Monday, November 21, 2011

ABC Announces Midseason Premiere Dates - THE RIVER Feb 7, GCB Mar. 4, MISSING Mar. 15

ABC has announced the following midseason premiere dates for the 2011-12 season. THE RIVER will debut on February 7, MISSING on March 15, while GCB (former GOOD CHRISTIAN BITCHES then GOOD CHRISTIAN BELLES) finally arrives on March 4.

Below is a complete list from ABC. All times listed are ET.

Tuesday, January 3
8:30-9:00 p.m. WORK IT (Premiere)
9:00 -10:00 p.m. CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP (Premiere)

Thursday, January 5
8:00-9:00 p.m. WIPEOUT - Winter Wipeout (Season Premiere)

Friday, February 3
8:00-9:00 p.m. SHARK TANK (Season Premiere)

Tuesday, February 7
9:00-10:00 p.m. THE RIVER (Premiere)

THE RIVER follows the story of wildlife expert and TV personality Emmet Cole. Emmet set course around the world with his wife, Tess, and son, Lincoln, while filming what would become one of the most popular shows in television. After he goes missing deep in the Amazon, his family, friends and crew set out on a mysterious and deadly journey to find him.

Famed explorer Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood) went looking for magic deep in the uncharted Amazon and never returned. The shocking truth about his disappearance is out there, somewhere, just waiting to be discovered. To the millions of kids who grew up watching his nature show, Dr. Cole was a hero. To his own son, Lincoln (Joe Anderson), he was more of an enigma. Now, six months after he vanished, Lincoln is finally ready to bury the past when Dr. Cole’s emergency beacon suddenly goes off. At the urging of his mother, Tess (Leslie Hope), Lincoln reluctantly joins her on a search for his father. To fund the rescue, they agree to let Dr. Cole’s cagey ex-producer, Clark (Paul Blackthorne), film the mission documentary-style. The mixed crew of old friends and new acquaintances includes the sexy and resourceful Lena (Eloise Mumford), loyal mechanic Emilio (Daniel Zacapa) and lethal bodyguard Captain Kurt Brynildson (Thomas Kretschmann).

THE RIVER stars Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) as Emmet Cole, Joe Anderson (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2) as Lincoln Cole, Paul Blackthorne (LIPSTICK JUNGLE) as Clark, Paulina Gaitan as Jahel, Leslie Hope (24) as Tess Cole, Eloise Mumford (LONE STAR) as Lena, Shaun Parkes (The Mummy Returns) as Adjay, Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong) as Captain Kurt Brynildson and Daniel Zacapa (RESURRECTION BLVD.) as Emilio.

THE RIVER, from Amblin’s Steven Spielberg, Daryl Frank and Justin Falvey, showrunner/executive producer Michael Green (HEROES, KINGS), is also executive-produced by Oren Peli (creator of Paranormal Activity), Zack Estrin, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider. Teleplay by Michael R. Perry and Michael Green, story by Oren Peli & Michael R. Perry and Michael Green. The pilot is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and produced by ABC Studios.

Sunday, March 4
10:00-11:00 p.m. "GCB" (Premiere)

The soap returns to Dallas in this wicked new drama that shows that you can go home again... but only if you’re ready to face the sins of your past.

Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb), once the ultimate high school "mean girl," is forced to return home in disgrace after her marriage ends in scandal. Amanda is nothing like the girl she was 20 years ago, but as her old classmates reacquaint themselves with the new Amanda, will her home town welcome her with open arms or seek revenge? No one in this town is a saint, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a heart. As Amanda and her teenage kids try to adjust to their new lives, the ladies from her past alternate between sympathy and scheming.

GCB stars Leslie Bibb (Iron Man) as Amanda Vaughn, Kristin Chenoweth (PUSHING DAISIES) as Carlene Cockburn, Annie Potts (LAW & ORDER: SVU, JOAN OF ARCADIA) as Gigi Stopper, Jennifer Aspen (Rodney) as Sharon Peacham, Miriam Shor (SWINGTOWN, DAMAGES) as Cricket Caruth-Reilly, Marisol Nichols (24) as Heather Cruz, Brad Beyer (JERICHO) as Zack Peacham, Mark Deklin (LONE STAR) as Blake Reilly and David James Elliott (JAG) as Ripp Cockburn.

Based on Kim Gatlin’s hit book, "Good Christian Bitches," GOOD CHRISTIAN BELLES is executive-produced by Darren Star (SEX AND THE CITY), Robert Harling (Steel Magnolias) and Aaron Kaplan. The pilot is written by Robert Harling and executive-produced and directed by Alan Poul. Good Christian Belles is produced by ABC Studios.

Thursday, March 15
8:00-9:00 p.m. MISSING (Premiere)

Becca Winstone (Ashley Judd) learns that her son, Michael, disappears while studying abroad, and it's a race against time when she travels to Europe to track him down. A surprising turn of events reveals just how far one mother will go to protect her family. Exotic locations and thrilling twists will keep you riveted in MISSING.

How far would you go to save the only thing you have left in the world? At 8 years old, Michael watched as his father, CIA Agent Paul Winstone, was murdered. Now 10 years later, Paul's wife, Becca, is faced with the reality of her son growing up. When Michael is afforded the opportunity to study abroad, his mother reluctantly agrees it's time to let him go. Just a few weeks into his trip Michael disappears, and Becca immediately suspects foul play. When she arrives in Rome, she begins piecing together the clues left behind. It isn't long before the kidnappers realize they've picked a fight with the wrong woman. Becca Winstone has a secret of her own -- before Paul's death, she was also a lethal CIA Agent. But if she wants to find her son alive, Becca will have to rely on old friends and reopen old wounds. Her resourcefulness, skill and determination will be put to the test - but a mother's love knows no limits.

MISSING stars Ashley Judd (SISTERS) as Becca Winstone, Sean Bean (GAME OF THRONES) as Paul Winstone, Cliff Curtis (TRAUMA) as Dax, Adriano Giannini as Giancarlo, Nick Eversman as Michael Winstone and Tereza Voriskova as Oksana.

MISSING comes from writer Gregory Poirier and executive producers Gina Matthews, Grant Scharbo (THE GATES), Steve Shill (Emmy winner for directing DEXTER who will direct episodes of MISSING) and James Parriott (SONS OF ANARCHY). MISSING is produced by Stillking Films.

Monday, March 19
8:00-10:00 p.m. DANCING WITH THE STARS (Season Premiere)

Tuesday, March 27
9:00-10:00 p.m. DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW (Season Premiere)

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