/// ABC, CBS Firm Up Their Fall Schedules

May 11, 2013  |  Media Week

On the Friday night before the TV world converges on New York for the upfronts, word about their respective orders, renewals and cancelations is starting to trickle in from the ABC and CBS camps. First, the bad news. As expected, ABC has pulled the plug on freshman series Red Widow , Malibu Country and How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life). Also not coming back in the fall are Happy Endings and Body of Proof. On the other side of the ledger, the network has ordered a slew of new shows, including the Joss Whedon thriller Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a pair of David Zabel-penned (ER) dramas, Lucky 7 and Betrayal. All told, ABC has picked up seven new dramas, some more seemingly familiar than others. In what sounds like a Xerox copy of a Xerox copy of USA Network’s Psych, Mind Games stars Steve Zahn and Christian Slater as brothers who use psychological manipulation and the short con to help deliver results to their clients. The River Styx reverses its course in Resurrection, a spooky drama in which the dead of Arcadia, Mo., begin to return to their loved ones. Produced by ABC Studios, Resurrection represents yet another attempt to tap into the supernatural zeitgeist. Also cleared for takeoff is the procedural Killer Women (Tricia Helfer) and the spinoff Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. ABC also heavied up on comedy, committing to five newcomers

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ABC, CBS Firm Up Their Fall Schedules

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