Upfronts 2014: ABC Unveils Schedule for the New Season

Last season ABC only renewed two of its freshman series: Nashville and The Neighbors. This season, they did slightly better and renewed three: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Resurrection, and The Goldbergs. The network is obviously hoping for better results next season by picking up a total of 12 shows.

SECRETS AND LIES [Drama – Midseason/TBA]: When Ben Garner (Ryan Phillipe) finds the body of a 4-year old boy, he becomes the prime suspect. Everything is at stake for Ben, as he attempts to clear his name and find out who the real killer is, all while under the watchful eye of Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis). I’m not going to lie, I’m getting a little weary of murder mysteries, so my interest in this will really depend on the overall tone and feel of the show.

RYAN PHILLIPPE, JULIETTE LEWIS

SELFIE [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 8]: Karen Gillan stars Eliza Dooley (inspired by My Fair Lady) as a 20-something who after experiencing a very public and embarrassing break-up, finds herself with more social media followers than she could ever imagine, though not exactly for the right reasons. To help change her image, Eliza enlists the help of a marketing expert. Talk about relevant to today’s society! Between Gillan and John Cho, I’m in; I just hope it’s really funny and that ABC does well by it.

TIMOTHY PEPER, JOHN CHO, DA'VINE JOY RANDOLPH, KAREN GILLAN, ALLYN RACHEL, DAVID HAREWOOD

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER [Drama – Thursdays @ 10]: Viola Davis stars in the latest Shonda Rhimes series, playing a law professor, who along with her students get entangled in a murder plot that could change their lives forever.

MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER [Drama – Midseason/TBA]: Just because the network has Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. already, doesn’t mean it’s done with the corporate synergy and Marvel TV. For those who have seen the movie, you would obviously know about Agent Peggy Carter from the Captain America films. The show picks up in 1946, after the events of the first Cap movie, with Agent Carter now balancing her life between her atypical job as an administrative assistant  and working undercover for Howard Stark. SHIELD has had a rough go at it this season, but with the corporate synergy and whatnot, Marvel/Disney/ABC wasn’t going to let down so easy and allow DC to take over TV. Agent Carter allows them to explore the early origins of SHIELD, keeping it all connected, and give us a character that fans are quite fond of. Also, smart move for ABC to use this show as a bridge during SHIELD’s winter hiatus, instead of giving it its own timeslot on the schedule (they learned their lesson from this past season!)

HAYLEY ATWELL

BLACK-ISH [Comedy – Wednesdays @ 9:30]: Anthony Anderson stars in this comedy about an African-American family who wonder if they have assimilated too much into white culture. Finally, ABC gets more diverse with its shows, this being the first of two comedies with a minority cast. I’m hoping for the best on this one and with ABC giving it the plum post-Modern Family timeslot, clearly they are too. Though in recent years, that timeslot has been somewhat cursed, this is the first time they’ve put a family comedy that makes sense to follow MF, as opposed to the younger skewing shows that didn’t work out for the network/schedule (Super Fun Night, Mixology, Don’t Trust the B**ch in Apartment 23, Happy Endings).

MARCUS SCRIBNER, TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, MARSAI MARTIN, ANTHONY ANDERSON, MILES BROWN, LAURENCE FISHBURNE, YARA SHAHIDI

AMERICAN CRIME [Drama – Midseason/TBA]: A young couple is brutally attacked in their home and though the husband – a war vet – is killed, his wife remains unconscious. The families of the young couple must now wait for a miracle and deal with the aftermath. It’s hard to tell from the description what we can expect from the show. I need to see more before making a firm decision. The network has announced that once Resurrection finishes its run for the season, American Crime will take its place (Sundays @ 9).

FOREVER [Drama – Tuesdays @ 10]: Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), an NYC medical examiner, has a secret – he’s immortal. He studies the dead not only to solve cases but to find answers to his immortality. It’s an interesting twist to the typical procedural, but is it a big enough hook for me to tune in? Not so sure.

GALAVANT [Comedy – Midseason/TBA]: Musical fairytale comedy – what could go wrong? Galavant (Joshua Sasse) lost his one true love to the king and sets out on revenge. So musical fairytale revenge comedy. Forgive me for having doubts to how this could possibly work without looking incredibly cheesy. The show is set to debut in OUAT’s timeslot while OUAT is on winter break.

JOSHUA SASSE

THE WHISPERS [Drama – Midseason/TBA]: Aliens are slowly invading our planet by using our most precious resource against us – our children. The show stars Lily Rabe, Milo Ventimiglia, and Barry Sloane. Aliens can be a difficult topic to deal with based simply on the fact that, there’s so many ways they can do this. With the focus being that the aliens are unseen, I feel like they are being used as merely a device to tell the storyline (at least in the beginning). I’m reserving a wait-and-see attitude with this.

BRIANNA BROWN, KYLIE ROGERS, BARRY SLOANE, LILY RABE, KYLE HARRISON BREITKOPF, MILO VENTIMIGLIA

FRESH OFF THE BOAT [Comedy – Midseason/TBA]: Set in the 1990s, Eddie is a hip-hop loving 12-year old kid living in suburban Orlando. Culture clash is strong and inevitable for Eddie’s Taiwanese-American family; his father owns an All-American chain steakhouse and is obsessed with all things American, while his mother is perpetually confused by the culture. This could go either way – offensive or painfully funny…I’m really hoping it’s the latter. But hey, at least they won me over with the title alone (it’s an Asian joke).

FORREST WHEELER, IAN CHEN, RANDALL PARK, HUDSON YANG, CONSTANCE WU

CRISTELA [Comedy – Fridays @ 8:30]: In this semi-autobiographical show, Cristela Alonso is a law student who struggles to balance her career aspirations with the expectations of her Mexican-American family.

MANHATTAN LOVE STORY [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 8:30]: A young couple (played by Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman) in the early stages of dating, exposes the differences between men and women through their unfiltered thoughts. The bar for rom-com TV is set at The Mindy Project, so in order for this to succeed they have to have sharp funny writing and something that will truly set it apart from other relationship comedies.

Notables/Thoughts:

  • SHIELD is staying put on Tuesdays, but will now air at 9:00. Smart move from the network to air their new comedies earlier than their NBC/FOX competition. I mean, 6 comedies in the same one hour block was tough on everyone.
  • Thursdays are now owned by Shonda Rhimes, with Grey’s Anatomy shifting to 8:00, Scandal to 9:00, and her new show How to Get Away With Murder at 10:00. My only concern is that Scandal has always seemed to be a 10 PM show, because they could get away with more, so they may have to tone down the crazy just a little bit due to their new timeslot.
  • The Goldbergs are moving to Wednesdays @ 8:30. With Wednesdays being essentially the family comedy night for ABC, this should turn out well for the show.

For a complete look at ABC’s fall schedule, plus full descriptions of the new shows, head on over to Entertainment Weekly.

On deck for tomorrow: CBS (which is to say don’t expect a lot of changes to the schedule; my guess anyways)!

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