ABC has always been interesting (and infuriating) to write about when it comes to Upfronts. They tend to hold things to the vest, neither confirming or denying what has been renewed or cancelled, until pretty much the day of. This year, they made their announcements pretty early (for them anyways), revealing over Twitter on Thursday night.
THE MUPPETS [Comedy – Tuesdays @ 8]: This isn’t the kids’ Muppets. In this new series, it’ll be the Muppets a la The Office, employing a documentary-style feel that will explore the personal life and relationships of the Muppets. It may not be the kids’ Muppets, but it’s the Muppets for the kids at heart.
QUANTICO [Drama – Tuesdays @ 10]: The series follows a group of young FBI recruits as they fight their way through training at Quantico. We will see them in present day, with flashbacks to what made them who they are and what led them to joining the FBI, as well as a flash-forward to when one of the recruits gets activated as a sleeper terrorist and becomes responsible for a big terror attack. Consider it to be like How to Get Away With Murder, except it’s “Who’s the terrorist?”
DR.KEN [Comedy – Fridays @ 8:30]: Ken Jeong stars as a man who is trying and failing at juggling his career as a doctor, his marriage, and parenting. First of all, kudos to the network for continuing to diversify its shows. Second of all, Albert Tsai is back on another TV series – BERTWHEELS!
OIL [Drama – Sundays @ 9]: Chace Crawford and Rebecca Rittenhouse play a small-town couple who uproots their life to North Dakota, where the biggest oil discovery in America is made. Soon after, they find themselves threatened by a ruthless business tycoon (played by Don Johnson), who pushes them to bet on everything they’ve ever worked for; Amber Valetta, Scott Michael Foster, and India de Beaufort also star. I know for certain I’m going to have to wait and see more of it before I make a decision, because as is, it doesn’t really appeal to me. I like the cast they’ve assembled, so I’ll give it a shot.
OF KINGS AND PROPHETS [Drama – Sunday @ 10]: Biblical saga…. Aaannnd that’s where you lose me. Sorry.
THE CATCH [Drama – Midseason]: In the latest Shondaland drama, Mirelle Enos plays Alice Martin, a fraud investigator who is about to get conned herself by her fiance. At this point, we know way better than to underestimate the power of Shonda Rhimes, and once again, she’s bringing stories of powerful women to the forefront. None of the other names in the cast stand out to me, except Bethany Joy Lenz! Haley James Scott, everyone! Count me in!
THE FAMILY [Drama – Midseason]: When the previously presumed dead son of a politician returns after disappearing a decade earlier, it causes many suspicions from those all around, including those linked to the initial murder case. Joan Allen, Rupert Graves, Zach Gilford, and Allison Pill are among the stars of this series. I really think they should reconsider the title because it is incredible vague and generic, and doesn’t really give you a sense of what the show is about. Title aside, this has potential; however, in this day and age, I don’t know how a mystery like this could stretch out further than one season.
THE REAL O’NEALS [Comedy – Midseason]: A seemingly picture-perfect family find their life changed when the youngest son comes out, and they decide to finally stop pretending and just be real. Martha Plimpton, Jay R. Ferguson, and Bebe Wood star.
UNCLE BUCK [Comedy – Midseason]: Based on the 1989 movie of the same name, Mike Epps plays the title character, a man-child who learns to be an adult by becoming the nanny to his brother’s (James Lesure) kids.
WICKED CITY [Drama – Midseason]: This will be another series going the anthology route if it goes on for multiple seasons, following a notable case in Los Angeles history. For its first season, the case revolves around a murder on the Sunset Strip in 1982, where sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll were everything. I think this could be a really interesting show because of the history involved. Plus, Ed Westwick and Erika Christensen is in it? I’ll be more than happy to check it out.
- ABC is pretty much sticking to what worked for them this season. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday (TGIT) will stay the same, with their midseason shows airing either after a series has finished its run for the season or bridging between two halves of a show’s season. The Catch will air after How To Get Away With Murder is done, because obviously. Wicked City will take over Tuesdays at 10 after Quantico finishes. Secrets and Lies will run during Nashville‘s winter break. Same goes with Galavant/Once Upon A Time and Agent Carter/Agents of SHIELD as it was this season.
- Speaking of Agent Carter, ABC also released a synopsis for next season, which is actually quite surprising that they already had it on hand. Season 2 will see Peggy move from NYC to LA to fight against new threats. My immediate question is: What does that mean for Angie/Lyndsy Fonseca??!! (Because you know I constantly need to see my Nikita people on screen.) AND THEN: What does that mean for Jarvis/James D’arcy, Sousa/Enver Gjokaj and Thompson/Chad Michael Murray? I need to know!!!
- Fresh Off the Boat will stay on Tuesdays, but air after The Muppets. That is until Muppets finishes its run and then it moves back to its original timeslot and one of the other new comedies will get slotted into 8:30. No word on whether the real Eddie Huang will continue working with the show.