Fall TV Preview

Fall Preview: Check Out Charlie's Angels, Once Upon a Time, and 9 Other New ABC Shows

What do you get when you cross iconic fairy tale figures with a pair of cross-dressing men? How about a mysterious Amazon monster with a trio of Angels? Or even a bitch in a New York walk-up and a team of ’60s flight attendants? Why, that motley crew is at the center of ABC’s colorful 2011-12 TV season lineup.

Here are sneak peeks at 11 of ABC’s new shows. Take them in and then hit the comments with your snappy judgments! (Note: There is currently no preview available for Missing.)

ABC’s Fall Schedule Revealed: Cougar Town Corked Until Winter, Angels Lands on Thursday

Charlie’s Angels, starring Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor, Annie Ilonzeh, Ramon Rodriguez (Thursdays at 8 pm)

Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen, Nancy Travis, Hector Elizondo (Tuesdays at 8 pm)

Man Up, starring Chris Moynihan, Henry Simmons, Teri Polo, Amanda Detmer (Tuesdays at 8:30 pm)

Once Upon a Time, starring Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parrilla, Robert Carlyle (Sundays at 8 pm)

Pan Am, starring Christina Ricci, Michael Mosley, Kelli Garner, Jonah Lotan (Sundays at 10 pm)

Revenge, starring Emily Van Camp, Connor Paolo, Nick Wechsler, Josh Bowman (Wednesdays at 10 pm)

Suburgatory, starring Jeremy Sisto, Jane Levy, Alan Tudyk, Cheryl Hines (Wednesdays at 8:30 pm)

Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New!


Apartment 23, starring Dreama Walker, Krysten Ritter, James Van Der Beek (Tuesdays)

Good Christian Belles, starring Leslie Bibb, Kristin Chenoweth, David James Elliott

The River, starring Bruce Greenwood, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford

Scandal, starring Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Tony Goldwyn, Columbus Short

Work It, starring Amaury Nolasco, Ben Koldyke, Rebecca Mader

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  1. Sally says:

    I’m very excited for Once Upon A Time. I like the storyline and the cast is great!

  2. ale says:

    i have no idea what some of this shows are about.

    • Christina says:

      Neither do I. With the promos NBC and Fox put out I at least had a clue what the shows were about, ABC I have no clue.

    • Delirious says:

      Luckily, I had read the “Fall TV Preview” article before watching this, because I agree with you – I only remembered the plot for a couple them. I wish they had done some kind of trailer/promo thing, instead of just grabbing 2 minutes of each show with absolutely no setup. Or that miss Masters had added a 1-phrase summary on each vid.

      That said, what’s up with the SFX in Once Upon A Time? The Queen(?) walking up to the center of the hall, she looks like she’s sliding/floating over it? And the backdrop seems like a bad chroma job. I’m actually afraid of what could happen with bigger effects, like magic stuff or whatever, I really hope that’s some early test work, or whatever… :S

    • nicky says:

      Totally agree.

      Instead of giving a short summary of the main plot and characters, we got random scenes taken out of context. Doesn’t really make me want to watch any of those shows…

  3. Joshua says:

    Surprised ABC couldn’t do any better. The comedies look awful, apart from Apartment 23. I really can’t believe Work It even got picked up.

    Pan Am looks a little boring from that clip, but I think its the best show from this bunch of clips. The River doesn’t look too bad.

    Where’s the clip of Good Christian Belles?!

  4. Jack says:

    This blows. Where are the previews/trailers?

    • EdTV says:

      So far Fox seems to be the only network smart enough to release actual trailers for their shows. The clips I’ve seen so far from ABC and NBC are falling flat for me because they don’t give good representation for the series overall. I remember last years up-fronts doing a better job.

  5. Rachel says:

    They got rid of Brothers and Sisters for this CRAP!!! I will not be watching.

    • Robin says:

      I know Pan Am looks SOO Boring…and that is the one that takes the time slot for B&S. right? just ridiculous!

    • Taylor Geary says:

      Seriously? ALL of these shows look awful! I don’t even need a full trailer to know that all of them are going to fail. Brothers & Sisters was great at one time, but it wasn’t good anymore, I just with they could have concluded all the stories.

  6. Dave says:

    Wow. Suburgatory. Seriously? THAT got a fall slot over Cougar Town?

  7. Tara says:

    The River looks like they took the Hatch and Smoke Monster aspects of Lost and added bleeped out swearing and shaky camera work.

  8. Amy says:

    Where did my “Work It is a ripoff of Bosom Buddies” comment go?

  9. Laurel says:

    THANK YOU TV Line for all of the clips !
    It’s nice to SEE what’s coming in the Fall.
    I’m looking forward to…
    Once Upon a Time and Pan Am
    Charlie’s Angels looks kinda iffy.

  10. AJ says:

    Suburgatory trailer doesn’t look that good, but I’ll watch it just because it has Alan Tudyk (firefly), love that guy.

  11. MissM13 says:

    A tagline for each video would be so much appreciated!…

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Charlies angles is going to be the first casualty followed by panam and Man up. I look forward to Apt 23, Once upon a timeand scandal (anything with henry ian cusack!)

  13. Maggie says:

    Once Upon a time !!!!

  14. Elle says:

    Charlie’s Angels looks good can’t wait to see Minka in action!I will defos be watching but i’ll watch any show with butt kicking women.
    Last Man Standing looks so unfunny never been a Tim Allen fan though as a child I hated Home Improvement.
    Suburgatory looks kind of funny hard to tell but will check it out.
    Revenge looks great!
    Pan Am looks kind of boring and a lot like Playboy Club please stop trying to be Mad Men networks you won’t do it right.
    Once Upon A Time looks pretty cheesy but far better than Grim IMO.
    Man Up I can’t quite tell from this clip will need to see more.
    Work It looks AWFUL!!!How did this get picked up?!?!
    Scandal looks pretty bad but Shonda Rhimes can’t really make a good show apart from Greys.
    Apartment 23 looks pretty funny Van Der Beek will be awesome!
    The River I can’t really judge from the clip.
    Maybe once trailers are released I may change my opinion but these shows sounded great on paper but haven’t quite worked out bit dissapointed getting flashbacks of NBCs schedule but it isn’t quite that bad FOX is still taking the lead and it will probabally remain that way as CBS is procedual heavy so I won’t be interested in many of their shows and The CW I’ll not be expecting much.

  15. todd says:

    Charlies Angels…….I would rather watch Mob Wives, which is all time low of a show….Why to they insist on milking this show. Enough already.
    I am not disappointed that Cougar Town is on hiatus. Cant stand to see Courtney Cox all botoxed….disgusting show.

  16. kc says:

    Most of these show look terrible!

  17. katy says:

    Anyone got links for overseas viewers? Can’t even access it on youtube..arrgghh!

  18. raypro says:

    They cancelled Better With You for Suburgatory? Really? Charlie’s Angels looks promising as does Once Upon a Time and Revenge. Meh on the others.

  19. Liz says:

    I will be giving CZharlie’s Angels, Revenge, and Pan Am a try. I would like to know though how did Work It get picked up, it looks like an annoying Saturday Night Live clip.

  20. Kim says:

    A few of these look like I should check out the first episode, but not many of them. I will NOT be watching Once Upon A Time. It looks horrible, but I also don’t like Jennifer Morrison OR Ginnifer Goodwin. Pan Am looks like it could have its moments as a fish-out-of-water-type dramedy. I’ll agree with the poster above that I’ll try Suburgatory for Alan Tudyk. Apartment 23 looks like it has potential, but I’m cautious. I do not care AT ALL about Charlie’s Angels, but I might try Last Man Standing. The supporting cast looks dismal, but I tend to enjoy Tim Allen.

    • Tracy says:

      Funny that. Once Upon A Time is the one I’m most interested in, followed by Suburgatory, Apartment 23, and Pan AM. The only aspect of Charlie’s Angels that has my attention is Rachel Taylor who I’ve liked ever since her brief role on the first Transformers. Minka Kelly (sp?) is a snooze of a choice though if she’s as terrible as I suspect she will be they can always kill off her character and bring in another. I don’t know the “third” angel but I’m willing to give her a chance.

  21. luke says:

    Charlie’s Angels gets cancelled in less than 9 episodes. There was nothing in that clip we didn’t get to see on a show called She Spies a few years back… not even someone as pretty as Minka Kelly can save it… the rest doesn’t even deserve to be commented on…


  22. Mark says:

    I imagine the people who made “Cavemen” will be highly enthused about “Work It.” Lots of “We’re off the hook!” going around. You can’t convince me the people working on that show aren’t embarrassed to be a part of it. I suppose they’re going for the coveted “Madea”/”Big Momma’s House” demographic.

  23. Tracy says:

    Thus far ABC has the most intriguing new lineup, followed by (who knew?) NBC. Far fewer tired, done-to-death procedurals and more originality. Encouraging. I wonder how much influence the success of AMC’s shows has had on the networks?

  24. Courtney says:

    Cannot wait for next year. Definitely will be watching Charlie’s Angels, Apartment 23, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, Revenge,and Pan Am. Once Upon a Time could either be really good, or really awful. Apartment 23 looks hilarious, what can I say – I love Dawson’s Creek, it’s literally in my dvd player right now. Scandal actually looks really good, reminds me of Body Politics which SHOULD have been picked up years ago. Pan Am reminds me of The Playboy Club, I’m intrigued. And I’ll watch Revenge because of Emily Van Camp – she is so excellent.

  25. Andie says:

    The clip for “Once Upon A Time” could not be worse. From what I’ve read about the show, it’s about fairytale characters who get stripped of their fairytale lives and are forced to live in the real world. I wish the clip had shown this.

    God, ABC’s quality has gone down since “Lost” ended.

  26. João Amaral says:

    How can they leave Cougar Town on Mid Season andput this crapy comedies on the Fall. the only one i king liked was Apartment 23 and its also on mid season lol

  27. crose1 says:

    these previews are terrible! especially compared to the ones that Fox and NBC just released. they really don’t give you any idea about what the shows are about. DUMB

    • Lash says:

      I was just thinking the same thing! Although I am not usually a huge fan of FOX and NBC programming I am far more impressed by their new shows and how they chose to display their previews. Even Once Upon a Time which I was looking forward to seems stupid. Give a preview reel, not a one minute clip that gives you know idea about the shows quality.

  28. Kris says:

    Charlie’s Angels looks GREAT! Will definitely be watching my Minka in action. Revenge, Apartment 23, Subergatory and Once Upon a Time also look good.

  29. Ashley says:

    Nothing here screams “must see”, but I’ll probably give “Charlie’s Angels” and “Once Upon a Time” a try. “Work It” looks especially horrible.

  30. Agree With Some says:

    Only about 50% look worth investing in

    Once Upon A Time seems worth a look (though probably a better miniseries)

    Revenge I just didn’t get (perhaps from the teaser they sent out)

    Was sorry that there was nothing released for Good Christian Belles, which actually sounds interesting.

    So much here looks like retreads from years’ past, including casting Teri Polo and Nancy Travis in similar characters AGAIN!

    This type of lineup makes me that much more sad that Better Off Ted was cut before last season. Maybe this new chief would have given it more of a chance, as there will certainly be a few projects here that die on the vine…

  31. scooterbeanbag says:

    “Work It” will get canceled 6 minutes after airing. Who green-lighted this project? It looks horrendous. Meanwhile, Apartment 23 looks friggin’ hilarious.

  32. Booth_Girl says:

    Meh. I like the NBC previews much better. I can’t see watching any of these except maybe Apt 23 and Once Upon a Time. I was so bored with all the rest.

  33. DB says:

    i’m pretty impressed by most of the new shows this season (ABC, NBC, FOX). very happy that they are not just doing run-of-the-mill crime procedural that has flooded the TV landscape. i’ll sample most of them for sure. i don’t know why people are already judging a show based on a clip that don’t tell much, these aren’t even trailers. i think most new shows should be given a chance, otherwise, studio will just feed us the same thing over and over again (like, um, CBS).

  34. LA says:

    Scandal, Work It, and Once Upon A Time make me want to poke my eyes out with hot sticks.

  35. Shannon Patrick says:

    Last Man Standing waitress outfit looks a lotta bit like the Crashdown Cafe outfit from Roswell…. :)

  36. Sally says:

    Pan Am looks amazing. I really wanted to like Once Upon A Time but from that clip the show looks parodied.

  37. John says:

    I am going to give Charlie’s Angels a chance…Pilots are always a little weird. The cast needs to see find their groove working together etc. Hopefully, they will kick ass, I am glad they didn’t make it a campy remake like the original and the movies…I like the more serious tone…sure the lines are a little lame, but I will give it a chance…That’s what’s cool about fall TV, lots of new shows. I watch the first few episodes then just watch the ones I like.

  38. Scott says:

    Wow, these were kind of awful. Based on what I read about Last Man Standing and Man Up, I was going to check them out. Now I won’t bother. I liked the idea of Once Upon a Time but then I saw the promo and if the acting in that is how it is in every other scene, then I won’t waste another minute.

    The only ones who I liked/wanted to check out, before seeing these promos that I still want to check out are Charlie’s Angels, Revenge, and The River. The others are cancel worthy already.

  39. Summer says:

    Does Paolo being in Revenge mean that we won’t be seeing him on Gossip Girl anymore next season? :|

    • Kris says:

      No he’ll still make appearances. They offered him to be a series regular for the next season of Gossip Girl and he turned it down cause he likes the arrangement he has now. You’ll probably see him in the same capacity we saw him in Season 1/2, a small role in every few episodes.

  40. Justin says:

    Where are the full trailers? These can’t be the FULL trailers? Right?

  41. Shawn says:

    Seriously? Does ABC really think anyone will watch any of these?!? These are like rejects the CW didn’t want. Sad.

  42. BH says:

    Personally I think a lot of these shows will be interesting to watch. To see my full view on it go to my website http://reviews-bh.blogspot.com/

  43. Ed says:

    The official trailers from all the new shows are up in ABC’s YouTube channel, they look more polished than the clips posted here.

  44. RickJM says:

    I don’t care how well those girls in Charlie’s Angels were trained to fight, there is no way possible that they could throw around those guys the way they did. They’re throwing around over twice their body weight? I don’t think so. That show has failure written all over it.

  45. Ben says:

    Charlie’s Angels looks like it might be okay. Last Man Standing with Tim Allen hopefully is good. Good to see him back on TV. Good Christian Belles has David James Elliott who hasn’t been seen really since JAG popularity. That was a long time ago!

  46. Joan says:

    I think the problem is the videos that TVLine posted. I found much better trailers/desciptions for these shows on The Daily Beast. I don’t think this reporter did such a great job at giving good information on any of these shows. Bummer, because I really like this site, but a bit disappointed in this story.

  47. Sam says:

    ‘Missing’ already has a clip at ABC’s website. Could you please upload it too?

  48. Amanda says:

    I’m a tad annoyed that the first clip of Charlie’s Angels that has been released doesn’t show the whole cast in action! Minka is the one I’ll be watching it for cuz I loved her in Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. They should have released a clip showing all of the stars of the show!

  49. Stacey Charter says:

    I am not impressed with this mess of clips. At least fox had actual previews. With these 1 min snippets I can’t even tell what these are about. Ms Master – couldn’t you have taken the time to add a 3 sentence synopsis of the shows with each clip? COme on…

  50. NedPepper says:

    Uh…are these real? I mean, they look awful. Really, really bad. Once Upon a Time and Work It look like amateur hour. Wow.