Last night the brutal axe came down upon serval shows on the ABC network. Among the shows that got cancelled were Body of Proof, Happy Endings, Malibu Country, Family Tools, How to Live With Your Parents (for The Rest of Your Lives), and Red Widow. While some of these were shockers some where not. Happy Endings has been playing musical time-slots all season when it really should have stayed on Wednesday nights; however there is still talk that USA Network might save the brilliant comedy as a lead-in to Modern Family when the show goes into syndication on the network next year.
With all those free time slots, ABC has ordered 11 (yes 11) pilots to series including the much talked about Once Upon A Time spin-off Once Upon A Time in Wonderland. Talk is that Wonderland would be a 13 episode order and will fill the OUAT time-slot when the show goes on winter break. Other new shows include the Rebel Wilson (of Pitch Perfect fame) lead Super Fun Night; Mixology from Ryan Seacrest’s producing team; and Mind Games starring Christian Slater.
Below is a more in-depth look at ABC’s pilot order:
Super Fun Night
Description: Revolves around three nerdy female friends, including Pitch Perfect‘s Rebel Wilson, on a “funcomfortable” quest to have “super fun” every Friday night.
Cast: Rebel Wilson, Kelen Coleman, Kevin Bishop, Lauren Ash, Liza Lapira
Team: W/EP Rebel Wilson; EP Conan O’Brien, David Kissinger, Jeff Ross, EP/D John Riggi
Studio: Warner Bros. Television, Conaco Productions
Description: A dysfunctional Wonder Years set in the simpler times of the 1980s, inspired by Adam F. Goldberg’s childhood.
Cast: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, George Segal, Hayley Orrantia, Darien Provost, Troy Gentile, Sean Giambrone (as a young Adam F. Goldberg)
Team: W/EP Adam F. Goldberg (Breaking In); EP Doug Robinson, EP/D Seth Gordon; co-EP Bill Wee
Studio: Sony Pictures Television, Happy Madison
Back in the Game
Description: When Terry Gannon (Psych‘s Maggie Lawson), a recently divorced, single mother, temporarily moves in with her estranged father (James Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player, she reluctantly starts coaching her son’s (Griffin Gluck) underdog little league team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind.
Cast: James Caan, Maggie Lawson (1st position before USA’s Psych), Griffin Gluck, Ben Koldyke, Kennedy Waite, Lenora Crichlow, J.J. Totah, Cooper Roth
Team: W/EP Mark Cullen, Robb Cullen (Las Vegas); EP Aaron Kaplan; EP/D John Requa, Glenn Ficarra
Studio: 20th Television, Kaplan Entertainment
Description: A reformed party girl named Kate (Malin Akerman) finds herself with an instant family when she falls in love with a man named Brad (Bradley Whitford) who has three manipulative children and two judgmental ex-wives.
Cast: Bradley Whitford, Malin Akerman, Marcia Gay Harden, Michaela Watkins, Natalie Morales, Ryan Scott Lee, Albert Tsai, Gianna LePera
Team: W/EP Emily Halpern (Private Practice), Sarah Haskins; EP Gene Stupnitsky, Lee Eisenberg; D Jason Moore
Studio: ABC Studios
Description: A high-concept single-camera comedy from the writers behind The Hangover set in the world of a sexy Manhattan bar chronicling the exploits of singles in search of love — all over the course of one night.
Cast: Kate Simses, Ginger Gonzaga Mercedes Masohn, Blake Lee, Andrew Santino, Adam Campbell, Vanessa Lengies (1st position over Fox’s Glee), Craig Frank, Alexis Carra, Sarah Bolger, Adan Canto
Team: W/EP Jon Lucas, Scott Moore (The Hangover); EP Nina Wass, Ryan Seacrest; D Larry Charles
Studio: ABC Studios, Ryan Seacrest Productions
Description: Provocative workplace ensemble centered on the complicated relationship between two brothers (SteveZahn, Christian Slater) who head a unique agency designed to attack their clients’ problems using the real science of human motivation and manipulation.
Cast: Steve Zahn, Christian Slater, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Cedric Sanders, Gregory Marcel, Wynn Everett, RonRifkin (guest star)
Team: W/EP Kyle Killen (Awake); EP Keith Redmon; D Miguel Sapochnik
Studio: 20th Television
Description: It’s hard to fit in when you’re the only woman in the notoriously male Texas Rangers, but that doesn’t stop Molly Parker (Battlestar Galactica‘s Tricia Helfer) — our ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers on her way there. Based on the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas.
Cast: Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Marc Blucas (Buffy), Michael Trucco, Alex Fernandez, Marta Milans
Team: W Hannah Shakespeare (The Raven); EP Sofia Vergara; EP/D Martin Campbell
Studio: ABC Studios, Electus, Latin World Entertainment
Resurrection (The Returned)
Description: What happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day’s gone by? The lives of the people of Aurora Arcadia are forever changed when their deceased loved ones return. Based on a novel by Jason Mott.
Cast: Omar Epps (House), Devin Kelley (Covert Affairs), Matt Craven, Frances Fisher, Samaire Armstrong, Sam Hazeldine, Nicholas Gonzalez, Mark Hildreth, Kurtwood Smith, Landon Gimenez
Team: W/EP Aaron Zelman (Criminal Minds); EP JoAnn Alfano, Jon Liebman, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner; D Charles McDougall
Studio: ABC Studios, Brillstein Entertainment, Plan B
Description: An adaptation of British drama The Syndicate, the drama revolves around seven employees of a service station in Queens whose lives are changed in unexpected ways when they win a lottery jackpot.
Cast: Stephen Louis Grush, Matt Long, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Summer Bishil, Anastasia Phillips, Christine Evangelista, Lorraine Bruce, Luis Antonio Ramos
Team: W/EP David Zabel, Jason Richman (Detroit 187); EP Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Steven Spielberg; D PaulMcGuigan
Studio: ABC Studios, Amblin TV
Description: A beautiful but unhappily married female photographer (Boss‘ Hannah Ware) begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband (Chris Johnson), the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved.
Cast: Hannah Ware (Boss), Stuart Townsend, James Cromwell, Henry Thomas, Chris Johnson (Against the Wall), Wendy Moniz, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Braeden Lemasters
Team: W/EP David Zabel (ER); EP Rob Golenberg, Alon Aranya; D Patty Jenkins
Studio: ABC Studios
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Description: In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice (Sophie Lowe) tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole. An invisible cat, a hookah smoking caterpillar and playing cards that talk are just some of the fantastic things she’s seen during this impossible adventure. Surely this troubled girl must be insane and her doctors aim to cure her with a treatment that will make her forget everything. Alice seems ready to put it all behind her, especially the painful memory of the genie she fell in love with and lost forever — the handsome and mysterious Cyrus (Peter Gadiot). But deep down Alice knows this world is real and just in the nick of time, the sardonic Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha) and the irrepressible White Rabbit (John Lithgow) arrive to save her from a doomed fate. Together, the trio will take a tumble down the rabbit hole to this Wonderland where nothing is impossible.
Cast: Sophie Lowe, Peter Gadiot, Michael Socha, Emma Rigby, John Lithgow Paul Reubens(voicing the White Rabbit)
Team: W/EP Eddy Kitsis, Adam Horowitz; EP Jane Espenson, Zack Estrin, Steve Pearlman
Studio: ABC Studios