ABC: Seven New Series; Changes Affect Four Nights

ABC will introduce an ambitious seven new series in prime time this fall, impacting four nights of the week. We will see five new dramas (No Ordinary Family, Detroit 1-8-7, The Whole Truth, My Generation and Body of Proof), comedy Better Together and an inspirational non-scripted hour called Secret Millionaire, which briefly aired on Fox last season. In total, six-and-one-half hours of ABC’s line-up (or 30 percent) will consist of new product.
Monday on ABC will remain intact care of a two-hour edition of the most-watched show in prime time, Dancing With the Stars, and surprise success Castle.  The Dancing With the Stars Results Show will shift to 9 p.m. on Tuesday out of new drama No Ordinary Family, the story of a family of four that realize they suddenly have unusual abilities.  Capping off Tuesday will be new crime drama Detroit 1-8-7 with former Sopranos star Michael Imperioli at 10 p.m.  
One of ABC’s priorities was to find a Wednesday anchor and returning The Middle has been chosen to open the evening.  Relocated The Middle will lead into new sitcom Better Together, featuring Joely Richardson and former Numb3rs star Rob Morrow, followed by returning Modern Family and Cougar Town from 9-10 p.m. New Jerry Bruckheimer legal drama The Whole Truth closes Wednesday at 10 p.m.  
My Generation, a new relationship drama, will open Thursday in place of canceled FlashForward, followed by the returning Grey’s Anatomy and spin-off Private Practice.  Secret Millionaire, a positively themed non-scripted hour will kick-off Friday, followed by new Dana Delany drama Body of Proof and veteran newsmagazine 20/20 from 9-11 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday will remain unchanged on ABC, with College Football filling troubled Saturday in fourth quarter and Sunday’s established rotation of America’s Funniest Home Videos, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters in Sunday.  
ABC has also announced three new scripted series for midseason—sitcoms Happy Endings and Mr. Sunshine and drama Off the Map, plus returning The Bachelor, Supernanny and V.  Not making the cut are sitcoms Better Off Ted, Scrubs and Romantically Challenged, Ugly Betty, Wife Swap and aforementioned FlashForward.
Here is ABC’s fall 2010 schedule, with the new shows capped, followed by the new program descriptions.   
 8:00 p.m. Dancing With the Stars (two-hours)
10:00 p.m. Castle
 9:00 p.m. Dancing With the Stars Results Show (new time)
10:00 p.m. DETROIT 1-8-7
 8:00 p.m.  The Middle (new time)
 9:00 p.m.  Modern Family
 9:30 p.m. Cougar Town
10:00 p.m. THE WHOLE TRUTH
 8:00 p.m. MY GENERATION
 9:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy
10:00 p.m. Private Practice
 8:00 p.m. SECRET MILLIONAIRE (formerly aired on Fox)
 9:00 p.m. BODY OF PROOF
10:00 p.m. 20/20
 8:00 p.m. College Football
 7:00 p.m.  America’s Funniest Home Videos
 8:00 p.m. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
 9:00 p.m. Desperate Housewives
10:00 p.m. Brothers & Sisters
New Program Descriptions
Better Together
Formerly called That Couple, two couples from two different generations have very different outlooks on love.  The cast includes Jennifer Finnigan, Josh Cook, Joanna Garcia (Reba), Jake Lacy and former That’ 70s Show star Debra Jo Rupp.  
Happy Endings (midseason)
A group of close knit friends have to face the fact that the center of their existence, “perfect” couple Dave and Alex, have split.  The cast includes Zachary Knighton, Elisha Cuthbert, Adam Pally, Casey Wilson, Eliza Coupe and Daman Wayans, Jr.  
Mr. Sunshine (midseason)
Former Friends star Matthew Perry plays the manager of a local sports stadium in San Diego who realizes on his 40th birthday that he cannot just get by on his charming, funny and noncommittal ways anymore.
Body of Proof
After a brilliant neurosurgeon’s (Dana Delany) career is cut short, she uses her medical skills toward solving murders.  Cast members include Jeri Ryan, Geoffrey Arend, Nick Bishop, Windell Middlebrooks and John Carroll Lynch.
My Generation
Shot documentary style and based on a series from Scandinavia, a group of former high school students in Austin, Texas reunite after 10 years. The ensemble cast includes Daniella Alonso, Ann Son, Elizabeth Kenner, Jaime King, Julian Morris, Keir O’Donnell, Kelli Garner and Mehcad Brooks.
No Ordinary Family
A so-called typical American family (Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Kay Panabaker and Jimmy Bennett) discover they have extraordinary abilities after their plane crashes in the Amazon jungle.  Brothers & Sisters’ Greg Berlanti and Jon Feldman are the series creators.
1-8-7 Detroit
The homicide division within a Detroit police station is the setting in this documentary style crime drama.  Former Sopranos star Michael Imperioli leads the ensemble cast.  
The Whole Truth
There are two sides to every case as this Jerry Bruckheimer legal drama provides equal time to the prosecution and the defense attorney’s work on the same cases.  Joely Richardson and former Numb3rs star Rob Morrow head the cast.
Off the Map (midseason)
Three medical residents (Caroline Dhavernas, Mamie Gummer and Enrique Murciano) decide to leave the comforts of the United States to work at a barely staffed medical clinic in a small South American town.
Secret Millionaire (formerly aired on Fox)
Millionaires temporarily leave their prestigious lifestyles and go undercover to experience life in some of the poorest areas of the country in this uplifting non-scripted hour. During their stay they decide who is worthy of at least $100,000 of their own money.  

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