With the exception of a couple of new series this past season, not many dramas stood out above the rest in terms of fan buzz. Many of the veteran dramas experienced a dip in the ratings (some more than others) and NBC showed signs that they were willing to settle for a smaller piece of the Nielsen pie by allowing shows such as Trauma and Heroes to stay on the air despite their miserable ratings.
Heading in the 2010-11 season, the networks all seem intent on flooding viewers with crime dramas. Will their strategy work or fail miserably? Only time will tell...
ABC - 'Body of Proof'
Dr. Megan Fox 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 examiners 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.
ABC - 'Detroit 1-8-7'
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.
ABC - 'My Generation'
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.
ABC - '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.
ABC - 'Off the Map'
Shonda Rhimes brings her creative genius to another medical drama that is sure to touch our hearts. The series takes place in "la ciudad de las estrellas," 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 than anything they've ever dealt with as they battle the elements in this challenging environment.
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.
ABC - '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.
CBS - 'Blue Bloods'
This crime drama centers around The Reagan's, a multi-generational family of New York City cops. Patriarch Frank is the New York Chief of Police who rules his brood much like he does with the cops on his force. Frank's son Danny is a seasoned detective on the force, and his youngest son Jamie has decided to join the force despite having just earned his law degree from Harvard. When Jamie is asked to take part in a covert police investigation, what he uncovers could put the family's legacy in jeopardy and threaten to tear them apart forever.
Cast: Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan, Donnie Wahlberg as Danny, Len Cariou as Henry, Bridget Moynahan as Erin, Will Estes as Jamie and Dylan Moore as Sydney.
CBS - 'Hawaii Five-O'
"Book'em Danno." The classic '70s series heads back to the small screen in this remake about a group of cops who are asked invited to join a federalized task force to keep the shores of Hawaii safe from those seedy criminals. At the request of the Governor, Detective Steve McGarrett hand picks his team and heads up the unit under "his rules, her backing, no red tape and full blanket immunity to hunt down the biggest "game" in town."
Cast: Alex O'Loughlin as Detective Steve McGarrett, Scott Caan as Detective Danny "Danno" Williams, Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly and Grace Park as Kono.
CBS - 'The Defenders'
A dramedy about two defense attorneys practicing law in Las Vegas who stop at nothing to help their clients. Heading the firm of Morelli & Kaczmarek are Nick Morelli, who is always willing to take on those challenging cases despite the fact that his marriage is heading towards divorce, and Pete Kaczmarek, a playboy who is equally as talented at practicing law as he is chasing women and fast cars. No case is too big or small for these eccentric lawyers, who can always be counted on to put everything they have on protecting and defending their clients in Sin City.
Cast: Jim Belushi as Nick Morelli, Jerry O'Connell as Pete Kaczmarek, Jurnee Smollett as Lisa Tyler, Tanya Fischer as Sophie, and Gillian Vigman as Jessica.
Fox - 'Lonestar'
In Houston, Texas the very charming Bob Allen is married to Cat, whose father Clint is the patriarch of one of the richest oil families in the country. His plans for the future are to position himself high enough in the oil company so he can one day clean them out. Hundreds of miles away in Midland, Texas, Robert Allen has a girlfriend named Lindsay and spends his time bilking investors out of their hard-earned cash. Bob and Robert happen to be the same man, living two lives -- which are coming dangerously close to colliding.
Cast: James Wolk as Robert/Bob Allen, Eloise Mumford as Lindsay, David Keith as John, Adrianne Palicki as Cat Thatcher, Mark Deklin as Trammell Thatcher, Bryce Johnson as Drew Thatcher, Jon Voight as Clint Thatcher.