Lost may be coming to an end, but ABC is moving forward and will head into the fall season with a powerful stable of big stars and six ambitious new drama series.
NBC's approach was to flood us with crime dramas, but ABC has selected six very different series that I believe will appeal to a much larger audience. One of the most intriguing shows of the bunch is No Ordinary Family, which I believe Heroes fans will enjoy -- and with Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz on board, they can't go wrong!
Canceled/Ending Series: Defying Gravity, Eastwick, FlashForward, Happy Town, Lost, The Deep End, The Forgotten, Ugly Betty
New Dramas Coming to ABC
Body of Proof
Dr. Megan Hunt was one of the country's leading neurosurgeons, but a horrible car accident forever changes the course of her life when she can no longer perform surgery. She takes her medical skills to the medical examiner's office, where she solves those tough cases but has "developed a reputation for graying the lines of where her job ends and where the police department’s begins." In addition to her work troubles, her family life is in complete disarray. Can Megan finally balance her work life and family life before she losses it all?
Cast: Dana Delany as Dr. Megan Hunt, Jeri Ryan as Dr. Kate Murphy, Geoffrey Arend as Dr. Elliot Gross, John Carroll Lynch as Detective Bud Morris, Windell Middlebrooks as Dr. Curtis Brumfield, Nic Bishop as Peter Dunlap, and Sonja Sohn as Detective Samantha Baker.
Michael Imperioli returns to television in this gritty crime drama set in Detroit. The series puts the viewer in the front seat of the action as camera crews film the Homicide Unit as part of a documentary about fighting crime on the dangerous streets of Detroit. Crews not only get a firsthand look into how the unit rolls in the city with the highest murder rate, but how the job affects the personal lives of the diverse group of detectives on the job.
Cast: Michael Imperioli as Detective Louis Fitch, Jon Michael Hill as Detective Damon Washington, James McDaniel as Sergeant Jesse Longford, Aisha Hinds as Lieutenant Maureen Mason, Natalie Martinez as Detective Ariana Sanchez, D.J. Cotrona as Detective John Stone, and Shaun Majumder as Detective Aman Mahajan.
A lot can happen in 10 years and the class of 2000 from Greenbelt High School in Austin, TX are no exception to the rule. When they were seniors in high school, a documentary crew followed a group high schoolers during their senior year and have returned 10 years later to catch up with the class of 2000 to see if they have followed through on their hopes and dreams. What they'll find is that no matter how hard you plan for the future, even the best-laid plans don't always turn out the way they're supposed to in the end -- but it doesn't necessarily mean it's too late to change your destiny.
Cast: Michael Stahl David as Steven, Kelli Garner as Dawn, Jaime King as Jacqueline, Keir O’Donnell as Kenneth, Sebastian Sozzi as Falcon, Mechad Brooks as Rolly, Anne Son as Caroline, Daniella Alonso as Brenda and Julian Morris as Anders.
No Ordinary Family
The Powell's are in an emotional rut, and in an effort to revive his family Jim Powell takes his family on vacation, but their plane crashes into the Amazon River. They soon realize that their ordinary lives have changed for the better when they discover they have extraordinary abilities. Each family member now possesses superpowers, and they must figure out how best to utilize their abilities while trying to keep the appearance of being normal.
Cast: Michael Chiklis as Jim Powell, Julie Benz as Stephanie Powell, Romany Malco as George St. Cloud, Tate Donovan as Mitch McCutcheon, Autumn Reeser as Katie Andrews, Christina Chang as Yvonne Cho, Kay Panabaker as Daphne Powell, and Jimmy Bennett as JJ Powell.
Off the Map
Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy) brings her creative genius to ABC with another medical drama that is sure to touch our hearts. The series takes place in "la ciudad de las estrellas" (the city of stars), a tiny town in the South American jungle with a very understaffed clinic in great need of talented doctors. Five doctors, all of whom are running away from some sort of emotional issue back home, arrive at the clinic and soon realize their new path is much different from anything they've ever dealt with as they battle the elements in this challenging environment. As they deal with all of their personal issues, each of these doctors will finally understand why they became doctors in the first place.
Cast: Martin Henderson as Ben Keeton, Caroline Dhavernas as Lily Brenner, Enrique Murciano as Manny Diaz, Mamie Gummer as Mina Minard, Jason George as Otis Cole, Valerie Cruz as Zita (Zee) and Jose Julian as Charlie.
The Whole Truth
This unique legal drama offers viewers an inside look into what goes into building a case for both the prosecution and the defense. The attorneys fighting on each side will make an equally strong case, which will keep viewers guessing until the very end of the episode, which side will win the case when the jury reads their verdict.
Cast: Rob Morrow as Jimmy Brogan, Joely Richardson as Kathryn Peale, Eamonn Walker as Sr. ADA Terrence “Edge” Edgecomb, Sean Wing as Chad Griffin, Anthony Ruivivar as Alejo Salazar and Christine Adams as Lena Boudreaux.
**ABC Fall Programming Schedule At a Glace**
(new shows in bold)
8:00 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
9:00 Desperate Housewives
10:00 Brothers & Sisters
8:00 Dancing with the Stars (two-hours)
8:00 No ordinary Family
9:00 Dancing with the Stars the Results Show
10:00 Detroit 1-8-7
8:00 The Middle
8:30 Better Together
9:00 Modern Family
9:30 Cougar Town
10:00 The Whole Truth
8:00 My Generation
9:00 Grey's Anatomy
10:00 Private Practice
8:00 Secret Millionaire
9:00 Body of Proof
**Shows renewed, but not listed will appear in the midseason schedule not yet released**