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A while back, I wrote about the various shows TV networks were cancelling. Well, there are plenty of new shows to replace those that did not make it! Some are starting this summer, others won’t make an appearance until fall; we’ll discuss one new show every weekend to give you an idea of what’s coming up!

The show Scoundrels kicks of on ABC tomorrow, June 20th, at 9pm EST. Here’s a little preview:

Written by Meg M.

ABC has kicked off its summer schedule with returning favorites like The Bachelorette and True Beauty. The network is also bringing in three new scripted television series, including Scoundrels, a drama/comedy about the life of a family striving to live life on the straight and narrow.

When Wolfgang “Wolf” West is sent to jail, his wife Cheryl (Virginia Madsen, The Astronaut Farmer) does everything within her power to ensure that her children, a group of small-time criminals, give up their lives of crime in favor of finding honest 9-to-5 work. The transition to the harsh realities of the real world is certainly anything but easy, according to show star, Madsen.

“This family decides to live the legitimate way, but when they go out into the real world, they think, ‘Wow, and you thought we were crooked,’” Madsen said in an interview with TV Guide.

Scoundrels is based on the existing series Outrageous Fortune, which airs in New Zealand. So will the American version measure up to the popular original series? Not likely, write readers and critics alike. A first attempt at adapting the series for American television failed in 2008 when ABC did not pick up the original pilot, entitled “Good Behavior.” Could this mean that the latest installment of the show is destined to fail?

While critics may be able to argue about the show’s content, one thing is certain; this series features an interesting and talented cast. Madsen’s Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee-worthy performances speak for themselves, and JAG fans will remember David James Elliot as Captain Harmon Rabb, Jr. Another interesting addition is Vanessa Marano, who delivered a recurring whip-smart performance as April Nardini on the critically-acclaimed series, Gilmore Girls. Even Jason Priestly, of 90210 fame, has recently agreed to appear in a multi-episode arc.

My vote? Give the series a chance. The actors, and the content, may just surprise us.

Tune in to the season premiere of Scoundrels on ABC at 9 pm on June 20th at 9 pm.

Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Marketing professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between on her blog, Morning Cup With Meg.