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BETTER WITH YOU: Pilot — PREMIERE (9/22)
NEW ABC COMEDY “BETTER WITH YOU” INTRODUCES THREE DIFFERENT COUPLES
IN A SINGLE FAMILY AT VARIOUS STAGES IN THEIR ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS,
PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 22 ON ABC
From “Friends” producer Shana Goldberg-Meehan comes “Better with You,” a comedy about a family with three different couples at various stages in their romantic relationships, premiering WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. There’s Maddie, a lawyer, and Ben, a hotel manager, two career-oriented people who are head-over-heels in love. Both in their 30s, they’ve been together for nine years but never felt the need to get married. Then there’s Mia, Maddie’s younger sister, a free spirit and creator of a paperless web invitation company who is in a very passionate seven-and-a-half-week-old relationship with Casey, a musician in an avant-garde metal band. Last but not least, there are the girls’ parents, Vicky and Joel, who’ve been married for 35 years. Like Mia, they’ve adopted a carpe diem sort of philosophy, and at this stage in their lives don’t feel the need to take things too seriously. Note: This program will repeat Fri., Sept. 24 at 8:30 p.m., ET.
In the premiere episode, “Pilot,” Mia invites Maddie and Ben to meet Casey, and they think they’re meeting just another in a long line of boyfriends. But Maddie realizes how serious things actually are when Mia and Casey excitedly announce that they’re engaged. Surprised by the news, Maddie feels like her little sister has leapfrogged over her — jumping ahead of her in some major, life-changing way — and sees the light it shines on her own life choices. But reluctant to be a negative voice, she resolves to be supportive and let her parents, the critical Vicky and Joel, be the ones to object when the time comes. But when Mia tells them that she and Casey are getting married, Vicky and Joel greet the news with celebration, much to Mia’s delight and Maddie’s surprise. Things get even more complicated for Maddie when it turns out that Casey has shared something with Ben but not with her, that Mia is pregnant! Maddie and Ben have been together a long time, and the relationship they have works, but they’ll 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.
“Better with You” stars JoAnna Garcia as Mia, Jennifer Finnigan as Maddie, Josh Cooke as Ben, Jake Lacy as Casey, with Kurt Fuller as Joel and Debra Jo Rupp as Vicky.
Guest starring in “Pilot” are Tiya Sircar as Reena and Jerrika Hinton as saleswoman. The episode was written by Shana Goldberg-Meehan and directed by James Burrows.
“Better with You” is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Silver and Gold Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The series is created by Shana Goldberg-Meehan and executive-produced by Goldberg-Meehan and Greg Malins (“How I Met Your Mother,” “Friends,” “Will & Grace”). The series is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HD format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a PG parental guideline. For more information on “Better with You” please visit ABC.com.
BROTHERS & SISTERS: The Homecoming — SEASON PREMIERE (9/26)
ONE YEAR AFTER A TRAGIC ACCIDENT, THE WALKER FAMILY REUNITES,
ON THE FIFTH-SEASON PREMIERE OF ABC’S “BROTHERS & SISTERS”
“The Homecoming” – It’s been a year since the Walker family was torn apart by a tragic car accident, and in a very un-Walker like fashion, everyone has been avoiding everyone else. Truths and reality only start to set in when the family is forced to come together for Justin’s homecoming party: Nora tries to prepare for the party, but is not acting like the mother she used to be; Sarah is consumed with the Narrow Lake deal; Kevin has a new career as public defense attorney; Saul and Scotty are running their restaurant; and Kitty’s life has become a taboo subject for everyone. Time has changed the Walkers, on the fifth-season premiere of “Brothers & Sisters,” SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“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.
Guest stars are Ken Olin as David Caplan, Bobby Soto as Mateo, Grant Albrecht as Joe Corvus and Terry Walters as Lacy.
“The Homecoming” was written by David Marshall Grant and David Babcock and directed by Michael Morris.
“Brothers & Sisters” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG,D parental guideline.
For more information on “Brothers & Sisters,” visit ABC.com.
CASTLE: A Deadly Affair — SEASON PREMIERE (9/20)
NATHAN FILLION AND STANA KATIC RETURN FOR SEASON THREE
OF “CASTLE,” PREMIERING SEPTEMBER 20 ON ABC
When the new season of “Castle” begins, Beckett hasn’t heard from Castle since he left for the Hamptons months ago to finish writing his second Nikki Heat novel, “Naked Heat” (on sale September 28). The most Beckett, Ryan and Esposito have seen of Castle is a bookstore standee of him advertising an upcoming book signing. So when Beckett and her team burst into a shadowy apartment on the trail of a murderer, the last thing they expect to see is the real-life Castle standing over a dead woman’s body holding a gun! As Castle protests his innocence, Beckett has no choice but to arrest him on suspicion of murder, on the Season Three premiere of “Castle,” MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
A review screener and clips from this episode will be posted at http://www.abcmedianet.com.
“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle, Ruben Santiago-Hudson as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.
Guest Cast: Michael Rady as Evan Murphy, Charlene Amoia as Ana Marie, Gino Cafarelli as Dean Carbino, Justice Gamble as bartender, Lisa O’Hare as Kitty Canary, Craig Gellis as Earl Moreland.
“A Deadly Affair” was written by Andrew Marlowe and directed by Rob Bowman.
“Castle” is produced by ABC Studios. Andrew Marlowe is creator/executive producer/writer, along with executive producers Rob Bowman, Laurie Zaks and David Amann.
“Castle” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.
“Naked Heat” (out September 28) is the thrilling sequel to Richard Castle’s “Heat Wave,” which spent 16 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list when it was published last fall. This is Castle’s second mystery novel to feature Nikki Heat, a tough, sexy and professional detective based on NYPD Homicide Detective Kate Beckett, with whom Castle solves crimes and trades barbs from one case to the next. The two are no strangers to innuendos and unfulfilled sexual tension while trailing murderers.
For more information on “Castle,” visit ABC.com. Viewers can also follow the show via http://facebook.com/Castle and Twitter: Castle_ABC
COUGAR TOWN: All Mixed Up — SEASON PREMIERE (9/22)
JENNIFER ANISTON REUNITES WITH COURTENEY COX AS A GUEST STAR
ON THE SEASON PREMIERE OF ABC’S “COUGAR TOWN”
“All Mixed Up” – Jennifer Aniston guest stars alongside Courteney Cox on the Season Two premiere of “Cougar Town,” WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Jules finds an instant connection with her new shrink, Glenn (Aniston), until she discovers the unfortunate but hilarious truth about her method of treatment; Ellie is jealous over Jules’ fondness for Glenn; a bet between Laurie and Travis leads to a sweet sibling-like moment; and Bobby acts out his frustrations that Jules and Grayson are dating.
“Cougar Town” stars Courteney Cox as Jules, Christa Miller as Ellie, Busy Philipps as Laurie, Dan Byrd as Travis, Josh Hopkins as Grayson, Ian Gomez as Andy and Brian Van Holt as Bobby.
Other guest stars include Carolyn Hennesy as Barb and Spencer Locke as Kylie.
“All Mixed Up” was written by Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel and was directed by Bill Lawrence.
“Cougar Town” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.
For more information on “Cougar Town,” visit ABC.com.
DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: Remember Paul? — SEASON PREMIERE (9/26)
PAUL YOUNG RETURNS TO WISTERIA LANE WITH QUESTIONABLE MOTIVES, SUSAN RECEIVES AN UNORTHODOX JOB OFFER THAT COULD HELP WITH HER MONEY WOES, LYNETTE’S FRIEND, RENEE, PAYS AN UNEXPECTED VISIT TO THE SCAVOS, AND BREE FALLS FOR A HUNKY, YOUNGER HANDYMAN, ON THE SEASON PREMIERE OF ABC’S “DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES”
Vanessa Williams Joins the Cast as Renee Perry;
Mark Moses Returns as Paul Young;
Brian Austin Green Guest Stars as Hunky Handyman Keith;
Lainie Kazan Guest Stars as Susan’s Apartment Manager, Maxine
“Remember Paul?” – The residents of Wisteria Lane are stunned to discover that Paul Young is out of prison and back in the neighborhood with an enigmatic new wife and seemingly dark motives. Meanwhile, while Paul is renting Susan’s home, she, Mike and MJ are living in an apartment on limited funds. But Susan sees a glimmer of hope in getting her life back on the Lane when she’s offered an unorthodox job by her apartment manager, Maxine (Lainie Kazan); Lynette’s rich and successful college friend, Renee (Vanessa Williams), pays an unexpected visit to the Scavo household; Gabrielle and Carlos find themselves keeping secrets from one another; and Bree, newly single and needing a fresh start after selling her business, finds herself tempted by Keith (Brian Austin Green) — the handsome, young handyman she’s hired to update her house — on the season premiere of “Desperate Housewives,” SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Desperate Housewives” stars Teri Hatcher as Susan Mayer, Felicity Huffman as Lynette Scavo, Marcia Cross as Bree Hodge, Eva Longoria Parker as Gabrielle Solis, Vanessa Williams as Renee Perry, Ricardo Antonio Chavira as Carlos Solis, Doug Savant as Tom Scavo, Kathryn Joosten as Karen McCluskey, Kevin Rahm as Lee McDermott, Tuc Watkins as Bob Hunter, Mark Moses as Paul Young, with Brenda Strong as Mary Alice Young and James Denton as Mike Delfino. Also starring Charlie Carver as Porter Scavo, Joshua Logan Moore as Parker Scavo, Darcy Rose Byrnes as Penny Scavo, Madison de la Garza as Juanita Solis and Mason Vale Cotton as MJ Delfino.
Guest starring are Kyle MacLachlan as Orson Hodge, Harriet Sansom Harris as Felicia Tillman, Brian Austin Green as Keith Watson, Lainie Kazan as Maxine Rosen, Kevin Symons as Jack Pinkham, Michael Kagan as board chairman, Martin Kildare as Mr. Roarke, Christine Estabrook as Mrs. Huber, Steven Culp as Rex Van De Kamp, Michelle Duffy as Judy, Bonnie Bailey-Reed as Gwen, Max Carver as Preston Scavo and Karly Rothenberg as woman in prison.
“Remember Paul?” was written by Marc Cherry and directed by David Grossman.
“Desperate Housewives” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.
For more information on “Desperate Housewives,” visit ABC.com
EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION: Boys Hope, Pt. 1 — SEASON PREMIERE (9/26)
KIDS TAKE OVER THE MAKEOVER IN THE STAR-STUDDED
SEASON PREMIERE OF “EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION”
On the Show’s Biggest Build to Date, Celebrity Volunteers Abound When the Kids from
Emmy Award-Winning Comedy “Modern Family,” Plus Katy Perry, Raven-SymonŽ and Shaquille O’Neal, Pitch in and Make Dreams Come True for Deserving Students in Baltimore, Maryland
“Boys Hope,” Parts 1 & 2 – Ty Pennington and his design team, including new designers Xzibit and Jillian Harris, traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, to surprise the students of Boys Hope/Girls Hope in a unique way and reveal to them that their lives were about to change. For the first time in the history of the show, the recipients were surprised on live television when the “EM: HE” team greeted the students with the good news. Another first in the show’s 170-plus episode history came unannounced, courtesy of Mother Nature, when an epic rainstorm threatened to knock the 11,000 square foot build off its strict seven-day schedule. Adding to the excitement, drama and fun of the build was the participation of the kids from the Emmy Award-winning comedy “Modern Family” (Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriquez), actress Raven-SymonŽ, basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal and music sensation Katy Perry. The two-part episode airs SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (7:00-8:00 & 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Boys Hope/Girls Hope in Baltimore, Maryland, invites students from difficult, at-risk backgrounds to live in a home that provides a safe environment, academic tutoring, mentoring and opportunities to give back to the community. Since 1991, 100% of the participants who completed the program have attended college. For now, there is only a home for the boys, giving them a secure place to live and excel academically and athletically. But the girls’ program, which just accepted its first seven members, does not have a building. The Boys Hope male scholars reached out for help to the “EM: HE” team to provide a place for the girls in their community that would offer them the same educational and emotional support that they enjoy. Their hope is that this new home away from home will change the lives of these young girls, as well as for future generations of promising young women.
The seven-day build was challenged by some of the worst weather the show has faced. After installing the insulation, electrical wiring and drywall, it was all destroyed by a massive storm, putting the home in serious jeopardy. The kids from “Modern Family,” as well as actress Raven-SymonŽ, arrived as reinforcements, and they provided lots of laughs along the way. Also, celebrity volunteer Shaquille O’Neal added an awesome yet educational touch to the new Girls Hope building.
The seven young ladies from Girls Hope went on a star-studded vacation to Hollywood, where they met Katy Perry, their favorite pop superstar. They got a real taste of glitz and glam when they watched Katy at work in the recording studio at Hollywood landmark Capitol Records. Katy, along with new “EM: HE” team member Xzibit, designed a special room at Girls Hope inspired by Katy’s music video, “California Girls.”
The design team for this episode features team leader Ty Pennington, designers Michael Moloney, Paul DiMeo, Xzibit and Jillian Harris, local builder Excel Homes and the Maryland Community Builders’ Foundation and community volunteers.
“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is produced by Endemol USA, of Endemol Holding, and executive-produced by Brady Connell & George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.
For more information on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” visit ABC.com
MIDDLE: Back to School — SEASON PREMIERE (9/22)
FRANKIE DEVISES A PLAN TO STAY ON TOP OF HER KIDS’ SCHEDULES AND GETS
ACCUSED OF BEING AN OVER PROTECTIVE MOTHER WHEN SHE TRIES TO EXPLAIN
BRICK’S UNIQUE ECCENTRICITIES TO HIS NEW, THIRD GRADE TEACHER,
ON THE SEASON PREMIERE OF ABC’S “THE MIDDLE”
Patricia Heaton’s “Everybody Loves Raymond” Co-star, Doris Roberts,
Guest Stars as Brick’s Teacher, Ms. Rinsky
“Back to School” – After a disastrous attempt to get her kids ready for the first day of school, Frankie devises a plan to stay on top of her kids’ schedules in order to better organize their lives. But things go from bad to worse when Frankie – aided by a reluctant Mike — tries to be pre-emptive and explains Brick’s eccentric quirks to his new, no nonsense teacher, Ms. Rinsky (Doris Roberts), and gets accused of being over protective. Meanwhile, Sue is so enthusiastic about being on the school’s cross-country team that she wears a heavy sweatshirt touting her team spirit in 80 degree heat, and Axl’s body clock gets thrown for a loop when Frankie begins waking him up for school with an alarm clock, on the season premiere of “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“The Middle” stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue, Atticus Shaffer as Brick and Chris Kattan as Bob.
Guest starring are Brian Doyle-Murray as Mr. Ehlert, Doris Roberts as Ms. Rinsky, Peter Breitmayer as Pete and Patrick Y. Malone as Mr. Rasmussen.
“Back to School” was written by Eileen Heisler & DeAnn Heline and directed by Wendey Stanzler.
“The Middle” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.
For more information on “The Middle,” visit ABC.com
MY GENERATION: Pilot — PREMIERE (9/23)
AN INNOVATIVE NEW DRAMA ABOUT HOPES, DREAMS, LOVE AND LOSS
EXPERIENCED BY A GROUP OF FRIENDS ON THEIR JOURNEY INTO ADULTHOOD,
ON THE PREMIERE OF ABC’S “MY GENERATION”
Jaime King (“Sin City,” “Pearl Harbor”), Mehcad Brooks (“True Blood”), Kelli Garner
(“Going the Distance,” “Lars and the Real Girl”), Julian Morris (“Pretty Little Liars”)
and Michael Stahl-David (“Cloverfield”) Star Alongside a Talented Ensemble Cast
“My Generation,” a new scripted drama series following the stories of nine friends and the promise of what their futures could bring, how far they’ve come and how they got here, as told through the camera of a documentary film crew, premieres THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
In the premiere episode, “Pilot,” a documentary crew follows a disparate group of high school seniors from Greenbelt High School’s class of 2000 in Austin, TX as they prepare for graduation, and revisits these former classmates ten years later in 2010 to see where they are now, what they’ve become and where they’re still headed. The camera lenses reconnect with Steven Foster, “the overachiever” in high school, who succumbed to pressures and ended up escaping to Hawaii to surf and be a free spirit. However an unexpected call from Caroline Chung, the shy “wallflower,” has Steven returning to Austin after discovering that they have a nine-year-old son together, conceived on prom night. Upon returning, he bumps into Jackie Vachs, the high school “beauty queen” who went to Hollywood to become a starlet but came back and got married when that didn’t pan out. Their chance encounter exposes some chips in her veneer of marital bliss with Anders Holt, “the rich kid” whose charmed life took an unexpected turn after breaking up with his high school sweetheart and first love, Brenda Serrano. Brenda was the class “brain” who is now doing very well for herself as a high-powered Congressional aide in DC.
The documentary filmmaker also catches up with Kenneth Finley, “the nerd,” who stayed in Austin and became a teacher and dreams of starting a family of his own. He’s created a sort of surrogate family when by allowing his former high school girlfriend, Dawn Barbuso, “the punk,” to stay at his house until her baby is born, since her husband, Rolly Marks, is away in Afghanistan serving a tour of duty. Rolly, “the jock,” ended up forgoing his athletic scholarship and joined the army after the 9/11 attacks. And Falcon, “the rock star” who is everyone’s friend, is on track to become a music producer. It’s his ties to his old friends that keep him rooted. As the lives of these nine friends are documented, we get an intimate look at how much can change over ten years and all that still lies ahead for them.
“My Generation” stars Michael Stahl David as Steven, Jaime King as Jacqueline, Kelli Garner as Dawn, Keir O’Donnell as Kenneth, Mehcad Brooks as Rolly, Julian Morris as Anders, Daniella Alonso as Brenda, Anne Son as Caroline, Sebastian Sozzi as Falcon and Elizabeth Keener as the filmmaker.
Guest cast include True Pham as Tom, Babs George as Joyce Foster, Jeffrey Schmidt as Ben Watts, Deana Ricks as Fay Roscoe, John Hafner as Private Harper, Steven Walters as Mickey Cooper, Ben Taylor as Bartender, Melissa Cordero as Hot Girl, Laurence Hines as Photographer, Steve Alberts as Newscaster and Jessica Vess as ABC News Anchor.
“Pilot” was written by Noah Hawley and directed by Craig Gillespie.
Based on a Swedish format entitled “On God’s Highway,” “My Generation” was created and written by Noah Hawley (“The Unusuals,” “Bones”), who is also an executive producer, along with Warren Littlefield, Henrik Bastin, Peter Magnusson and Martin Persson. The project is from ABC Studios.
The series is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-14,D,L,V parental guideline.
A review screener of “Pilot” is currently available on http://www.abcmedianet.com. Cast bios and photography can also be found there under the “My Generation” showpage in the Primetime section.
For more information on “My Generation” please visit ABC.com.
THE WHOLE TRUTH: Pilot — PREMIERE (9/22)
ROB MORROW AND MAURA TIERNEY STAR IN “THE WHOLE TRUTH,”
PREMIERING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, ON ABC
“The Whole Truth,” starring Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney, employs a unique alternating narrative structure that chronicles the way a felony case is built from the perspectives of both the defense and the prosecution. Portraying each side equally keeps the audience guessing – shifting allegiances and opinions on guilt or innocence until the final scene. Ultimately, it becomes evident that innocence and guilt have nothing to do with the truth – the only thing that matters at the end of every trial is what the jury believes. “The Whole Truth” premieres WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on ABC. Note: This program will repeat Friday, Sept. 24 at 9:00 p.m., ET.
In the premiere episode, “Pilot,” viewers are introduced to Jimmy Brogan (Morrow), born and raised in Hell’s Kitchen and one of New York’s rising criminal defense attorney stars. Kathryn Peale (Tierney), the product of a New England background and a sheriff father, is a Deputy Bureau Chief in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. These two have been friends (but enemies in the courtroom) since their days at Yale Law School, and face off in this episode about a high school history teacher and family man who’s arrested for the rape and murder of a female student.
Aiding Kathryn in the prosecution is the DA’s Bureau Chief Terrence “Edge” Edgecomb (Eamonn Walker) and Chad Griffin (Sean Wing), a very junior ADA and a total player. Over at Jimmy’s firm, his defense team includes Alejo Salazar (Anthony Ruivivar), Jimmy’s faithful and extremely competent second, and Lena Boudreaux (Christine Adams), a recent hire angling to be Jimmy’s second on the murder case.
“The Whole Truth” stars Rob Morrow as Jimmy Brogan, Maura Tierney as Kathryn Peale, Eamonn Walker as Terrence “Edge” Edgecomb, Anthony Ruivivar as Alejo Salazar, Christine Adams as Lena Boudreaux and Sean Wing as Chad Griffin.
Guest Cast: John Aylward as Judge Jeremiah Studley, Jack McGee as Stan Klotz, Rick Kelly as Glen Sellards, Allison Smith as Corinne Sellards, Skyler Day as Brianna Sellards.
“The Whole Truth” is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros. Television. Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Ed Zuckerman are executive producers. Tom Donaghy, who created the series, and KristieAnne Reed are co-executive producers.
“Pilot” was written by Tom Donaghy and directed by Alex Graves.
“The Whole Truth” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-14,D,L parental guideline.
For more information on “The Whole Truth,” visit ABC.com. Viewers can also follow the show via http://facebook.com/TheWholeTruth and Twitter: WholeTruthABC
DETROIT 1-8-7: Pilot — PREMIERE (9/21)
JOIN GREAT COPS – MADE IN DETROIT – ON THE PREMIERE EPISODE
OF “DETROIT 1-8-7,” TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, ON ABC
What does it take to be a detective in one of America’s toughest cities? Follow one homicide unit as Detroit’s finest reveal the crisis and revelation, heartbreak and heroism that characterize these inner city cops in this series shot entirely in Detroit, Michigan, premiering TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
There’s the damaged but driven Detective Louis Fitch, a wily homicide vet who is the most respected — and most misunderstood — man in the division; Detective Damon Washington, Fitch’s new partner, who finds the first day on the job is a trial by fire, complicated by the imminent birth of his first child; Detective Ariana Sanchez, sexy, edgy and beautiful, who has emerged from a rough background to become a rising star in the department; narcotics undercover cop John Stone, a streetwise smooth talker, clever and quick with a smile made for the movies, who is teamed with Sanchez — a combustible pairing rife with conflict and sexual tension; Sergeant Jesse Longford, a 30-year veteran and sage of the department struggling with his impending retirement from the force and the city he loves, who, together with his partner, Detective Vikram Mahajan — a fully Americanized son of Indian immigrants — form an amusing mismatch of experience and enthusiasm, intellect and instinct, old school and new world, but whose combined skills have never encountered a case that couldn’t be cleared; and all are headed by Lieutenant Maureen Mason, a strong-willed single mom struggling to balance home and work. The unit works with the primary medical examiner, Dr. Abbey Ward, who has an unusual hobby in her off-hours-roller derby.
In the premiere episode, “Pilot,” Detectives Washington and Fitch investigate a double homicide at a pharmacy. Was it a drug theft gone bad or something else entirely? Meanwhile, Longford and Mahajan try to track down the killer of an attorney with many enemies. When both cases intersect, the cops are in a race against time to stop the killing spree, culminating in a high-speed pursuit and a perilous standoff, putting the cops in harm’s way.
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 (“The Sopranos,” “Life on Mars”) as Detective Louis Fitch, James McDaniel (“NYPD Blue”) as Sergeant Jesse Longford, Aisha Hinds (“True Blood”) as Lieutenant Maureen Mason, D.J. Cotrona (“Windfall”) as Detective John Stone, Jon Michael Hill (Broadway’s “Superior Donuts”) as Detective Damon Washington, Shaun Majumder (“24,” “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle”) as Detective Vikram Mahajan, Natalie Martinez (“Death Race”) as Detective Ariana Sanchez and Erin Cummings (“Mad Men”) as Dr. Abbey Ward.
Guest starring in “Pilot” are Joshua Bitton as James Burke, Laurie O’Brien as June Burke, Mo McRae as Pooch and Charles Baker as Marcus Mosier. Co-starring in “Pilot” are Brian Durkin as uniformed cop, Vickie Eng as old lady neighbor, John Gordon III as driver, Maria Howell as woman accident witness, Steve Coulter as hostage negotiator, Rey Hernandez as SWAT commander, IronE(cq) Singleton as priest, Ted Huckabee as security guard, Julian J. Gant as detective no. one, Randy Wolfe as detective no. two, Brian King as commuter cop and Kron Moore as nurse.
“Pilot” was written by Jason Richman and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff.
“Detroit 1-8-7” is created by Jason Richman. David Zabel (“ER”), Jason Richman (“Swing Vote”), Kevin Hooks (“Prison Break”), David Hoberman (“The Proposal”) and Todd Lieberman (“The Proposal”) are executive producers. The series is a production of ABC Studios.
“Detroit 1-8-7” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-14,D,L,V parental guideline.
This episode of “Detroit 1-8-7” will be available on ABC.com the day after airing on the network for users to watch online. For more information on “Detroit 1-8-7” please visit ABC.com.
THE DEADLY SHOOTING SPREE LEAVES SEATTLE GRACE MERCY WEST IN AN UNCERTAIN STATE OF RECOVERY, ON THE SEASON SEVEN OPENER OF ABC’S “GREY’S ANATOMY”
Kim Raver (“24”), Jesse Williams (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2”) and Sarah Drew (“Everwood”) Return as Series Regulars, and James Tupper (“Men in Trees”) Guest Stars
“With You I’m Born Again” — After an unforgettable and heart-pounding season finale, “Grey’s Anatomy” returns for its seventh season on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. In the season premiere, the hospital staff is trying to deal with physical and emotional trauma in the wake of the deadly rampage of a vengeful gunman. As Dr. Perkins (James Tupper), a trauma counselor, is brought in to help in the recovery and to assess each doctor’s readiness to return to work, Derek makes a spontaneous decision to resign as Chief and rushes back into surgery, taking everything a little too fast, and Cristina buries herself in her wedding planning.
“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Eric Dane as Mark Sloan, Chyler Leigh as Lexie Grey, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jessica Capshaw as Arizona Robbins, Kim Raver as Teddy Altman, Jesse William as Jackson Avery and Sarah Drew as April Kepner.
Guest cast includes James Tupper as Andrew Perkins, Jason George as Ben, Debra Mooney as Mrs. Hunt, Judy Prescott as Donna and Matthew Fahey as Greg.
“With You I’m Born Again” was written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Rob Corn.
“Grey’s Anatomy” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-14, V parental guideline.
For more information on “Grey’s Anatomy” please visit ABC.com.
EMOTIONS RUN HIGH AS PETE AND VIOLET PREPARE TO WALK DOWN THE AISLE, ON THE FOURTH-SEASON PREMIERE OF ABC’S “PRIVATE PRACTICE”
“Take Two” – Pete and Violet anxiously prepare for their wedding day, but Cooper may have to intervene when emotions and fear of the future run high. Things have taken a surprise turn with Addison and Sam, and Naomi juggles the burden of caring for her daughter and newborn granddaughter and worries about Dink’s ability to parent. Despite disagreements and deeply-rooted conflicts, the doctors come together to mourn the loss of their friend, Dell, on the fourth Season Premiere of “Private Practice,” THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Private Practice” stars Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery, Tim Daly as Dr. Pete Wilder, Audra McDonald as Dr. Naomi Bennett, Paul Adelstein as Dr. Cooper Freedman, KaDee Strickland as Dr. Charlotte King, Brian Benben as Dr. Sheldon Wallace and Catarina Scorsone as Dr. Amelia Shepherd, with Taye Diggs as Dr. Sam Bennett and Amy Brenneman as Dr. Violet Turner.
Guest starring are Currie Graham as Russell, French Stewart as Kevin, Shane Johnson as Dave, Katie Lowes as Kira, Stephen Lunsford as Dink, Porter Kelly as Sharon and Jensen Leflore as Josh.
“Take Two” was written by Craig Turk and Steve Blackman and directed by Mark Tinker.
“Private Practice” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.
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