May 11, 2012

THE SKED: ABC’s First Pick-Ups

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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ABC has joined the club of networks issuing pick-up orders, as well as renewing the bubble show SCANDAL for a 2d season.

The new shows include 3 dramas and 2 comedies, all from in-house ABC Studios:

NASHVILLE has been buzzed as a frontrunner from the start, and the buzz turned out to be right.  It’s a soap set in the world of country music that stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, along with Eric Close and Powers Boothe, written by Callie Khouri (best known for writing Thelma & Louise) and documentarian RJ Cutler.

RED WIDOW, based on a Dutch format, resembles a plotline from Traffic:  the widow of a mob boss (Radha Mitchell) takes over the family business.  Along with Mitchell, the cast includes Lee Tergersen and Jaime Ray Newman.  The script is by Melissa Rosenberg (who’s written the Twilight movies).

ZERO HOUR brings Anthony Edwards back to series television, as a lifelong skeptic on the trail of a conspiracy.  The cast also features Jacinda Barrett and Michael Nyquist, and it’s written by Paul Scheuring, creator of Prison Break

NEIGHBORS is written by Dan Fogelman, who wrote Crazy Stupid Love, and Chris Koch.  It’s a high-concept, single-camera comedy about a family (including Jami Gertz and Lenny Venito) that discovers everyone in their gated community is an alien from outer space.

FAMILY TOOLS is a single-camera comedy based on a British format, about a guy (Kyle Bornheimer) who takes over the family handyman business from his dad (J.K. Simmons).  It’s written by Bobby Bowman, who comes from the Greg Garcia Raising Hope/My Name Is Earl stable.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."