Tuesday, May 19, 2009

ABC Renews Castle, Lost; Announces The Forgotten and Happy Town

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ABC announced its 2009 / 2010 television schedule this morning. There were few surprises as much of their schedule had already been pre-announced to the press (if not officially confirmed). We'll take a look at the mystery, suspense, and crime series here.

New drama series on ABC include:

The Forgotton: From executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer comes a crime show in which a team of dedicated amateurs work on cases involving unidentified victims. After the police have given up, this group must first solve the puzzle of the victim's identity in order to then help catch the killer. The Forgotten is scheduled to air Tuesdays at 10 PM (ET/PT).

Happy Town: Haplin, Minnesota, "Happy Town," is approaching almost a decade of peace after being riddled for years by unsolved kidnappings. But in the wake of this small town's first crime in seven years, some dark truths are being revealed about some familiar faces. They say every town has its secrets ... that doesn't even begin to describe Happy Town. Happy Town is a currently scheduled to be a mid-season replacement.

Returning drama series on ABC include:

Castle: When viewers first met Richard Castle -- a famous mystery novelist and divorced father raising his teenage daughter, while being kept grounded by his Broadway diva mother -- he was bored with his own success. He then found out that a real-world killer was staging murder scenes depicted in his novels. Castle was questioned by NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, a bright and aggressive detective who kept her investigations under tight reins, especially the years-old unsolved murder of her own mother. Though they instantly clashed, sparks of another sort began to fly, leading both to danger and a hint of romance as Castle stepped in to help find the copycat killer. Once that initial case was solved, together Castle and Beckett built on their new relationship investigating more strange homicides in New York. In the season finale, Castle, against Beckett's direct order to stay out of her mom's case, unearthed information in that homicide which may end his relationship with her forever. Castle is scheduled to air Mondays at 10 PM (ET/PT). The first season of Castle will be released on DVD in September.

Lost: After Oceanic Air flight 815 tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a Pacific island, its survivors were forced to find inner strength they never knew they had in order to survive. But they discovered that the island holds many secrets, including a mysterious smoke monster, polar bears, housing and hatches with electricity and hot & cold running water, a group of island residents known as "The Others," and a mysterious man named Jacob. The survivors have also found signs of those who came to the island before them, including a 19th century sailing ship called The Black Rock, a downed Beechcraft plane from a failed drug run, the remains of an ancient statue, as well as bunkers belonging to the Dharma Initiative -- a group of scientific researchers who inhabited the island in the recent past. They also encountered a freighter stationed off the island that some thought would lead to their rescue, but ultimately almost caused their extinction. The band of friends, family, enemies and strangers must continue to work together against all odds if they want to stay alive. But as they have discovered during their journey, nothing is what it seems, and danger and mystery loom behind every corner, with even those they thought could be trusted turning against them. Even heroes have secrets. The 6th and final season of Lost will return mid-season. The first 4 seasons of Lost are available on DVD; the 5th season will be released in September.

Canceled series on ABC include the NYPD crime drama The Unusuals, which was given a short run this past spring.

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