ABC 2010 upfronts: complete fall schedule

by Paul William Tenny

ABC network logoABC has set its complete fall schedule with seven new shows airing in the fall and more in the spring. I've got returning shows, canceled shows, and details of the new series from my previously published upfront coverage.

Come check it out.

ABC 2010 Fall Schedule

  7pm 8pm 8:30pm 9pm 9:30pm 10pm
MONDAY   Dancing With The Stars
TUESDAY   No Ordinary Famiy
Dancing With The Stars (results show) Detroit 1-8-7
WEDNESDAY   The Middle
Better Together Modern Family
Cougar Town The Whole Truth
THURSDAY   My Generation
Grey's Anatomy
Private Practice
FRIDAY   Secret Millionaire
Body of Proof
SATURDAY   Saturday Night College Football
SUNDAY America's Funniest Home Videos
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Desperate Housewives
Brother's & Sisters

Here's info from my upfront coverage on the new shows that got picked up:

  • That Couple (Now known as "BETTER TOGETHER")

    From: Shana Goldberg-Meehan as creator, James Burrows directing the pilot. Goldberg-Meehan wrote/produced for Friends and created its spin-off, Joey. Burrows is a prolific director who has 10 Emmys on his mantle. He's directed episodes of Mary Tyler Moore, The Bob Newhart Show, Laverne & Shirley, Taxi, Night Court, Cheers, News Radio, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Frasier, Men Behaving Badly, Caroline in the City, Friends, Will & Grace, and the pilot for The Big Bang Theory. And tons of other stuff.

    Synopsis: Two sisters at different stages in their romantic relationships - one sister is in a happy, long-term relationship but isn't married; the other gets pregnant and winds up quickly marrying her new beau.

    Notes: Ordered to pilot. May also be known as Leapfrog.

  • Body of Proof

    From: Chris Murphey as creator, Matthew Gross and Sunil Nayar producing, with Nelson McCormick directing the pilot. Murphey wrote a single TV movie and that's it. Gross (Day Break, Dirty Sexy Money) came up with the idea for the series. Nayar wrote for Oz, CSI: Miami, and Three Rivers. McCormick has directed for NYPD Blue, Alias, House, Cold Case, The West Wing, E.R., Nip/Tuck, Prison Break, CSI: NY, Criminal Minds, Southland, and 24.

    Synopsis: A former neurosurgeon-turned-medical examiner who brings a unique and crime-solving perspective to the ME's office that often puts her at odds with her superiors.

    Notes: Ordered to pilot. Notable cast member is Dana Delany.

  • 187 Detroit

    From: Jason Richman as creator, David Hoberman, David Zabel, Todd Lieberman producing, and Jeff Nachmanoff directing the pilot. Richman wrote Bad Company, The Trench, Swing Vote, and Bangkok Dangerous. Movies, in other words. Hoberman has produced for TV and film, most significantly (in this context) many seasons of Monk. Zabel freelanced for JAG and Star Trek: Voyager before landing on Dark Angel, and then E.R., where he also produced. Lieberman is a film producer, recently Surrogates and has worked with Zabel. Nachmanoff co-wrote The Day After Tomorrow with Roland Emmerich.

    Synopsis: A top homicide division as seen through the lens of a fictional documentary crew.

    Notes: Ordered to pilot.

  • Happy Endings

    From: David Caspe as creator, Jamie Tarses and Jonathan Groff producing, with Anthony Russo directing the pilot. Caspe is new and has no paper trail. Tarses consulted on Aaron Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (she worked production on Satuday Night Llive but didn't produce) and has produced for My Boys and Hawthorne. Groff has written and produced for Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Jake Effect, Andy Barker, P.I., Scrubs, and Fringe.  Russo directed for Arrested Development and Community.

    Synopsis: A couple that breaks up at the altar, forcing them and their group of friends to figure out how to maintain their friendships after the split.

    Notes: Ordered to pilot. Notable cast member is Elisha Cuthbert (24).

  • Mr. Sunshine

    From: Alex Barnow, Mark Firek, and Matthew Perry as creators, Jamie Tarses and Jon Amodeo producing, with Thomas Schlamme directing the pilot and producing. Barnow and Firek have written for Family Guy, and written/produced for Out of Practice, Rules of Engagement, and  'Till Death. Perry should need no explanation. Tarses has produced My Boys and Hawthorne. Amodeo has produced for Doctor Doctor, Teech, Sports Night, Titus, Arrested Development, Samantha Who?, and Accidentally on Purpose.

    Schlamme is a produced Sports Night, The West Wing, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He's also directed episodes of It's Garry Shandling Show, The Wonder Years, Friends, Mad About You, Spin City, Tracey Takes On..., The Practice, E.R., Ally McBeal, Sports Night, Boston Public, The West Wing, Studio 60, and Parenthood. (The guy has like 9 Emmys.)

    Synopsis: The manager of an aging San Diego stadium who realizes on his 40th birthday that he can no longer get by on just his charming, noncommittal ways.

    Notes: Ordered to pilot. Perry and Allison Janney (The West Wing) would co-star.

  • Generation Y (Now known as "MY GENERATION")

    From: Noah Hawley as creator, Henrik Bastin, Martin Piersson, Peter Magnasson, and Warren Littlefield producing, with Craig Gillespie directing the pilot. Hawley wrote and produced for Bones and created The Unusuals. Gillespie as directed and produced for United States of Tara.

    Synopsis: A group of people in the present with flashbacks to 10 years ago when they were in their senior year of high school.

    Notes: Ordered to pilot.

  • No Ordinary Family

    From: Greg Berlanti and Jon Harmon Feldman as creators, Morgan Wandell and Michael Chiklis producing, with David Semel directing the pilot and producing. Berlanti wrote and produced for Dawson's Creek, Everwood, Brothers & Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money, and created Eli Stone. No data on Jon Feldman. Semel has directed for Open House, 90210, 7th Heaven, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Roswell, Angel, Boston Public, All McBeal, House, Heroes, Studio 60, Life, The Cleaner, and another 2010 pilot, Rex is Not Your Lawyer.

    Synopsis: An average American family that develops special abilities.

    Notes: 13 episodes ordered. Chiklis would co-star.

  • Off the Map

    From: Jenna Bans as creator, Betsy Beers and Shonda Rhimes producing, with Daniel Minahan directing the pilot. Bans wrote for Desperate Housewives, and wrote/produced for Grey's Anatomy and Prviate Practice. Beers produces mainly, for Anatomy and Practice. Rhimes created Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.

    Synopsis: Three doctors, each anxious for a fresh start, [who] leave the comfort of the States to work at an isolated tropical clinic, where they face both exotic and unusual medical challenges as well as personal ones.

    Notes: Ordered to pilot.

  • The Whole Truth

    From: Tom Donaghy as creator, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, and KristieAnne Reed producing, with Alex Graves directing the pilot and producing. Donaghy has written a few scripts for Without a Trace. Littman has produced for E-Ring, Just Legal, Justice, Eleventh Hour, Without a Trace, Dark Blue, CSI, CSI: Miami, Cold Case, The Amazing Race, and Miami Medical. Reed has produced for Justice, Eleventh Hour, Dark Blue, The Forgotten, and Miami Medical. Graves has produced The West Wing, The Nine, Journeyman and the Fringe pilot, as well as directing.

    Synopsis: Chronicles the building of a case from the perspective of both the defense and prosecution.

    Notes: Ordered to pilot.

Looks like I only missed a show called Secret Millionaire:

"Secret Millionaire" is a one-hour alternative series that follows some of America's wealthiest people for one week as they leave behind their lavish lifestyles, sprawling mansions and luxury jets, conceal their true identities, and go to live and volunteer in some of the most impoverished and dangerous communities in America. Surviving on welfare wages, their mission is to discover the unsung heroes of America -- deserving individuals who continually sacrifice everything to help those in need. Throughout this incredible experience, the Secret Millionaires will attempt to remain undiscovered, coming face to face with extraordinary and amazing people battling the odds every day of their lives. On the final day, in an emotional and dramatic climax, they reveal their true identities. Ultimately, the millionaires will each give away at least $100,000 of their own money, changing lives forever.

Executive producers of "Secret Millionaire" include Grant Mansfield, Claire O'Donohoe and Leslie Garvin. Co-executive producer is Paul Osborne. It's directed by Bruce Ready and is an RDF USA Production.

There you have it, ABC's 2010-2011 schedule. Series brought back for another season include: America's Funniest Home Videos, The Bachelor, Brother & Sisters, Dancing with the Stars, Desperate Housewives, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Supernanny, V, 20/20, Castle, Cougar Town, The Middle, and Modern Family.

ABC dropped Flash Forward, Scrubs, Better off Ted, Romantically Challenged, but that's all I've got. I don't have that complete list.

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