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Fall TV season: Watch sneak previews of ABC's 'Missing' and 'The River' [Video]

ABC unveiled its fall season schedule Tuesday at its upfronts presentation in New York, announcing a pair of midseason dramas, "Missing" and "The River," in which family members go in search of loved ones lost in exotic places.

"Missing," which will be film star Ashley Judd's most prominent TV gig to date, follows her former CIA agent character's desperate quest to find her teenage son, who's been kidnapped in Europe.

Along with Judd ("Kiss the Girls"), the show features Sean Bean ("Game of Thrones") and Cliff Curtis ("Trauma"); Gregory Poirier ("National Treasure: Book of Secrets") is the writer, and executive producers include James Parriott ("Sons of Anarchy") and Steve Shill, Emmy-winning director of "Dexter" who will direct episodes of "Missing."

 

"The River," from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, tracks the wife and son of a famous wildlife expert and TV personality who's disappeared in the Amazon. Their journey will be caught on film, verite-style, creating a pseudo-doc-within-a-drama. (That twist is courtesy of Oren Peli, creator of the low-budget blockbuster "Paranormal Activity," who came up with "The River's" story and is a series executive producer).

Bruce Greenwood ("Star Trek"), Leslie Hope ("24"), Paul Blackthorne ("Lipstick Jungle") and Eloise Mumford ("Lone Star") lead the cast.

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Fall TV season: Watch sneak previews of ABC comedies 'Apartment 23' and 'Work It' [Video]

ABC unveiled its fall schedule Tuesday at its upfronts presentation in New York, announcing two midseason fish-out-of-water comedies: one about a Midwestern girl out of her element but finding her footing in the big city, "Apartment 23," and the other about two alpha males who pose as chicks to get jobs as pharmaceutical sales reps in "Work It."

"Apartment 23," formerly known as "Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23," shows how fresh-faced heartland girl June (Dreama Walker, "Gossip Girl") gets taken for a ride when she moves to Manhattan. She toughens up with the "help" of her scamming roommate, Chloe (Krysten Ritter), and James Van Der Beek (playing himself, or a snarky version thereof).

The comedy comes from writer/creator Nahnatchka Kahn ("American Dad").

"Work It," latching onto the current "mancession," centers on two friends who masquerade as women -- Spanx, stilettos and all -- to find good-paying jobs. It's a mix of workplace, buddy and family comedy, leaving romance the only TV trope uncovered. (Chances are that'll happen, too).

The series stars Ben Koldyke ("How I Met Your Mother") and Amaury Nolasco ("Prison Break"), along with Beth Lacke ("Happy Hour"), Rebecca Mader ("Lost") and John Caparulo ("Chelsea Lately). It comes from Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen ("Friends," "Rules of Engagement").

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Fall TV season: Watch a sneak preview of Shonda Rhimes' new ABC drama 'Scandal' [Video]

ABC unveiled its fall schedule Tuesday at its upfront presentation in New York, announcing a midseason drama, "Scandal," about political fixers in Washington.

The series comes from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, the team that created two consecutive hits for the network, "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice." ("Off the Map," their most recent effort, lasted a single season.)

"Scandal" stars Kerry Washington ("Ray") as a former White House image-tender who launches her own crisis management company. Her dysfunctional staff can spin the media and bury clients' misdeeds, but they can't fix their own lives.

Henry Ian Cusick ("Lost"), Jeff Perry ("Grey's Anatomy"), Columbus Short ("Stomp the Yard") and Tony Goldwyn ("Ghost") star in the series, written by Rhimes.

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Fall TV season: Watch a sneak preview of ABC's 'Once Upon a Time' from 'Lost' producers [Video]

ABC unveiled its fall schedule Tuesday at its upfronts presentation in New York, announcing a fantastical drama, "Once Upon a Time," from a pair of "Lost" executive producers.

The series, set for a fall premiere in the former "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Sunday night time period, brings fairy tale characters Snow White, Prince Charming, the Evil Queen, Rumpelstiltskin and Jiminy Cricket to prime-time TV (not in animated form, but as real actors).

"Once Upon a Time" weaves those beloved figures into a story about a 28-year-old bail bonds collector, Emma Swan, who's reunited with the child she gave up as a teenager. The now-10-year-old boy lives in a New England town called Storybrooke where Prince Charming and the others have temporary amnesia and don't remember their secret fairy tale identities. The child believes Emma's from an alternate world and will have to fight in an epic battle between good and evil. (No, we don't get it either, but there's likely a "happily ever after" in here somewhere.)

Ginnifer Goodwin ("Big Love"), Jennifer Morrison ("House") and Robert Carlyle ("Trainspotting") are part of the ensemble cast; Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are writers/executive producers.

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Fall TV season: Watch sneak previews of ABC dramas 'Revenge,' and 'Good Christian Belles' [Video]

ABC unveiled its fall and midseason schedule Tuesday at its upfronts presentation in New York, announcing two new  dramas, "Revenge" and "Good Christian Belles," in which there will be no lack of plotting, scheming, back-stabbing and catfighting.

"Revenge," launching in the fall, puts young Emily Thorne ("Brothers & Sisters'" Emily Van Camp) back in her seemingly idyllic, wealthy hometown, determined to punish those responsible for her family's downfall.

The series also stars Madeleine Stowe ("The Last of the Mohicans") and Gabriel Mann ("The Bourne Identity"), with a pilot directed and executive produced by Phillip Noyce ("Salt").

"Good Christian Belles," slated for midseason, is a soapy Dallas-based drama that promises to expose the catty underbelly of its well-heeled society folks. Based on the book "Good Christian Bitches" by Kim Gatlin, the story centers on a divorcee who returns to her hometown after a 20-year absence. She and her teenage kids have to deal with the coiffed and caustic women of the show's title.

Leslie Bibb ("Iron Man"), Annie Potts ("Law & Order: SVU") and Kristin Chenoweth ("Pushing Daisies") are among the stars, with "Sex and the City" alum Darren Star as an executive producer. 

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Fall TV season: Watch a sneak preview of ABC's 'Suburgatory' [Video]

ABC unveiled its fall schedule Tuesday at its upfronts presentation in New York, announcing a family comedy, "Suburgatory," which takes a city girl and plops her into the hinterlands where she'll allegedly be safe from sex and drugs and misbehaving.

"Law & Order's" Jeremy Sisto stars as the single father to a 16-year-old daughter (Jane Levy, "Shameless") who's horrified by manicured lawns and Stepford wives in the 'burbs. Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") also stars.

The single-camera comedy will be sandwiched between "The Middle" and "Modern Family" on Wednesday nights.

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Fall TV season: Watch sneak previews of ABC's 'Man Up' and 'Last Man Standing' with Tim Allen [Video]

ABC unveiled its fall schedule Tuesday at its upfronts presentation in New York, announcing a couple of male-centric comedies, "Last Man Standing," and "Man Up." The network is trying to balance out a schedule that's been heavily weighted toward female-skewing programming.

Bringing sitcom veteran Tim Allen back to ABC, "Last Man Standing" follows his character -- outdoorsy, pickup-truck-driving "manly man" Mike Baxter -- as he gets knuckled under by his wife and three daughters. The show also stars Nancy Travis and Hector Elizondo. Jack Burditt ("30 Rock") wrote the comedy.

"Man Up," the Tuesday 8-9 p.m. companion to "Last Man Standing" centers on three young modern men who wonder how they got so touchy-feely. They try to locate their inner tough guys while still smelling like Axe and drinking fancy coffee.

Stars include: Christopher Moynihan, also the writer/executive producer, Mather Zickel ("The Cape"), Dan Folger ("Balls of Fury") and Teri Polo ("Meet the Fockers").

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Fall TV season: Watch sneak previews of ABC's new 'Charlie's Angels' and 'Pan Am' [Video]

ABC unveiled its fall schedule Tuesday at its upfronts presentation in New York, announcing a long-awaited remake of the classic jigglefest, "Charlie's Angels." The network also scheduled a "Mad Men"-esque 1960s-based jet-setting drama, "Pan Am," about flyboys and glamour girls who may just double as spies.

"Charlie's Angels," like its predecessor in the '70s, will follow three women who are "fearless detectives, head-turning beauties and close friends." Set in Miami, the sun-soaked drama gives the characters a little edge in their backstories -- thief, street racer, disgraced cop -- and stars Minka Kelly ("Parenthood"), Rachael Taylor ("Grey's Anatomy"), Annie Ilonzeh ("General Hospital") and Ramon Rodriguez ("The Wire") as Bosley. The elusive Charlie Townsend, their boss, is still presumably heard and not seen. Drew Barrymore and her production partner Nancy Juvonen are executive producers.

"Pan Am," set in a time when air travel was luxurious, stars Christina Ricci ("Penelope") and comes from writer/executive producer Tommy Schlamme ("The West Wing").

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Fall TV season: Watch sneak previews of J.J. Abrams' 'Alcatraz' and Hart Hanson's 'Finder' [Video]

Fox unveiled its fall schedule Monday morning at its upfronts presentation in New York, announcing two new midseason dramas: "Alcatraz" and "Finder."

Executive produced by J.J. Abrams ("Lost," "Star Trek") and writer Elizabeth Sarnoff ("Lost"), "Alcatraz" is a thriller set on San Francisco's notorious prison. It's scheduled for midseason and boasts a cast including Sarah Jones ("Sons of Anarchy"), Jorge Garcia ("Lost") and Sam Neill ("Jurassic Park").

Also set for midseason, "Finder" is a spinoff of "Bones" -- a quirky crime procedural about a veteran with special skills, created by "Bones" honcho Hart Hanson and starring Geoff Stults ("She's Out of My League").

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Fall TV season: Watch a sneak preview of Fox's 'Terra Nova' [Video]

Fox unveiled its new fall schedule Monday morning at its upfronts presentation in New York, and the biggest drama presented was "Terra Nova."

An ambitious science-fiction drama about a family that has to travel back in time to the period when dinosaurs ruled the Earth in an effort to save the planet from its demise in the future, "Terra Nova" is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, among others. It was originally expected to premiere this spring but hit some dinosaur bumps along the way.

 

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Fall TV season: Watch a sneak preview of Fox's 'Napoleon Dynamite' [Video]

Fox unveiled its new fall schedule Monday morning at its upfronts presentation in New York, and among the new shows announced is the animated series "Napoleon Dynamite."

Scheduled for midseason, "Napoleon Dynamite" is based on the cult movie of the same name and even features the voices of the actors from the original. It is executive produced by Mike Scully ("The Simpsons") and original "Napoleon" writers Jared Hess and Jerusha Hess.

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Fall TV season: Watch a sneak preview of Fox's animated series 'Allen Gregory' [Video]

Fox unveiled its new fall schedule Monday morning at its upfronts presentation in New York, and among the new shows announced is the animated series "Allen Gregory."

Created by and featuring the voice of Jonah Hill (“Get Him to the Greek,” “Superbad”), the series joins Fox's Sunday night "Animation Domination" block. Hill lends his voice to a precocious 7-year-old who is leaving home schooling to try to get along with kids at a regular school.

 Fox also announced another new animated series, "Napoleon Dynamite," based on the cult movie of the same name.

 

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