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ABC loads up on drama with ‘Good Christian Belles,’ other pickups

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ABC is getting a little holy, adding seven dramas, including ‘Good Christian Belles’ -- formerly ‘Good Christian Bitches’ -- and ‘Charlie’s Angels’ to its lineup.

The Darren Star-produced ‘Good Christian,’ starring Kristin Chenoweth and Leslie Bibb, had spurred controversy among religious groups and others for using the b-word in the title.

The revamped ‘Angels’ is a modern take on the ‘70s series and will star Minka Kelly (‘Friday Night Lights’).

Said to be joining the ABC roster are the dramas ‘Pan Am,’ a soap set in the 1960s about pilots and stewardesses (don’t be surprised if some live a double life as spies); ‘The Scandal,’ about a crisis-management consultant; the fantasy drama ‘Once Upon a Time’; ‘Revenge,’ which focuses on a woman who moves to the Hamptons; and the adventure drama ‘The River.’

New comedies will include ‘Apartment 23,’ ‘Man Up,’ ‘Suburgatory,’ ‘Work It,’ and Tim Allen’s ‘Last Man Standing.’

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Getting canned are the sci-fi drama ‘V’ and ‘Brothers and Sisters.’

[Updated at 4:45 p.m. May 13: Additionally, freshman series ‘Detroit 1-8-7,’ ‘Mr. Sunshine,’ ‘Off the Map’ and ‘No Ordinary Family’ have gotten the ax. Newbies ‘Happy Endings’ and ‘Body of Proof,’ meanwhile, will return for another season.]

The network is slated to unveil its complete lineup to advertisers on Tuesday in New York.

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-- Yvonne Villarreal
twitter.com/villarrealy


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