NBC recently announced its lineup of shows for the 2012-2013 season, and now ABC is unveiling its nine new shows getting the green light. The shows, which are set to air on the Walt Disney Company's network, include everything from a comedy starring Reba McEntire to a drama series from The Shield's Shawn Ryan. Here is a rundown of what you can expect.
Malibu Country Starring Reba McEntire
Sounding very similar to her 2001 CW series, Reba, Malibu Country stars Reba McEntire who is left to raise her kids after her husband turns out to be cheating on her. In the ABC comedy, she leaves behind her hometown of Nashville and takes her kids and her mom, played by Lily Tomlin, to California where she will attempt to resurrect her signing career. McEntire is executive producer of the series which also features Sara Rue, Julietta Angelo, Justin Prentice, Jai Rodriguez, and Owen Teague.
Last Resort Starring Andre Braugher
From The Shield's Shawn Ryan comes a nuclear drama series about a U.S. submarine crew who are on the run after refusing orders to launch their missiles. The team takes refuge on an island where they try to declare themselves as a nuclear nation. Felicity's Scott Speedman, Autumn Reeser, Daisy Betts, and Daniel Lissing also star.
How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life Starring Sarah Chalke
In a show that should have been called TMI, Sarah Chalke plays the lead in the comedy about a recently divorced single mom who moves back home to live with her mother and father — two people who don't know the definition of the word boundaries. The series is based on the life of creator Claudia Lonow (of Accidentally on Purpose) and features Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett as Polly's parents.
Nashville Starring Connie Britton
Not to be confused with Malibu Country, this hour-long series centers on Connie Britton, who plays a Nashville music star whose career is on the decline, and Heroes' Hayden Panettiere as an up-and-coming singer. The two battle it out on and off the stage in a series of schemes and backstabbing so cruel it would make Taylor Swift cry. Eric Close, Powers Boothe, Jonathan Jackson, Robert Wisdom, Sam Palladio, Charles Esten, and Clare Bowen also star.
Family Tools Starring Kyle Bornheimer
In Family Tools (previously Comeback Jack, Red Van Man, White Van Man) Kyle Bornheimer plays Jack Shea, the unluckiest guy you'll ever meet. After a string of failed careers — he left the Army after accidentally shooting someone, and left the Police Academy after accidentally shooting himself — Shea heads home to take over the family handyman business after his dad is diagnosed with a heart condition and forced to hang up his tool belt. Offering advice from a safe distance is his Aunt Terry (played by Leah Remini). The ensemble comedy is from Bobby Bowman (Raising Hope, My Name Is Earl, Year Dear, Family Guy) and Mark Gordon (Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds).
Zero Hour Starring Anthony Edwards
ER's Anthony Edwards returns to the small screen to star as Hank Foley in this thrilling series. He plays a man who spent 20 years solving conspiracies as the editor of Modern Skeptic magazine, only to find himself in the middle of one of the most intriguing conspiracies in human history. His wife — who gets the drama started when she is kidnapped from her antique clock shop — is played by The Real World's Jacinda Barrett.
666 Park Ave.
Based on the book by Gabriella Pierce, this sci-fi drama takes place in an apartment building most New Yorkers would die for. Though careful what you wish for. This Upper East Side building features a string of real-life characters, played by Dave Annable, Rachael Taylor, Lost's Terry O'Quinn, and Vanessa Williams — as well as a cast of supernatural forces, which endanger the lives of everyone in the building. This sure-to-scare series is from Alloy Entertainment (The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl).
In a new twist on The Sopranos, Red Widow (previously Penoza) features an ordinary California housewife (played by Radha Mitchell) who enters the family business of organized crime after her husband is brutally assassinated. No longer able to deny what her family does for a living, she delves head-first into the risky business in order to protect her family. The hour-long thriller is penned by Melissa Rosenberg, screenwriter of the Twilight franchise.
Everyone's neighbors are a little weird, but the residents of this gated New Jersey community are out of this world. Literally. When the Weavers (played by Jami Gertz and Lenny Venito) move their three kids to an exclusive part of town, they quickly realize that their fellow residents are actually aliens. This new comedy costars Isabella Cramp, Clara Mamet, and Max Charles.
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Baz Luhrmann workshopped his Great Gatsby project in New York last weekend with Leonardo DiCaprio reading the part of Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway and Rebecca Hall in for Daisy Buchanan. Both Deadline and The Wrap reported the news on Monday.
Luhrmann, who has not yet decided whether Gatsby will be his next film, is writing the project with his frequent collaborator, Craig Pearce, and is producing with Catherine Martin and Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick. The project is set up at Sony. According to Deadline, the reading went well.
Also per Deadline, Luhrmann workshops every script he's considering and there's no guarantee those actors will wind up starring in the film. Reports have also mentioned Amanda Seyfried as a possible Daisy while Deadline's Mike Fleming says he's heard Luhrmann is sweet on Natalie Portman.
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The Dukes of Hazzard and Son of the Mask are leading the nominations at this year's Razzies, which celebrates the worst films of 2005.
The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation's 26th annual Razzie winners are traditionally announced the night before the Oscars, on March 3, at the Ivar Theatre in Hollywood, California.
Funnyman Jamie Kennedy's turn in the sequel to the Jim Carrey 1994 hit movie has picked up eight nominations, including Worst Director for Lawrence Gutterman, Worst Actor for Kennedy and Worst Picture.
Following close behind is remake The Dukes of Hazzard, with Jessica Simpson up for Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Screen Couple for her 'Daisy Dukes' hotpants.
Other nominated films include Jenny McCarthy's Dirty Love with six nods; and Bewitched and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo with five each.
Paris Hilton's big screen debut in House of Wax has also been nominated for Worst Supporting Actress.
Meanwhile, last year's most high-profile couple, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, are up for Worst Actor and Worst Supporting Actress respectively.
Cruise has been nominated twice in a new category, entitled Most Tiresome Tabloid Targets, for his public displays of affection with Holmes and his war on psychiatry.
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Reality TV star Paris Hilton credits her psychic advisor with saving the day
when her beloved dog went missing.
The blonde heiress was distraught when her pet pooch Tinkerbell disappeared,
but one phone call to her favorite mystic and the mutt was soon found.
The Simple Life star, 24, says, "This woman is amazing and she's always
right. When my dog Tinkerbell ran away, I called her, and she said Tinkerbell was
in a white house with a white van in front.
"When I went to pick her up, sure enough she was in a white house with a
white van outside."
The hotel heiress consults the psychic on every aspect of her life - the
mysterious guide was even responsible for Hilton's decision to ditch pop hunk
Aaron Carter last year.
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Meanwhile, the stray dog Orlando Bloom adopted as his own while filming Kingdom of Heaven
in Morocco has topped a new list of cute Hollywood pooches.
The former down-and-out dog, called Sidi, beat off Jessica Simpson's scruffy
Maltese, Daisy, and French star Olivier Martinez's Rhodesian ridgeback, Sheba, in
the poll in the weekly magazine In Touch.
The full list of Hollywood's Cutest Dogs is:
1. Sidi (Orlando Bloom)
2. Daisy (Jessica Simpson)
3. Sheba (Olivier Martinez)
4. Luca (Mary-Kate Olsen)
5. Tinkerbell & Bambi (Paris Hilton)
6. Atticus (Jake Gyllenhaal)
7. Honey Child (Nicole Richie)
8. Sid (Jessica Alba)
9. Bit Bit (Britney Spears)
10. Boris (Kelly Osbourne)
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