Before we cover the alphabet network’s new offerings, let’s quickly talk about returning programs. Quantico got a last-minute reprieve. It received a shortened Season 3 renewal and will get a new showrunner. Once Upon A Time gets banished to Fridays, pushing Shark Tank to Sundays. Meanwhile, American Housewife and black-ish swap timeslots.
Both Dancing With The Stars and The Bachelor launch new spinoffs. The former gets Dancing with the Stars Junior while the latter spawns The Bachelor Winter Games which sounds amazing BTW. I can’t wait for these horny singles to battle it out.
With regards to new programming, like NBC, ABC resurrects a former hit. Roseanne is officially coming back with the original cast all in tow. Lecy Goranson will play Becky, a role she originated, while Sarah Chalke, who played Becky #2, steps in for an undisclosed new role.
With Scandal ending and The Catch canceled, Shonda Rhimes debuts the lawyer drama, For The People, in hopes of keeping TGIT alive.
Surprisingly, ABC decided to air Marvel’s Inhumans on Fridays, paired with OUAT, and not give it a more high-profile night. Guess the network is trying to fill the void of NBC’s former supernatural night helmed by Grimm.
The Freddie Highmore drama, The Good Doctor, the Jason Ritter series The Gospel of Kevin, comedy The Mayor, Ten Days In The Valley and aformentioned Inhumans will debut in the fall, while the dramas For the People, The Crossing and Deception, along with comedies Alex, Inc. and Splitting Up Together are being held for midseason. Also not arriving until 2018 are The Bachelor Winter Games, a live musical of The Little Mermaid and the American Idol reboot.
Check out all the trailers and show descriptions below. Weigh in afterward on which ones have the most potential to breakout next season. For me, Deception, For The People, The Crossing and Alex, Inc. look the most promising, along with Roseanne and Bachelor Winter Games.
For all of this season’s renewals and cancellations, click here.
ABC 2017-2018 Schedule
8/7c: Dancing With The Stars
10/9c: The Good Doctor
8/7c: The Middle
8:30/7:30c: Fresh Off the Boat
9:30/8:30c: The Mayor
10/9c: The Gospel of Kevin
8/7c: The Goldbergs
9/8c: Modern Family
9:30/8:30c: American Housewife
10/9c: Designated Survivor
8/7c: Grey’s Anatomy
10/9c: How To Get Away With Murder
8/7c: Once Upon a Time
9/8c: Marvel’s Inhumans
8/7c: Saturday Night Football
7/6c: America’s Funniest Home Videos
8/7c: To Tell the Truth
9/8c: Shark Tank
10/9c: Ten Days In the Valley
ABC 2017-2018 New Shows & Trailers
For The People
Set in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, aka “The Mother Court,” this new Shondaland drama follows brand-new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution handling the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country—all as their lives intersect in and out of the courtroom. The series is created by Shondaland’s Paul William Davies and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.
The series, from ABC Studios, stars Britne Olford as Sandra Bell, Lyndon Smith as Allison Adams, Ben Rappaport as Seth Oliver, Susannah Flood as Kate Littlejohn, Wesam Keesh as Jay Simmons, Regé-Jean Page as Leonard Knox, Ben Shenkman as Roger Gunn, Hope Davis as Jill Carlan, Vondie Curtis-Hall as Judge Nicholas Byrne and Anna Deavere Smith as Tina Krissman.
When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, influence and illusion — the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he will help the government catch the world’s most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career. The series is from writer/executive producer Chris Fedak (Chuck) and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero and Sarah Schechter. Illusionist David Kwong (Now You See Me) will co-produce.
Deception stars Jack Cutmore-Scott as Cameron Black/Jonathan Black, Ilfenesh Hadera as Kay Daniels, Lenora Crichlow as Dina Clark, Amaury Nolasco as Mike Alvarez, Justin Chon as Jordan Kwon, Laila Robins as Special Agent Deakins and Vinnie Jones as Gunter Gustafsen
Refugees from a war-torn country seek asylum in a small American fishing town, only the country these people are from is America… and the war they are fleeing hasn’t happened yet.. As the government tries to uncover the truth behind this mysterious migration only one thing is certain: The lives of the people here — both the townspeople and these newcomers — will never be the same. Writers Dan Dworkin & Jay Beattie executive produce with Jason Reed.
The Crossing stars Steve Zahn as Jude Miller, Natalie Martinez as Reece, Sandrine Holt as Emma Ren, Rick Gomez as Nestor, Jay Karnes as Craig Lindauer, Marcuis Harris as Caleb, Simone Kessel as Rebecca, Kelly Missal as Hannah, Rob Campbell as Paul, Grant Harvey as Roy, Bailey Skodje as Leah, Jon D’Leo as Will, Luc Roderique as Bryce and Tommy Bastow as Marshall. The pilot is directed by Rob Bowman. The series is from ABC Studios.
The Good Doctor
Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues. The series is from David Shore (House) and Lost and Hawaii Five-O star Daniel Dae Kim.
The series stars Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, Antonia Thomas as Dr. Claire Brown, Nicholas Gonzalez as Dr. Neal Melendez, Chuku Modu as Dr. Jared Kalu, Irene Keng as Dr. Sarah Chen, Beau Garrett as Jessica Preston, Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews and Richard Schiff as Dr. Aaron Glassman.
The Gospel Of Kevin
Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter, Parenthood), a cluelessly self-serving person, is on a dangerous path to despair. In a downward spiral, Kevin returns home to stay with his widowed twin sister (JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Once Upon a Time) and niece. On his first night there, an unlikely celestial being named Yvette (Cristela Alonzo, Cristela) appears to him and presents him with a mission—to save the world. A light drama from executive producers Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters (Marvel’s Agent Carter, Resurrection, Reaper).
The Gospel of Kevin stars Jason Ritter as Kevin Finn, JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Amy, Cristela Alonzo as Yvette, J. August Richards as Nate, Chloe East as Reese, Dustin Ybarra as Tyler and India de Beaufort as Kristin. The pilot is directed by Paul McGuigan.
Ten Days In The Valley
“Ten Days in the Valley” stars Kyra Sedgwick as Jane Sadler, an overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a separation whose life is turned upside down when her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night. Just like her controversial police TV show, everything is a mystery, everyone has a secret and no one can be trusted.
“Ten Days in the Valley” stars Kyra Sedgwick as Jane Sadler, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as John Bird, Kick Gurry as Pete Greene, Erika Christensen as Ali Petrovich, Felix Solis as David Gomez, Josh Randall as Tom Petrovich, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Matt Abigail Pniowsky as Lake and Francois Battiste as Gus.
The Inhumans, a race of superhumans with diverse and singularly unique powers, were first introduced in Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965. Since that time, they have grown in prominence and become some of the most popular and iconic characters in the Marvel Universe. Marvel’s The Inhumans will explore the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family.
ABC’s Marvel’s Inhumans stars Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Ken Leung as Karnak, Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Serinda Swan as Medusa, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal and Iwan Rheon as Maximus.
Splitting Up Together
Based on the Danish series, Splitting Up Together is the story of a couple (Jenna Fischer, The Office, Oliver Hudson, Scream Queens) whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory) writes and serves as executive producer of this new comedy, along with Ellen DeGeneres.
The series stars Jenna Fischer as Lena, Oliver Hudson as Martin, Bobby Lee as Arthur, Diane Farr as Maya, Lindsay Price as Camille, Olivia Keville as Mae, Van Crosby as Mason and Sander Thomas as Milo.
Inspired by the podcast StartUp, Alex Schuman (Zach Braff, Scrubs) is a brilliant radio journalist, husband and father of two who is about to do something crazy—quit his job and start his own company. He quickly discovers it’s going to be a lot harder than he thought. Zach Braff stars, directs and is executive producer with Matt Tarses (Scrubs) and Davis Entertainment (Dr. Ken, Blacklist). The series stars Zach Braff as Alex Schuman, Tiya Sircar as Rooni, Hillary Anne Matthews as Deirdre, Michael Imperioli as Eddie, Elisha Henig as Ben and Audyssie James as Soraya.
Matt Tarses is writer and executive producer, Zach Braff is director and executive producer, John Davis and John Fox are executive producers of the series, from Davis Entertainment as are Alex Blumberg, Chris Gilberti and Matt Lieber (Gimlet Media) in association with Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studio
Young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall) needs his big break. For years, he’s toiled away in a small inner-city apartment, making music in his junk-filled bedroom closet. Tired of waiting for opportunity, Courtney cooks up the publicity stunt of the century: Running for mayor of his hometown in California to generate buzz for his music career. Unfortunately for Courtney, his master plan goes wildly awry, ending in the most terrifying of outcomes: An election victory. With the help of his mother (Yvette Nicole Brown, Community) and friends, including Valentina (Glee’s Lea Michele), Courtney will have to overcome his hubris if he wants to transform the struggling city he loves.
From Tony winner Executive Producer Daveed Diggs (Broadway’s Hamilton), writer/executive producer Jeremy Bronson (Speechless, The Mindy Project, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) and executive producer Jamie Tarses (Happy Endings), the series is from ABC Studios. The pilot is directed by Executive Producer James Griffiths (black-ish).
Iconic comedy series “Roseanne” will return to ABC. The eight-episode reboot, featuring the original cast – Roseanne Barr (Roseanne), John Goodman (Dan), Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Laurie Metcalf (Jackie), Michael Fishman (D.J.) and Lecy Goranson (Becky) – will air in 2018. Sarah Chalke, who played the character Becky in later seasons, will also appear in another role.
When it premiered on ABC, the series broke new ground for its realistic portrayal of a working-class family, the Conners, barely scraping by in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. It also dominated the ratings as one of the highest-rated television series on the air for its near-decade run. A comedy about ordinary people who faced day-to-day survival with a sense of the absurdity of it all, the inimitable Roseanne was its epicenter. Lauded for its humor, relevance, warmth and honesty, the Conner family will continue to deal with the economic challenges of living pay check to pay check in 2018. In its nine seasons on ABC, in addition to being a primetime ratings hit, the series won a Peabody Award and a Golden Globe Award for best television series (comedy or musical). Barr and Goodman each won Golden Globes for best performance by an actress and actor. Barr went on to win an Emmy as lead actress, and Metcalf won two supporting actress Emmys for her work on the series.
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