2012-2013 Television Season


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ABC has announced their new midseason schedule. Here are their new shows:

"RED WIDOW"

Marta Walraven seems to have an idyllic life. A stay-at-home mom in tony Marin County, just north of San Francisco, she is devoted to her three children and her husband. Behind this perfect facade, however, is a more complicated story: Evan, Marta's husband, supports the family by exporting marijuana. Marta is familiar with the world of organized crime: her father, Andrei Petrov, and his loyal bodyguard, Luther, are Bratva - Russian gangsters - in San Francisco. It's a world from which she and her sister Kat always wanted to escape, though they never quite did.

But when Evan is brutally murdered in their driveway, everything changes. Marta's first concern is to protect her children - and yet when FBI Agent James Ramos promises Marta justice in exchange for her cooperation, she cannot go against the Bratva code. She refuses his help.

Slowly, the truth about her husband's murder begins to emerge: Evan's business partners - Marta's scheming brother, Irwin Petrov, and their best friend, the hapless Mike Tomlin - were involved in the theft of millions of dollars of cocaine from the formidable international crime boss, Nicholae Schiller. Evan paid with his life, but as far as Schiller is concerned, his debt is not clear. It falls to Marta, as Evan's widow, to navigate the criminal underworld in order to repay this debt - in whatever way Schiller sees fit.

Hounded by the FBI on the one hand and by Schiller on the other, while also trying to raise three grieving kids on her own, Marta discovers a tenacity she never knew she had. As she hunts for the truth about her husband's death and struggles to keep her children safe, she'll rely on her resourcefulness, determination and her Bratva DNA like never before. But just how far is Marta willing to go in order to beat her adversaries at their own deadly game?

"Red Widow" stars Radha Mitchell ("High Art," "Pitch Black," "Man on Fire") as Marta Walraven, Sterling Beaumon ("Clue,""Lost") as Gabriel Walraven, Clifton Collins Jr. ("Traffic," "Thief") as FBI Agent James Ramos, Luke Goss ("Blade II," "Hellboy II: The Golden Army") as Luther, Suleka Mathew ("Hawthorne") as Dina Tomlin, Erin Moriarty ("One Life to Live") as Natalie Walraven, Jaime Ray Newman ("Drop Dead Diva") as Kat Petrova, Jakob Salvati ("Crescendo," "Little Boy") as Boris Walraven, Lee Tergesen ("Army Wives") as Mike Tomlin, Wil Traval ("Rescue Special Ops") as Irwin Petrov, with Rade Serbedzija ("24") as Andrei Petrov and Goran Visnjic ("ER") as Nicholae Schiller.

Based on the Dutch series "Penoza," "Red Widow" is executive-produced and written by Melissa Rosenberg ("Dexter," "Twilight Saga" films) and executive-produced by Howard Klein ("The Office," "Parks & Recreation") and Alon Aranya. The series is produced by ABC Studios in association with Endemol Studios.

"ZERO HOUR"

As the publisher of a paranormal enthusiast magazine, Modern Skeptic, Hank Galliston has spent his career following clues, debunking myths and solving conspiracies. A confessed paranormal junkie, his motto is "logic is the compass." But when his beautiful wife, Laila (Jacinda Barrett), is abducted from her antique clock shop, Hank gets pulled into one of the most compelling mysteries in human history, stretching around the world and back centuries.

Contained in one of his wife's clocks is a treasure map, and what it leads to could be cataclysmic. Now it's up to Hank to decipher the symbols and unlock the secrets of the map, while ensuring the answers don't fall into the wrong hands - a man they call White Vincent (Michael Nyqvist). With his two young associates, Rachel (Addison Timlin) and Arron (Scott Michael Foster), in tow, along with Becca Riley, a sexy FBI agent (Carmen Ejogo), Hank will lead them on a breathless race against the clock to find his wife and save humanity.

"Zero Hour" stars Anthony Edwards ("Big Sur," "Flipped," "ER") as Hank, Carmen Ejogo ("Sparkle," "Chaos," "Away We Go") as Beck, Scott Michael Foster ("Californication," "The River") as Aaron, Addison Timlin ("Californication") as Rachel, Jacinda Barrett ("Matching Jack," "Middle Men," "New York, I Love You") as Laila and Michael Nyqvist ("Mission: Impossible - Ghost Patrol") as White Vincent.

"Zero Hour" was written by Paul T. Scheuring ("Prison Break") who is also an executive producer along with Zack Estrin, Pierre Morel, Lorenzo DiBonaventura ("The Transformers," "GI: Joe" franchise, "Salt," "Red") and Dan McDermott ("Human Target"). The pilot for "Zero Hour" was directed by Pierre Morel. The series is produced by ABC Studios.

NEW COMEDIES:

"HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS (FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE)"

Polly (Sarah Chalke) is a single mom who has recently divorced. The transition hasn't been easy for her, especially in this economy. So, like a lot of young people living in this new reality, she and her daughter, Natalie (Rachel Eggleston), have moved back home with her eccentric parents, Elaine (two-time Golden Globe® and Emmy® nominee Elizabeth Perkins) and Max (three-time Emmy® winner Brad Garrett). But Polly and her parents look at life through different generational lenses. Polly (in contrast to how she was raised) aspires to be organized and together, while Max and Elaine live a more free-flowing, improvisational life-style. Polly wants to take it slow with new relationships, while her parents encourage her to be more sexually adventurous.

Polly and her parents' views on parenting itself also conflict: Polly wants to be an involved modern parent, but Max and Elaine are laid back, hands-off parents from the 1970s. Polly believes children need to be sheltered and have structure and guidance, while Max and Elaine feel that children need the freedom to fall and pick themselves back up. After all, Polly turned out okay, so what's the big deal?

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in Polly's case, this village is on fire, and although her ex-husband Julian's (Jon Dore) intentions are good, he doesn't exactly help extinguish the flames. But through figuring out how to live with her dysfunctional family, Polly realizes she might even be able to learn a few helpful things about herself.

"How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)" stars Sarah Chalke as Polly, Elizabeth Perkins as Elaine, Jon Dore as Julian, Rachel Eggleston as Natalie, Stephanie Hunt as Jenn and Brad Garrett as Max.

"How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)" is executive-produced by Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Claudia Lonow. The series is produced by Imagine Television in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television.

"FAMILY TOOLS"

Mixing family with business is never easy, and Jack Shea (Kyle Bornheimer) is about to learn that lesson the hard way. When Jack's father, Tony (J.K. Simmons), has a heart attack and is forced to hand over the keys to his beloved handyman business, Jack is eager to finally step up and make his father proud. Unfortunately Jack's past career efforts have been less than stellar, so everyone seems to be waiting for him to fail. His new job isn't made any easier by Tony's rebellious, troublemaking assistant, Darren (Edi Gathegi), and Darren's flirtatious sister, Liz (Danielle Nicolet), who works at the local hardware store. But with the support of his Aunt Terry (Leah Remini) and his oddball yet endearing cousin Mason (Johnny Pemberton), Jack Shea may just find his true calling right at home.

"Family Tools" stars Kyle Bornheimer ("Bachelorette," "Romantically Challenged," "Perfect Couples") as Jack Shea, J.K. Simmons ("Ultimate Spiderman," "Generator Rex," "The Closer") as Tony Shea, Edi Gathegi ("X Men: First Class") as Darren Poynton, Johnny Pemberton ("21 Jump Street," "Aim High") as Mason Baumgardner, Danielle Nicolet ("X Men TV Series") as Lisa "Stitch" Poynton and Leah Remini ("In the Motherhood," "King of Queens") as Terry Baumgardner.

Based on the UK series "White Van Man," the "Family Tools" teleplay is by Bobby Bowman. "Family Tools" is executive-produced by Joshua Sternin ("That '70s Show"), J.R. Ventimilia ("That '70s Show"), Mark Gordon ("Grey's Anatomy," "Criminal Minds"), Andrea Shay ("It Takes a Village," "Virtual Virgin") and Paul Buccieri ("Prime Suspect"). The pilot for "Family Tools" was directed by Michael Fresco ("Suburgatory," "Raising Hope," "Better Off Ted," "My Name Is Earl," "Northern Exposure," "St. Elsewhere"). The series is from ABC Studios.

NEW ALTERNATIVE SERIES:

"THE TASTE"

One blind spoonful could change everything... on ABC's "The Taste." The exhilarating new cooking competition show "The Taste" puts 16 culinary competitors -- pro chefs to home cooks -- to the fire when four of the world's most notable masters of the food world judge their creations based on a blind taste test. In this pressure-packed contest, the taste in a single spoonful can catapult a contender to the top or send him packing. "The Taste" features no-holds barred chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, expert chef/author Ludo Lefebvre and restaurateur Brian Malarkey. Each of the four culinary superstars and "Taste" mentors - Bourdain, Lawson, Lefebvre and Malarkey - will coach a team of four competing pro and amateur cooks chosen from a nationwide casting call as they vie to create the best tasting dish. In each episode, the groups will face team and individual challenges with a variety of culinary themes through several elimination rounds. At the end of each episode, the mentors will have to judge the competitors' dishes blind, with no knowledge of whose creation they're sampling, what they're eating, how it was prepared or whom they could be eliminating.

"The Taste" is from Kinetic Content and is executive-produced by Chris Coelen, Matilda Zoltowski, Emma Conway, Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson. Brian Smith is the director.

"CELEBRITY DIVING"

"Celebrity Diving," based on the hit international format "Celebrity Splash," features celebrities competing in an exciting, family-friendly and often thrilling diving competition in front of a packed audience. Stars will perform dives from dizzying heights that will increase in difficulty each week, including backflips, somersaults and other gymnastic feats, to impress the judges, viewers at home and, most importantly, to win! Leading up to the competition, a professional diving instructor will give each celebrity weeks of training. Dives are not for the faint of heart, as they can be from as high as from 10-meter boards, with ever-increasing complexity, leading up to the much-anticipated finale.

"Celebrity Diving" is from award-winning production company Eyeworks USA (formerly 3 Ball Productions). The series is executive-produced by JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson and Brant Pinvidic. Judges include legendary diver and four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis, and David Boudia, who brought home the gold for diving at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/tvnews.php?id=97736

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Under the Dome, a 13-episode, yet-to-be-cast drama based on King’s best-seller and produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, will kick of CBS’ summer slate on Monday, June 24, at 10/9c. Under the Dome tells the story of a small town that is inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a transparent dome, and subsequently subject to post-apocalyptic conditions.

http://tvline.com/2013/01/12/cbs-summer-schedule-unforgettable-big-brother-under-dome/

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Under the Dome, a 13-episode, yet-to-be-cast drama based on King’s best-seller and produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, will kick of CBS’ summer slate on Monday, June 24, at 10/9c. Under the Dome tells the story of a small town that is inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a transparent dome, and subsequently subject to post-apocalyptic conditions.

http://tvline.com/20...her-under-dome/

So, The Simpsons movie, done in live action?

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Under the Dome, a 13-episode, yet-to-be-cast drama based on King’s best-seller and produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, will kick of CBS’ summer slate on Monday, June 24, at 10/9c. Under the Dome tells the story of a small town that is inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a transparent dome, and subsequently subject to post-apocalyptic conditions.

http://tvline.com/20...her-under-dome/

So, The Simpsons movie, done in live action?

To be fair, Stephen King came up with it first in the 80s.

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Some of literature's most iconic figures will step into the light on SHOWTIME in PENNY DREADFUL, a psychosexual horror series created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar® nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road) and Neal Street's Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), it was announced today by David Nevins, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks. PENNY DREADFUL will begin production in London in the second half of 2013.

In PENNY DREADFUL, some of literature's most famously terrifying characters - including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula - become embroiled in Victorian London. The series weaves together these classic horror origin stories as the characters grapple with their monstrous alienation. This project marks Logan and Mendes' second major collaboration, following Skyfall, their recent critically-acclaimed and box office record-breaking James Bond film, which Mendes directed and Logan co-wrote; and their first ever collaboration for television. The project will be produced by Mendes' production company Neal Street Productions.

"John Logan and Sam Mendes are two of the great storytellers of our time," said Nevins. "The visual spectacle combined with the psychological insight in their reimagining of these iconic literary characters seems totally mesmerizing to me. This promises to be a wholly original television show."

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This season's thing seems to be anything having to do with novels or writers.

NBC has picked up two more comedy projects, including a new spin on the Nick Hornby novel "About a Boy" from Jason Katims.

The Peacock also gave the nod to laffer "Joe, Joe and Jane" revolving around a children's book author. It's penned by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman and hails from 20th Century Fox TV.

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118064571.html/?cmpid=RSSNewsLatestNews

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