in peace, bringing gifts of medical miracles and technological breakthroughs. They promise to do no harm. They’re lying.

According to this TV Addict: Professionalism be damned… OMG! OMG! OMG!


THE FORGOTTEN (Check back soon for a preview)
According to the official ABC description: Gone but not forgotten. That’s what they say. But what if a killer took your life — and your name? Every city has its share of unidentified murder victims. When standard police procedure fails to give them a name, that’s when the Identity Network steps in. 

According to this TV Addict: THE FORGOTTEN gets are pick for the fall’s most accurately titled show as come November, forgotten is exactly what this generic Jerry Bruckheimer procedural will be.


MODERN FAMILY (Check back soon for a preview)
According to the official ABC description: When the Pritchett, Delgado and Dunphy families agree to be interviewed by a documentary crew, they have no idea just how much they’re about to reveal about themselves. Jay Pritchett met the stunning Colombian Gloria when she bartended in a bikini at the pool party he threw for himself the day his wife left him.

Now Jay and Gloria are married and Jay tries hard to keep up with his much younger and hotter wife and her passionate teenage son, Manny. Claire Delgado is having a hard time raising her own family. Her husband Phil is great, except for the fact that he thinks he’s “down” with their teenage kids, much to their embarrassment. Mitchell Dunphy and his enthusiastic partner Cameron have just adopted Lily, a precious little baby girl from Vietnam. This engaging new comedy offers a ‘mockumentary’ view into the complicated, messy, loving life of three unique families.

According to this TV Addict: Although we have yet to see the official trailer for MODERN FAMILY, we’re finding very little not to love about THE OFFICE: Family edition.

  • blueberry

    Wait! So does that mean that [spoiler] Juliet is really dead since she’s now on V?

    Or has Juliet, in the process of dying on the island, been teleported into the future where the Baccarin of Firefly is no longer a courtesan but an alien who has not come in peace?

    Anyway, V looks a little too flashy. I would prefer that they go the subtle route which the movie District 9 looks like it’s taking. V looks like Battelstar Galactica meets Michael Bay minus the character development.

  • Josh Emerson

    I think Kimmel is right. 90% of these will be canceled. I’ll watch Cougar Town, which looks funny despite the sort of lame premise. And probably either Flash Forward or V.

  • Andy

    There is a clip of the Forgotten on another site. It looks interesting despite its genre. Anyhow, Rupert Penry Jones is always worth watching.

  • bws

    Since V is a spring show, that could make for a pretty nice Wednesday night. ABC could do Scrubs, Better Off Ted, LOST, and then V to cap it off. At least that’s what I’m predicting.

  • During Up Fronts ABC showed the entire pilot of Modern Family, the first act of Flash Forward, and extended previews of the other series. I was actually lucky enough to see the Up Front presentation and I have to say that ABC has some promising new series.

    If the pilot of Modern Family is any indication, Modern Family is a must watch comedy. I had next to no expectations for the series and I have to say that I was blown away by it. If Modern Family is consistently as funny as the pilot, it is already one of the best comedies on television. I never expected to laugh nearly as much as I did. The audience at the presentation also appeared to laugh quite a bit as well.

    The first act (first 5-10 minutes) of Flash Forward wasn’t fantastic but I definitely see the potential for a great show. I also really like V.

    Hank, The Middle, Happy Town, and Eastwick show promise but appear to need a little work. The Deep End, The Cougar and The Forgotten don’t look that good in my opinion.

  • timwnatx

    ABC has some promising shows. I liked V (in its first version) and have hope w/ this one. Cougar Town looks good. Witches preview didn’t look good – though I will give the show a chance. I have no interest in Kelsey and Patricia doing the same ole stuff. Boring!

  • Josh C.

    I’m interested enough in V, Flash forward and cougar town which has a suprisingly hilarious preview

  • The Deep End: boring
    Cougar Town: surprisingly funny & intriguing
    Flash Forward: vague but sufficiently intriguing
    Hank: kind of cute but not good enough
    Happy Town: unsure; looks too weird to gain wide audience
    The Middle: dreadful
    Eastwick: even more dreadful
    V: will certainly give it a shot
    The Forgotten: boring
    Modern Family: boring

    I’m shocked that I’m looking forward to Cougar Town the most, especially if it’s a half-hour sitcom (is it?). But, there again, it’s created by Bill Lawrence whose sense of humor I really enjoy on Scrubs. I typically don’t watch sitcoms, but I made an exception for Scrubs. Bill Lawrence doesn’t mind mixing zany humor with heartfelt drama, nor does he mind casting hot (uhm, and smart) women and writing scripts in which they appear in their underwear. I’m onboard.

    Cancelled Within a Handful of Episodes: The Middle, Eastwick
    Will Make it to Approx. 13 Episodes: Happy Town, The Forgotten
    Will Be on Bubble at Back Nine Time: The Deep End, Modern Family
    One-Season Wonders: Flash Forward, V
    Long Term Potential, Deserved or Not: Hank
    Will Be Cancelled After Season Two Cliffhanger: Cougar Town

  • SimplyKimberly

    V was the show I obsessed about before I knew I was a sci-fi geek. It was was my very first sci-fi love. I give it a 17 on a scale of 1-10 in terms of how excited I am to see it. The cast is a dream cast chock full of favorites from so many other series I adore. And I am still 100% spoiler free! Fall 2009 cannot come fast enough for me.

    The one sadness in all that goodness is that Juliet looks like she won’t survive Jughead. Juliet has been the best female character on that island.

  • Amy

    I’ll defin. watch Deep End and probably Flash Forward.
    I’ll give Cougar Town a chance cuz i love anyone from Friends lol. The rest I don’t care about.

  • Amy,
    FINALLY some LOVE for THE DEEP END! I mean come’on people, look at the cast! Get on board!

  • J Wall

    Is it sad to watch Eastwick just because I wanted to marry Paul Gross when I was younger and he was a sexy Mountie with father issues?

    Never mind, I don’t care, I’m going to watch it.

  • Andy

    so…… is eastwick going to be some sort of bizarre crossover between desperate housewives and charmed?

    (desperate housewitches was the title of a charmed episode, btw… sad that i know that.)