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ABC to launch Off the Map on Wednesdays come January

Off the Map

Shonda Rhimes, creator of ABC hits Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy, may have another hit at ABC come January 12th. She is producing along with creator Jenna Bans, on Off the Map, which will premiere Wednesday, January 12th at 10/9c, according to a release by the network this afternoon

The series stars the young talent of Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls), Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight), Mamie Gummer (The Good Wife), and Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights), among others, as young doctors that go to work on a remote tropical location, to find themselves, and discover some unique medical situations.

Off the Map was originally scheduled to take over for Brothers and Sisters on Sundays, but when the 5th-year drama hit a ratings boost this year and got an additional pickup things changed. New ABC president Paul Lee is said to be high on the project shooting in Hawaii, granting Off the Map a full 13 episode pickup, opposed to the seven episodes it originally got.

It is unclear at the time whether this will be the permanent location for the series on ABC’s midseason schedule that will include Matthew Perry-led Mr. Sunshine, new comedy Happy Endings, and a new drama starring Dana Delany entitled Body of Proof, expect a full release tomorrow.

The mini-release by ABC is below on the show…. (more…)


TCA Summer Press Tour Roundup: NBC

The cast of Undercovers talk to critics

NBC, oh NBC, what a crazy up and down year it has been for you and to present to a bunch of critics that have not been so kind over the last was not that easy. Alas, NBC is looking in pretty positive shape coming this fall with new shows, good promotion, and strong acting and buzz. Here are the highlights from their day at the Television Critics Association Press Tour:

  • The network decided to change some of its fall premiere dates to better launch new and returning shows. Parenthood will premiere a week early September 14th at 10/9c, after America’s Got Talent, while new drama Outlaw with Jimmy Smits will preview after the Talent finale the next day at 10/9c. It will then settle into its regular slot, Fridays at 10/9c on the 17th. The Apprentice will get a two-hour launch on the 16th now, while Law and Order: LA will get pushed to September 29th.
  • Speaking of LOLA, lots of news as production starts Monday for the franchise spinoff. The cast is now locked with Terrence Howard napping a DDA role which will rotate with Alfred Molina, Regina Hall will play the ADA Eva Price, and Wanda De Jesus plays Lieutenant Arleen Gonzales. Also, according to TV Guide, Mariska Hargitay may stop by for the premiere from SVU to give the show synergy with its lead-in.
  • 30 Rock will perform a LIVE episode on the 14th of October for both coasts. Live episode are especially exciting for the unknown factor, but veterans Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin are doing it from the SNL stage so its nothing new for them. Also in comedies, Drew Carey and Rob Corddry will pop up on Community, and Kathy Bates and Amy Ryan will return to The Office. Ryan stay will last most of the season (Hell yes!!).
  • Other Office gossip was presented to NBC President Angela Bromstad who said that the news that Steve Carrell is leaving the show in May was not a surprise and that they have a plan which will be a mystery throughout the year. Someone will replace him.
  • Now for some quick takes about the new and returning shows: Rob Lowe is now a series regular on Parks and Recreation, The Event producers want you to not feel cheated and repeatedly say it’s not Lost, Chase got Eddie Cibrian for multiple episodes, Outlaw is getting retooled a lot, the Undercoversleads race is a pretty big step for TV and people should care, and Outsourced is still not funny. Oops.

To read more in depth and full reports check out the following sites: The Futon CriticHollywood ReporterAusiello Files, and Variety.

TCA Summer Press Tour Roundup: CBS Starts It Off

CBS's The Talk

It’s the end of July, Comic-Con is over, and the TV world turns its attention fully into the start of production on the fall season and the networks present their fall slates again more formally at the Television Critics Associations Press Tour. The tour began today with CBS and continues with CW, Showtime, NBC, ABC, FOX in the coming days followed by a variety of cable shows. I scoured the web for the best highlights of today’s panels and check it out below….

  • Nina Tassler, CBS President, started the day off by commenting on the big news of the week that ABC executive Steve McPherson resigned yesterday. She said, “Damn it, he got out of doing press tour,” always good to start on a fun note.
  • CBS has five new series in the fall, Hawaii 5-0 airs on Monday and CBS wanted to make it clear it was not a remake, more of the new cool term, “re-imagaining.” The pilot will shine a light on island life and not be fully be procedural based.
  • The two new comedies, S&%* My Dad Says and Mike & Molly, received lukewarm feelings from critics, while the former’s star William Shatner is upset they aren’t using the real expletive in the title.
  • CBS is also premiering a new daytime talk show in October with the title, “The Talk.” The show centers around moms and the creator Sara Gilbert (Rosanne) recruited Julie Chen, Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete, Sharon Osbourne, and Marissa Jaret Winokur to talk about all the subjects they want too. Chen seems to be all over the net and will step down as a day-to-day duties at The Early Show.
  • Two surprising positives from the network seem to be the new Friday drama Blue Bloods about a family of New York Cops, with its star Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg really selling the idea that it’s really about the family not the crime. Also The Defenders, where as much as Jim Belushi wants to shake off the hatred toward According to Jim, he just can’t with the critics, but his show is sure garnering positives.
  • Finally, Nina Tassler has no decision on Flashpoint‘s return next summer as nothing has been decided.

To read more in depth and full reports check out the following sites: The Futon Critic, Hollywood Reporter, Ausiello Files, and Variety.

Upfront Frenzy: ABC Schedule Released!

Hope you are having a great day or had but I am super busy but wanted to share with you the ABC schedule for next year and my two cents.

By far, not the best schedule that they have had but really like the 8 o’clock hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as the placement of Detriot 1-8-7. ABC went safe this year and interested to see where buzzed comedies Mr. Sunshine and Happy Endings end up. The problems, wasting Body of Proof on Friday and The Whole Truth on Wednesday. Take a look below and find trailers on


Upfront Frenzy: FOX’s 2010-11 Plans!

Cast of FOX's Lonestar

The week is starting and so are the Upfront presentations to advertisers in New York City, it is FOX turn today (along with NBC) and this morning they released their new schedule for the coming season.

The schedule itself is very strong which includes new dramas after House, new comedies after Glee on Tuesdays, a solid Thursday and come 2011, shortened Idol, the epic Terra Nova, and more.

The one thing I do not care for however is the decision to air Glee after the Super Bowl, I like Glee but I want something new and interesting and it is a little early to make that choice I think.

Go below for the full release and check back later after the presentation for clips… (more…)

Upfront Frenzy: NBC’s Fall Schedule revealed!

In advanced of the shared Upfront day with FOX, NBC announced their new fall schedule early via call. The fall schedule (first year in awhile NBC did not do a midseason one) consists of no new comedy night which was suspected, a drama Monday and Wednesday, and no Parks and Recreation in the fall.

I like the schedule as a whole as it does give NBC many great midseason dramas/comedies that can launch later and give them a strong spring. The week does not flow per-say but the night’s certainly do by keeping a nice theme throughout. Take a look at the schedule after the jump and go visit the NBC site for clips from all the new shows. Note: Expect full promos to be released tomorrow with more footage.


The Calm Before the Storm: Friday’s Upfront News

The schedules are coming, they are coming…

David Lyons in "The Cape"

Before the unveils of the plans, the networks are busy greenlighting series to order today and below is the latest. (Note: this post will be updated throughout the day with new news.)

UPDATED: ABC has picked up two more dramas to its new slate for next year. Dana Delany will officially be moving off of Wisteria Lane to be a medical examiner in Body of Proof. The series revolves around Megan Hunt, who is a cop stuck in the morgue. Also in the series, Jeri Ryan and Sonja Sohn. Second pickup this afternoon is the Shonda Rhimes produced, Jenna Bans written Off the Map. Map is a medical drama set in the tropics about three doctors moving to a remote practice for a change in their lives. Wonderfall‘s Caroline Dhavernas and Mammie Gummer as two of the doctors. More ABC pickups are expected to be revealed soon.

NBC this morning confirmed the demise of one of the longest series in television history, Law & Order. The Dick Wolf stable ran for 20 years which ties the record set by Gunsmoke. The series will wrap on May 24th, but on the flip side is that NBC renewed its most successful spinoff, Special Victims Unit, while creating a new one, LOLA (aka Law & Order: Los Angeles). LOLA will debut in the fall and is ran by Brotherhood creator Blake Masters. No casting has been announced yet.

Friends with Benefits

NBC then went on to order 4 more new series, including one comedy and three dramas. Friends with Benefits, a single-cam comedy from the writers of (500) Days of Summer, and stars Fran Kranz, Ryan Hansen, Jessica Lucas, and Danneel Harris among others. The series is a more modern take on Friends, and revolves around pals trying to navigate of dating world and it is not easy for them. The script was fresh and fun and will be a nice pairing to the already picked-up Perfect Couples.

Kathy Bates in "Harry's Law"

The Cape, a superhero drama from Tom Wheeler, stars the likes of Summer Glau and David Lyons. Lyons plays a man Vince who was wrongly accused of something and is forced to leave his family and become a masked superhero in a Gotham-esque town full of them. It is a certainly originally concept and I applauded the script and NBC decision to pick it up, certainly for midseason due to the effects.

The last two dramas of NBC pickups today both come from familiar faces. Conan O’Brian (still in business with NBC) produces Outlaw (formally Garza) and it is a starring vehicle for Jimmy Smits as a Supreme Court judge that comes to a revelation of the system, quits, and change his life. Finally, David E. Kelly is no stranger to law dramas (Boston Legal, Ally McBeal) and he is at it again with NBC producing Harry’s Law (fka Kindreds). The drama was originally written in a lighthearted script centering around a man, but when they saw the wonderful Kathy Bates that changed. Bates took the lead and the role changed to a woman who is a troubled lawyer who meets some interesting folks that changes her direction. The show also stars the charming Brittany Snow as her secretary.

Below is NBC official release…. (more…)