Though we won’t get the chance to get a full look at any of these shows until the fall, we’re still awash in excitement and speculation as Upfront Week delivers unto us a hefty roster of new shows to swoon and speculate over. So far, we’ve already taken a look at both FOX and NBC‘s freshman offerings for next season, but now it’s time to look at what ABC has to offer.
Though the perception exists that ABC doesn’t have nearly the same amount of holes in its schedule as NBC, they do have their fair share of problems and, next season, they’re looking to fill their schedule with safe bets like Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a Once Upon a Time spin-off, and a few seemingly smart family sitcoms in the vein of Suburgatory and Modern Family, Trophy Wife and The Goldbergs. ABC’s fall schedule will also wager on the star power of Rebel Wilson and Christian Slater, and the appeal of kickass law women (ala Castle‘s Kate Beckett) and another steamy prime time soap.
To help with your quick assessments of each series, we’ve broken the shows down to give you a better idea of what you can expect. It’s creators’ vision which fuels the heart of the show; producers’ responsibility is to help shape those ideas for television audiences; pilot directors set the visual tone for the entire series and paint the picture that other directors follow.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Drama)
Created by: Joss Whedon
Producers: Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb
Pilot Directed by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Ming-Na, Clark Gregg, Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ian De Caestecker, Chloe Bennet
Based on Marvel Comics’ secret intelligence organization that has appeared in countless titles, including Iron Man, Captain America and The Ultimates, since being introduced in the 1960s. The military law-enforcement agency’s moniker stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate, which also has evolved over time in the comics.
Back in the Game (Comedy)
Created by: Mark Cullen and Robb Cullen
Producers: Mark Cullen, Robb Cullen, Aaron Kaplan, John Requa and Glenn Ficarra
Starring: James Caan, Maggie Lawson, Griffin Gluck, Ben Koldyke, Kennedy Waite, Lenora Crichlow, J.J. Totah, Cooper Roth
When Terry Gannon (Psych‘s Maggie Lawson), a recently divorced, single mother, temporarily moves in with her estranged father (James Caan), a beer-swilling former baseball player, she reluctantly starts coaching her son’s (Griffin Gluck) underdog little league team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind.
Created by: David Zabel
Producers: David Zabel, Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya
Pilot Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Hannah Ware (Boss), Stuart Townsend, James Cromwell, Henry Thomas, Chris Johnson, Wendy Moniz, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Braeden Lemasters
A beautiful but unhappily married female photographer begins a torrid affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. When he turns out to be defending a murder suspect who is being prosecuted by her husband, the relationship and the case begin a spiraling series of betrayals with cataclysmic results for everyone involved.
The Goldbergs (Comedy)
Created by: Adam F. Goldberg (Breaking In)
Producers: Adam F. Goldberg, Doug Robinson, Seth Gordon
Starring: Wendi McLendon-Covey (Reno 9-1-1), Jeff Garlin, George Segal, Hayley Orrantia, Darien Provost, Troy Gentile, Sean Giambrone
A dysfunctional Wonder Years set in the simpler times of the 1980s, inspired by Adam F. Goldberg’s childhood.
Killer Women (Drama)
Created by: Hannah Shakespeare , Sofia Vergara
Producers: Hannah Shakespeare , Sofia Vergara and Martin Campbell
Pilot Directed by: Martin Campbell
Starring: Tricia Helfer, Marc Blucas, Michael Trucco, Alex Fernandez and Marta Milans
It’s hard to fit in when you’re the only woman in the notoriously male Texas Rangers, but that doesn’t stop Molly Parker — our ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers on her way there. Based on the Argentine series Mujeres Asesinas.
Lucky 7 (Drama)
Created by: Jason Richman
Producers: David Zabel, Jason Richman, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Steven Spielberg
Starring: Matt Long, Stephen Louis Grush, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Summer Bishil, Anastasia Phillips, Christine Evangelista, Lorraine Bruce, Luis Antonio Ramos
An adaptation of British drama The Syndicate, Lucky 7 revolves around seven employees of a service station in Queens whose lives are changed in unexpected ways when they win a lottery jackpot.
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