ABC kills V, picks up Once Upon a Time and The River

Bummer! Guess we're never going to know how V's dramatic cliffhanger—in which Anna blissed out the human race—is going to turn out. In a flurry of programming activity, ABC canceled V but picked up modern fairy tale Once Upon a Time and The River for its 2011-2012 television season.

In Once Upon a Time, House's Jennifer Morrison stars as Emma, a woman with a troubled past who is drawn to a small Maine town called Storybrooke by the son she gave up years before. Her son, Henry, is 10 years old and believes in fairy tales. In fact, he believes that his mother is the missing daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White, and that she was sent away to an alternate world to protect her from the Evil Queen. As Emma begins to investigate Storybrook, she discovers that the world of fairy tales and modern day are about to collide. Lost's Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis created the series, which also stars Stargate Universe's Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin.

As for the other genre pickup, The River, it's not often you get something a major network is willing to bill as a horror story. In the series, when a TV explorer (Star Trek's Bruce Greenwood) goes missing in the Amazon with his crew, his wife and son set off down the enormous river in a vessel called the Magus to find out what happened to him. However, in their search for answers they discover a place where powerful magic is as real as science. 24's Leslie Hope and The Dresden Files' Paul Blackthorne also star in this series, from the creators of Paranormal Activity, DreamWorks and Michael Green (Kings).

All in all, ABC's picked up several other dramas and comedies, including non-sci-fi shows Charlie's Angels, Revenge, Scandal, Pan Am, Good Christian Belles (formerly Good Christian Bitches), Tim Allen's Last Man Standing (formerly The Last Days of Man and Tim), Apartment 23, Suburgatory, Man Up and Work It.

The other bit of ABC news is that the network officially canceled No Ordinary Family. No surprise there.

And over at CBS, J.J. Abrams' Person of Interest just got picked up. While the series has a strong sci-fi pedigree, with Abrams and The Dark Knight's Jonah Noland behind the scenes and Lost's Michael Emerson in the cast, the show, about an ex-CIA agent who fights crime in New York City, sounds pretty non-sci-fi. Luckily for us, Fox picked up Abrams' Alcatraz, which DOES sound like it might be sci-fi.


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