8:00 - Dancing with the Stars
10:00 - Castle
This is never going to change. I'm convinced the world will end first.
8:00 - Selfie (NEW)
8:30 - Manhattan Love Story (NEW)
9:00 - Marvel's Agents of SHIELD (New Timeslot)
10:00 - Forever (NEW)
Dear ABC: This didn't work for you last season, so why are you doing it again? You need an established show to put on Tuesdays at 10:00. Also, Selfie and Manhattan Love Story seem tonally disparate, so why are they paired? The only good thing about this move is that ABC's comedies won't be facing Fox's and NBC's comedies anymore... but they will be facing The Voice.
8:00 - The Middle
8:30 - The Goldbergs (New Timeslot)
9:00 - Modern Family
9:30 - Black-ish (NEW)
10:00 - Nashville
Well, at least The Goldbergs is finally in the slot it should have been in for the past year. Black-ish must be pretty strong to be getting the Modern Family lead-out rather than Selfie (which looks more appropriate for the tone of the comedy block), but I guess they could be going for an hour of non-traditional family sitcoms. And I just wish Nashville would be moved, just to see how it would do on a different night, perhaps with a drama lead-in. I don't see most of Black-ish's audience sticking around for a country music show.
8:00 - Grey's Anatomy (New Timeslot)
9:00 - Scandal (New Timeslot)
10:00 - How to Get Away with Murder (NEW)
This was the most obvious move ABC needed to make. They have struggled for years with this 8:00 timeslot, so Grey's should strengthen it. Plus, moving Scandal up then provides a new drama with a big lead-in and it counter-programs CBS's new Thursday Night Football games. It'll be interesting to see how both Scandal and The Blacklist do when they go head-to-head in February.
8:00 - Last Man Standing
8:30 - Cristela (NEW)
9:00 - Shark Tank
10:00 - 20/20
ABC's only new multi-camera comedy gets paired with its only existing multi-camera comedy. Sounds good to me. Plus, Cristela has history with Last Man Standing: it had no budget to shoot the pilot, so they used the Last Man Standing set and crew to film on a shoestring. Shark Tank probably could have boosted a timeslot on another night, but I suppose ABC is content with how well it does on Fridays and doesn't want to jinx things by playing with it.
8:00 - Once Upon a Time
9:00 - Resurrection
10:00 - Revenge
I'm surprised Resurrection is returning in the fall. The writers have stated that they do not want to do a traditional full season, so I just assumed ABC would hold it until midseason again. But it did have a nice momentum going this spring, so I guess airing it in the fall rather than holding it for spring 2015 will ensure the buzz doesn't completely die out.
Agent Carter will serve as a fill-in between Agents of SHIELD's fall and spring airings (so it will probably be 10 episodes or less). Galavant, the half-hour musical comedy, will air Sundays at 8:00 (with an unknown half-hour partner) while Once Upon a Time is on winter hiatus. American Crime will assume Resurrection's timeslot (Sunday 9:00) in the spring, and Secrets & Lies is currently scheduled to air in March in the Thursday 10:00 slot for its ten episodes. Also coming midseason are drama The Whispers and comedy Fresh Off the Boat. The Taste was also renewed for a third season to air at midseason, as well as a December return for The Great Christmas Light Fight. ABC previously picked up The Club from David O. Russell & Susannah Grant, but recent word is that they were reconsidering its order since Russell departed the project... and it wasn't announced as part of their new dramas. So we'll see what happens with that one. Also supposedly set for midseason was this summer's The Astronaut Wives Club, which may be pushed even further to next summer, as no mention is made of it in ABC's press release.
A lot of what Paul Lee did here is expected, which is precisely why I don't think it will be terribly effective. The Thursday line-up should help the network out (and here's to hoping How to Get Away with Murder is a hit, because ABC needs it), but Tuesdays still seem DOA to me. I would have put Castle in the 10:00 slot on Tuesdays and debuted something new on Monday, if only for the fall as a trial. I will, however, commend ABC for their commitment to diversity. This season has a comedy about a Latina family, a black family, and an Asian family, plus a drama about racial tension in America.
Read after the jump for full descriptions of ABC's new series.
American Crime - All over the news are reports about a young couple in Modesto,
California, who were attacked in their home. Matt Skokie, a war vet, was
killed, and his wife, Lily, is unconscious, barely hanging on. Both
sets of parents are at her bedside hoping for a miracle while four
suspects are about to be arrested. The case sends shock waves into the
community stirring up tensions across racial lines in this gritty
drama—from the point of view of the victims. American Crime stars
Felicity Huffman as Barb, Timothy Hutton as Russ, W. Earl Brown as Tom,
Richard Cabral as Hector Tonz, Caitlin Gerard as Aubry, Benito Martinez
as Alonzo Gutierrez, Penelope Ann Miller as Eve, Elvis Nolasco as Carter
and Johnny Ortiz as Tony Gutierrez. American Crime was written,
directed and produced by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave).
Forever - Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical
examiner, has a secret. He doesn’t just study the dead to solve criminal
cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200
years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality. This long life has
given Henry remarkable observation skills which impresses his new
partner, Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza). Each week, a new
case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry’s long and
colorful past. Only his best friend and confidant, Abe (Judd Hirsch)
knows Henry’s secret. Forever stars Ioan Gruffudd as Henry, Alana De
La Garza as Det. Jo Martinez, Barbara Eve Harris as Lt. Marcia Roark,
Donnie Keshawarz as Detective Hanson, Joel David Moore as Lucas, and
Judd Hirsch as Abe. Forever was written and executive-produced by Matt
Miller (Chuck, Las Vegas) and directed by Brad Anderson.
How to Get Away with Murder - The brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating
(Viola Davis) gets entangled with four law students from her class, “How
to Get Away with Murder." Little do they know that they will have to
apply what they learned to real life, in this masterful, sexy,
suspense-driven legal thriller from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers,
executive producers of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. How to Get Away
with Murder stars Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating, Billy
Brown as Nate, Alfred Enoch as Wes, Jack Falahee as Conner, Katie
Findlay as Rebecca, Aja Naomi King as Michaela, Matt McGorry as Asher,
Karla Souza as Laurel, Charlie Weber as Frank and Liza Weil as Bonnie.
Written by executive producer Peter Nowalk, How to Get Away with
Murder is executive-produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers and directed
by Michael Offer.
Marvel's Agent Carter - Marvel’s Agent Carter, starring Captain America's Hayley Atwell,
follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy
Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men
return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic
Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and
going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate
life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her
life – Steve Rogers. Inspired by the feature films Captain America:
The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with
the short Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter. Starring Hayley Atwell as
Agent Peggy Carter, Marvel’s Agent Carter was written by Christopher
Markus and Stephen McFeely. Executive producers are Tara Butters,
Michele Fazekas, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Chris Dingess,
Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Stan Lee and Jeph
Secrets & Lies - Ben Garner (Ryan Phillippe) is about to go from Good Samaritan to murder
suspect, after he discovers the body of his neighbor’s young son in the
woods. As Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) digs for the truth,
the secrets and lies of this town come to the surface and no one is
above suspicion. Ben’s family’s life will be turned upside down as he
sets out on a complicated journey to prove his innocence in this
thriller mystery from Barbie Kligman (Private Practice) based on the
original Australian series of the same name. Secrets and Lies stars
Ryan Phillippe as Ben, KaDee Strickland as Christy, Natalie Martinez as
Jess, Clifton Collins, Jr. as Dave, Indiana Evans as Natalie, Belle
Shouse as Abby and Juliette Lewis as Detective Cornell. Secrets and
Lies was written by Barbie Kligman and directed by Charles McDougall.
The Whispers - Aliens have invaded Earth by using our most unlikely resource to achieve
world domination—our children. As the kids unwittingly help these
unseen enemies, the clock counts down in this suspenseful race to save
humanity. The Whispers stars Lily Rabe as Claire Bennigan, Barry
Sloane as Wes Lawrence, Milo Ventimiglia as John Doe/Drew Bennigan,
Derek Webster as Jessup Rollins, Brianna Brown as Lena Lawrence,
Catalina Denis as Dr. Maria Benavidez, Kylie Rogers as Minx Lawrence and
Kyle Harrison Breitkopf as Henry. The Whispers was written and
co-executive-produced by Soo Hugh, with Amblin TV co-producing.
Executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank
and Dawn Olmstead. The Whispers was directed by Mark Romanek.
Black-ish - Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson (Anthony Anderson) has a great job, a beautiful
wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), four kids, and a colonial home in the
‘burbs. But has success brought too much assimilation for this black
family? With a little help from his dad (Laurence Fishburne), Dre sets
out to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family that honors
their past while embracing the future. Black-ish stars Anthony
Anderson as Dre, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow, Yara Shahidi as Zoey,
Marcus Scribner as Andre Jr., Miles Brown as Jack, Marsai Martin as
Diane and Laurence Fishburne as Pops. Black-ish was written by Kenya
Barris, who also serves as executive producer. Executive producers are
Larry Wilmore, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland, Tom
Russo, Brian Dobbins, Peter Principato, Paul Young and James Griffiths,
who directed the pilot.
Cristela - In her sixth year of law school, Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) is finally
on the brink of landing her first big (unpaid) internship at a
prestigious law firm. The only problem is that her pursuit of success is
more ambitious than her traditional Mexican-American family thinks is
appropriate. She’s stuck straddling the old culture she’s trying to
modernize at home with her working-class family and the modern world
she’s trying to embrace in her professional career. Breakout comedian
Cristela Alonzo stars in this hilarious comedy about laughing your way
down the path to the new American dream. Cristela stars Cristela
Alonzo as Cristela, Carlos Ponce as Felix, Terri Hoyos as Natalia,
Andrew Leeds as Josh and Sam McMurray as Trent. Cristela was written
by Cristela Alonzo and Kevin Hench. Executive producers are Kevin Hench,
Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements and Shawn Levy.
Fresh Off the Boat - It’s the 90s and 11 year old, hip-hop loving Eddie (Hudson Yang) just
moved to suburban Orlando from DC’s Chinatown with his parents (Randall
Park and Constance Wu). It’s culture shock for his immigrant family in
this comedy about pursuing the American Dream. Fresh Off the Boat is
based on Chef Eddie Huang’s memoir. Fresh Off the
Boat stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang
as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery and Ian Chen as Evan. Fresh Off the Boat was written by Nahnatchka Khan, who also serves as executive
producer. Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar are executive producers, and Eddie
Huang is producer.
Galavant - Screenwriter/executive producer Dan Fogelman (The Neighbors, Tangled, Cars) teams up with Broadway and Hollywood award-winning
musical team—composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) and lyricist Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid, Tangled)—for a musical comedy fairytale of epic proportions. Once
upon a time, the dashing hero, Galavant (Joshua Sasse), lost the love of
his life, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), to the evil King Richard (Timothy
Omundson). Now, our fallen hero is ready to take revenge and restore his
“happily ever after.” But it won’t be without a few twists and turns
along the way. Galavant stars Joshua Sasse as Galavant, Timothy
Omundson as King Richard, Vinnie Jones as Gareth, Mallory Jansen as
Madalena, Karen David as Isabella and Luke Youngblood as Sid. Galavant
was written by Dan Fogelman, who also serves as executive producer.
Executive producers are Alan Menken, Glenn Slater and Chris Koch. Galavant was directed by Chris Koch.
Manhattan Love Story - Have you ever wondered what your date was thinking? This romantic comedy
exposes the differences between men and women through the unfiltered
thoughts, and often contradictory actions, of a new couple who have just
begun dating. Manhattan Love Story stars Analeigh Tipton as Dana,
Jake McDorman as Peter, Nicolas Wright as David, Jade Catta-Preta as
Amy, Chloe Wepper as Chloe and Kurt Fuller as William. Manhattan Love
Story was written by Jeff Lowell (Drew Carey Show, Spin City). Michael Fresco directed the pilot.
Selfie - “Instafamous” Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) has 263,000 followers who hang
on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But one lonely day, she has a
revelation: being friended is not the same as having actual friends. She
asks marketing guru Henry (John Cho) to ‘rebrand’ her self-obsessed
reputation and teach her how to connect with people in the real world.
Loosely based on My Fair Lady, Selfie explores the modern struggles
of Eliza and Henry, as he tries to teach her how to live life
offline—whether she ‘likes’ it or not. Selfie stars Karen Gillan as
Eliza, John Cho as Henry, Tim Peper as Ethan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph as
Charmonique, Allyn Rachel as Bryn and David Harewood as Sam. Selfie
was written by Emily Kapnek and directed by Julie Anne Robinson, who
also serve as executive producers.