ABC slotted most of the puzzle pieces of its 2012-13 schedule on Friday, giving greenlights to nine new series and settling the fate of numerous bubble series including “Scandal,”and “Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23.”
Pilot pickups went to dramas “Nashville,” “Zero Hour,” “666 Park Avenue,” “The Last Resort,” and “Red Widow,” and comedies “How To Live With Your Parents For The Rest Of Your Life,” “Neighbors,” “Comeback Jack” “and “Malibu Country” starring Reba McEntire.
Not making the renewal list: drama “GCB” and “Missing.” Comedies “Happy Endings” and “Last Man Standing” scored renewals, and “Private Practice” escaped the ax for what is expected to be the drama’s sixth and final season. Dana Delany starrer “Body of Proof” also squeaked by with the third season order.
Also renewed Friday ayem were the unscripted staples “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “Wife Swap.”
Starring Connie Britton of “Friday Night Lights,” “Nashville” is set behind the scenes of the country-music business. ABC Studios and Lionsgate TV will produce the hour from executive producers Callie Khouri, who wrote the pilot, Steve Buchanan and R.J. Cutler, who directed the pilot.
“Zero” is about a skeptic drawn into a conspiracy, starring “ER’s” Anthony Edwards. ABC Studios and di Bonaventura Pictures produces this hour from executive producers Paul Scheuring, who wrote the pilot, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott. Pierre Morel directed the pilot.
“Red,” from ABC Studios and Endemol Studios, is about the widow (Radha Mitchell) of a murdered crime boss who is forced to run the syndicate. Series was known in development by the title “Penoza.” Melissa Rosenberg (“Twilight,” “Dexter”), who wrote the pilot, is executive producer with Alon Aranya and Howard Klein. Mark Pellington directed the pilot. Mitchell’s strong perf in the role is said to have put the project over the top for ABC. “Red” got an initial order of eight segs.
From Warner Bros. TV and Alloy Entertainment, “666” is about a Gotham apartment building where supernatural occurrences are a fact of life. Cast includes Terry O’Quinn, Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor. Executive producers are David Wilcox, who wrote the pilot, Matthew Miller, Gina Girolamo and Leslie Morgenstein. Alex Graves directed the pilot.
From Sony Pictures TV, “The Last Resort” stars Andre Braugher as the leader of a renegade nuclear submarine crew. Shawn Ryan and Karl Gajdusek, who wrote the pilot, are executive producers with Marney Hochman Nash and Martin Campbell, who directed the pilot. Although there had been talk of ABC hoping to treat the series as a limited-run event project, sources said Sony had received a full 13-episode order. A short order would have been troublesome for Sony as it needs to make the most of the costly show’s international sales potential, and that’s hard to with anything less than 13 segs.
Among other ABC dramas, sudser “Mistresses,” which already received a series order, had been a contender for a regular season berth but now looks to stick with its summer 2013 premiere target (though it might easily be called up for midseason replacement duty). Two surprising omissions from ABC’s drama orders were Marc Cherry’s “Devious Maids” and fashion industry soap “Americana,” both of which generated considerable heat early on. It’s unclear whether either project has still has a pulse at ABC.
Comedy “Neighbors,” which was untitled through the development process, is about a family who discovers their neighbors are from another planet. Dan Fogelman, who wrote the pilot, is executive producer with Aaron Kaplan and Chris Koch. ABC Studios and Kapital Entertainment are producing. Jami Gertz and Lenny Venito lead the cast.
“Comeback Jack,” formerly known as “Red Van Man” and “White Van Man” during the development process, is about a man (played by Kyle Bornheimer) who takes over his father’s business. ABC Studios is producing this adaptation of the BBC sitcom “White Van Man” with ITV Studios and Mark Gordon Co. Executive producers are Bob Bowman, who wrote the pilot, Gordon, Paul Buccieri, Andrea Shay and Michael Fresco.
From 20th Century TV Fox and Imagine, “Parents” is about a divorced mother, played by Sarah Chalke, who moves in with her parents. Executive producers are Claudia Lonow, who wrote the pilot, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Ron Howard. Julie Anne Robinson directed the pilot. “Parents” had strong buzz throughout development season with insiders raving about the chemistry among Chalke, Brad Garrett and Elizabeth Perkins, who play her parents.