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New Dramas for the 2011-12 TV Season


From Charlie's Angels to Alcatraz, the new dramas coming our way for the 2011-12 season appear to be much more varied than in the last couple of lackluster seasons. Get better acquainted with all of the new fall TV shows with our handy fall TV preview guide!

ABC - 'Charlie's Angels'

ABC - 'Charlie's Angels'
Photo: Bob D'Amico © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

Bosley, Charlie and those lovely angels are back in this reboot of the classic '70s crime drama series. The three detectives working for the faceless Charlie in this version are: Abby, a trust fund baby who became world-class thief; Kate, a former Miami cop who lost her job and her fiancé all at once; Eve, a street racer with a mysterious past who joins the other two after their partner is murdered. They may all come from very different backgrounds, but these lovely ladies always get the job done and always have each others backs.

Cast: Annie Ilonzeh as Kate Prince, Minka Kelly as Eve, Rachael Taylor as Abby Sampson and Ramon Rodriguez as Bosley.

ABC - 'Once Upon a Time'

Once Upon a Time
Photo: Craig Sjodin © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

In this imaginative new drama, Emma Swan, who was abandoned at birth, is contacted by Henry, the son she gave up for adoption years ago because he needs her help. Henry believes that Emma may actually be the missing daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, whom according to his fairytale book, sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen's curse. In Storybrooke, the magic has been forgotten, but these fairytale characters are alive and well -- under a curse and forced to live in this modern-day world and have no memory of their former lives.

Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jamie Dornan, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas and Raphael Sbarge.

ABC - 'Pan Am'

Pan Am
Photo: Bob D'Amico © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

Welcome to the Jet Age! Travel back to the '60s where flying the friendly skies was considered a luxury and Pan Am had the biggest and best birds in the sky. Stewardesses were considered to be some of the most desirable women in the world, while pilots were considered the rock stars of the sky. In order to work for Pan Am, these lovely ladies were expected to be educated, cultured, refined, and trained to handle any situation. This drama centers around a group of pilots and stewardesses trying to stay afloat in this highly competitive world.

Cast: Christina Ricci as Maggie, Kelli Garner as Kate, Karine Vanasse as Colette, Margot Robbie as Laura, Jonah Lotan as Dean and Michael Mosley as Ted.

ABC - 'Revenge'

Photo: Craig Sjodin © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

The Hamptons represents extreme wealth and privilege, but behind those glossy mansions, skeletons have taken residence in every closet in the area. When her family loses everything, Emily Thorne takes up residence in the Hamptons and is looking to exact revenge on every single person responsible for ruining her life -- and she's going to enjoy every single moment.

Cast: Madeleine Stowe as Victoria Grayson, Emily Van Camp as Emily Thorne, Gabriel Mann as Nolan Ross, Henry Czerny as Conrad Grayson, Ashley Madekwe as Ashley Davenport, Nick Wechsler as Jack Porter, Josh Bowman as Daniel Grayson, Christa B. Allen as Charlotte Grayson and Connor Paolo as Declan Porter.

ABC - 'Good Christian Belles' (Midseason)

ABC - 'Good Christian Belles'
Photo: Bob D'Amico © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

Amanda Vaughn was once the high school "mean girl," but when she is forced to move back to the town she terrorized as a teenager after a scandal rocks her marriage. Although Amanda is nothing like the girl she was in high school, old habits die hard and memories never fade away. Will her old friends appear to welcome her back with open arms, or are they secretly plotting revenge?

Cast: Leslie Bibb as Amanda Vaughn, Kristin Chenoweth as Carlene Cockburn, Annie Potts as Gigi Stopper, Jennifer Aspen as Sharon Peacham, Miriam Shor as Cricket Caruth-Reilly, Marisol Nichols as Heather Cruz, Brad Beyer as Zack Peacham, Mark Deklin as Blake Reilly and David James Elliott as Ripp Cockburn.

ABC - 'Missing' (Midseason)

Photo: © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

When former CIA agent Becca Winstone learns that her son has gone missing while studying abroad, she heads overseas to begin a search for her missing son. As she races against time to locate her son, we soon realize that Becca will stop at nothing and leave no stone unturned to locate her son... no matter how dangerous her mission becomes or how many rules she must break.

Cast: Ashley Judd as Becca Winstone, Sean Bean as Paul Winstone, Cliff Curtis as Dax, Adriano Giannini as Giancarlo, Nick Eversman as Michael Winstone and Tereza Voriskova as Oksana.

ABC - 'The River' (Midseason)

Photo: Bob D'Amico © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

Wildlife expert and TV personality Dr. Emmet Cole went in search for magic deep in the uncharted Amazon, but never returned. When Dr. Cole's emergency beacon goes off, his wife and son, along with a television crew, go hunting for answers about Cole's mysterious disappearance and wind up on the adventure of their lives as they go deep into the unknown.

Cast: Bruce Greenwood as Emmet Cole, Joe Anderson as Lincoln Cole, Paul Blackthorne as Clark, Paulina Gaitan as Jahel, Leslie Hope as Tess Cole, Eloise Mumford as Lena, Shaun Parkes as Adjay, Thomas Kretschmann as Captain Kurt Brynildson and Daniel Zacapa as Emilio.

ABC - 'Scandal' (Midseason)

Scandal Cast
Photo: Craig Sjodin © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

After leaving her job as a media relations consultant to the President, Olivia Price becomes a professional Fixer, someone who makes problems go away before the press gets a hold of it and the situation spirals out of control. Even though Olivia does damage control for a living, it doesn't necessarily mean her personal life (or that of her staff) is problem-free -- especially when she must step on more than a few toes and call in favors on a daily basis.

Cast: Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Henry Ian Cusick as Stephen Finch, Columbus Short as Harrison Wright, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant and Jeff Perry as Cyrus.

CBS - 'A Gifted Man'

CBS - 'A Gifted Man'
Photo: Heather Wines/CBS©2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Dr. Michael Holt, a brilliant and charming (work-obsessed) surgeon, gets the shock of his life when his diseased ex-wife Anna appears to him and begins teaching him the meaning of life. Anna, an idealistic doctor who devoted her life to her free-clinic, encourages Michael to begin working at the clinic, where he soon looks at the world in a whole new light.

Cast: Patrick Wilson as Dr. Michael Holt, Jennifer Ehle as Anna, Julie Benz as Christina, Liam Aiken as Milo, Margo Martindale as Rita, Afton Williamson as Autumn.

CBS - 'Person of Interest

CBS - 'Person of Interest'
Photo: Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS ©2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved

Lost creator J.J. Abrams brings his brilliant mind to CBS with this chilling crime drama about an presumed dead ex-CIA agent who teams up with an eccentric billionaire, who has created a software program that uses pattern recognition to identify people about to be involved in violent crimes. The two work together (outside the law) to prevent crimes before they happen and make a difference in the world.

Cast: Michael Emerson as Finch, James Caviezel as Reese, Kevin Chapman as Fusco and Taraji P. Henson as Carter.

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