Time once more to creep up the competency pyramid in this week's upfronts presentation, with ABC now unleashing upon us all the shows that it's planning to include in its 2013-14 season. You might not think that ABC would be that much higher up the pyramid than Fox, given that last year, despite the presence of the good but now cancelled Last Resort, ABC managed to give us the dreadful 666 Park Avenue, The Family Tools, How To Live With Your Parents For The Rest of Your Life, Malibu Country, Nashville, The Neighbors, Red Widow and Zero Hour, only two of which have been picked up for second seasons.
Yet this year, we do have a decent enough selection of shows to pick from – well, decent at first trailer-glance, anyway, and mostly in the drama rather than comedy section. Here's the rundown:
- Betrayal: Two lovers on opposite sides of a court case. James Cromwell, Hannah Ware and Stuart Townsend star.
- Killer Women: Tricia Helfer as a Texas Ranger – what could be bad? Also features Michael Trucco and Marc Blucas.
- Lucky 7: Remake of BBC1's The Syndicate, in which a bunch of co-workers with exciting back stories win the lottery.
- Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.l.E.L.D: Fuck, yeah
- Mind Games: A cross between Lie To Me and Mission: Impossible. Christian Slater stars so it'll be cancelled within three episodes
- Once Upon A Time In Wonderland: Spin-off from Once Upon A Time set in Wonderland and Victorian England. Stars Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha and John Lithgow.
- Resurrection: The dead come back to life in a small town. Stars Omar Epps from House, as well as Kurtwood Smith
- Back In The Game: Failed pro softball player Maggie Lawson agrees to coach a team of kids. Also features James Caan and Lenora Crichlow
- The Goldbergs: Growing pains 80s nostalgia-fest.
- Mixology: Single people meet in a bar and discover how empty and pointless existence is. Who knew Happy Hour was due for a remake?
- Super Fun Night: Rebel Wilson paired with Kevin Bishop for a girls' night out. How unusual
- Trophy Wife: Reformed party girl Malin Akerman marries Bradley Whitford and has to deal with his family. I'd rather see the adventures of party girl Malin Akerman, myself.
After the jump, full summaries, trailers and a schedule.