'Happy Endings,' 'Shark Tank' renewed; 'Brothers & Sisters' ends.
ABC is plotting wholesale changes to its primetime lineup after picking up a bumper crop of 12 new series — seven dramas and five comedies.
The slew of orders mark Alphabet entertainment prexy Paul Lee’s first shot at assembling a full season sked for the network, following his appointment last July. ABC presents its lineup to advertisers in Gotham on Tuesday.
The comedies lean toward male-skewing domestic vehicles, highlighted by Tim Allen’s return to the sitcom form with “Last Man Standing.” However, the heatseeker among ABC’s developmentdevelopment crop has been “Apartment 23,” starring Krysten Ritter as an amoral woman who shares an apartment in Gotham with a roommate who’s just moved from the Midwest.
The dramas definitely hew to ABC’s core strength of femmes. Sudser “Good Christian Belles” and the redo of “Charlie’s Angels” have been the most buzzed-about entries. “Belles” may be headed for the Sunday 10 p.m. slot following “Desperate Housewives” since the shows are seen as similar.
ABC surprised bizzers on Friday by giving a renewal nod to midseason entry “Happy Endings.” There was no surprise in the renewal for Dana Delany drama “Body of Proof,” which has had a solid midseason run. On the unscripted side, ABC also gave the nod to a third season of “Shark Tank” and second go-round for “Secret Millionaire.”
In addition to “Standing” and “Apartment 23,” comedy orders went to “Man Up,” “Work It” and “Suburgatory.” “Man Up” was the only project to hail from ABC Studios, with “Standing” and “Apartment” from 20th Century Fox Television and “Work It” and “Suburgatory” coming from Warner Bros. TV. There was also talk that ABC may still be in the market for yet another family comedy, “Smothered,” from Warner Bros. TV following some creative retooling.
All but two of the drama orders came from ABC Studios, with “Angels” and period piece “Pan Am” from Sony Pictures TV. Nods went to “Scandal” (the Shonda Rhimes project formerly known as “Damage Control”), fairy tale fantasy “Once Upon a Time,” thriller “The River” (which may get a limited-series treatment) and thriller-sudser “Revenge.”
Gone from ABC’s sked are dramas “Brothers and Sisters,” “Off the Map,” “Detroit 1-8-7,” “No Ordinary Family” and “V” and laffers “Better With You” and “Mr. Sunshine.”