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

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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I think it`s time to bring back Legend of the Seeker...
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I know I'm gonna love Pan Am and Once Upon a Time (did you see the details of the costumes!!!)! Scandal could be interesting, but I'm afraid that Revenge will just be a guilty pleasure.
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I'm interested in The River, Once Upon a Time, and Revenge. Every one of ABC's new comedies looks beyond Awful.
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Just Charlies Angels & The River
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Can the 90's sitcom format work? Well, this decades comedies are horrible, so let's try it. I haven't actually watched a comedy in at least 5 years, because they all stink!
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If the river is entirely filmed like that throughout the whole show....i cant watch it just gives me motion sickness...if thats just a once in a while thing then ill watch it every week....looks sick!
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Fernando Sucre how could you???
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The '90's sitcom format needs to die dead already. I can NOT watch anything with a laugh track anymore (that is why I don't watch CBS), so Tim Allen and Work It are both dead to me already. I can't believe Amaury Nolasco has stooped so low. Especially from somewhere that wasn't so high in the first place. I do love me some Jeremy Sisto and Cheryl Hines, but not enough to get me to watch that show I am not even bothering looking at the title again. The River looks like it will be a real treat, and Apartment 23 will be alright. For some time.
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All of these look poor except maybe Pan-Am (not really for me) which is amazing considering the amount of them. I just wish Tim Allen had chosen something better than that garbage for his return. He would have done so much better in an off the wall comedy with maybe a sci-fi. fantasy, or supernatural element to it.
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Having seen the previews,I'm leaning towards Apartment 23, Suburgatory, Once Upon a Time, Pan Am, Charlie's Angels, The River and Last Man Standing. These shows look good.
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Bad enough ABC cancels V & No Ordinary Family, and they expect me to watch any of these shows? No chance of that happening.
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"Can the 1990s sitcom format work in today's times? We don't think so."

First: Who is "we?"

Second: It's about time that format made a return. There's far too much reality crap out there. I've been watching The Cosby Show and Cheers on Netflix Streaming, and wishing there were more shows like that.
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Can't wait for Charlie's Angels. Looks good, hopefully it keeps going for more seasons! :D
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ABC Fall Season 2011: more pure crap!
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Charlie's Angels seems good. Apartment 23 maybe. The rest not so much... i may give a shot to Scandal... probably not
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I happen to like Off The Map very much. It was different and refreshing.
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Good Grief!! The only one I'll be checking out is Charlie's Angels. The rest look like they'll suck swamp gas.
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Work It, Man Up and Once Upon a Time will be the first to go. ABC seems to be pushing this "let's cater solely to the female demo" thing down our throats without any gradual transition.
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With the Comedies I like Apartment 23 Last Man Standing and maybe Suburgatory Not sure about Man Up and Work It just looks dumb!!!!!
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Everything here looks pretty bad. Except maybe Once Upon a Time and Subargatory. If only for good casting.
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Some of these look interesting. River doesn't, but I hate stuff set in jungles. We'll see. I usually watch the first ep of the shows that I'm curious about, then decide based on that. Not on how much I liked it, but on whether I actually remember watching it come next week.
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The River could be the one. As long as the title theme isn't sung by Garth Brooks.
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Probably on Apartment 23. I like the old title. And Krysten Ritter :D
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The only one i'm interested in is The River. I'm a sucker for (what appears to be) a monster show. Also, decent actors are in it.
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the only one that looks good is charlies angels
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The River looks interesting.
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hey the actual trailors are up now and they completely changed my perspective on some of these, they are actually good commercials and they sold me on most of them, check em out instead of these crappy things
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MAN UP had its moments, but everything else here is just abysmal, actually my mind just went numb after watching all that crap.
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I know these aren't actual trailers but, the are the worst previews I have ever seen. I know Once Upon a Time is about Fairy Tales and Revenge is a modern take on the Count of Monte Cristo but hell if I could tell you what's different about them and why you should watch those shows. I'm still interested but compared to the previews (not the trailers) NBC released, these are pitiful.
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The ones I'll deffo be checking out are Revenge & Apartment 23 then maybe a couple of the others.
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Ok, when I said they all look great, I was referring to the dramas. The comedies appear to suck. Especially "Work It". Is that thing for real?
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Maybe Suburgatory... I like Jane Levy. I'm definitely checking out Apartment 23, and revenge. Pan Am... maybe, no matter what it won't be better than Mad Men.
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These all look great. :) I probably won't be cheking out "Scandal", though, doesn't appeal that much to me, and that sneak peek did nothing for me either. The sneak peek for "Pan Am" kinda sucked too, but Christina Ricci is in it, so I'll definitely check it out.
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Charlie's Angels reminds me of Undercovers, which probably isn't good for it. Once Upon A Time looks like it could be interesting and if anyone could pull off a story like this it's Disney.
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Checking out Charlie's Angels, Revenge, The Amazon, Once upon a time and Suburbgatory(looks funny)
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So from the little preview Charlie's Angels looks ok, but that part the end was kind of corny. Once Upon A Time, meh. The other's I can care less.
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THE RIVER looks cool. Everything else either looks stupid or falls into the "looks-good-but-I'm-not-interested" category.
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lets remember that these aren't the actual trailers, they are just excerpts from the pilot, the trailors will be better but some of them do look good in my opinion
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I do not like any of the new shows from ABC. Once Upon A Time looks like a Syfy show, and I think its not going to last. I don't like any of the comedies either. I'll still watch Modern Family and Cougar Town (wherever it is in the new schedule). Does anyone know the percentage of new shows getting cancelled each year? I think there are more new shows getting cancelled than they are getting renewed.
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revenge and apartment 23 maybe last man standing, Seriously they making another show like Bosom buddies. I don't think so. Bosom buddies was great and coping don't do it for me.
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Based on the list I read here a few days ago, there were a handful of shows I thought I'd give a chance: Once Upon a Time, Revenge, The River, Apartment 23, and Suburgatory... then maybe Man Up. But jeez, these trailers are awful. I don't know if the shows are really this bad, or if ABC is just horrible at making decent trailers. The only show I want to give a chance to now is Apartment 23, and that trailer was bad too.
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torontogirl98: I agree with you. These all do look stupid. Especially Charlie's Angels. Oh, how bad did I want it to look good. I want to see a good show with three beautiful women! But this one looks dreadful. It just goes to prove that we are past campy action shows (Wonder Woman, Six Million Dollar (Wo)man etc...). They might have worked when our parents were young, but not any more.
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These all look stupid and ABC deserves it after canceling so many good shows
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