Sunday, May 22, 2011


Although May is the month of season finales, it's also the time when big networks promote their summer pilots and new shows which will start airing in the Autumn season. So here's HOLLYWOOD SPY's quick guide through some of the interesting Fall 2011 TV
series.We shall see a lot of film stars taking lead roles in TV shows.

One of the new prime time shows at CBS will be A GIFTED MAN, a drama about a brilliant, charismatic surgeon whose life changes forever when his deceased ex-wife begins teaching him the meaning of life from the "hereafter". His materialistic life of luxury, thanks to his work-obsessed career and powerful and wealthy patients, will change and he will start working with the poor and underprivileged. The biggest plus of the show is stunningly talented Patrick Wilson (LITTLE CHILDREN, WATCHMEN) in the title role. Click to watch the trailer.

Besides fantasy series ONCE UPON A TIME which I announced last week, ABC will also have two other big prime-timers: CHARLIE'S ANGELS and GOOD CHRISTIAN BELLES (previously known as GOOD CHRISTIAN BITCHES).  The later one is Darren Star's (SEX & THE CITY) project and it will follow a former high school mean girl Amanda (Leslie Bibb) who returns to Dallas after her marriage ends in scandal, hoping for a second chance with those she once bullied. Click to watch the trailer.
Meanwhile CHARLIE'S ANGELS will bring a remake of the popular classic TV show in which three gorgeous young actresses  Rachael Taylor, Annie Ilonzeh and Minka Kelly will play three sexy women who solve cases for their elusive boss Charlie.  Taylor will play an ex world-class thief, Ilonzeh will play a cop with unsuccessful career, while Kelly will play a street racer. The three of them join Charlie's team of angels. Click to watch the trailer.
Also on ABC this Fall is exciting adventure THE RIVER, about a wildlife expert and TV personality (Bruce Greenwood) who travels around the world filming his shows, but when he goes missing somewhere deep in the Amazon, his family, friends and crew set out on a mysterious and deadly journey to find him. Click to watch the trailer.
ABC will also bring us PAN AM a new show from the producers of ER. The stewardesses and pilots of the titular airline are the stars of this soap set in the Jet Age of the 1960s and Christina Ricci will take the lead role in it. Click to watch the trailer.

Another new show on ABC will be MISSING in which Ashley Judd plays a former lethal CIA agent turned housewife, whose son goes missing in Rome and she must return to her old talents in order to find him in Europe. Sean Bean will appear in flashbacks playing her dead husband. Click to watch the trailer.

One of NBC's new shows will be GRIMM, which will tell us that the famous Brothers Grimm fairy tales aren't a bedtime fun but warnings. David Guintoli will play a homicide detective who
thought he prepared himself for the realities of his work until he started seeing things he couldn't quite explain. He will then discover descendants of an elite group of hunters, also known as "Grimms", who fight to keep the balance of humanity safe from the supernatural creatures of the world. Click to watch the trailer.

CW's two main new shows will be RINGER and THE SECRET CIRLE. In RINGER popular Sarah Michelle Gellar plays a troubled young woman on the run who hides out by living the life of her wealthy twin sister. One problem: Her sibling has a bounty on her head as well. Ioan Gruffudd will play her husband.
THE SECRET CIRCLE will follow a teenage girl who after the dead of her mother returns to her grandmother's town where other teens with magical powers are waiting for her to complete the new generation of the Secret Circle and to fight off the evil adults which lurk around them with black powers. The show will star gorgeous young beings Brittany Robertson and Thomas Dekker. Click to watch the trailers of both shows!

Fox will have Steven Spielberg's TERRA NOVA, prehistoric adventure show, and J.J. Abrams' ALCATRAZ, which will star Sam Neill focusing on America's most infamous prison and one-time home to the nation's most notorious murderers, rapists, kidnappers and thieves. Click to watch the trailer.

When it comes to comedy shows, ABC will see the return of Tim Allan in LAST MAN STANDING, where he will play a man who is a dominant figure at his job, but when he comes back home  he is dominated by numerous women of his family (Click to watch the trailer). Ahston Kutcher will take the role in TWO AND A HALF MEN, while over at NBC Laura Prepon will be the star of
new sitcom ARE YOU THERE VODKA, IT'S ME CHELSEA (click for trailer). There's also a lot of buzz around I HATE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER over at Fox which will have Jaime Pressly as a mom who is horrified and terrorized by the spoiled brat she has raised.Click to watch the trailer.


  1. Some promising stuff here, and Bruce Greenwood is a great Canadian actor, so I'll have to watch out for The River. The premise looks promising, too.

    And oh, Sean in TV - North American TV! Yay!

    Do we really need a Charlie's Angels remake, though? Mind you, the new Hawaii Five-0 turned out to be one of the highlights of my week this year so I shouldn't say too much. :)

  2. THE RIVER could be quite interesting, since the setting in the middle of the Amazon sounds exciting :)
    I agree that we don't need CHARLIE'S ANGLES, especially not with this kind of rather mediocre cast.

  3. I don't really think anything looks that good.

  4. Pan Am reminds me of Catch me If You Can. Love the art direction. Hmm, it's also like Mad Men.

    I had hopes for Charlie's Angels but it looks kinda cheesy and done.

    I think the one I'm looking forward to the most is Missing. Judd is one-fine looking woman and I can't wait to see her kick some ***!

  5. Great fall rundown, Dez. There are some definite must sees for me, like Grimm, but there are sure some duds like Charlie's Angels with it mediocre cast. And Pan Am. I am so tired of the retro Mad Men, women-are-sex-objects-only movement.

    I can't believe Sean Bean is only going to be a flashback. Patrick Wilson looks mighty tasty, too.

  6. Dezzy - Wow, there's some promising shows coming to TV this fall. Can't wait!

  7. That Grimm caught my attention the most.I love things supernatural.

    That you for sharing this,will see if I can buy its pirate DVD later ;)

  8. Pan Am might be promising. I love Mad Men, so hopefully it'll be closer to those lines.

  9. The River and Grimm sound great.

  10. Nice Dezz! I don't watch much television, but there are a couple of shows in there that look promising. Pan Am caught my attention, as did Grimm and The River. Thanks for the Mega Guide!

  11. @Admin
    nice of you that you had the need to share that with us :)

    PAN AM really doesn't seem overly original, especially since here in Europe we already had a show on stewardesses, and plus there's also PLAYBOY CLUB new show which will also find its setting in the last century.

    well, Sean Bean has his own show now :) so I'm even surprised that he will star in this one too. ANGELS really do sound as a show which we shall pass even before it starts.

    glad you like it!

  12. @Novroz
    yes, I think girls will like GRIMM as it also has a handsome lead actor.

    it will be a show for those who already love MAD MEN and similar project :)

    THE RIVER sound interesting to me too, if they do it well it could be quite nice.

    be welcome, my dear, glad you liked it. I hope we shall have some better shows to announce till the end of year too :)

  13. So much info here. I'm gonna go crazy. Woot for Sarah Michelle Gellar.

  14. I think I am going to stick with ABC this summer. PAN AM and Missing sound interesting. I hope Ashley Judd will do something memorable like the role she played in "Double Jeopardy".

  15. @HiFi
    drink it in slowly and with joy. There's much to read but there's much time as well since it's Sunday :)

    yep, I'm gonna stick with ABC too, they are the only ones who really care for their viewers and who put some money and effort into their shows.

  16. Dez, there is a trailer for Ringer on youtube, just so you know.

    For me, i will make sure to check out The Ringer. I was a bit iffy on it before even though i liked SMG in Buffy, but after seeing the trailer for it i have been convinced. SMG does vulnerable so well, its amazing.

    I might check out Grimm and Missing also

  17. I did put the RINGER trailer after THE SECRET CIRCLE, Dirty, if you haven't noticed :))
    I might check out RINGER since I like Ioan Gruffudd.

  18. ...I feel like a idiot now

    Although i think the trailer i saw was longer. I'm not too familiar with Ioan, but Sarah is going to be the main draw for me

  19. you might remember him from KING ARTHUR and as Mr.Fantastic in FANTASTIC FOUR. He's from Wales.

  20. Well, there's a lot to do outside to fill the time. *sigh*

  21. Excellent Fall rundown! I really don't watch any Network TV (save for some re-runs of favorite shows). Grimm sounds like its worth a watch. Love the premise.

  22. @Mary
    the lawn must be mowed!

    glad you liked the rundown, Matty ;) I also don't follow networks too much, I mostly prefer Starz, Showtime and sometimes HBO.

  23. Meh. This would be why I don't watch much television. Nothing that inspiring or interesting.

  24. yep, TV is getting worse and worse :( The same is with music.

  25. You must be jumping for joy to see Patrick on TV, eh Dezzy? The premise for A Gifted Man sounds inspiring... and I can totally see him as a brilliant, charismatic surgeon :D

  26. @Dezmond But for me,Grimm is interesting because of its supernatural being ;)
    I am a sucker for ghost and monster

  27. @Flixy
    well, both yes and no. Yes, because I obviously adore him, but no because I want him on film not on TV :( especially since this is some low class show :(

    there will be lots of those in the show :)