I was invited to view exclusive trailers for the new version of Charlie's Angels and Once Upon A Time, which are both new shows slated to debut on ABC in the fall. I got a quick take on them and where they may be headed.
Charlie's Angels needs no introduction. This new version is being Executive Produced by Drew Barrymore, so I'm feeling pretty good about it not going the way of the failed Wonder Woman show. This version is set in Miami, which seems to fit the style perfectly. This time the Angels are Abby (Rachael Taylor), Kate (Annie Ilonzeh) and Eve (Minka Kelly). It's obvious from the preview that Rachael Taylor will be the Farrah Fawcett/Cameron Diaz of the group.
It looks to be more mature than the original version. While it doesn't seem like an award winner of a show, the action is definitely worthy of checking out when the show premieres in the fall. There seems to be a lack of shows with good action on TV right now. It would be nice if Barrymore or one of the originals made an appearance to tie it into the franchise, as well as giving fans something to talk about.
The next show is Once Upon A Time from the writers of Lost. They are obviously going to try and tap into that audience a bit. It's a fantasy show based on fairy tales that exist for real in an alternate universe. It's an interesting concept, and while it can be hard to judge from a preview, the trailer showed some promise. It seems to be geared towards adults, with a darker style similar to the recent Alice in Wonderland.
The main character is Anna Swan, who was abandoned as a baby. She comes from the alternate world which was frozen by the Evil Queen's curse. Anna is really the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. It seems this Fall is the season for more theatrical television shows. We'll see if they work out.