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2011-2012 New ABC TV Shows
ABC is launching quite a few new television shows for the 2011 – 2012 season. In fact, there are more than one dozen new shows that are coming out this year on this channel, with about half of them debuting this fall and the rest coming out after the holiday season. The new shows include both half hour and one hour shows, dramas and comedies and mysteries and dramedies. Some are certainly expected to be hits and others may be hit-or-miss but it will be fun to see how they go.
Fall TV Shows
The following new ABC TV shows are Fall television shows with premiere dates in September and October.
o Charlie’s Angels. This is one new ABC TV show that most people are already familiar with. It’s a new version of the series that was originally aired in the late 1970’s. The goal here is to really update the women in the show to be contemporary women and not have a retro flashback to the original series but still honor its premise. It is on Thursdays at 8 pm (7 pm Central Time).
o Last Man Standing. Tim Allen who used to be on primetime for the Home Improvement TV show is now back for another half hour show. Airing on Tuesdays at 8 pm (7 Central), this show is about a man who works in the male-dominated industry of sporting goods but has a life dominated by women.
o Man Up. This show follows Last Man Standing on Tuesdays at 8:30. It is about a group of guys who don’t want to grow up, or even know how, but want to try. Definitely designed to bring some humor to your Tuesday nights. It will be interesting to see if turns out to be as funny as it potentially can be.
o Once Upon a Time. This show airs Mondays at 8 pm (7 pm Central Time). It is based on the idea that the people living in a town together all used to be fairy tale characters but don’t remember those lives and there’s a mystery related to that whole premier. This should have a fun magical twist to it with the fairy tale side of it and I think it’s a unique storyline that we haven’t seen before.
o Pan Am. Mondays should be interesting with the addition of not only Once Upon a Time but also this new show which is about the pilots and flight attendants of the iconic 1960’s airline. People who like the styling and politics of shows like Mad Men might find this one intriguing.
o Revenge. The name of this show tells you all about its plot. It’s a one hour show in which a teenage girl who has struggled with some life issues is trying to get revenge on the people that she thinks caused the problems. This show is on at 10 pm on Wednesdays.
o Suburgatory. This is a half hour TV show that airs on Wednesdays at 8:30 (7:30 Central). It’s about a teenage girl from New York City and her father. They’ve just moved to the suburbs and are trying to adjust.
As you might be able tell from this lineup of new shows, Mondays are filled with drama this season, Tuesdays are all comedy and Wednesdays are a nice mixture of the two.
Spring TV Shows
The following ABC TV shows are mid-season shows, which means that we will see them debut on the channel after the Christmas holidays.
o Apartment 23. This is a new sitcom that will debut on Tuesdays at 9:30. It’s about the lives of two women who live together in New York City. They are very different – it’s a party girl and a small town girl – so of course there will be humorous conflict.
o GCB. This dramedy is about a single mother who has returned to her Dallas hometown after a divorce. Wondering where the name comes from? It stands for Good Christian Bitches, the name of the book that the series is based on.
o Missing. Ashley Judd is the main star of this new series. In the show, her son has disappeared while studying abroad in Europe and she heads there to find him. There’s a CIA connection and supposedly a lot of different twists and turns in this upcoming series.
o The River. There are actually some parallels between this new show and the new show called Missing. This one is about a wildlife expert who goes missing in The Amazon and a group of his loved ones journey there to find him.
o Scandal. This is a political drama from the people who created two other popular ABC TV shows: Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. It’s about a former presidential media relations consultant who has opened her own private consulting firm but still has political issues from the past haunting her.
o Work It. The premise of this new ABC TV show is that it’s harder for a man to get a job than for a woman to get one in today’s economy and therefore two alpha male type guys transform themselves into women in order to get work. Obviously this allows the show to explore various issues about gender in the workplace. In case you couldn’t guess, this one is a comedy.
These new ABC TV shows might not all last. They never all do. But there are some interesting selections debuting this season and it’ll certainly be fun to see which ones are worth continuing to watch!