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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Networks in Review: ABC

The once-promising ABC network took a turn for the worse when Steven McPherson took the reigns. Coming off the highs of 2004 when Desperate Housewives, Lost and Grey's Anatomy ruled, Steve fumbled the ball (in my opinion) when he scheduled BIG SHOTS over FOOTBALL WIVES a couple years back. More lackluster shows followed, as well as dumping the promising PUSHING DAISIES. Now he is out and, with next fall, a new headrunner will unveil a new ABC (which best include CHARLIES ANGELS!)
As for this current season, ABC has pretty much tanked. Fall yielded not a single hit, with MY GENERATION and THE WHOLE TRUTH canned immediately, and DETROIT 187, NO ORDINARY FAMILY and BETTER WITH YOU barely limping along. Worse, its established shows are all aging. The only bright spots appear to be the comedies THE MIDDLE and MODERN FAMILY. Other comedies COUGAR TOWN (very underrated) and MR SUNSHINE (DOA) featured former FRIENDS Courteny COX and Matthew Perry, with only the former guaranteed to return next season. Other disappointments included SKATING WITH THE STARS and OFF THE MAP, with only two other new shows yet to premiere: HAPPY ENDINGS and BODY OF PROOF (neither looks too promising).
So going into next season, it's important for ABC to clean house and ax shows that arent making any traction (that includes you, V and BROTHERS AND SISTERS). And with what looks like a strong development slate, I believe ABC can do it. THey have the aforementioned ANGELS, plus the promising (on paper) drama pilots PAN AM, GRACE, GEORGETOWN, POE, HALLELUJUAH, THE RIVER, ONCE UPON A TIME and GOOD CHRISTIAN BITCHES.

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