I wasn’t that enthused with the many new shows ABC presented at their upfront presentation on Tuesday. Most of them were high concept low sustainability which means they would work as a movie or limited series but I don’t see them getting past the novelty. The only shows that interested me were Back in the Game, The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife, and Killer Women. ABC’s slate is the least interesting to me of the three networks I’ve reviewed so far.
Back in the Game is like a TV version of The Bad News Bears crossed with the recent Trouble with the Curve. Maggie Lawson plays a recently divorced single mom who moves back in with her estranged father played by James Caan, who is a former baseball player. I really love Lawson and Caan in this show. The trailer made me laugh out loud.
The Goldbergs is a family comedy set in 1985 and is formatted like The Wonder Years that was on ABC back in the late 80’s to early 90’s. It has a good comedy cast made up of Jeff Garlin as the father, Wendi McLendon-Covey as the mom, and the great George Segal as the Grandfather. Geezers like me will get the 80’s references and technology while younger people will get the family dynamics while laughing at the ancient way we did things 30 years ago.
Trophy Wife is a TV version of the kind of comedy we saw in the recent movie Bad Teacher. Malin Akerman plays a former party girl who marries a man who has 3 children and two ex-wives. Marcia Gay Harden plays one of the ex-wives and Bradley Whitford plays the husband. I like the fish-out-of-water theme for the party girl having an instant family.
Killer Women was the only new drama to interest me. Tricia Helfer plays a Texas Ranger who isn’t shy about bending the rules to get to the truth. I am disappointed that ABC canceled the similar Body of Proof but I like Helfer in this show. Unlike the other dramas, Killer Women looks like it can last a season or more since it will be a case-of-the-week police procedural.
Although I didn’t like the trailer for the new show Mixology, I did note that the show includes the lovely Sarah Bolger. I just wished there was more to the show to like than just Sarah. Feel free to check out the trailer to Mixology.