ABC picks up two more girly pilots, including one from ... Carrie Ann Inaba?

On the heels of its decision to take Charlie’s Angels to the next level, ABC has ordered two more drama pilots that are sure to skew female if ordered to series in May. The first one is Partners from Ed Bernero (Criminal Minds) that centers on two female police detectives who are fiercely loyal to one another since they’re also secretly sisters.

The second one is dubbed Grace, a one-hour from Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy) and Carrie Ann Inaba (yep, that Inaba from Dancing with the Stars) that focuses on a dysfunctional family set in the world of professional dance. We trust it will boast a generous sequin budget and, with any luck, a cameo or two by Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

For more about fall 2011-12 development: Will remakes of The Munsters and True Lies become great hits? Are you ready for a new take on Sherlock Holmes?


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  • Nerwen Aldarion

    Why are they “Secretly” sisters? Why keep it a secret?

    • JC

      I totally agree…why keep it a secret? it is a secret to everyone else or do they themselves not know they are sisters? totally odd. then again coming from the writer for Criminal Minds oddity doesn’t seem so out there! lol

      • Kris

        I was wondering that as well. Maybe relatives wouldn’t be allowed to be partners according to the departmental rules?

    • Dalia

      Haha! I read that and thought, “Is this Sister, Sister only with cops?”

  • kevin

    Cancelled and cancelled.

    • j

      And better yet – not picked up and not picked up. They are probably just development deals right now. Both sound stupid. As a female, I will not help the skewing because I won’t watch them.

  • Alan of Montreal

    the second one sounds promising. The first one will depend on the casting and the writing–the premise alone sounds kind of weird

  • JC

    unfortunately, unless they are cast well, I don’t see them lasting very long. And while I am excited to hear about Charlies Angels because I am a huge fan of the orignal I have mixed feelings about yet another classic tv show reboot. Does no one come up with original and interesting ideas anymore?

    • Jenna

      Have you not seen television. New and interesting ideas come out all the time but there’s also an audience for remakes which is fine as long as the remake is done well like Hawaii 5-0. Its ok for television to exist with both.

  • Solarr Panel

    Great. More dreck for us to watch in order for contractual obligations to be met and key demographics to be covered off. How about making a TV show based on a good premise?

  • Mole

    As long as Annie Barrett recaps the latter, I’m sold.

    • Di

      This. Times a thousand.

    • Shiny

      Yes and yes.

  • Mya

    Partners could hit big. It at least sounds intriguing. That crap from Carrie Ann Inaba, on the other hand, will fold faster than an episode of My Generation. A drama about a dysfunction family set in the world of professional dance? Change the title to Skating With The Scoundrels and cancel that sh1t already. Geez, those monkeys over at ABC never learn.

  • jeffrey bryan

    WTF was that commercial you made me watch before reading this post? There was no close button. BAD EW, BAD. That’s the kind of thing that makes me consider leaving a blog, and I’ve been a reader for years.

    • TvTroz

      Jeff, use Firefox and install the Ad Block extension. It is just bliss…

  • Cara

    Excuse me, but if ABC commissioned three TV shows with male leads, would your headline read “ABC picks up two more boyish pilots”? Bad enough that anything with women in it is assumed to only attract women, but now women are girls?

    Please go look at the viewership stats for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or the first Charlie’s Angels, or Laverne and Shirley… Men do watch TV with female roles.

    • Dalia

      I miss Buffy.

    • Sara J

      My first thought exactly. Ooh, it has ladies in lead roles so it must be “girly”.

  • backinthekitchen

    Calm down cara

  • Harry

    “Girly” pilots? What an odd way to describe something with grown women.

  • Emily

    I didn’t realize how necessary it was to coin a show as ‘girly’ because there are girls in it. I don’t remember seeing any headlines saying ‘look a ‘boyish’ show’, so why don’t you report about the shows and not immediately assign it a fanbase, hmm? Its stupid things like this that cause some audiences to not give shows a chance.

  • Linde

    Carrie Inarba turned me off after last season, so I am not so sure I would watch her show…

  • Tee

    That father-daughter partners one that Eliza Dushku walked away from sounded minimally more interesting than “secret sister parnters.” And I still wasn’t interested.

  • Otis

    Secret sisters is a flop on just the premise. The world of professional dance can be extremely brutal, exciting and beautiful; but will it track as a Black Swan or as a crappy soap? As for a Charlie’s remake, even gorgeous babes with big guns dressed in little bikinis do not make a series worthy of this decade’s audience.

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