News about Fall's freshmen shows has been mostly positive, with few shows getting canceled — until recently. Earlier this week, CBS canceled Partners, and now ABC has followed suit, canceling both 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort. ABC recently gave Nashville and Neighbors full-season pickups, but the low-rated supernatural series and military drama were not so lucky. ABC will still air the rest of the episodes of 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort, completing their 13-episode cycles.
ABC's new drama Last Resort premieres tonight, and I recently sat down with a few cast members to talk about the series. Scott Speedman, Andre Braugher, Autumn Reeser, and Daisy Betts chatted about how it's more than just a military drama, the "man candy" factor, and whether they've had a chance to get on a real sub yet.
This Fall, one of ABC's most intense new shows is Last Resort. The series follows a submarine crew who has been abandoned by the government after refusing to follow morally questionable orders. Scott Speedman (in his first TV role since Felicity) and Men of a Certain Age alum Andre Braugher lead a capable ensemble cast in the drama that seems more like a movie than a one-hour TV show. Read on to find out whether it's worth your time.
- What it's about: Executive officer Sam Kendall (Speedman) must take control of the USS Colorado when the sub's captain (Braugher) refuses to follow orders and is relieved of duty. Sam, too, decides to ignore the demands to fire on a foreign country, and, as a result, the Colorado is fired on and hit. Reports go out that the sub has been destroyed, and only a handful of people know that the crew has survived and taken refuge on an island.
- Where it works: The pilot is really solid in terms of setting up a premise for the rest of the series; there is a lot to explore, from personal relationships to global conspiracies.
- Where it doesn't: At times the dialogue can feel a bit lofty, and because there is so much going on, it's a little hard to follow.
- When it's on: Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC
- You might like this show if: You're a huge fan of The Hunt for Red October.
See some pictures and a preview of Last Resort after the jump.
Another day at the upfronts means there's another crop of new shows to check out and judge. Today, ABC took its turn to present its new shows, and the slate of comedies and dramas features a lot of familiar faces. See which veterans of shows like Lost and Desperate Housewives will be showing up come Fall, and get a peek at all of their new projects.
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Upfronts are in full swing, and it's time to get acquainted with the new series that'll be hitting the small screen in Fall 2012. ABC has revealed the shows it's ordered after announcing which shows it's canceling, and we've got the info on the pilots right here.
- Malibu Country: Reba McEntire plays a woman who moves with her kids from Nashville to Malibu to live with her mother (Lily Tomlin) after her husband cheats on her.
- How to Live With Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life: Sarah Chalke stars as a recently divorced woman who has to move in with her eccentric parents, played by Brad Garrett and Elizabeth Perkins.
- Family Tools: A man (Kyle Bornheimer) puts his life on hold to take over the family handyman business from his father, played by J.K. Simmons.
- Neighbors: A family, which includes Jami Gertz, moves into a gated community and discovers that it's full of aliens disguised as humans.
- 666 Park Ave.: Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor play a couple who notice supernatural occurrences in the New York City apartment building they've been hired to manage.
- Last Resort: The crew of a nuclear submarine (played by the likes of Scott Speedman and Andre Braugher) has to escape to a NATO outpost after they ignore an order to fire nuclear missiles.
- Zero Hour: Anthony Edwards stars as a longtime editor of a magazine that disproves conspiracies when he's pulled into one.
- Red Widow: The widow (Radha Mitchell) of a murdered criminal has to take over his place to save her family.
- Nashville: This family soap follows two country stars, played by Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, one who's at the top of her career and another whose star is just rising.
- Mistresses: Alyssa Milano stars in this drama about the love lives of four women, which also costars Lost's Yunjin Kim.