New Series Breakdown: ABC

The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the third announced today. Here’s a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on ABC.

The Alphabet solidly finished this past season with five of the top fifteen highest-rated TV series in the key Adults 18-49 demographic – “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Bachelor”. Yet there’s an obvious concern that the network has been floundering a bit when it comes to new shows – especially in terms of scripted drama which has been its greatest strength in modern times.

ABC had success launching four comedies last year, with both “Cougar Town” and “Modern Family” becoming ratings hits and the latter drawing critical acclaim. “Hank” outright flopped, but “The Middle” did well enough to get renewed. With reality shows it continues to do strong business on brands many thought were long exhausted.

Dramas however are where the network is feeling the pain. Six were launched over the past season, of those only the modestly rated “V” scored a renewal and even that struggled to get it (and explains its delay returning until early next year). Like “House” on Fox, the once powerful “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Desperate Housewives” have both slipped from 20-25 million per episode in their early seasons, to around 11-13 million this past year. “Private Practice” and “Brothers and Sisters” are hovering around the 8-10 million viewers mark, while the newer “Castle” has scored between 10-12 million viewers in recent weeks.

All are very respectable numbers that most networks would be happy with, but you can bet ABC is definitely keen on getting several Top Ten shows again and with both “Lost’ gone and its other long-running dramas likely to only decline, that hole needs to be filled. So, the network is following a similar plan to last year – ten new shows including six new dramas. They’re also launching three comedies and have scored the reality series “Secret Millionaire” which they picked up from Fox.

Onto the new shows and they are:

Better Together
(Comedy, Wednesdays 8:30pm)
Maddie and Ben have been dating for nine years and know each other inside and out, a relationship marked by contentment and affection. Maddie’s younger sister, Mia, has been dating Casey for seven weeks and are thrilled to explore the oh-so-many things they don’t know about each other yet.

When Mia and Casey announce they’re getting married and having a baby, it’s news that throws Maddie for a loop. Their parents Vicky and Joel, who’ve been married 35 years, couldn’t be more pleased and lost a good portion of their savings when the economy tanked. With three very different relationships tightly intertwined in one family, will it be free thinkers vs. over-thinkers, or will each couple begin to see things a little bit differently?

JoAnna Garcia, Jennifer Finnigan, Josh Cooke, Jake Lacy, Kurt Fuller and Debra Jo Rupp star.

Body of Proof
(Drama, Fridays 9pm)
When a devastating car accident ends her career as a brilliant neurosurgeon, Dr. Megan Hunt starts anew as a medical examiner determined to solve the puzzle of who or what killed victims – even if it means graying the lines of where her job ends and where the police department’s begins.

It’s not just her career that needs rebuilding – Megan’s family has taken a backseat to her ambition, and now she’s discovering there’s a lot of work to do when it comes to dissecting her relationships with the living.

Dana Delany, Jeri Ryan, Geoffrey Arend, John Carroll Lynch, Windell Middlebrooks, Nic Bishop and Sonja Sohn star.

Detroit 1-8-7
(Police Drama, Tuesdays 10pm)
What does it take to be a detective on America’s most dangerous streets? Get ready to be part of the action when a documentary crew rolls with some of Detroit’s finest, offering an insider’s glimpse behind the curtain of a Homicide Unit.

The cameras unearth the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism of these inner city cops — moments of raw exposure when they address us directly, as well as private moments when they forget they’re being filmed.

The men and women of Detroit Homicide are as smart and tough as they come. They have to be, working the neighborhoods of the once and future Motor City, a rebounding bastion of middle America still saddled with the highest murder rate in the country.

Michael Imperioli, Jon Michael Hill, James McDaniel, Aisha Hinds, Natalie Martinez, D.J. Cotrona and Shaun Majumder.

Happy Endings
(Relationship Comedy, Mid-Season)
For years, perfect couple Dave and Alex drew their friends in and held them together. Now that they’ve split, does this group have the stuff to stay together? Or do Max, Brad, Jane and Penny have to choose sides?

Suddenly every event is a negotiation… like, who gets to go on the annual ski trip? There are a lot of big questions to be answered, but this group has been together so long, somehow, little by little, they’ll figure out how to hold on, even though their center is split up although remain friends.

This show isn’t afraid to ask the embarrassing personal questions that inevitably arise in every long-term, close-knit group of friends.

Elisha Cuthbert, Eliza Coupe, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans, Jr. and Casey Wilson star.

Mr. Sunshine
(Comedy, Mid-Season)
Matthew Perry stars as Ben Donovan, the self-involved manager of a second-rate San Diego sports arena who begins to re-evaluate his life on his 40th birthday.

Working alongside him is his beautiful but highly erratic boss and her clueless son; a tomboyish marketing director; an optimistic former basketball player; a mentally unbalanced secretary; and a hapless operations crew.

Matthew Perry, Allison Janney, Andrea Anders, James Lesure, Nate Torrence and Portia Doubleday star. Perry also serves as executive producer..

My Generation
(Drama, Thursdays 8pm)
In 2000, a documentary crew follows a disparate group of high schoolers from Greenbelt High School in Austin, Texas as they prepare to graduate and head out into the real world. But the world they were entering got very real very fast.

Ten years later the crew returns to film these classmates returning home to revisit their old hopes for their future. They’ll discover that, even if you don’t get exactly what you thought you wanted out of life, it’s not too late to get what you need.

Michael Stahl David, Kelli Garner, Jaime King, Keir O’Donnell, Sebastian Sozzi, Mechad Brooks, Anne Son, Daniella Alonso and Julian Morris star.

No Ordinary Family
(Superhero Dramedy, Tuesdays 8pm)
After 16 years of marriage, Jim and Stephanie’s relationship lacks the spark it once had, and their family life now consists of balancing work and their two children. During a family vacation set up by Jim in an attempt to reconnect, their plane crashes into the Amazon River.

Surviving the incident, each of them discover they now possess unique and distinct superpowers. But saving and savoring their family life will be equally important, as they try to find purpose for their new powers and embark on a journey to find out what defines and unifies them.

Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Romany Malco, Tate Donovan, Autumn Reeser, Christina Chang, Kay Panabaker, and Jimmy Bennett star..

Off the Map
(Medical Drama, Mid-Season)
Welcome to The City of Stars, a tiny town in the South American jungle which has one understaffed, under-stocked medical clinic. A place where Idealistic young Dr. Lily Brenner just landed, along with fellow doctors Mina Minard and Manny Diaz.

All of these young doctors are running away from personal demons, but they aren’t the only ones at the clinic with emotional baggage. The enigmatic clinic founder Ben Keeton will teach these newcomers how to save lives in the most challenging environment they’ve ever worked in.

Martin Henderson, Caroline Dhavernas, Enrique Murciano, Mamie Gummer, Jason George, Valerie Cruz and Jose Julian star. Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice”) and creator Jenna Bans (“Grey’s Anatomy”) serve as executive producers.

The Whole Truth
(Legal Drama, Wednesdays 10pm)
This unique legal drama chronicles the way a case is built from the perspective of both the defense and prosecution. Showing each side equally keeps the audience guessing, shifting allegiances and opinions on guilt or innocence until the very final scene.

On the prosecution side is Kathryn Peale, the product of a New England background and a sheriff father. On the defence is her friend Jimmy Brogan, born and raised in Hell’s Kitchen and one of New York’s rising criminal attorney stars.

As this up-close, behind-the-scenes look at the legal process mirrors the excitement of a championship match, it becomes evident that truth has nothing to do with innocence or guilt – at the end of every trial, the only thing that matters is what the jury believes.

Rob Morrow, Joely Richardson, Eamonn Walker, Sean Wing, Anthony Ruivivar and Christine Adams star.

The nightly ABC schedule this Fall will be as follows (shows not listed but renewed will return mid-season and have yet to be scheduled):

8pm: “Dancing with the Stars”
10pm: “Castle”

8pm: “No Ordinary Family”
9pm: “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”
10pm: “Detroit 1-8-7”

8pm: “The Middle”
8:30pm: “Better Together”
9pm: “Modern Family”
9:30pm: “Cougar Town”
10pm: “The Whole Truth”

8pm: “My Generation”
9pm: “Grey’s Anatomy”
10pm: “Private Practive”

8pm: “Secret Millionaire”
9pm: “Body of Proof”
10pm: “20/20”

8pm: “Saturday Night College Football”

7pm: “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8pm: “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”
9pm: “Desperate Housewives”
10pm: “Brothers and Sisters”

Renewals include “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Castle,” “Cougar Town,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Private Practice,” “Supernanny,” “V,” and “20/20.”

Cancellations include “Better Off Ted”, “The Deep End,” “Defying Gravity”, “Eastwick”, “FlashForward,” “The Forgotten,” “The Goode Family”, “Hank”, “Lost”, “Scrubs”, “Surviving Suburbia”, “Ugly Betty,” “Wifeswap”.