May 12, 2012

THE SKED: More ABC Decisions


ABC looks to be all but done with its pre-Upfront orders, adding several bubble show renewals and a few new series to its prior haul.  DON’T TRUST THE B___ IN APT 23, LAST MAN STANDING, BODY OF PROOF, and PRIVATE PRACTICE are all coming back, the latter 2 with what is quickly becoming a standard 13-episode order for bubble renewals. (Missing and GCB have joined the ranks of the dead.)

In addition to the renewals, the network ordered these new series:

666 PARK AVENUE is a supernatural thriller from Warners about a haunted NY apartment building (aren’t they all?) with a first rate cast that includes Dave Annable, Rachael Taylor, Terry O’Quinn, and Vanessa Williams.  The script is by David Wilcox, previously on the great Fringe and the not-so-great Life On Mars.

LAST RESORT is a Sony Television 1-hour by Shawn Ryan, creator of The Shield, with Karl Gadjusek.   It’s got one of the season’s more original premises, about a nuclear submarine that, having refused to fire its missiles when ordered, declares itself a sovereign (and armed) nation.  The cast includes Scott Speedman, Autumn Reese and Andre Braugher.

HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, a virtual tweet in itself, is a single-camera comedy from 20th Television written by Claudia Lonow.  It’s about, no surprise, a single mom (Sarah Chalke) who has to move in with her eccentric parents (Elizabeth Perkins, Brad Garrett).

MALIBU COUNTRY may be the reason Last Man Standing survived, because since it’s a multi-camera comedy, Last Man was the only show the network could come up with to pair with it. Reba McEntire plays a mom who moves her family (including grandma Lily Tomlin) from Nashville to Malibu to restart her own singing career.  It’s written by Kevin Abbott, who’d previously written for My Name is Earl, the aforementioned Last Man Standing, and surely not coincidentally Reba.   A fearless prediction for the new season:  Malibu Country, coupled with Last Man, will not make for a young-skewing hour.

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."