ABC kicked off its 2011-12 season pickups with five comedies - "Apartment 23," "Last Man Standing" (formerly "Tim"), "Man Up," "Suburgatory," "Work It" - and seven dramas - "Charlie's Angels," "Good Christian Belles," "Pan Am," "Revenge," "Once Upon a Time," "The River," "Scandal" - receiving series commitments.
Also getting good news this afternoon: freshman comedy "Happy Endings," which will return for a sophomore run.
Here are the official descriptions for the Alphabet's newcomers (for additional cast and crew information, follow the links to the right):
APARTMENT 23: June (Dreama Walker) moves to Manhattan for a dream job and the perfect company apartment, only to have them disappear in a puff of reality, thanks to a CEO from the Bernie Madoff School of Embezzlement. Deep in debt and out on the streets, June scrambles to land a gig and a place to live. It seems that her luck has turned around when she gets hired at a coffee shop and finds Chloe (Krysten Ritter): a charming, vivacious roommate ... with the morals of a pirate. She swindles June out of all her savings, but she and her snarky friend James Van Der Beek (yes, that James Van Der Beek) soon learn that just because June's naive, she isn't stupid. June ingeniously turns the tables on Chloe, who's so shocked about being scammed herself that she decides to pull June into her colorful band of friends. But, not before she sleeps with June's fiance Stephen - in order to show June that he's a cheater. Sure, it's all dysfunctional, bizarre, and overwhelming, but so is New York City. And with the help of Chloe and the other oddballs around her, June might just learn the survival secrets she needs to make it there. Executive producer/director Jason Winer ("Modern Family") and writer Nahnatchka Khan American Dad create a hilarious, contemporary female Odd Couple surrounded by an outrageous ensemble cast. "Apartment 23" is a sexy, subversive comedy that will steal your heart.
CHARLIE'S ANGELS: Everyone deserves a second chance. Even a thief, a street racer and a cop who got in a little too deep. After all, the three women who solve cases for their elusive boss Charlie Townsend are no saints - they're angels ... Charlie's Angels. This big, loud, fun take on the 1970's smash hit series introduces us to three new angels, all fearless operatives, head-turning beauties and close friends. There's Abby (Rachael Taylor) a Park Avenue Princess who became a world-class thief. Then there's Kate (Annie Ilonzeh), a Miami cop who fell from grace, losing both her career and her fiance. Finally there's Gloria, a disgraced army lieutenant who has a way with explosives. When one of the angels' missions ends in Gloria's tragic death, Charlie persuades them to partner with Gloria's childhood friend, Eve (Minka Kelly), a street racer with a mysterious past. They may not know each other yet, but one thing's for sure - Abby, Kate and Eve will always have each others' backs. Leonard Goldberg (the original "Charlie's Angels") and Drew Barrymore (the "Charlie's Angels" movies) join forces with Alfred Gough and Miles Millar ("Smallville") to deliver the adrenaline rush of the season. Set in scorching-hot Miami, Charlie's Angels delivers nonstop big screen action. With the help of Bosley 2.0 (Ramon Rodriguez), their hot, young technical expert, and the guidance of their enigmatic boss Charlie (Robert Wagner), these angels are an unstoppable crime fighting force.
GOOD CHRISTIAN BELLES (formerly GOOD CHRISTIAN BITCHES): Twenty years ago, Amanda Vaughn was the queen bee of Highland Park Texas, but now she's got to pay for her sins. An original mean girl, Amanda (Leslie Bibb) used to terrorize the less attractive and less popular. After her husband gets busted for a Ponzi scheme and then dies in sensationalized circumstances, Amanda has to return to Dallas in disgrace and start her life again. Will the good Christian bitches of her hometown welcome her with open arms ... or stab her in the back? No one in Highland Park is a saint, but that doesn't mean they can't have a heart. As Amanda and her teenage kids try to adjust to their new circumstances, the ladies of Highland Park alternate between sympathy and scheming. Based on Kim Gatlin's hit book, "Good Christian Bitches," Robert Harling ("Steel Magnolias") is adapting and executive producing along with Darren Star ("Sex and the City") to bring this sexy, salacious new drama home to roost.
LAST MAN STANDING (formerly TIM): Men may have built civilizations, invented the locomotive, the car, bacon western cheeseburgers, and ESPN, but they're about to find out that it's not a man's world anymore. Tim Allen is back in the most hotly anticipated comedy of the season, Tim. You can't get manlier than Tim. He works for an outdoor sporting goods store, drives a truck, and drinks beer. Unfortunately for Tim, being a guy isn't where it's at anymore. Modern day women are bringing their A-game. They're outperforming men in every area - school, work, and home. Tim is completely secure in his manhood, but he's about to discover that he's got some serious competition. Tim's wife Vanessa is a former stay-at-home-mom who is now a bigwig with a recent promotion to Vice President. His twenty-two-year-old daughter Kristin works multiple jobs to save up for a house. Meanwhile, his slacker son Howie just plays videogames and can't keep up at school. Even when Tim puts his best foot forward, he usually ends up stepping in it. His dating advice to his youngest daughter Eve results in her accidently putting her crush in the hospital, and his attempt to help Howie at school gets him put in "special" classes. With Tim's boss retiring and promoting Tim to President of his sporting goods company, Tim is up for the challenge. But when his boss hires his niece to be the company's new CEO, will Tim be man enough to deal with a young, female supervisor? Written by Jack Burditt ("30 Rock") who will also be executive producing along with Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy, Marty Adelstein, and Becky Clements, this multi-camera family comedy is a modern day All in the Family about a quintessential American man who is trying to reclaim his rightful place in his home and in the workplace.
MAN UP: Will's grandfather fought in WWII. Will's father fought in Vietnam. Will plays Call of Duty on his PS3 and drinks non-dairy hazelnut creamer. So what happened to all the real men? They're still here - they just smell like pomegranate body wash now. Meet Will (Mather Zickel). His evolved, sensitive nature is why his awesome wife Theresa (Teri Polo) married him. But Will and his friends find themselves wondering - in a world of Axe ads and manscaping - what does it really mean to be a guy anymore? Will is more interested in finding the perfect gift for his son Nathan's (Jake Johnson) thirteenth birthday than in doing his job selling insurance, sensitive soul Craig (Christopher Moynihan) still pines for his college ex Lisa, and Kenny (Dan Fogler) clamps down on his anger and asks himself "What would Tobey Maquire do?" when his ex Bridgette (Amanda Detmer) starts seeing a guy known as "the barracuda" (Henry Simmons). But after Craig crashes Lisa's wedding to try to win her back, they all learn that unleashing the manly man within can get them into some seriously sticky situations. In the vein of The Hangover, "Man Up" is the virile new comedy from writer/producer/actor Christopher Moynihan ("100 Questions"), executive producer Victor Fresco ("Better off Ted"), and director Beth McCarthy Miller ("SNL," "30 Rock"), that follows the struggles of three modern male archetypes as they search for their identities and try to prove that "real men" really can use hazelnut creamer.
ONCE UPON A TIME: Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz ("Lost," "Tron") invite you to a bold new vision of the world where fairytales and the modern day are about to collide. Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) knows how to take care of herself. She's a 28-year-old bail bonds collector who's been on her own ever since she was abandoned as a baby. But when the son she gave up years ago finds her, everything will change. Henry (JarEd Gilmore) is 10 years old now and in desperate need of Emma's help. Henry believes that Emma actually comes from an alternate world ... and is Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) and Snow White's (Ginnifer Goodwin) missing daughter. According to his book of fairytales, they sent her away to protect her from the Evil Queen's (Lana Parilla) curse, which trapped the fairytale world forever, frozen in time. Of course Emma doesn't believe a word, but when she brings Henry back to Storybrooke, she finds herself drawn to this unusual boy and his strange New England town. Concerned for Henry, she decides to stay for a while, but she soon suspects that Storybrooke is more than it seems. It's a place where magic has been forgotten, but is still powerfully close ... where fairytale characters are alive, even though they don't remember who they once were - including the Evil Queen who is now Henry's foster mother. The epic battle for the future of all worlds is beginning, but for good to win, Emma will have to accept her destiny and fight like hell. Brace yourself for a modern fable with thrilling twists and hints of darkness. Brimming with wonder, and filled with the magic of our most beloved fairytales, "Once Upon A Time" is a fitting follow up to "Lost" from two master storytellers.