ABC to Add 12 New Series in 2011-12

Five sitcoms and seven new dramas on tap

ABC, which will not officially announce its fall schedule until Tuesday, has confirmed the addition of 12 new series (five sitcoms and seven dramas), and has added Shark Tank and recent entries Body of Proof, Happy Endings, and Secret Millionaire to its list or renewals. 

The new sitcoms, which are expected to populate a second night of comedies, are Apartment 23, Last Man Standing (formerly Tim), Man Up, Suburgatory and Work It.  The upcoming dramas are Good Christian Belles (formerly Good Christian Bitches), Pan Am, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, The River, Scandal, and the highly publicized revival of Charlie’s Angels.

The new program descriptions are as follows:


Apartment  23

Originally called The Bitch in Apt. 23, a sweet and optimistic girl from the heartland is forced to move in with a sexy, trouble-making party-girl roommate.  Dreama Walker, Krysten Ritter and James Van Der Beek star.

Last Man Standing

Former Home Improvement star Tim Allen is back as a so-called manly man working at a sporting goods store with wife who is now a top corporate executive, a 22 year-old daughter who works multiple jobs, and a slacker son who spends the majority of the day playing video games.

Man Up

Three modern day men search for their identities and try to prove that there is also a sensitive family-driven side to “real men.”  Mather Zickel, Christopher Moynihan, Henry Simmons and Teri Polo star.


A New York City based single father (Jeremy Sisto) raising a sixteen year old girl (Jane Levy) heads to the suburbs, where life is not as innocent and simple as he thinks.

Work It

Shades of Bosom Buddies, two recently unemployed men (Ben Koldyke and Amaury Nolasco) play out-of-work car salesmen who dress as women to work as pharmaceutical reps.


Charlie’s Angels

An update of the classic 1976-1981 campy crime solver (and recent theatrical series) about three women who work for a private investigation agency, this time set in Miami.  Robert Wagner is the voice of Charlie.

Good Christian Belles

Based on the book of the same name and executive-produced by Darren Starr (Sex and the City), a recently divorced mother of two (Leslie Bibb) moves back to the affluent Texas neighborhood where she grew up and discovers a malicious group of women in the Christian community.

Once Upon a Time

A young bail bonds collector (Jennifer Morrison), who is contacted by the 10-year-old child she gave up years ago, finds herself in a town where fairy tales are real.

Pan Am

Described as Mad Men meets Grey’s Anatomy, Addams Family star Christina Ricci leads the ensemble cast in this 1963 set soapy tale of a group of pilots and stewardesses at Pan Am Airlines.


Set in the Hamptons and described as a modern day retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo from a female perspective, a beautiful young woman (Emily Van Camp) goes on a mission to seek revenge on the people who took everything from her years earlier.

The River

A missing adventurer (Bruce Greenwood) and the family that heads into the Amazon to try to find him is the focus of this action/adventure.


Kerry Washington plays a professional fixer who makes problems go away before anyone knows they exist in this new drama from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes.  Henry Ian Cusick (Lost) and Tony Goldwyn co-star.

Not returning on ABC are dramas Brothers & Sisters, Off the Map and V.  Still undecided: freshman sitcom Better With You.