May 19, 2009

TV Upfronts: ABC's New Shows for 2009-2010

ABC is officially my favorite network to watch thanks to Scrubs, Better Off Ted, Castle, and for giving us a few episodes of Pushing Daisies, so I'm kind of excited to see what they have to offer next season.

Cougar Town

I actually laughed out loud a few times while watching this preview, which doesn't surprise me since Cougar Town is a Bill Lawrence product. I'll probably check out a few episodes out of loyalty to Mr. Lawrence, but also because this one might be funny.

The Deep End

Usually, I'm not a big fan of legal dramas, so my inclination is to not watch this show, but it does look mildly interesting.


I'm clearly not the target audience for this one, but it might fit in with ABC's core female fans.

Flash Forward

What's the deal with all of the apocalyptic shows coming to network TV. Flash Forward looks similar to NBC's Day One, but we all know how well Jericho did for CBS. I'll probably be skipping this one.

The Forgotten

This clip really doesn't give a good picture of what this show is about, so I'll withhold judgment for now.


This one could be amusing. One thing that's lacking on television is the family sitcom, which ABC has been the best at, and it looks like they might be able to bring the format back.

Happy Town

It kind of has a Murder Mystery in Stepford vibe to it. It seems just creepy enough to work, which also means it will probably be short-lived.

The Middle

I will watch this show for one reason: Neil Flynn.

Modern Family

It looks like ABC is banking on the family based comedies to do wonders on Wednesday nights since Modern Family is going to be paired up with Cougar Town, Hank, & The Middle. This one might be too modern for its own good though.


Ehh. I might check it out because of Firefly alum Morena Baccarin.

Out of all of the network upfronts, I feel that ABC is the only one that has given us a sense of identity. ABC is where to go if you want to watch comedies about families, or you're a woman. Some of the new dramas might be too high concept compared to the soapier shows like Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives, but at least the network is diversifying.

I'm a little bummed that ABC isn't giving us some more quirky, creative shows like they did in the past, but time proved that the general population isn't ready for shows like Pushing Daisies or Samantha Who, and ABC decided to play it safe. I really can't blame them, but I was expecting more from the Alphabet Net.


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