The alphabet network unveiled its new fall slate and it’s filled with cougars and witches and aliens, oh my. ABC’s new fall and midseason lineup of scripted shows includes six dramas and four comedies. These freshmen series will join the network’s established hits like Grey’s Anatomy and Lost and returning comedies like Castle and Better Off Ted.
A peek into the slate shows several large ensemble casts and a few big name stars. But are there any hits? Well, let’s take a look.
Cougar Town: 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays
Courtney Cox returns to comedy in this new series about “a recently divorced single mother exploring the honest truths about dating and aging in our beauty and youth obsessed culture.”
Snap Judgment: It’s great to see Courtney back in the funny business after the decidedly unfunny business that was Dirt. Having said that, I totally don’t buy her as an unlucky-in-love cougar; I saw what was under that robe.
Flash Forward: 8 p.m. Thursdays
A mysterious world-wide event causes all of humanity to black out for two minutes and 17 seconds, during which time they all see a vision of a specific time in their future. The cast include Joseph Fiennes, John Cho and Courtney B. Vance.
Snap Judgment: The network wants it to be their next Lost. Already it’s more relatable; I mean, who hasn’t blacked out after a lost weekend with a bottle of tequila?
A re-imagining of the 1980’s miniseries about the world’s first encounter with aliens who call themselves The Visitors. They claim to be friendly, but we’re not so sure. The cast includes Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut and Lourdes Benedicto (who played Alicia, the lesbian love interest on Cashmere Mafia.)
Snap Judgment: Elizabeth Mitchell, Alien Fighter? Sign. Me. Up.
Eastwick: 10 p.m. Wednesdays
Three women (Rebecca Romijn, Lindsay Price and Jamie Ray Newman) are drawn to a new mysterious man in town who just might be a handsome devil. The show is based on the 1987 movie and original novel by John Updike.
Snap Judgment: Desperate Housewives + magic = Eastwick? Also, shouldn’t the devil have a better haircut?
The Forgotten: 10 p.m. Tuesdays
A team of amateurs work to solve missing persons cases after law enforcement has given up.
Snap Judgment: So, basically, it’s Without a Trace without badges?
Happy Town: (Midseason)
The small Minnesota town of Haplin, “Happy Town,” has had almost a decade of peace since a series of unsolved kidnappings rocked the community. But then the town has its first murder after all those years and it’s not so happy anymore.
Snap Judgment: Is that Amy Acker? Wait, Amy is on Dollhouse. Hey, Happy chumps, don’t steal Amy away. The Dollhouse needs her. p.s. You’re no Twin Peaks.
The Deep End: (Midseason)
New lawyers at one of Los Angeles’ most prestigious law firm face the trials (trials, see what I did there?) and tribulations of their first year out of law school.
Snap Judgment: Billy Zane? Really, really? Oh, and I liked this show the first time I saw it when it was about doctors and someone was McDreamy.
Hank: 8 p.m. Wednesdays
Kelsey Grammer has a new show. This time instead of being a fussy psychiatrist or a fussy anchor he is a fussy downsized executive.
Snap Judgment: Recession humor? Sure, I mean who can’t relate to having to let their stereotypically-named Latino maid go?
The Middle: 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays
Patricia Heaton returns to television behind her former co-star Grammer in a new comedy about “raising a family and lowering your expectations” set in Indiana, because it’s the middle of the country and the middle of nowhere. And otherwise the title wouldn’t make sense.
Snap Judgment: Ha ha ha! Life is disappointing. I need to go talk to a cheesecake.
Modern Family: 9 p.m. Wednesdays
Completing ABC’s all family comedy block is this unconventional take on the modern American family. The show follows three families, including a gay couple who have just adopted a baby.
Snap Judgment: This one actually might be funny, and I’m not even joking.
So, what did you think? Any of the new shows catch your eye? Any of them make you groan, and not in the good way. Discuss.