LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:
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Below are series that ABC is picking up for the 2013-14 season (via ABC's press release):
What happens when the people you have mourned and buried suddenly appear on your doorstep as if not a day's gone by? Would it be a miracle, madness and is it even real? The people of Arcadia are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to return. An 8-year-old American boy wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no identification and no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia, Missouri and an immigration agent, Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by an elderly couple, Harold and Lucille Garland, who lost their son Jacob more than 30 years ago in a drowning accident. While they look different, young Jacob will recognize them as his own parents. But how can this be? The boy that stands before them looks like their son and knows details about their lives that no one else can know, but this must be an elaborate hoax. Lucille wants to believe but Harold Garland can not accept it. Those closest to the family try to unravel this impossible mystery, including Sheriff Fred Garland (Matt Craven, CRIMSON TIDE), whose wife Barbara also drowned 30 years ago trying to save Jacob. But this boy who claims to be the deceased Jacob knows secrets about the events of his own death that no one else knows-secrets that Fred's daughter Gail will begin to investigate and discover to be true. The child's return will have everyone questioning faith, miracles and the supernatural. When other mysterious strangers start to arrive in Arcadia, we come to know that Jacob is not the only one FOREVER. From Executive Producer Aaron Zelman (DAMAGES, THE KILLING) and Brillstein Entertainment and Brad Pitt's Plan B comes a character drama about what happens when the dead come back very much alive.
One bar. One night. Ten single people. Welcome to Mix, a high-end bar in Manhattan's trendy meat-packing district and the backdrop for a sexy new highconcept comedy from the writers of THE HANGOVER. Recently dumped by his fiancé, Tom (Blake Lee) hasn't been out on the town in a decade. His best friends, handsome and confident Cal (Craig Frank) and fasttalking Bruce (Andrew Santino), are throwing Tom back into the dating pool whether he likes it or not. Tom's first encounter is with Maya (Mercedes Masohn), an attorney who's as beautiful as she is brutal. Before long, Tom is in tears. After that, it only gets worse. Rounding out Mix's chic crowd is Maya's engaged-for-now friend Liv (Kate Simses); aggressive single mom Jessica; her younger, naive sister Janey; bubbly cocktail waitress Kacey (Vanessa Lengies); dark, mysterious bartender Dominic; and failed internet entrepreneur Ron (Adam Campbell), who's drunk and having the worst night of his life. Each episode will highlight two characters meeting for the first time. The pilot focuses on Tom meeting Maya, but across the course of this one night - and the entire season - each of our five guys will meet each of our five girls. Will they find love? Will they find a warm bed for the night? Will they find a cold drink in their face? All questions will be answered by the season finale of this highly intoxicating new comedy. Executive produced by Ryan Seacrest & Nina Wass, written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (THE HANGOVER, 21 AND OVER), and directed by Larry Charles (SEINFELD, ENTOURAGE, BORAT).
ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND
RESURRECTION (formerly FOREVER)
Of all the notorious lawmen who ever patrolled the violent Texas frontier, none are more storied than the Texas Rangers. And none could be more macho. While the once all-male bastion now allows "lady rangers", no one can say they are welcomed. Being the only female ranger in this elite squad isn't going to stop Molly Parker (Tricia Helfer BATTLESTAR GALLACTICA), she's ballsy and badass enough to get the job done despite a good-ole network filled with harassment and discrimination. In another profession, being a stunning former beauty queen might open doors but for Molly... that distinction only makes it harder. Molly is committed to finding the truth and seeing justice served; a trait no doubt inherited from her father, a former Texas sheriff. She's even willing to break some rules to get it done. While she's surrounded by law enforcement colleagues who want to see her fail, including Police Lieutenant Guillermo Salazar, there are those within the Rangers who have her back like her boss, Company Commander Leroy Barrow. Molly also has the support of her loving family including her brother Billy, his wife Nessa and their two precocious daughters, Ada and Hailee, who revere their role-model aunt. On the verge of getting divorced from her smarmy husband Jake, Molly relishes her new found freedom even as she begins an affair with a sexy, dangerously handsome DEA agent, Dan Winston (Marc Blucas, KNIGHT AND DAY, NECESSARY ROUGHNESS). She could be the one woman that captures this bad boy's heart but neither is ready to pull the trigger...yet. From executive producer Sofia Vergara (MODERN FAMILY) and written by Hannah Shakespeare, step inside the dangerous world of the Texas Rangers from the female perspective and experience the arresting KILLER WOMEN.