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Check out ABC’s New 2011 Fall Schedule

May 17, 2011

With their biggest scripted hits, Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy, getting a little long in the tooth, ABC is making a play for some new hits with its just announced fall schedule. They’re looking to big names (Tim Allen), big franchises (Charlie’s Angels) and sexy soaps (Pan Am, Revenge) to jump out of third place in the ratings. Taking a look at the new lineup, it looks pretty interesting and stronger than last fall’s by a mile. But enough of me, take a look at the new list, plus descriptions of the new shows and what’s coming at midseason, and my take on the schedule below.

MONDAY
8/7c Dancing with the Stars
10 pm Castle

TUESDAY
8 pm LAST MAN STANDING: a comedy featuring the return of Tim Allen (Home Improvement) to TV as a manly marketing director surrounded by a gaggle of women at home including his wife played by Nancy Travis (Three Men and a Baby).
8:30 pm MAN UP: a sitcom about modern men redefining just what being a man is all about starring Dan Fogler, Henry Simmons, Christopher Moynihan, and Teri Polo.
9 pm Dancing with the Stars Results Show
10 pm Body of Proof

WEDNESDAY
8 pm The Middle
8:30 pm SUBURGATORY: a comedy about a big city single dad (Jeremy Sisto) and his daughter (Jane Levy) moving to the hell known as the suburbs. The show also features Alan Tudyk and Emmy nominee Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm).
9 pm Modern Family
9:30 pm Happy Endings [new time slot]
10 pm REVENGE: a new drama about a woman (Brothers and Sisters’ Emily Van Camp) returning to her childhood hometown to right wrongs from years past.

THURSDAY
8 pm CHARLIE’S ANGELS: a hot reboot of the classic series set in Miami this time starring Rachael Taylor (Grey’s Anatomy), newcomer Annie Illonzeh and the fabulous Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights). It will also include a sexier younger and Latin Bosley played by Ramon Rodriguez (The Wire).
9 pm Grey’s Anatomy
10 pm Private Practice

FRIDAY
8 pm Extreme Makeover: Home Edition [new time slot]
9 pm Shark Tank [new time slot]
10 pm 20/20

SATURDAY
8 pm Saturday Night College Football

SUNDAY
7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 pm ONCE UPON A TIME: a fairy tale series that updates the classics with a modern spin starring Jennifer Morrison (House) and Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty).
9 pm Desperate Housewives
10 pm PAN AM: a sexy soap set in the 1960’s in the world of air travel starring Christina Ricci and Kelli Garner.

MIDSEASON SHOWS:
Good Christian Belles: a wicked soap set in Dallas starring Leslie Bibb (Popular), David James Elliott (JAG) and Emmy winner Kristen Chenowith (Pushing Daisies).
Missing: a suspense drama starring Ashley Judd as a mother and former CIA agent searching for her kidnapped son in Europe.
The River: an adventure series about a son (Joe Anderson) and his mother (24’s Leslie Hope) who go searching for their missing father/husband (Bruce Greenwood) in the magical Amazon river area.
Scandal: a drama from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes about a professional crisis manager (Ray’s Kerry Washington) and her dysfunctional staff. The show also features Emmy nominee Henry Ian Cusick (Lost), Guillermo Diaz (Weeds) and Tony Goldwyn (Ghost).
Apartment 23: a wacky comedy about a sweet Midwestern girl (The Good Wife’s Dreama Walker) who moves in with a big ole beotch (Breaking Bad’s Krysten Ritter) in New York City. And in a clever twist James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) plays a heightened version of himself on the show too.
Work It: call this comedy Bosom Buddies 2.0 as it features two guys’ guys dressing as women to get jobs as pharmaceutical reps and find success. The show stars Ben Koldyke (How I Met Your Mother) and Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break) as the men who are gonna have to, ahem, “work it”.

NOT RETURNING NEXT SEASON: Better With You, Brothers & Sisters, Detroit 1-8-7, Mr. Sunshine, My Generation, No Ordinary Family, Off the Map, The Whole Truth and V.

And here’s my quick take on the schedule…

The Good: Happy Endings was picked up and gets a plum timeslot! Charlie’s Angels will probably give ABC their first hit in the Thurday at 8pm hour in ages.
The Bad: Why are they waiting til midseason to bring out their buzziest show Good Christian Belles (formerly titled Good Christian Bitches, hehe)? Plus no Cougar Town til midseason… And a sad buh bye to the underrated V and the long running Brothers and Sisters
The Blah: A show with Ashley Judd~ yuck, and um, snore… And Jeremy Sisto in a comedy? Not sold on that… Plus do we really need a new Tim Allen sitcom? … And more Bachelor come midseason…

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Gleeful GLAAD Awards

April 18, 2010

Congragulations to Glee yet again! This year’s Golden Globe and SAG Award winning phenomenon added another kudos to their ever growing list with the trophy for Best Comedy Series at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards tonight in Los Angeles. In a very competitive category (Ugly Betty, Modern Family), Glee sang out and proud, lauded for their great inclusive and respectful storytelling of LGBT characters like teen fashionista and Glee club member “Kurt” who’s coming out story with his father was just beautiful and wonderfully done.
The Awards also recognized the Oscar nominated film A Single Man as Outstanding Wide Film Release and the outrageously entertaining Rupaul’s Drag Race as Outstanding Reality Series. For the full list of winners including the winners from the previous NYC ceremony (including Outstanding Drama Series winner Brothers and Sisters), click here.

The show also featured an amazing performance by Adam Lambert plus special awards given to Drew Barrymore (Vanguard Award) and Wanda Sykes (Stephen F. Kolzak Award). For more on GLAAD, click here.

Here’s a list of some of tonight’s Award winners:

  • Vanguard Award: Drew Barrymore (presented by openly lesbian star of Iron Chef America Cat Cora)
  • Stephen F. Kolzak Award: Wanda Sykes (presented by Constance McMillen, the Mississippi teenager whose high school cancelled prom because she asked to attend with her girlfriend)
  • Outstanding Film – Wide Release: A Single Man (The Weinstein Company) [Accepted by: Tom Ford]
  • Outstanding Comedy Series: Glee (Fox) [Accepted by: Ryan Murphy, Jane Lynch, Chris Colfer, Dianna Agron, Jessalyn Gilsig, Kevin McHale, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, and Jenna Ushkowitz]
  • Outstanding Reality Program: RuPaul’s Drag Race (Logo/VH1) [Accepted by: RuPaul]
  • Outstanding Spanish-Language TV Journalism Segment: “Polémicas Adopciones” Noticiero Telemundo (Telemundo) [Accepted by: Ramon Escobar, executive vice-president of news for Telemundo; reporter Carlos Botifoll and producer, Elisa Ross]

Aren’t you GLAAD?

March 15, 2010

Over the weekend in New York City, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, held the first of its three ceremonies celebrating the 21st GLAAD Media Awards. The kudos which honor fair, accurate and inclusive  portrayals of GLBT people in the media honored ABC’s Brothers and Sisters for Outstanding Drama Series for the 4th year in a row along with the wonderful and heartbreaking Lifetime movie Prayers for Bobby for Outstanding TV Movie or Miniseries. The Oprah Winfrey  Show took the Outstanding Talk Show episode title for an episode centering on Ellen DeGeneres & Portia DeRossi while One Life to Live won for Daytime Drama. (It was a bittersweet win considering the popular gay couple “Kish” is being written out in the next month). The Robert Pattinson drama about Salvidor Dali, Little Ashes, nabbed the award for Limited Release Film and the hilarious episode of Parks and Recreation about gay penguins won the Outstanding Individual TV Episode award.

Two wonderful ladies were honored for their personal work for the LGBT community as well. Tony and Emmy Award winnning Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon received the Vito Russo Award for promoting equality and The View’s Joy Behar was given the Excellence in Media award for her work with LGBT advocacy.

I only wish I had been there for this fantastic occasion in person. I went to the LA awards ceremony last year and it’s always an inspiring and entertaining evening put on by such a worthy organization. The next ceremony will be in LA on April 17 where they will award Oustanding Feature Film and Comedy Series among others.

For a full list of winners and ceremony details, click here: http://www.glaad.org/mediaawards/21/ny/recipients