The 2017 upfronts have seen a plenty of new trailers for upcoming TV series, with NBC and FOX delivering their presentations at the beginning of the week. Next up is ABC, which following the announcement that long-running series Scandal would end with the upcoming season, as well as a reboot headed for Once Upon a Time, and the season 5 renewal of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the network still has a number of upcoming shows hoping to catch the eyes of viewers and the checkbooks of advertisers. This year, the Alphabet Network has, in addition to Marvel’s Inhumans, a revival of American Idol and Roseanne, along with Deception and the Jason Ritter-starring The Gospel of Kevin.
As far as trailers for its new series are concerned, however, ABC delivered many of the above series, as well as The Good Doctor, starring Freddie Highmore, as well as The Mayor, Alex, Inc., The Crossing, and Ten Days in the Valley, Splitting Up Together, and For the People. Take a look below:
That is an impressive amount of new shows for ABC to be premiering in the fall. Many of what they have on hand looks like it will continue to develop a similar kind of drama and single-camera comedy slate that the network has become known for over the past few years. It’s hard to say whether or not there are any true standouts here, though The Gospel of Kevin does look like it’ll be a strong offering based mainly on the charisma of Jason Ritter, who is impressively adept at walking that fine line between hopeless slacker and man who has had his eyes opened by a heavenly revelation.
Alex, Inc. and The Good Doctor also have the sort of star power that might get them early viewers. Braff’s return to television brings his vision entirely, as he not only stars in the series but also wrote and directed the pilot and will serve as executive producer. Meanwhile, coming off his starring role in Bates Motel is Freddie Highmore, who plays a gifted surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, which could present a unique challenge for the actor as he looks to step away from his defining role as Norman Bates.
The rest of the lineup could go either way, though, Splitting Up Together does have a potentially unique spin on the same domestic comedy/dramas of the past. Plus having Jenna Fischer on board won’t hurt its chances.
What do you think? Will this new batch of shows capture everyone’s attention come the fall? Which series are you most looking forward to?
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