ABC unveiled today its primetime schedule for the 2011-2012 television season. Here are the Alphabet network's new dramas:
- CHARLIE'S ANGELS: Wait a minute, didn't we say NEW dramas? From writers and exec producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Smallville), comes the unnecessary remake of the 1970s hit series. The original Charlie's Angels ran from 1976 to 1981 on ABC and was about three young women working for the secretive and invisible boss of the Charles Townsend Detective Agency.
Charlie Townsend was voiced by a pre-Dynasty John Forsythe and the show, created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts (producers of Mannix), made Farrah Fawcett a worldwide sex symbol. TV czars Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg were executive producers. Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor are the 2011 "Angels" in this series filmed in Miami and produced by Millar/Gough Ink, Flower Films and Panda Productions, in association with Sony Pictures Television.
- GOOD CHRISTIAN BELLES: Adapted from Kim Gatlin's book Good Christian Bitches (no $#*?) Leslie Bibb stars as a former high school "mean girl" back home in disgrace after her marriage ends in scandal. Meanwhile, the irony is that daytime soap operas are dying. Good Christian Belles is produced by ABC Studios and exec produced by Darren Star (Sex and the City).
- MISSING: Becca Winstone (Ashley Judd), a former CIA agent, learns that her son disappeared while studying abroad, and it’s a race against time when she travels to Europe to track him down. It isn’t long before the kidnappers realize they should have watched Taken. Missing is produced by Stillking Films.
- ONCE UPON A TIME: Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) could be from an alternate world and be Snow White and Prince Charming’s missing daughter. Circumstances brings her to Eastwick, er... Storybrooke, a strange New England town where fairytale characters are alive. Is it a sequel to The Charmings, the 1987-1988 ABC sitcom? Produced by ABC Studios.
- PAN AM: Once upon a time there were three beautiful girls... Oops, wrong show. Christina Ricci, Karine Vanasse and Kelli Garner star in this new drama centered on the pilots and flight attendants working for the world famous Pan Am airlines during the 1960s. In 1978, a short-lived CBS series called Flying High focused on a trio of flight attendants working for Sunwest Airlines (Connie Sellecca co-starred). Looking forward to the ABC 2012 remake/reboot of Lottery!
Pan Am is produced by Jack Orman Productions, Out of the Blue Entertainment and Shoe Money Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.
- REVENGE: In this series from ABC Studios, a young girl named Emily Thorne (Emily Van Camp) arrives in a wealthy town all on her own. The neighborood doesn't know she's actually not new there and wants to avenge some wrongs done to her family. Meanwhile, the irony is that daytime soap operas...
- THE RIVER: Wildlife expert and TV personality Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) goes missing deep in the Amazon, his family, friends and crew set out on a mysterious and deadly journey to find him in this ABC Studios drama. Maybe he shaved his head and became a superhero?
- SCANDAL (Formerly Damage Control): From ABC Studios and Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) comes this drama revolving around the life and work of a professional crisis manager (Kerry Washington) and her dysfunctional staff. The pilot is directed by Scottish director Paul McGuigan (Monroe, Sherlock and the excellent Lucky Number Slevin) so you'll be able to read right on-screen what's on the BlackBerrys of the characters.