Winter TV Preview: ABC's Midseason Lineup
Television Critics Association winter press tour, where the networks introduce their midseason offerings. Check back over the next week for more info on what's coming soon to primetime TVThis post is part of a series of reports from this month's .
Even though ABC is riding high with "Dancing With the Stars" and a strong Wednesday comedy lineup, the network is rolling out a fall's worth of new shows for midseason. Comedy, drama, horror: There's something for every taste here ("Work It" being the obvious exception). Here, we let you know what ABC has in store this winter and spring, along with a key quote from each show's panel and our opinionated take on whether we'll check it out or not.
"Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" (April 11)
"Girls behaving badly" is the vibe of this new comedy, starring Dreama Walker ("Gossip Girl") as an innocent Midwestern gal who moves to the city and gets stuck with the roommate from hell: devilish man-eater Chloe (Krysten Ritter, "Breaking Bad"). And a heads-up to all you "Dawson's Creek" fans: James Van Der Beek plays a seriously skewed version of himself here, as a good friend of Chloe's.
Choice Quote: "I auditioned against six other James Van Der Beeks for this role. I was lucky that four of them were not actors, and two of them didn't speak English, so by default, it was me." —Van Der Beek
Will We Watch? Sure. We like the show's wicked sense of humor, and Van Der Beek's self-mocking performance is a must-see.
"The River" (February 7)
"Paranormal Activity" director Oren Peli brings his distinctive brand of found-footage horror to TV with this tense drama: When famous explorer Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) goes missing, his estranged family treks to the Amazon jungle to find him… and discovers that supernatural forces may be to blame for his disappearance.
Choice Quote: "We looked more to 'The X Files' as an inspiration than to things like 'Lost.' We just want to do the best eight episodes we can and make each one of them a little jewel of a thriller and make sure anyone can enjoy any one of those episodes." —Executive producer Michael Green
Will We Watch? Yes, the pilot is fantastically scary and atmospheric. We're not exactly sure how far the story can go from here, but we look forward to finding out.