ABC just announced its plans for next season and unveiled the network’s 2006-07 fall schedule. Scheduled to debut next season are six new comedy series and six new drama series. Following, in alphabetical order, are descriptions of the new series joining the network's primetime schedule (all times are Eastern):
“Brothers & Sisters”
(Sunday, 10:00 p.m., ET) As told through the insightful eyes of the family's most outspoken and public sibling, Calista Flockhart
stars alongside Rachel Griffiths
and Ron Rifkin
in this warm, humorous and relatable drama.
Detective Brett Hopper is having one of those hellacious days… only he can’t put it behind him because he’s living the same day over and over again. Taye Diggs
stars in an action-packed, thrilling re-imagining of the “Groundhog Day”
“Men in Trees”
(Friday, 9:00 p.m., ET) Anne Heche
stars in this fun and sexy drama about finding love in the most unexpected places.
(Wednesday, 10:00 p.m., ET) This dramatic character study will keep audiences hooked with the mystery of what happens during a hostage standoff. Each episode will begin with a flashback to reveal another 10 minutes of the hostage crisis, uncovering why and how these nine strangers are still linked today. Tim Daly
, Chi McBride
and Scott Wolf
(one-hour, Thursday, 10:00 p.m., ET) Six very different New Yorkers go about their lives without realizing the impact they're having on one another – yet. A mysterious web of coincidences will gradually draw these strangers closer, changing the course of their lives forever. Jay Hernandez
, Erika Christensen
, Bridget Moynahan
, Dorian Missick, Hope Davis
and Campbell Scott
Jay and Tyler are prime suspects in a terrorist bombing that destroys a museum. Hopeful that their friend Will can help clear up this misunderstanding, they learn he's been missing since the explosion and think he may be dead. They’re unable to turn to authorities when they realize they can't prove Will even exists. Matthew Bomer and Logan Marshall-Green star.
“Betty the Ugly”
(Friday, 8:00 p.m., ET) – In the superficial world of high fashion, image is everything. Styles come and go, and the only constants are the wafer-thin beauties who wear them. How can an ordinary girl -- a slightly plump plain-Jane from Queens -- possibly fit in? America Ferrera
and Eric Mabius
are the couple who tackle the colorful, cutthroat world of fashion head on.
(Thursday, 8:00 p.m., ET) – If 24
married Father of the Bride
, their child would be “Big Day.” Over the course of an entire season, each episode will focus on one day – Danny and Alice’s wedding day. Marla Sokoloff
, Josh Cooke and Wendie Malick star.
“Help Me Help You”
(Tuesday, 9:30 p.m., ET) This series explores the comical side of group therapy as members of the group apply the good doctor's advice to the real world with enthusiastic effort, until they begin to realize maybe Dr. Bill should be doing the heavy lifting along with them. Ted Danson
“In Case of Emergency”
Harry, Jason, Sherman and Kelly all went to the same high school. Several years on since graduation, their lives haven’t exactly turned out the way they planned. A series of emergencies will reunite this hapless brood and they’ll find, at the end of the day, that they’ve got each other in case of emergency. Jonathan Silverman
, David Arquette
, Greg Germann and Kelly Hu
star as a fresh quartet of emotionally and physically injured oddballs, and Lori Laughlin
is the doctor who grounds them all.
(Tuesday, 9:00 p.m., ET) Eugene recruits a group of misfits into his "gang" for a heist to finance their dreams. The target: Rock icon Mick Jagger’s super-luxe Central Park West apartment. This hilarious tale of haves and have nots stars Donal Logue
. Mick Jagger
appears in a cameo (he is not a series regular).
“Notes from the Underbelly”
(half-hour, Thursday, 8:30 p.m., ET) – Andrew and Lauren have just found out they're going to have a baby. Well Andrew and Lauren are about to learn that, when the secret gets out, the politics of parenthood can be just as demanding as raising a child. Peter Cambor and Jennifer Westfeldt star.
Also joining the fall schedule is “ABC Saturday Night College Football.” Beginning Saturday, Setp. 2, (8:00 p.m., ET), ABC Sports will televise 12 games, concluding with the Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship game on Saturday, December 2 (8:00 p.m., ET).
ABC also announced the new bachelor, Prince Lorenzo Borghese, a handsome 33-year-old cosmetics entrepreneur. Prince Borghese has been selected to star in the ninth edition of “The Bachelor,” which will be set in Rome, Italy.
In addition to the new series, ABC has ordered season renewals for Grey’s Anatomy
, Desperate Housewives
, Boston Legal
, Dancing with the Stars
, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
, George Lopez
, Supernanny, What About Brian, According to Jim
, America’s Funniest Home Videos
, American Inventor, The Bachelor and Wife Swap.