ABC ANNOUNCES SERIES PICK-UPS NEW SERIES "BETTER WITH YOU" AND "NO ORDINARY FAMILY" RECEIVE FULL SEASON ORDERS Additional Episodes Ordered for "Detroit 1-8-7" and Returning Series "Brothers & Sisters" ABC has picked up additional episodes of new and returning series for the 2010-11 Season, it was announced today by Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group. New series "Better With You" and "No Ordinary Family" receive full season orders, and additional episodes were ordered for "Detroit 1-8-7" and returning series "Brothers & Sisters." Dramas "Detroit 1-8-7" is a look at what it takes to be a detective in one of America's toughest cities. The show follows a homicide unit made of Detroit's finest and reveals the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism that characterize these inner city cops in this series shot entirely in Detroit, Michigan. The men and women of Detroit Homicide are as smart and tough as they come. They have to be, as they struggle with their own inner demons, using only their sharp sense of humor to keep them grounded while working the neighborhoods of the historic Motor City. "Detroit 1-8-7" stars Michael Imperioli as Detective Louis Fitch, James McDaniel as Sergeant Jesse Longford, Aisha Hinds as Lieutenant Maureen Mason, D.J. Cotrona as Detective John Stone, Jon Michael Hill as Detective Damon Washington, Shaun Majumder as Detective Vikram Mahajan, Natalie Martinez as Detective Ariana Sanchez and Erin Cummings ("Mad Men") as Dr. Abbey Ward. David Zabel, Jason Richman, Kevin Hooks, David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are executive producers. "Detroit 1-8-7" is a production of ABC Studios. "No Ordinary Family" is an action packed family drama that features The Powell Family, who go from ordinary to extraordinary. After 16 years of marriage, Jim feels disconnected from his workaholic wife, Stephanie, and two teenage children, Daphne and JJ. To encourage family bonding time, Jim decides the family will join Stephanie on her business trip to South America. When their plane crashes into the Amazon River, they barely enjoy a moment to celebrate their survival before returning to the grind of everyday life. But they soon realize that their lives have been forever changed. Each member of the family starts to show signs of new, unique and distinct super powers. Will their newfound abilities finally bring them together or push them further apart? "No Ordinary Family" stars Michael Chiklis as Jim Powell, Julie Benz as Stephanie Powell, Romany Malco as George St. Cloud, Autumn Reeser as Katie Andrews, Kay Panabaker as Daphne Powell, Jimmy Bennett as JJ Powell and Stephen Collins as Dr. Dayton King. "No Ordinary Family" was co-created by Greg Berlanti and Jon Harmon Feldman. Berlanti, Feldman, David Semel, Morgan Wandell and Robert M. Sertner serve as executive producers. The series is from ABC Studios. "Brothers & Sisters" is a one-hour hit drama that follows the California-based Walker family through the complicated maze of American life today. It revolves around a collection of enmeshed and somewhat damaged adult siblings and their strong but passionately devoted mother, Nora Walker. The Walkers' lives have not been without challenge�Romance, parenting, illness, divorce, infidelity, addiction, war and even death have pushed them to the limit. But they continue to work toward living their lives as individuals, while loving each other unconditionally and trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy. "Brothers & Sisters" stars Dave Annable as Justin Walker, Sally Field as Nora Holden, Calista Flockhart as Kitty Walker, Rachel Griffiths as Sarah Walker, Luke Macfarlane as Scotty Wandell, Gilles Marini as Luc Laurent, Matthew Rhys as Kevin Walker, Ron Rifkin as Saul Holden and Patricia Wettig as Holly Harper. The series is executive-produced by Ken Olin, Greg Berlanti, David Marshall Grant, Sarah Caplan, Michael Morris and Sally Field. It is produced by ABC Studios. Comedy "Better with You" is a comedy about three different couples, intertwined in one family, at various stages in their romantic relationships. There's a couple, Maddie and Ben, in a happy, long-term relationship and not married. Another couple, Mia and Casey, in a brand-new relationship and unexpectedly motivated to make a rush to the altar. Last but not least, there's a long-time married couple, Vicky and Joel, who've been together for 35 years but may have a new take on life. Maddie and Ben have a strong relationship, but they will come to learn that there may be value in Mia and Casey's impulsiveness and spontaneity. And both sisters could surely learn something about relationships from their long-married parents. With three very different relationships, is it free thinkers vs. over-thinkers, or will each couple begin to see things a little bit differently? "Better with You" stars JoAnna Garcia as Mia, Jennifer Finnigan as Maddie, Josh Cooke as Ben, Jake Lacey as Casey, with Kurt Fuller as Joel and Debra Jo Rupp as Vicky. The series is created by Shana Goldberg-Meehan and executive-produced by Goldberg-Meehan and Greg Malins. The show is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Silver and Gold Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
Oct. 25, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST
Does anyone watch it? does it have any redeaming value?
Oct. 25, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST
It fills the void now that Heroes is cancelled and it surprisingly more entertaining.
Oct. 25, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST
i like superhero tv shows. this one isn't as good as the better movies but it's as good as Heroes.
Oct. 25, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST
by Double M
I don't care what you haters say, FF was a solid show.
Oct. 25, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST
This column is like the Fox News of TV ratings reports. You want the bare-knuckle truth, you go to tvbythenumbers.com, but if you want to learn what shows Herc likes or hates, you come here. Anyway, No Ordinary Family has actually averaged higher ratings for this season than CASTLE. The facts: Let me show you them. http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/10/19/abc-the-whole-truth-detroit-1-8-7-letting-the-losers-ride/68513
Oct. 25, 2010, 8:55 p.m. CST
also got a full first-season order. It fell from a 4.0 to a 1.3 before ABC finally pulled the plug.
Oct. 25, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST
...they order more episodes of shows that wouldn't have lasted this long a few seasons ago.
Oct. 25, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST
Brannon Braga. He's poison for any show.
Oct. 25, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST
Makes me wonder if they are stocking up on content in expectation of some kind of strike? It's hard to see why else all the major networks are keeping stuff that is probably not going to work longterm.
Oct. 25, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST
I kinda like it but man they gotta start pumping up the mythology. Like who are they other mutants and what does Captain Decker have to do with all this?<br><br> Also, are their powers changing? Are they going to get more powers? <br><br> I'm amazed that this show has been picked up. The plot is moving at a snails pace. You'd think they would want to have a good half dozen solid episodes before they go back to mundane family problems. <br><br> I also want to see more Darla running scenes. She looks smokin' hot doing her bionic woman thing.
Oct. 25, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST
Can anyone point to a breakout hit? Or a show with great ratings, or a show that is really critically acclaimed (on Networks with advertising). Lonestar had a good pilot, but couldnt the execs realize that people were not going to watch a show where the happy ending is polygamy. Did anyone at Fox laugh at Running Wilde? Did anyone at ABC watch My Generation? The execs running the development slate for the 2010-2011 season really screwed the pooch, and hopefully they will get fired and replaced by people who can develop good shows with marketability.
Oct. 25, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST
House pulls a 3.6 <br>Fringe pulls a 2.0
Oct. 25, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST
Its not must watch TV, but it is fun. It reminds me a lot of Smallville. A mix of really good stuff and really corny stuff.
Oct. 25, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST
like everyone else has said its no battlestar galactica, but its very entertaining.
Oct. 25, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST
I am surprised at how much I like this show. From the promos I thought it look terrible. I really enjoy it though.
Oct. 25, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST
thank god for the internets
Oct. 26, 2010, 12:20 a.m. CST
Since we didn't get an Event talkback I'll use this one. They finally came out and told us who the mysterious group was and what the Event was/is. They are Aliens and The Event is their crashing in Alaska and the Government finding them and keeping them.
Oct. 26, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST
of what superheroes are, then my hopes for Green Lantern are very very low.
Oct. 26, 2010, 1:05 a.m. CST
and add episodes to Community and Running Wilde, even if the ratings are horrible.
Oct. 26, 2010, 1:21 a.m. CST
by Cheif Brody
I hope to God Peter busts FauxLivia in our timeline...by bringing over a DVD of "Back to the Future" to watch...and Olivia says..."Oh, Great...I just LOVE Eric Stoltz in that!"...Peter looks at her cock-eyed a bit...and says..."Yeah...me too". He pops the DVD in...and says..."I'm gonna go make us some popcorn..." <p> He goes into the kitchen and gets out a tazer...He sits down next to her on the couch...and Michael J Fox's name pops up on the credits...FauxLivia gives Peter a sideways look, and a nervous smile. Peter suddenly zaps her in the neck with the tazer and she falls unconscious to the floor. <p> He calls Broyles and says..."We got us the wrong Olivia Dunham". <p> Ok...enuff about FOX shows nobody is watching...let's get back to talking about boring ABC shows that nobody is watching.
Oct. 26, 2010, 2:32 a.m. CST
Oct. 26, 2010, 4:25 a.m. CST
It's probably never going to be on my *must* *watch* list, for several reasons. <br />1) We'll never see Julie Benz get ultra sexy in a family friendly show <br />2) Rather than being aimed at *family* viewing, it seems more like it's aimed at kids, and just trying not to offend any watching adults with overly silly plots<br />3) The series-plot moves slow enough that if I miss a week, it's not going to be a problem. <br /><br />That's really not like the early episodes of Heroes, where the plot motored along, every episode.<br /><br />
Oct. 26, 2010, 6:59 a.m. CST
Oct. 26, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST
*The "Event" is good, but if they are, in fact aliens, that would feel to me like the moment on "Lost" I realized the Smoke Monster could take the form of dead people. In other words, the moment the show flew off the tracks. *I agree with whoever said "Flash Forward" deserved a second season. There were some really compelling ideas flying around that show. But alas, we got "V," instead. Worst special effects I have ever seen on a television show. Look at what "Battlestar Galactica" did, on probably a much smaller budget. *Really hoping they keep "187." It's all the rage here in Detroit, with cast and crew members really getting involved in the city. There's a mutual love between the city and the show that you don't normally see. Plus, very cool for an "NYPD Blue" type of show to be set in a city most people never see.
Oct. 26, 2010, 9:21 a.m. CST
And I know NOF is a family show, but I certainly wouldn't mind an episode where Autumn and Julie Benz are cooped up together in the house during a severe rainstorm with a few bottles of wine. One thing leads to another and you have ratings gold.
Oct. 26, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST
I think my mind wandered a bit there.
Oct. 26, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST
I think the other talkbackers called it correctly. They are from the future.
Oct. 26, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST
I'm starting a petition to get you hired as a writer for the show.
Oct. 26, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST
one of the best new things this season
Oct. 26, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST
Watch the episode, they came out and actualy stated that the group were aliens.
Oct. 26, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST
Yeah I agree, she's one of the best things about the show.
Oct. 26, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST
by xsi kal
It really REALLY needs to pick up its pace though. For some reason, I feel Chiklis is woefully miscast as the wimpy Mr. Mom, (I don't buy ANY of his familial relationships), but Julie Benz is golden. I could watch her run at super-speed for 30 minutes an episode. :P <p><p>If they start advancing the plot a little bit more -- more mythology, more action, and less 'you're a crappy parent' melodrama -- it could be a genuinely entertaining show.
Oct. 26, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST
bugging me is the son and his parents' refusal to believe that he has powers. Kid goes from a lackadaisical student with no interest in sports to an A+ student and the football team's newest quarterback. Oh, he simply decided to "apply" himself? He's compensating for not having powers by trying a bit harder? Jeepers, how deep in denial are these parents?
Oct. 26, 2010, 11:42 a.m. CST
of No Ordinary Family then watched a few minutes of last week's show. Really, really, lame. The show just has nothing to offer. <P> Watched the pilot of Detroit 1-8-7 but haven't seen it since. Again just a show that doesn't seem able to compete for my time. Not terrible, just not worthwhile. <P> Anyone know why networks are changing their approach this season? They used to cancel shows at the drop of a hat but now they are hanging on to quite a few shows that seem to be "troubled" both in viewership and content. <P> Not that I mind this change in approach as before knowing that anything other than a blockbuster would be cancelled turned me off committing to a number of shows.<P>Have networks recognized this problem or are they just out of new replacement shows?
Oct. 26, 2010, 12:06 p.m. CST
The networks seem to have made the decision this year to make fewer pilots and bring fewer of those to series. So they don't have any way to plug holes if the quick kill a low performing series. <br><br> As such we are finally getting what everybody keeps claiming they want. A chance for shows on the edge to go a full season and develop. Maybe even find an audience.<br><br> That's what everybody keeps complaining about right? The quick trigger to kill struggling shows. Well, welcome to a world where the networks give shows a chance.
Oct. 26, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST
Yes, I too, have to say that while the show isn't terrible, it doesn't seem like it's anything new or special. It's very much like many other cop shows. It very much reminds me of NYPD Blue. It's still better than those idiotic CSI shows.
Oct. 26, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST
it's because it's easier to sell a dvd with more than 2 episodes on it. Most of the great series had crappy ratings the first season. It takes time to get into a series. I flip the channel anytime a preview for a 1-8-7 episode come on because they seem to have a sappy, dramatic 70's song in the background. Like they're trying to make the show seem more important than it really is.
Oct. 26, 2010, 1 p.m. CST
by Cheif Brody
I think it's because the nets are starting to realize that the days of weekly 7, 8, 9 or 10 ratings/shares are LONG gone...given all the entertainment choices...more channels...more VOD...internet...games...iPads and what not...I think they are just realizing that the TV viewership landscape has changed for good...and they can STILL make a killing on a shows pulling a 2.2 or 1.8 rating...as long as they own the show & can control their costs. <p> I think they are just standing behind their shows now...because, like NBC learned with their stupid Leno to 10pm move, cancelling shows for cheaper primetime content often costs you MORE in the end. <p> That...and the fact that the nets are optioning fewer pitched shows...they have less choices to REPLACE low performing shows on their skeds.
Oct. 26, 2010, 1 p.m. CST
Based on the music, and the fashion and haircut on Imperioli, I get a feeling that the creators wanted to set this show in the '70s.
Oct. 26, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST
That nearly all the new shows are doing, what they would call in the past, badly. I'm not seeing many huge numbers on these lists beyond the first couple of shows.
Oct. 26, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST
haven't seen you around much, hows it going?
Oct. 26, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST
You mean a show that was characterized by you as being "A poor and derivative crime drama" and that "just piles up into a mountain of cop-show clichés" is getting MORE episodes? Hmmm..somebody must like it. Has the world come to an end? So that means You don't pick the shows that stay on the air after all? Interesting. From the way you bandy about 18-49 numbers like they were God's phone number I would have thought you had your finger on the pulse. My mistake.
Oct. 26, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST
It's called Motown. It's Detroit music. I like how they're using it. They could have been lazy and fallen back on rap. Motown has the spirit of rap but is still genuine music.
Oct. 26, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST
Wow, really? Has musical taste gotten that bad and ill-informed? Please see above.
Oct. 26, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST
by Cheif Brody
How you doin? Been busy...only get by aicn once in a while now. Only mildly getting drawn in by Fringe this season. Hopin the wrap up the dual Olivia problem soon. I wrote what I hope to see up a few clicks in this talkback. Hope all is well with you.
Oct. 26, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST
it may well have been their intent to go with a 70s setting and they got scared off after "Life On Mars" ... or it could just be that Detroit is a bit grittier and dirtier than other cities in the US. It would be nice if the show had a good 1970s style criminal beatdown ... Imperioli and the Hispanic guy look like they're three seconds away from throwing a perp against the wall and smacking him around ... as it is, so far the most violent cop on the squad is the hot female detective
Oct. 26, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST
Maybe it's there, but it might be because in many ways, Detroit is stuck in the 70s. But the music is just Motown. If you set a show in Memphis and have Elvis on the soundtrack, it doesn't mean it's trying to evoke the 50s.
Oct. 26, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST
I'm liking this season a lot, but yeah Peter is kind of being stupid. He actually admitted that he realized that she wasn't the real Olivia, but is trying to fool himself since he really wants Bolivia to be Olivia since she's actually moving their relationship along. But it appeared that when Walter was high that he actually noticed a difference like when he and Bell were drugging the college students and they were seeing the alt world. I'm guessing that once the stupid baseball break is over that we'll get a lot more movement with Walter figuring things out and exposing her. She just lost Newton, so her ruse is quickly going to fall apart.
Oct. 26, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST
The Nets don't know what to do. The new internet ready TVs are coming out and they could potentially destroy the big four's business model forever. <P> I heard on the radio that something like twenty percent of all bandwidth being used in the evenings is for streaming Netflix movies. <P> In ten years I think the idea of sitting down on a Thursday at 9 p.m. to watch Fringe is going to seem a bit quaint. <P> There will be all sorts of ways to watch a show depending on how badly you want to see it and how much you want to pay. <P> Jonesin' for the Fringe episode and don't want to wait for Thursday? Buy it on Sunday for $2.00 and watch without commercials or Pay $1.00 on Sunday and watch it with commercials or watch it any time Thursday after midnight with commercials for $0.50 or wait to watch it Thursday at 9 p.m. for free. <P> Of course torrents with still be an issue but, I believe there is a new copyright treaty being negotiated that may cause a major piracy enforcement action and if TPTB keep prices reasonable like the ITunes model that may keep a lid on torrents.
Oct. 26, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST
Way better, but Event has been OK.
Oct. 26, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST
highly enjoyable-better than heroes(yeah-i said it)chiklis is good,benz is excellent-romany malco is romany malco-enjoyablle fluff!
Oct. 26, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST
The Shield proved that guy is a top talent but he keeps playing in crap that panders to his fanboy past. He and Nic Cage need to form a support group or something.
Oct. 26, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST
I admit 187 has its flaws, but it's enjoyable to FINALLY see my city on TV, and in a fairly positive light too. I'd like more depth in the characters, but I think they're working it in a little more each week. And the Motown soundtrack is awesome. I don't want to see it cancelled. It's basically the only thing I'm watching, mainly for the hometown angle. None of the other shows this season caught my interest (except for Walking Dead.)
Oct. 26, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST
I admit it. I knew when I was typing it, it wasn't the right description. Just couldn't find the right words. But it still tries to make the show more important than it is. "This week, a VERY special case that will tug at your heart". Yeah, right. It still make me want to change the channel.
Oct. 26, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST
by Cheif Brody
Not only do I think the entire network business model will change forever (going more PPV and VOD as you mentioned)...I also think the internet will get an overhaul in the next decade, too. <p> I foresee PAY internet and FREE internet in our future...the payments going to your ISP. A tiered system, not unlike Cable's model. Free will be news and information...with .gov & .edu sites...1st tier will be your YouTubes and Facebooks, Ebays and AICN's... 2nd tier will be your filmed entertainment (non porn), Movies & TV & sports sites, games, etc...<p> 3rd tier? PORN, baby! <p> It's coming...somebody has to pay for all this ridiculous bandwidth eventually...I know none of us are clicking these SideShow Collectible ads here @ AICN very often...if at all...let alone actually BUYING that overpriced crap. <p> We are going to live thru a revolution of change on how we recieve...and how we PAY for our media choices. I'm thinking sooner...rather than later.
Oct. 26, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST
My friends took me.....she was very beautiful and did a great job singing and the material they did was very funny. Hopefully I can catch it again sometime.
Oct. 26, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST
Honestly, just so bad. Makes Outsourced look like Seinfeld.
Oct. 28, 2010, 5:45 a.m. CST
"Watch the episode, they came out and actually stated that the group were aliens."<br /><br />No, they have some clearly deranged blonde woman claim that they are aliens. Big difference.