ABC released previews from 11 of its new series for the 2011-12 TV season, including a new drama from Shonda Rhimes, the remake of Charlie's Angels and Tim Allen's return to TV.
Fall 2011 TV Scorecard: Which shows are returning? Which aren't?
ABC's fall lineup will include seven new shows, featuring a second comedy block on Tuesdays.
Tim Allen's sitcom, Last Man Standing, will anchor Tuesdays at 8/7c, leading into another new comedy, Man Up. Suburgatory will join the Wednesday comedy block at 8:30/7:30c, while midseason fan favorite Happy Endings will move up an hour into the 9:30/8:30c berth. It will be followed by Revenge, a retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo at 10/9c.
Charlie's Angels lands the cushy Thursdays-at-8 spot, while dramas ...
Patricia Heaton, The Middle
In honor of Mother's Day, let's start there. I've already penned a tribute to the mighty Mags Bennett of FX's Justified, a poison-packing mountain mama fiercely and fatally devoted to her degenerate brood, as we saw in this week's fabulous finale. Brava, Margo Martindale. But that same Wednesday night, another Midwestern mom — The Middle's Frankie Heck (Patricia Heaton) from Orson, IN — gave us a pungently funny reminder of why our moms deserve a big hug every day...
Olivia Wilde, Lea Michele, Sela Ward
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What can you tell me about House's big 150th episode? — Trisha
ADAM: The episode, perhaps the best of the season, finally reveals that Thirteen (the returning Olivia Wilde) ended up in prison. It's a shocking story, so we won't give it away, but we will say that she was convicted of one thing, but actually did something some might consider worse. Mitigating factor: She was acting in the best interest of someone very close to her, which moves House so much that he makes an incredible promise that proves that Dr. Crankypants may have a heart after all.
Is there hope for Rachel and Finn on Glee? — Cheryl
ADAM: "There is [hope], absolutely," Cory Monteith tells us. "That's a very important, very...
Grey's Anatomy, Sara Ramirez
No, it wasn't an April Fool's curtain-raiser. Watching the "very special" musical episode of Grey's Anatomy, I was reminded of the even more "very special" live episode of ER back at its height in 1997. My reaction now is as it was then: Take a bow, everyone, and promise never to do it again. The episode itself, a classic Grey's multi-hankie trauma-rama, would have worked just as well (if not better) without the distracting gimmick, dramatizing the frenzied aftermath of pregnant Callie's grievous car injury and coma as the staff of "Seattle Grace Mercy Death" (Alex's inspired new nickname) scrambles and argues at length, and sometimes in song, about how to save her and the baby, which is delivered alarmingly premature — and thankfully does not burst into an aria...
Sara Ramirez and Jessica Capshaw
On Grey's Anatomy, wedding bells will be ringing.
Following the heartbreak of the chaotic musical episode, Callie (Sara Ramirez) and Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) will get married in an outdoor ceremony officiated by Bailey (Chandra Wilson, also the episode's director).
Jesse Williams, Sandra Oh, Kevin McKidd
If last season's bullet-riddled finale didn't teach you that lives on Grey's Anatomy can change in a heartbeat, then get ready for another harrowing reminder — this time with a fun, whimsical twist.
I was on set for a preview of the special March 31 episode, in which a crisis unfolds involving five-months pregnant Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) and we're taken on a musical head trip through the doctor's mind. It's a clever device that allows most of the cast, plus guest star Kate Walsh, to break into song.
SPOILER ALERT: This article contains key plot details from Thursday's musical episode of Grey's Anatomy.
The cast of Grey's Anatomy is wearing Seattle Grace scrubs and small, unseen earbuds. There's blood, there's medical jargon and everyone is ... singing Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars"? While this may sound like a bad Saturday Night Live skit, it's not. Thursday's episode, in which we learn what happened to girlfriends Callie and Arizona after that ominous fade-to-white, is a full-scale musical event, in which cast members sing many of the songs the show has made famous.
"I have been wanting to do it since we made the pilot basically," creator Shonda Rhimes says. "We needed it to make sense for our show. Plus, I had to convince the network, which took me seven years."
Exclusive: Shonda Rhimes reveals Grey's Anatomy musical details
Having a Tony-winning singer-actress in the cast — Sara Ramirez, who won for Spamalot — certainly helped matters. At the close of the March 24 episode, Ramirez's character Callie, who is pregnant, was — spoiler alert! — moments away from...
Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo
Don't expect any crazed gunmen or rogue buses in the Grey's Anatomy finale. Instead, executive producer Shonda Rhimes tells TVGuide.com that she deliberately wanted to make the seventh season ender a less hectic and more character-driven experience.
First Look: Behind-the-scenes of the Grey's Anatomy musical episode
"I'm not looking to make some giant, huge, electric finale," Rhimes says. "You can't have...
After Thursday night's tragic episode of Grey's Anatomy, which included the terrifying reveal that a pregnant Callie (Sara Ramirez) was...