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ABC Crafting Yet Another Supernatural Drama in ‘The Returned’

ABC The Returned
ABC / Mira Books

ABC hasn't had a tremendous amount of luck with the supernatural genre of late, but by gum, they're going to try again. Following the recent cancellation of '666 Park Avenue,' and the even-more-recent scrap of 'Weird Desk" based on thematic similarities to the upcoming 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' TV series, ABC's next effort will bring the dead back to life with 'The Returned.' The project, produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment, is based on a novel by Jason Mott, but will ABC manage to make 'The Returned' stay?

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Did Joss Whedon’s ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ TV Series Kill ABC’s ‘Weird Desk?’

ABC SHIELD TV Series Weird Desk
Marvel

A week or so ago, we were surprised to hear that ABC had picked up to series a sci-fi procedural named 'Weird Desk' for summer 2013, one who's premise seemed awfully familiar to fans of such investigative series as 'Fringe' and 'The X-Files.' Well, it seems we weren't the only ones to find the presence a little too similar, as ABC has decided to shelve the project for now. However, it wasn't the other series that felt too similar, but rather ABC's upcoming Joss Whedon-helmed 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' TV series!

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ABC Picks Up Paranormal Procedural ‘Weird Desk,’ Is It the Next ‘X-Files?’

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ABC / FOX

There were many that bemoaned that 'Fringe' seemed to borrow from the classic 'X-Files' set up of an opposite-sex team investigating the paranormal, but across five seasons 'Fringe' managed to differentiate itself in ways that have come to make it one of the more beloved sci-fi series in years. Can the same be said of ABC's upcoming drama 'Weird Desk,' which once again sees two partners looking into the void for its summer 2013 run? Judge for yourself inside...

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