With the loss of Desperate Housewives, ABC is heading into fall with their current stable of dramas and adding five more exciting shows to the mix in hopes of finally getting back to those glory days when they gave CBS a run for their money.
From supernatural forces and government conspiracies to a new musical drama and drug kingpins, the upcoming dramas are as different and compelling as we've seen in many years from ABC. Of the five new dramas, I think the most promising are 666 Park Avenue, which pairs Lost's Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams together in this juicy sci-fi drama and the white-knuckled action series Last Resort.
After going through an entire season of Grey's Anatomy not knowing whether or not original cast members Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey, Sandra Oh, James Pickens, Jr., Justin Chambers and Chandra Wilson would sign on for another season, the group finally signed on the dotted line not not one, but two seasons... provided ABC keeps the series around for an additional season.
Canceled Dramas: GCB, Missing, Pan Am and The River. The end of Desperate Housewives was announced before the 2011-12 season began.
Meet the New Dramas
666 Park Avenue
Based on the book series by Gabriella Pierce, this supernatural drama centers around a young mid-western couple (Annable and Taylor) who have been hired to manage a luxurious apartment building in New York City where the residents have been possessed by demonic forces and have unknowingly sold their souls to the devil.
Cast: Rachael Taylor as Jane Van Veen, Dave Annable as Henry Martin, Robert Buckley as Brian Leonard, Mercedes Masšhn as Louise Leonard, Helena Mattsson as Alexis Blume, Samantha Logan as Nona Clark, with Vanessa Williams as Olivia Doran and Terry O'Quinn as Gavin Doran.
After ignoring an order to fire missiles, the crew (led by Braugher and Speedman) aboard a nuclear submarine become fugitives in this intense drama that follows the crew, their families on land and the people involved in the incident in Washington, D.C.
Cast: Andre Braugher as Captain Marcus Chaplin, Scott Speedman as XO Sam Kendal, Daisy Betts as Lieutenant Grace Shepard, Dichen Lachman as Tani Tumrenjack, Daniel Lissing as SEAL Officer James King, Sahr Ngaujah as Mayor Julian Serrat, Camille de Pazzis as Sophie Gerard, Autumn Reeser as Kylie Sinclair, Jessy Schram as Christine Kendal.
Musical drama finds its place over at ABC with this charming series that takes place in Nashville and revolves around a country music star (Britton) at the height of her career and one young woman (Panettiere) climbing the country music ranks and destined for stardom.
Cast: Connie Britton as Rayna, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette, Powers Boothe as Lamar, Charles Esten as Deacon, Eric Close as Teddy, Clare Bowen as Scarlett, Jonathan Jackson as Avery, Sam Palladio as Gunnar and Robert Wisdom as Coleman.
Red Widow - Midseason
When an organized crime boss is murdered, his wife must act quickly to take his place in order to protect her family from his many enemies both inside and outside of the organization.
Cast: Radha Mitchell as Marta Walraven, Wil Traval as Irwin Petrova, Erin Moriarty as Natalie Walraven, Sterling Beaumon as Gabriel Walraven, Lee Tergesen as Mike Tomlin, Jakob Salvati as Boris Walraven, Mido Hamada as FBI Agent James Ramos, Luke Goss as Luther, Jaime Ray Newman as Kat Petrova, Suleka Mathew as Dina Tomlin and Rade Serbedzija as Andrei Petrova.
Zero Hour - Midseason
Anthony Edwards returns to television in this heart-stopping drama about a magazine editor who becomes involved in one of the biggest conspiracies in history when his wife is kidnapped.
Cast: Anthony Edwards as Hank, Carmen Ejogo as Beck, Scott Michael Foster as Aaron, Addison Timlin as Rachel, Jacinda Barrett as Laila and Michael Nyqvist as White Vincent.
ABC 2012-2013 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE
*New Shows in Bold
8:00 p.m. Dancing with the Stars
10:00 p.m. Castle
8:00 p.m. Dancing with the Stars the Results Show
9:00 p.m. Happy Endings
9:30 p.m. Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
10:00 p.m. Private Practice
8:00 p.m. The Middle
8:30 p.m. Suburgatory
9:00 p.m. Modern Family
9:30 p.m. The Neighbors
10:00 p.m. Nashville
8:00 p.m. Last Resort
9:00 p.m. Grey's Anatomy
10:00 p.m. Scandal
8:00 p.m. Shark Tank
9:00 p.m. Primetime: What Would You Do?
10:00 p.m. 20/20
7:00 p.m. America's Funniest Home Videos
8:00 p.m. Once Upon a Time
9:00 p.m. Revenge
10:00 p.m. 666 Park Avenue