TV News: ABC Update – ABC Cancels Brothers and Sisters, V, plus 4 more; Picks Up Charlie’s Angels, Tim Allen Comedy, Good Christian Belles; Renews Body of Proof

The upfront presentation is coming next week, but ABC has already picked up new shows, plus made final decisions on bubble shows. The network has given series orders to dramas Charlie’s Angels, Good Christian Belles, Pan Am, Revenge, The River, Once Upon a Time and Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal, as well as comedies starring Tim Allen, James Van Der Beek and Chris Moynihan. The network also canceled Brothers & Sisters, Mr. Sunshine, Detroit 187, Off the Map, No Ordinary Family and struggling alien-invasion drama V. ABC has renewed Body of Proof and Happy Endings.

The new shows include (source):


  • Charlie’s Angels: It is a Miami-set remake of the 1970s series starring Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh. Original series producer Leonard Goldberg, Drew Barrymore and Smallville‘s Miles Millar and Al Gough are all producing.
  • Good Christian Belles (previously known as Good Christan B—-es): Centers on former high school mean girl Amanda (Leslie Bibb), who, after her marriage ends in scandal, returns to Dallas, hoping for a second chance with those she once bullied. Darren Star (Sex and the City) is among the executive producers. Kristin Chenoweth, Annie Potts, David James Elliot, also star.
  • Scandal: Drama from Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy), which stars Kerry Washington as a professional “fixer,” or crisis management consultant. The show is based on the career of Judy Smith, who has guided such public figures as Monica Lewinsky and Michael Vick in their hours of need.
  • Once Upon a Time: Drama from Lost scribes Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. The show centers on a woman (Jennifer Morrison) who travels to a town where fairy tales are real
  • Pan Am: A period drama, which follows the stewardesses and pilots of the titular airline are the stars of this sexy soap set in the Jet Age of the 1960s. Its cast includes Christina Ricci and is written by Jack Orman (ER).
  • Revenge: The Count of Monte Cristo‘s tale retold in the modern era stars Emily VanCamp as its leading character, who rents a house in the Hamptons for the summer.
  • The River: Drama about a  famed adventurer and TV personality (Bruce Greenwood) goes missing in the Amazon, and his family to find him. Project comes from the team behind Paranormal Activity.


  • Last Man Standing: Stars Tim Allen and created by 30 Rock‘s Jack Burditt, about Tim Fitzgerald (Allen) who is fighting for his manhood in a world that is being increasingly dominated by women, including his wife (Nancy Travis). Also stars Hector Elizondo.
  • Apartment 23 follows a bright-eyed Midwestern girl (Dreama Walker) who moves to New York, where she finds herself living with her worst nightmare (Krysten Ritter). Also stars James Van Der Beek.
  • Man Up is a unique look at what it takes to survive as a modern man, as told through the eyes of three best friends (Chris Moynihan, Mather Zickel and Dan Fogler) and the women in their lives.

Brothers & Sisters, which averaged 8.22 million in its current season, will not return (source). Last week, the network was trying to bring the show back with a reduced episode order and less of Calista Flockhart to save costs. ABC also canceled freshmen series Mr. Sunshine, Detroit 187, Off the Map, No Ordinary Family, Better With Youand V. However, first-year comedy Happy Ending and first-year drama Body of Prood have been renewed (source).

Don’t forget for next week when more information about ABC new shows and schedule will be released.

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