The soapiest of the big five networks is staying the course with their 2011-12 series pickups, as ABC has ordered a slew of new female-centric, serialized series including Good Christian Belles (which looks to be a higher-quality successor to the long-past-desperate Desperate Housewives), fairy-tale saga Once Upon a Time, workplace series Pan Am and oh yeah, the return of jiggle TV: the silly, scantily clad Charlie's Angels reboot.
Meanwhile, the cast of Brothers & Sisters is out there somewhere figuring out a plan B, because the long-running Walker family drama has finally been canceled. What else is dead at the Alphabet? And where's Cougar Town going?
ABC canceled tropical medical series Off the Map, alien drama V, superhero series No Ordinary Family, Michael Imperioli's cop show Detroit 1-8-7, Matthew Perry comedy Mr. Sunshine and Joanna Garcia-Swisher's family comedy Better With You.
NEW SERIES PICKUPS
2011 FALL SCHEDULE
Monday, 8 p.m.: Dancing With the Stars (returning two-hour reality)
Monday, 10 p.m.: Castle (returning one-hour drama)
Tuesday, 8 p.m.: Last Man Standing (new half-hour comedy)
Tuesday, 8:30 p.m.: Man Up (new half-hour comedy)
Tuesday, 9 p.m.: Dancing With the Stars (returning one-hour reality)
Tuesday, 10 p.m.: Body of Proof (returning one-hour drama)
Wednesday, 8 p.m.: The Middle (returning half-hour comedy)
Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.: Suburgatory (new half-hour comedy)
Wednesday, 9 p.m.: Modern Family (returning half-hour comedy)
Wednesday, 9:30 p.m.: Happy Endings (returning half-hour comedy)
Wednesday, 10 p.m.: Revenge (new one-hour drama)
Thursday, 8 p.m.: Charlie's Angels (new one-hour "drama")
Thursday, 9 p.m.: Grey's Anatomy (returning one-hour drama)
Thursday, 10 p.m.: Private Practice (returning one-hour drama)
Friday, 8 p.m.: Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (returning one-hour reality)
Friday, 9 p.m.: Shark Tank (returning one-hour reality)
Friday, 10 p.m.: 20/20 (returning one-hour newsmagazine)
Sunday, 7 p.m.: America's Funniest Home Videos (returning one-hour clip show)
Sunday, 8 p.m.: Once Upon a Time (new one-hour drama)
Sunday, 9 p.m.: Desperate Housewives (returning one-hour drama)
Sunday, 10 p.m.: Pan Am (new one-hour drama)
News and Notes
Cougar Town is moving to Tuesdays, but it won't premiere there until after the fall cycle of Dancing With the Stars wraps up, where it will be paired with Apartment 23.
Anything catching your fancy from this list yet? Are you particularly sad about any of the canceled series? Hit the comments!