ABC’s new programming is heavy on kick-ass women, led by Charlie’s Angels, spies and stewardesses in Pan Am and Dallas drama queens in Good Christian Belles. Out of the network’s 23 pilots, ABC ordered 12 to series – seven dramas and five comedies, as well as renewing its Dana Delany starrer Body of Proof and romantic comedy Happy Endings. However, seven shows were canceled: Brothers and Sisters, Elizabeth Mitchell’s V, Caroline Dhavernas’ Off the Map, Julie Benz’s No Ordinary Family, Mr. Sunshine, Detroit 1-8-7 and Better With You.
Here’s a look at the pilots that were ordered to series at ABC; the network will announce its schedule this week.
• Charlie’s Angels, starring Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh. The update of the 1970s classic is set in Miami and counts former big-screen Angel Drew Barrymore as a producer.
• Last Man Standing, a comedy starring Tim Allen as guy fighting for his manhood in a world – and family – increasingly dominated by women.
• Pan Am, starring Christina Ricci as a beatnik stewardess in 1960s New York. The drama revolving around a group of airline pilots, officials and, yes, stewardesses is as much a spy thriller as it is a soapy drama.
• Apartment 23, a comedy starring Krysten Ritter as the worst roommate ever for a Midwestern girl (Dreama Walker) fresh off the bus in New York.
• Good Christian Belles, the Desperate Housewives in Dallas soap starring Popular’s Leslie Bibb as a former mean girl who returns home to Dallas where she must contend with the women she tortured in high school, including Kristin Chenoweth — squee! — who is now an all-powerful ringleader of karma. One thing ABC didn’t go for: The original title of Good Christian Bitches.
• Revenge, a drama in which Emily VanCamp stars as a woman who moves to the Hamptons.
• Once Upon a Time, stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White and Jennifer Morrison as her long-lost daughter. It’s a time-travel drama set in a town that’s trapped in time after a curse from the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla).
• Scandal (previously known as Damage Control), is a drama from Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy) that stars Kerry Washington as a professional fixer. It’s a legal thriller that’s high on drama and low on actual courtroom scenes.
• The River, a drama that follows a crew searching for a missing adventurer in the Amazon. Eloise Mumford co-stars.
• Work It, a comedy in which two out of work car salesmen dress as women in a bid to land jobs as pharmaceutical reps. If it sounds familiar it should. (See the 1980s Tom hanks sitcom Bosom Buddies.) Amaury Nolasco and Ben Koldyke co-star.
• Suburgatory stars Jane Levy as a New Yorker who moves to the ’burbs. Cheryl Hines and Alan Tudyk (Firefly) co-star.
• Man Up stars Chris Moynihan in a comedy that examines what it takes to survive as a modern man, as told through his best friends and the women in his life.
Among the pilots that failed to make the cut:
• Georgetown, a soap that followed a group of up-and-comers in Washington, D.C., that included a lesbian couple that was neither pregnant nor coming out.
• Grace, a drama from Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) set in the world of professional dance and co-starring Abigail Spencer.
• Hallelujah, a drama that revolved around a stranger who brought change to a small Tennessee town and restored its faith that was interspersed with songs from a Gospel choir.
Next page: A look at Fox’s pilots!