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Anthony Edwards to make TV return in ABC midseason drama


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Dana Delany digs deep into the role of a hand-injured neurosurgeon reluctantly turned supersmart investigating coroner and superdumb mom and ex-wife. Yes, it's another workaholic-woman-with-no-life saga (yawn), but Delany's prickly vulnerability makes it worth watching. Credit: ABC

Anthony Edwards — off series television for what seems like a lifetime (a short one at least, or, specifically, 10 years) -- will return to series television in the ABC midseason drama, "Zero Hour."  ABC just announced, along with a handful of other key midseason changes (see below), including Dana Delany's "Body of Proof"...

Edwards' series has been in development for a while but was not picked up for the fall — neither a good nor bad sign necessarily — but now has a launch date. ABC also set the return for  "Body of Proof."

Edwards' last series? "ER," of course, which he left in 2002.

"Zero Hour" is a  thriller about a man whose wife disappears (more information below and clip.). But ABC seems to be much higher on the other big drama newcomer "Red Widow," which gets a two-hour Sunday send-off. That one stars Radha Mitchell, the Aussie actress not well-known to TV viewers on this side of the bigger pond (she was in "Melinda and Melinda.") Melissa Rosenberg, the "Twilight" trilogy scribe, does honors here.

Here are the key midseason launch dates, with ABC descriptions .?.?.

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 8-10 p.m. “The Taste” (Two-hour series premiere) “The Taste” features no-holds barred chef Anthony Bourdain, British food star Nigella Lawson, expert chef/author Ludo Lefebvre and restaurateur Brian Malarkey. Each of the four culinary superstars and “Taste” mentors — Bourdain, Lawson, Lefebvre and Malarkey — will coach a team of four competing pro and amateur cooks chosen from a nationwide casting call as they vie to create the best tasting dish.

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 8-9 p.m. “The Taste” (Regular time period premiere)

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 10-11 p.m. “Body of Proof”

Thursday, Feb. 14, 8-9 p.m. “Zero Hour” As the publisher of a paranormal enthusiast magazine, Modern Skeptic, Hank Galliston has spent his career following clues, debunking myths and solving conspiracies. A confessed paranormal junkie, his motto is “logic is the compass.” But when his beautiful wife, Laila (Jacinda Barrett), is abducted from her antique clock shop, Hank gets pulled into one of the most compelling mysteries in human history, stretching around the world and back centuries.

Sunday, March 3, 9-11 p.m. “Red Widow” (Two-hour series premiere) Marta Walraven seems to have an idyllic life. A stay-at-home mom in tony Marin County, just north of San Francisco, she is devoted to her three children and her husband. Behind this perfect facade, however, is a more complicated story: Evan, Marta’s husband, supports the family by exporting marijuana. Marta is familiar with the world of organized crime: her father, Andrei Petrov, and his loyal bodyguard, Luther, are Bratva — Russian gangsters — in San Francisco. It’s a world from which she and her sister Kat always wanted to escape, though they never quite did. But when Evan is brutally murdered in their driveway, everything changes. Marta’s first concern is to protect her children — and yet when FBI Agent James Ramos promises Marta justice in exchange for her cooperation, she cannot go against the Bratva code. She refuses his help. Slowly, the truth about her husband’s murder begins to emerge .?.?.

Sunday, March 10, 10-11 p.m. “Red Widow” (Regular Time Period Premiere)

Monday, March 18, 8-10 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars”

Tuesday, March 19, 8-9 p.m. “Celebrity Diving” Stars will perform dives from dizzying heights that will increase in difficulty each week, including back flips, somersaults and other gymnastic feats, to impress the judges, viewers at home and, most importantly, to win!

Tuesday, March 26, 9-10 p.m. “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show”

Wednesday, April 3, 8:30-9 p.m. “Suburgatory” (New Time Period Premiere)

“How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)” 9:30-10 p.m. (Recently divorced Polly — Sarah Chalke — moves back with the 'rents .?.?.)

“Family Tools” Wednesday, May 1, 8:30-9 p.m. Mixing family with business is never easy, and Jack Shea (Kyle Bornheimer) is about to learn that lesson the hard way. When Jack’s father, Tony (J.K. Simmons), has a heart attack and is forced to hand over the keys to his beloved handyman business, Jack is eager to finally step up and make his father proud. Unfortunately Jack’s past career efforts have been less than stellar.

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