Video Preview: ABC's New Shows for 2011-2012

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ABC has lifted the veil off its new series for the upcoming TV season, releasing trailers for 11 of 13 new shows. We finally get our first look at Charlie's Angels and Tim Allen's return to primetime, as well as promising new shows Apartment 23 and The River. Take a look at the trailers below, and don't pull any punches with Work It in the comments section.


THE DRAMAS


Charlie's Angels

What it's about: If you don't know what this is about, you haven't done your TV homework. The '70s show that launched the career of Farrah Fawcett is being rebooted for modern audiences. It will still be the same formula: sexy female spies look sexy while sexily taking out less-sexy targets. And every time they catch a bad guy, they'll say something sexy. Also, the show is set in sexy Miami. Sexy!

Our take: It's Alias times three! To pull this off, we knew the ladies would have to look good fighting—and they do. Slick presentation makes this look fun.

Once Upon a Time

What it's about: Lost producers/writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis bring fairy tales to life in this drama about a woman (Jennifer Morrison) who encounters the child she gave up for adoption years ago—at which point he tells her she's actually the daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White. Welcome to the city of Storybrooke, where the stories we learned as kids are actually true.

Our take: Who is this targeted at? Kids? Women? Men who don't like football, beer, and guns? NBC's Grimm is also about fairy tales come to life, and so far we prefer its dark edge and procedural action to whatever's happening here.

Pan Am

What it's about: Set in the 1960s, this period drama follows the employees of Pan Am airlines as they make out on planes and serve pretzels—and maybe do a little espionage along the way.

Our take: Everyone wants a Mad Men-ish show, and this is ABC's. But will it take flight? We can't tell from the clip above... can you?

Revenge

What it's about: A woman (Emily Van Camp) moves to the Hamptons to take vengeance on those who wronged her family in the past.

Our take: Spoiler alert: Some guy named Daniel dies! This Pretty Little Liars for grown-ups looks like it will be chock-full of backstabbing, smack-talking, and screaming.

The River

What it's about: What happens when a renowned celebrity explorer goes missing in the Amazon? His friends, family, and crew go on a search for him—and many of them probably die—in this horror-drama from the creators of Paranormal Activity.

Our take: Don't look under the blanket DON'T LOOK UNDER THE BLANKET! WHY DID YOU LOOK UNDER THE BLANKET!? We recognize those creepy security-camera angles and that guerilla-style filmmaking from between the cracks in our fingers. This looks scary. And good.

Scandal

What it's about: Shonda Rhimes grows her TV empire even more in this drama about a high-profile "fixer" (Kerry Washington) who salvages the damaged public images of celebrity clients.

Our take: This is so Shonda Rhimes-y we can already hear the musical episode she's concocting. At least it looks better than Off the Map.

NEXT: ABC's new comedies for 2011-2012

UPFRONTS 2011: TV.COM'S COMPLETE COVERAGE

New Fall Schedules:
+ CBS: New Nights for The Good Wife and CSI
+ FOX: The X Factor Marks Its Spot
+ ABC: Tim Allen Is Back
+ NBC: Music Mondays, Chuck Fridays

Video Previews:
+ CBS's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ FOX's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ ABC's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ NBC's New Shows for 2011-2012

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THE COMEDIES


Apartment 23

What it's about: When a woman moves from the quiet country to boisterous New York City, wacky things ensue. Her new roommate is a party animal bartender, and James Van Der Beek lives down the hall. Originally titled Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23.

Our take: Krysten Ritter (*swoon*) as Bitchy McBitcherson? James Van Der Beek as scummy James Van Der Beek? Varsity Blues references? This is a winner.

Last Man Standing

What it's about: Tim Allen stars in this comedy about retaining masculinity in a world that's dominated by females.

Our take: Can the 1990s sitcom format work in today's times? We don't think so.

Man Up

What it's about: Three buddies try to recapture the essence of what it's like to be a "real man" in this day and age of male manicures and chest waxing.

Our take: This has a shot if its cast of relatively unknowns can gel. Can Dan Fogel be a breakout star for ABC? So far, so good.

Suburgatory

What it's about: A 16-year-old girl moves with her dad from New York City to the suburbs, where Stepford Wives and goody-goody facades creep her (and us) out.

Our take: Its success will depend on how long can the "I hate the suburbs" joke can survive without being repetitive.

Work It

What it's about:Two men dress as women to get jobs as pharmaceutical reps. It's like Bosom Buddies except... well, it's exactly like Bosom Buddies. (Warning: Watch at your own risk.)

Our take: This can never be unseen. I need to go scrub my eyeballs with steel wool.

Based on these clips, which new ABC shows look good to you so far?

UPFRONTS 2011: TV.COM'S COMPLETE COVERAGE

New Fall Schedules:
+ CBS: New Nights for The Good Wife and CSI
+ FOX: The X Factor Marks Its Spot
+ ABC: Tim Allen Is Back
+ NBC: Music Mondays, Chuck Fridays

Video Previews:
+ CBS's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ FOX's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ ABC's New Shows for 2011-2012
+ NBC's New Shows for 2011-2012

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