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Fall Shows First Look: ABC

  • Ryan Duncan TheFish.com Editor
  • 2012 12 Jun
Fall Shows First Look: ABC

Last year was a very successful season for ABC. The sinister soap Revenge became a runaway hit with viewers, and the Disney inspired Once Upon A Time enchanted audiences everywhere. Judging from the number of pilots being released this fall (A whopping 10 new shows), ABC is hoping to use this newfound momentum to drive home a number of its upcoming series. Whether this broadcasting giant has traded "quality" for "quantity" though, has yet to be seen. Thankfully, you can decide for yourself with these previews of the ten new series coming this fall to ABC.  


Last Resort

What's it About: When the crew of a nuclear submarine refuses orders to fire on a city in Pakistan, they are branded traitors by the government and forced to seek refuge on the island of Sainte Marina. Once there, they seize control of the island and declare themselves a sovereign nation with a nuclear arsenal. Now the crew must root out the conspiracy and prove their innocence, all while dealing with the island's native population. Scott Speedman and Andre Braugher star as Sam Kendal and Capt. Marcus Chaplin.       

First Impressions: We're guessing Last Resort will probably end up competing with Revolution as the seasons' top new drama. Much like its NBC rival, ABC appears to have spared no expense in creating this massive Crimson Tide meets Mission Impossible brainchild. For the most part it looks like it will be a good series, and if it manages to pick up steam, it may be able to take the vacant seat left behind by 24.

Final Verdict: Watch

*Click here to watch the trailer for ABC's Last Resort.



666 Park Avenue

What's it About: Henry and Jane think they've landed their dream job when they become the new resident managers for The Drake, New York's premier apartment complex. Little do they realize that by signing their contracts they have essentially entered into a Faustian agreement with the building's mysterious owner (Terry O'Quinn). The Drake can make all your dreams come true, but there's a price to pay, and it may be your soul.         

First Impressions: Supernatural dramas are usually hit or miss but this one might have what it takes to survive. No one can do evil like Terry O'Quinn, and if the battle between temptation and virtue is done correctly it could grow into a strong show.  

Final Verdict: Undetermined     

*Click here to watch the trailer for ABC's 666 Park Avenue.



What's it About: Alyssa Milano stars as a woman who…you know what? You can probably figure it out by yourself.  

First Impressions: Just watching the trailer was agony. This show could be used as an extreme way to interrogate known terrorists.   

Final Verdict: Pass! Pass! Pass! Pass! Pass!  

*Click here to watch the trailer for ABC's Mistresses.



The Family Tools  

What's it About: Jack Shea (Kyle Bornheimer) is the family screw-up. He's failed everything he's ever done, from flunking out the Army to being kicked out of seminary school. But after his father (J.K. Simmons) has a heart attack and is forced into retirement, Jack decides to return home and take over the family's repair business. Hijinks ensue as this inept slacker deals with everything from malfunctioning power tools to his oddball assistant (Edi Gathegi).  

First Impressions: There's probably an audience for this show somewhere. A broad appeal might make it a sleeper hit like The Middle, but overall the show looks pretty generic. There's also too much slapstick in the trailer.        

Final Verdict: Pass

*Click here to watch the trailer for ABC's The Family Tools.  



How To Live

What's it About: How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life (full title) is about a young, and very uptight, mother (Scrubs Sarah Chalke) who moves back in with her parents after her husband gambles away their life savings. Unfortunately, her parent's (Brad Garrett and Elizabeth Perkins) free-spirited nature wreaks havoc on her already crazy life.        

First Impressions: We love Sarah Chalke (and Brad Garrett isn't bad either), but old people spouting profanity is pretty low-brow humor. Plus, the title is way too long.    

Final Verdict: Pass

*Click here to watch the trailer for ABC's How To Live.



Malibu Country

What's it About: Reba McEntire is Reba Gallagher, a former country music singer who now takes care of her elderly mother and two, teenage children. After finding out that her husband has been cheating on her, she moves her family from Nashville, Tennessee to Malibu, California, hoping to restart her music career and bring her family back together.  

First Impressions: This looks like a compete clone of Reba's previous TV show Reba (Yeah, we're getting confused too). Still, with clean jokes and being family friendly it may carve out a niche audience in its timeslot.

Final Verdict: Undetermined

*Click here to watch the trailer for ABC's Malibu Country. 


What's it About: Rayna James (Connie Britton) used to be the Queen of Country music, but now her star is beginning to fade. In an effort to save her career, Rayna's producers offer her a joint tour alongside the young and ambitious new singer, Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere). Both women have their agendas though, and they have yet to account for the songwriters, producers, and politicians who are after their own piece of fame and fortune.

First Impressions: The trailer alone is enough proof of how talented these two actresses are. We still don't know if audiences will be treated to some actual songs, but with Glee graduating and Smash underperforming, Nashville might swoop in to take the reins of TV music. Add some solid storytelling and you have yourself a show.

Final Verdict: Watch

*Click here to watch the trailer for ABC's Nashville.  


The Neighbors

What's it About: Set in New Jersey, this comedy follows an average suburban family named the Weavers as they make the move into a townhouse community. Upon their arrival however, they discover the entire neighborhood is populated by aliens who have been stranded on Earth for ten years. With nowhere to go, the Weavers settle in and begin teaching their new neighbors what being human is all about.        

First Impressions: Oh wow, does this look bad. It's hard to believe that a show with the same hilarious concept as 3rd Rock From the Sun could come down so bland. Try as it may the trailer isn't funny, just awkward. We doubt this one will last very long.       

Final Verdict: Pass    

*Click here to watch the trailer for ABC's The Neighbors.  



Red Window

What's it About: After spending years trying to persuade her husband to leave his life of crime, a young mother (Radha Mitchell) finds she must now seize control of his criminal empire after he is assassinated by a deadly rival. This means going to war with thieves, murderers, the police, and anyone else that may harm her family.         

First Impressions: Pros - The idea is pretty intriguing, Radha Mitchell is a new face with new potential, and the name is pretty catchy. Cons- It came from the screenwriters of the Twilight series.

Final Verdict: Undetermined  

*Click here to watch the trailer for ABC's Red Window. 


Zero Hour

What's it About: Hank Foley (Anthony Edwards) is an ordinary man who spends his day running an antique shop alongside his wife, Laila (Jacinda Barrett). Then one day Laila is kidnapped by a known international terrorist, and Foley himself becomes caught up in a dangerous conspiracy surrounding an old clock she had recently purchased. As the mystery deepens, he and his allies discover the old timepiece is actually a powerful relic created by the early Church as a way to battle a great evil, an evil that will stop at nothing to destroy them all.        

First Impressions: Is it possible there will actually be a Christ themed drama on TV this fall? We still don't have much information, but we're hoping for the best.      

Final Verdict: Watch

*Click here to watch the trailer for ABC's Zero Hour.

*This article first published 6/12/2012