ABC New Shows

New Dramas

Brothers and Sisters

Premiere: Sunday, September 24
Time: 10/9c

About: A big group of grown siblings must figure out how to run their father’s (Tom Skerritt) business after he dies unexpectedly. Stars Calista Flockhart, Balthazar Getty, Ron Rifkin, Rachel Griffiths, Patricia Wettig and Sally Field.

Buzz: The show has already been retooled. One of the brothers and the mother were recast. Sally Field will now play the mother. The show was also given a lighter spin than it originally had since it will be following over-the-top Desperate Housewives. The cast members are touting this as an updated version of Dallas, but due to the last minute recasting and retooling of the pilot, critics were not able to view it at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour held last month.

Day Break

Premiere: Wednesday, November 15
Time: 9/8c
Instead of random reruns, Lost goes on hiatus for a “winter break” when Day Break starts for 13 weeks. When it is over, Lost comes back with all new episodes.

About: Taye Diggs is a police detective framed for the murder of a prosecutor. He gets a chance to save her life and figure out who framed him by reliving the same day over and over again.

Buzz: Goofy concept, but the pilot is very impressive. From viewing the preview, it looks like a thriller each week, and doesn’t look too repetitive since he at least knows he’s repeating the same day. Critics called it The Fugitive meets Groundhog’s Day. It reminded me of Tru Calling.

Men in Trees

Premiere: Tuesday, September 1210/9c
will repeat on Friday, September 15 before a new episode in its actual timeslot at 9/8c

Time: 9/8c

About: Anne Heche is a relationship coach and best-seller self-help writer when she finds out her fiance has been cheating on her. She starts her life over in Alaska where she finds there are way more men there than women.

Buzz: It is Northern Exposure from the female perspective. Great scenery, quirky characters and light-hearted situations.

Six Degrees

Premiere: Thursday, September 21
Time: 10/9c

About: Six people in Manhattan that are all connected in some way, even if remotely, and how they will all impact each other’s lives since everyone is connected to everyone else by six degrees. Starring Erika Christensen, Hope Davis and Campbell Scott.

Buzz: It comes from J.J. Abrams production company, but he doesn’t seem overly involved with it. The critics weren’t overly impressed during the TCA press tour with TV Guide’s Matt Roush calling it “borderline-pretentious” and “contrived.” It also has an annoying voice over and looks pretty boring with no main storyline or point.

The Nine

Premiere: Wednesday, October 4
Time: 10/9c

About: Nine remaining hostages from a 52-hour bank robbery become connected from the horrific episode while they try to return to their lives. Starring Tim Daly, Scott Wolf, Kim Raver, and Chi McBride.

Buzz: Wow! I watched the preview and I want to see this show. Critics say they are already hooked as well. It has the biggest buzz from other new drama amongst critics right now.

Ugly Betty

Premiere: Thursday, September 28
Time: 8/7c

About: A very smart, but average-looking woman is trying to make her way in the world of high fashion magazines. Produced by Salma Hayek from a world-famous telenovela.

Buzz: Another one that the critics loved at the TCA press tour. Many were very angry and confused as why it was originally scheduled to be on Friday nights (seen as a dumping ground for new shows), when they all thought it would fit better following Desperate Housewives on Sunday. It didn’t move to Sundays, but it will now be leading off Thursday night on ABC, which is a more competitive night, but might give more people a chance to see it.

New Comedies

Knights of Prosperity

Premiere: Tuesday, October 17
Time: 9/8c

About: A group of misfits plan to rob Mick Jagger’s Central Park West apartment.

Buzz: It was called Let’s Rob Mick Jagger. Then it changed to Let’s Rob… and now it is stuck with a super dumb title that creator Rob Burnett is not pleased about. There was nothing to preview at ABC’s site, but critics really liked it, even with its goofy premise.

Help Me Help You

Premiere: Tuesday, September 26
Time: 9:30/8:30c

About: Ted Danson leads group therapy sessions, but he is as messed up as some of his patients.

Buzz:
There were a few laughs from the critics at the press tour from supporting characters, but it isn’t anything that they are raving about or including in all their wrap-ups on all the new shows. At least it doesn’t have an annoying laugh track.

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