The Fall Season presentations for all the television networks new shows take place this week with the first announced today. With the help of The Futon Critic, here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on the ABC network.
Last season saw the network rise high from last in the rankings to near first thanks to smash breakout hits such as "Lost", "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey's Anatomy" all huge numbers that have lifted the shows to stratospheric ratings heights whilst existing moderate raters like "Alias" saw a jump in overall ratings.
Not content to sit on its laurels though, they've shifted their schedule around quite a bit to fit in three new dramas and two new comedies this Fall along with several new shows for mid-season. Medium-sized but loyal audience shows like "Boston Legal" and "Alias" have moved to different days of the week whilst others have shifted timeslots. Cancellations include "8 Simple Rules," "My Wife and Kids," "Complete Savages," "Blind Justice" and "Eyes": DRAMAS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF
Created by the acclaimed writer/director of the Oscar-nominated film, "The Contender." Mackenzie Allen has a lot on her plate... She has twin teenagers and a six-year-old at home, an ambitious husband at the office, and she is about to become the first female President of the United States. Before that happens, however, Mackenzie, who serves as Vice President, has to decide whether or not to go against the dying wishes of the current President, who has asked her to step down and let someone "more appropriate" fill his shoes in the Oval Office. Not only does the President want her to resign, so does the entire party that elected her in the first place. But when the moment of truth arrives, Mackenzie isn't willing to be a mere footnote in history. Instead of allowing her detractors to keep her down, she decides to trust her instincts and accept the most powerful job in the world. Geena Davis, Donald Sutherland, Harry J. Lennix, Ever Carradine, Kyle Secor and Julie Ann Emery star. INVASION
For centuries man has searched the skies for signs of intelligent life... but to no avail. What if the explanation lay in the fact that aliens were already here... already among us? And what if all of the natural disasters we've been experiencing of late were smokescreens designed to mask something far more ominous? When yet another devastating hurricane threatens Florida, temporarily cutting off a small town at the edge of the Everglades, U.S. Park Ranger Russell Poole takes heroic measures to keep both the town's citizens and his family safe. In the middle of the violent storm, his young daughter is the only one to see small lights floating towards the water, seemingly unaffected by the vicious winds. At the time he thinks nothing of her claim, but begins to suspect that something may indeed be amiss when his missing ex-wife is found naked, with no memory of what happened during the storm. As the tiny town struggles to recover while his nemesis, the Sheriff, quarantines the entire area, Poole begins to investigate the strange goings on, unwittingly beginning a fight for the survival of the human race. William Fichtner, Eddie Cibrian, Kari Matchett, Lisa Sheridan, Tyler Labine, Alexis Dziena, Evan Peters and Ariel Gade star. THE NIGHT STALKER
Remake of the acclaimed 70's series which inspired many shows such as "The X-Files". When a pregnant woman is snatched from her home, the shocked citizens of L.A. believe it's an act of domestic violence. But crime reporter Carl Kolchak suspects that the truth is far more complicated. That's because 18 months ago Kolchak's wife was killed in a bizarre fashion and he has been the FBI's no. 1 suspect ever since. Kolchak's determination to find the truth behind his wife's mysterious murder has led him to investigate other crimes that seem to have some kind of supernatural component. But he's trying to piece together a puzzle that keeps changing shape. Who or what is committing these crimes? How are they all related? And why do some victims end up with a strange red mark on their hands in the shape of a snake? With sidekick Perri Reed, a sexy if skeptical fellow reporter in tow, Kolchak will go to any lengths to answer these questions. But when he does discover the truth - will anyone believe him? Stuart Townsend, Gabrielle Union, Eric Jungmann and Cotter Smith star.. THE EVIDENCE (mid-season)
Acclaimed producer John Wells and director Gary Fleder ("Kiss the Girls," "Runaway Jury") put a twist on the standard police procedural. At the top of each episode, all of the clues (a locket, a phone, a severed finger) are revealed in a videotaped evidence log. The show then flashes to the day the crime was committed and invites viewers to play along with the heroes as they find each clue, determine its meaning, put the pieces of the puzzle together and figure out who done it. No one knows the importance of evidence more than Inspector Sean Cole. After he lost his wife in a brutal murder, the only evidence the cops had was accidentally destroyed, and it ruined his faith in the system. Fortunately his partner and best friend, Bishop, is there for him, pulling him back to work, pushing him forward, as they both try to solve these complex cases set against the beautiful streets of San Francisco. Orlando Jones, Nicky Katt and Martin Landau star. IN JUSTICE (mid-season)
Every year, hundreds of innocent men and women get convicted of crimes they didn't commit. Sloppy police work. False testimony. Biased juries. In the blink of an eye an innocent man can lose his life to the mistakes of an imperfect system. And every year the number of innocents who live without hope behind bars multiplies, while the real criminals walk free. The innocent have finally found a champion in a blustery but charismatic attorney named David Swayne. A legendary litigator, Swayne is the head of the Justice Project, a high-profile, non-profit organization made up of hungry young associates who fight to overturn wrongful convictions, liberate the falsely accused and discover the identity of those really to blame. Whether the ego-driven Swayne is doing this in the pursuit of justice or publicity remains to be seen. Thank goodness he has his partner, crackerjack investigator and ex-cop Charles Conti, to keep him honest. He's the serious to Swayne's swagger, and together they work to rectify the mistakes of the justice system one case at a time. Kyle MacLachlan, Jason O'Mara, Constance Zimmer, Daniel Cosgrove and Larissa Gomes star. WHAT ABOUT BRIAN (mid-season)
At 34, Brian is the last single guy in his group of friends: his best friend, Adam, was going to break up with picture-perfect Marjorie, but proposed instead. Brian's sister, Nic, and her boy-toy husband, Angelo, are trying hard to have kids. The bohemian Dave and Deena have three little girls and no sex life. And, like all married people, they can't wait for Brian to join their "club," though they're not exactly sure why. As for Brian, well, he's a serial monogamist but still holds out hope that one day he'll open the door and be blinded by love. "What About Brian" is from the producers of "Lost" and "Alias". The cast includes Barry Watson, Matthew Davis, Raoul Bova, Rosanna Arquette, Rick Gomez, Amanda Detmer. COMEDIES FREDDIE
Four women to every man are great odds when you're a single guy out on the town, but not ideal when it comes to your living situation. Freddie is a young, successful chef with his own restaurant, a stylish bachelor pad and a trust fund baby for a best friend. The world should be Freddie's oyster at this stage in life, but bachelorhood isn't working out exactly as he envisioned. Freddie loved growing up in a house full of women. He loved the energy of everyone running around, loved cooking for them all, but now he's finally realizing why his father used to lock himself in the bathroom just for some peace and quiet. Still, Freddie believes family always comes first, which is why he insisted his sister, sister-in-law, niece and grandmother come live with him after his brother passed away. Slowly but surely they are taking over his domain, and voicing their many opinions about his love life. Freddie will have to learn to balance his role as provider, brother, grandson, and uncle, all while trying to enjoy what should be his swinging single days. Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jacqueline Obradors, Brian Green, Jenny Gago and Chloe Suazo star. HOT PROPERTIES
In a Manhattan real estate office, four very different women cater to high-end clients while coping with their own personal predicaments. Married to a handsome 25-year-old, fortysomething Ava Summerlin wants to start a family, while self-improvement junkie Chloe would settle for any guy who can remember her the next day. Recently divorced, after being married ten years to a gay man, voluptuous Lola dreads jumping back into the dating pool, and the latest addition to this eclectic work group is rich girl Emerson Ives, who instantly bonds with the women upon learning that her supposedly virginal fiancé was anything but. And the ladies' office neighbors from down the hall, therapist Dr. Sellers Boyd and plastic surgeon Dr. Charlie Thorpe, help keep things lively around the water cooler. Audra Blaser, Stephen Dunham, Evan Handler, Gail O'Grady, Nicole Sullivan and Sofia Vergara star. CRUMBS (mid-season)
Estranged brothers Mitch and Jody Crumb reunite in their small hometown to deal with their mother, Suzanne, who is being released from a psychiatric country club and has yet to discover that her ex-husband, Billy, is about to have a baby with his new girlfriend. They have issues... major issues. Central to everything is the dynamic between these two brothers: Mitch is the prodigal son who is returning home after a failed Hollywood career, and Jody is the older brother who has stayed in the confines of their small New England town to run the family business. Together for the first time as adults, this family will have to stick by one another despite their combustible relationships. Fred Savage, William Devane, Jane Curtin, Eddie McClintock and Maggie Lawson star. EMILY'S REASONS WHY NOT (mid-season)
Emily Sanders is a successful young woman with terrific taste, great friends and a fabulous job in publishing. She didn't get to this place in life by accident. She worked hard and always followed a set of self-imposed guidelines referred to as the "Reasons." Reasons why not to take that new job offer, reasons why not to tell a vacation fling to look you up if he's ever in Los Angeles, reasons why not to trust your crafty, back-stabbing former assistant, Glitter Cho. However, when Emily crosses professional lines and gets involved with the roguishly handsome, two-timing author of their new bestseller, there's no denying that somewhere along the way her internal GPS system crashed. She's got to get back on track, and once again be heedful of the trustworthy reasons that help her navigate her way through life. Heather Graham, Nadia Dajani, Khary Payton, and Smith Cho star. SONS AND DAUGHTERS (mid-season)
Adult siblings Cameron, Sharon and Jenna have many years of shared history in this small town. Like every other family on the planet, their history includes many mistakes. This is proven by the multiple marriages and many children in their close extended clan. Sharon has postponed her mid-life crisis for the sake of her kids, but her sexless marriage, slacker son and nosey daughter don't make things easy for her. Jenna, the youngest, wanted to be a singer, but instead is a single mom who still lives at home. Luckily her parents love babysitting their grandson. Middle child Cameron, despite having kids from two marriages and a difficult relationship with his oldest son, Henry, is the glue that holds the family together. With all the messy interpersonal relationships, rivalries and religious differences, everyone needs someone to be the family's designated driver. Fred Goss, Desmond Harrington, Dee Wallace, Gillian Vigman, Noah Applebaum and Alison Quinn star.
The nightly schedule for the network will be as follows:
8pm: "Wife Swap" (through January. New night and time)
9pm: "Monday Night Football" (through January)
(the following will premiere after MNF)
8pm: "The Bachelor" (new time)
9pm: "Emily's Reasons Why Not" (new comedy series)
9:30pm: "Jake in Progress" (new night and time)
10pm: "What About Brian" (new drama series)
8pm: "According to Jim" (new time)
8:30pm: "Rodney" (new time)
9pm: "Commander-in-Chief" (new drama series)
10pm: "Boston Legal" (new night)
8pm: "George Lopez" (new night and time)
8:30pm: "Freddie" (new comedy series)
9pm: "Lost" (new time)
10pm: "Invasion" (new drama series)
8pm: "Alias" (new night and time)
9pm: "The Night Stalker" (new drama series)
10pm: "Primetime Live"
8pm: "Supernanny" (new night and time)
9pm: "Hope & Faith"
9:30pm: "Hot Properties" (new comedy series)
8pm: "ABC Movie of the Week"
7pm: "America's Funniest Home Videos"
8pm: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"
9pm: "Desperate Housewives"
10pm: "Grey's Anatomy".