2014 Fall TV Preview: ABC New Show Guide – ‘Agent Carter’, ‘Selfie’ & More

Published 5 months ago by , Updated June 16th, 2014 at 12:58 am,

abc fall tv preview 2014 Fall TV Preview: ABC New Show Guide – Agent Carter, Selfie & More

Whereas NBC seems as if they are running away from family comedies after an embarrassing recent development track record, ABC has fared better with Modern Family, The Goldbergs and The Middle. Looking to build on that, the network has committed to three new family comedies  - Black-ish, Cristela and Fresh Off the Boat (mid-season) – that also happen to inject a bit of welcome diversity into ABC’s lineup.

Besides that triumvirate of suburban giggle inducers, the network has also committed to three laughers that are a bit more high-concept – keeping with ABC’s mixed development approach that has delivered shows as varied as the now cancelled Mixology and The Neighbors in the last two years. This time, ABC is giving us a musical fantasy tale (Galavant, which will be held till mid-season), an ultra-modern retelling of My Fair Lady (Selfie), and a conventional romantic comedy that somewhat focuses on the characters inner-monologues (Manhattan Love Story).

On the drama side of the aisle, ABC will also look to supplement their stock of reliable mainstays and promising sophomores with four very different crime dramas. How to Get Away with Murder from Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal super-producer Shonda Rhimes; a Castle/Bones type show about a mismatched cop/civilian adviser pair whose hook is that the civilian is an immortal medical examiner (really); and a pair of intense mid-season crime dramas with casts that are filled with familiar faces – American Crime and Secrets and Lies. Besides those four, ABC is also echoing their most successful drama debuts from last season (Resurrection and Agents of SHIELD) with another serialized and grand sci-fi mystery show (The Whispers, which also seems to echo Torchwood: Children of Earth based on the trailer and the synopsis), and Marvel’s Agent Carter

So, are any of these going to be your next favorite? 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.

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Black-ish (Comedy)

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Showrunner: Larry Wilmore (who will reportedly step aside due to his new job as host of The Minority Report)
Producers: Kenya Barris, Larry Wilmore, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland, Tom Russo, Brian Dobbins, Peter Principato, Paul Young and James Griffiths
Starring: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, and Laurence Fishburne

Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson (Anthony Anderson) has a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), four kids, and a colonial home in the ‘burbs. But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family? With a little help from his dad (Laurence Fishburne), Dre sets out to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family that honors their past while embracing the future.

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Cristela (Comedy)

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Showrunner: Cristela Alonzo and Kevin Hench
Producers: Cristela Alonzo, Kevin Hench, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements and Shawn Levy
Starring: Cristela Alonzo, Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos, Andrew Leeds, and Sam McMurray

In her sixth year of law school, Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) is finally on the brink of landing her first big (unpaid) internship at a prestigious law firm. The only problem is that her pursuit of success is more ambitious than her traditional Mexican-American family thinks is appropriate. She’s stuck straddling the old culture she’s trying to modernize at home with her working-class family and the modern world she’s trying to embrace in her professional career. Breakout comedian Cristela Alonzo stars in this hilarious comedy about laughing your way down the path to the new American dream.

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Fresh Off the Boat (Comedy)

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Showrunner: Nahnatchka Khan
Producers:
Nahnatchka Khan, Jake Kasdan and Eddie Huang
Starring: 
Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen

It’s the ’90s and 11 year old, hip-hop loving Eddie (Hudson Yang) just moved to suburban Orlando from DC’s Chinatown with his parents (Randall Park and Constance Wu). It’s culture shock for his immigrant family in this comedy about pursuing the American Dream. “Fresh Off the Boat” is based on Chef Eddie Huang’s memoir Fresh Off the Boat.

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Galavant (Comedy)

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Showrunner: Dan Fogelman
Producers: Dan Fogelman, Alan Menken, Glenn Slater and Chris Koch
Starring: Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones, Mallory Jansen, Karen David and Luke Youngblood

Screenwriter/executive producer Dan Fogelman (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Tangled,” “Cars”) teams up with Broadway and Hollywood award-winning musical team-composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast”) and lyricist Glenn Slater (“The Little Mermaid,” “Tangled”)-for a musical comedy fairytale of epic proportions. Once upon a time, the dashing hero, Galavant (Joshua Sasse), lost the love of his life, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), to the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson). Now, our fallen hero is ready to take revenge and restore his “happily ever after.” But it won’t be without a few twists and turns along the way.

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Manhattan Love Story (Comedy)

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Showrunner: Jeff Lowell
Producers:
Jeff Lowell, Peter Traugott, Robin Schwartz, Rachel Kaplan and Jon Liebman
Starring:
Analeigh Tipton, Jake McDorman, Nicolas Wright, Jade Catta-Preta, Chloe Wepper and Kurt Fuller

Have you ever wondered what your date was thinking? This romantic comedy exposes the differences between men and women through the unfiltered thoughts, and often contradictory actions, of a new couple who have just begun dating.

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Selfie (Comedy)

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Showrunner: Emily Kapnek
Producers: Emily Kapnek, Julie Ann Robinson
Starring: Karen Gillan, John Cho, Tim Peper, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Allyn Rachel and David Harewood

“Instafamous” Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But one lonely day, she has a revelation: being friended is not the same as having actual friends. She asks marketing guru Henry (John Cho) to ‘rebrand’ her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect with people in the real world. Loosely based on “My Fair Lady,” “Selfie” explores the modern struggles of Eliza and Henry, as he tries to teach her how to live life offline-whether she ‘likes’ it or not. “Selfie” stars Karen Gillan as Eliza, John Cho as Henry, Tim Peper as Ethan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Charmonique, Allyn Rachel as Bryn and David Harewood as Sam.

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American Crime (Drama) 

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Showrunner: John Ridley
Producers: John Ridley and Michael J. McDonald
Starring: Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, W. Earl Brown, Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Benito Martinez, Penelope Ann Miller, Elvis Nolasco and Johnny Ortiz

All over the news are reports about a young couple in Modesto, California, who were attacked in their home. Matt Skokie, a war vet, was killed, and his wife, Lily, is unconscious, barely hanging on. Both sets of parents are at her bedside hoping for a miracle while four suspects are about to be arrested. The case sends shock waves into the community stirring up tensions across racial lines in this gritty drama-from the point of the victims.

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Forever (Drama) 

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Showrunner: Matt Miller
Producers: Matt Miller, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Barbra Eve Harris, Donniie Keshawarz, Joel David Moore and Judd Hirsch

Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn’t just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years-the answer to his own inexplicable immortality. This long life has given Henry remarkable observation skills which impresses his new partner, Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza). Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry’s long and colorful past. Only his best friend and confidant, Abe (Judd Hirsch) knows Henry’s secret.

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How to Get Away with Murder (Drama) 

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Showrunner: Peter Nowalk
Producers: Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers
Starring: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Katie Findlay, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Karla Souza, Charlie Weber and Liza Weil

The brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) gets entangled with four law students from her class “How to Get Away with Murder.” Little do they know that they will have to apply what they learned to real life, in this masterful, sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, executive producers of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.”

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Marvel’s Agent Carter (Drama)

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Producers: Tara Butters, Michelle Fazekas, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Chris Dingess, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Stan Lee and Jeph Loeb
Starring: Hayley Atwell

“Marvel’s Agent Carter,” starring “Captain America’s” Hayley Atwell, follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers. Inspired by the feature films “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” along with the short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.”

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Secrets and Lies (Drama) 

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Showrunner: Barbie Kligman
Producers: Barbie Kligman, Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield
Starring: Ryan Phillippe, KaDee Strickland, Natalie Martinez, Clifton Collins Jr., Indiana Evans, Belle Shouse and Juliet Lewis

Ben Garner (Ryan Phillippe) is about to go from Good Samaritan to murder suspect, after he discovers the body of his neighbor’s young son in the woods. As Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) digs for the truth, the secrets and lies of this town come to the surface and no one is above suspicion. Ben’s family’s life will be turned upside down as he sets out on a complicated journey to prove his innocence in this thriller mystery from Barbie Kligman (“Private Practice”) based on the original Australian series of the same name.

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The Whispers (Drama) 

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Showrunner: Soo Hugh
Producers: Soo Hugh, Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Dawn Olmstead
Starring: Lilly Rabe, Barry Sloane, Milo Ventimiglia, Derek Webster, Brianna Brown, Catalina Denis, Kylie Rogers and Kyle Harrison

Aliens have invaded Earth by using our most unlikely resource to achieve world domination-our children. As the kids unwittingly help these unseen enemies, the clock counts down in this suspenseful race to save humanity.

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So, that is what ABC has planned, now we want to know what you think!

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  1. I might check out Agent Carter but that’s pretty much it. The others don’t interest me

    • I will definitely give Agent Carter a chance and watch that one, the others look like so much empty space, MEH-bait, things you won’t remember if you do watch them by the time you get to the kitchen for a snack, warmed-up and luke-warm “yeah, a situation comedy; yeah, a crime drama with lawyers or cops or something”, yawnability type stuff, except:
      HHHMMMM…Galavant. Now that show looks so dorky, could it be the one in a million long-shot that is actually struggling but watchable? I wonder? Probably dumb, but I will make note of it and maybe give it a peek. After all, I did like “Once Upon A Mattress” with the carol Burnett crew, and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”….!

  2. The Whispers look likes it has a lot of possible potential….ABC seems to be going out on a limb lately on interesting offerings as well taking advantage of odd air times ( i.e. Rookie Blues, Agent Carter, the Dome, Resurrection and Extant ).

    And honestly I watch anything with Viola Davis in it…

  3. Am I the only one that thinks those comedies are predicated around stereotypes and are borderline racist? Anyways they look hilarious.

    • Yes, I thought I was the only thinking that, they don’t look right

  4. Ok ABC. you are trying to HARD. some this stuff is not going to make it?

  5. The Whispers sounds awfully like “The Whisper People” in the brilliant Nic Cage film Knowing, who picked out certain children to relay their message to. I like Lily Rabe but it doesn’t sound interesting enough to make me wanna watch for her.

    Agent Carter seems ok bu Agents Of SHIELD left a seriously bad taste in my mouth after seeming cool but actually turned out to be utter dross when it actually aired (even the later episodes of the season were garbage) so unsure if I’ll bother watching it.

    The rest sound crap.

    • Don’t know if you are genuinely suggesting Whispers is ripping off Knowing, but it’s worth noting that the TV show is actually based on a Ray Bradbury story from 1951.

  6. “Forever” seems to be very close to that show “New Amsterdam” which had Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) starring.

  7. Aside from Agent Carter, the rest just seem either completely terrible or just rip offs of older shows that never made it past first season. Almost none of these will make it past half a season.

    • Pretty much agree. Carter might last, and as the long-shot of the century (and it is a long shot), maybe Galavant. But the rest I have already forgotten and I have not made it off this Screen Rant page yet! Those are the only two I will watch.

  8. The Doctor does not approve of Selfie.

  9. I completely agree. Half these comedies premises are like border line racist. The names alone are outrageous. Just imagine trying to describe one of these shows to a coworker at the water cooler.

    “So what did you do last night?”
    “Oh just caught the latest episode of Fresh off the boat… you know that show that comes right after black-ness”

    lol what are these exec’s thinking?

  10. Some may think that they are trying to hard, but I like the fact they have added shows based around people of color, and I like the fact that people of color are also behind the camera. I mean you cant really have a show about all one race of people without a few people of that race to help the show appeal to the targeted audience.

    Show I will watch: Black-ish, How to Get Away with Murder, The Whispers

    Shows that seem interesting (may watch): Cristela, Fresh off the boat, Forever, Marvel’s Agent Carter

  11. Galavant…a musical comedy. I wasn’t interested until I saw Vinnie Jones in the cast.

    Vinnie Jones in a musical comedy? I was intrigued. I watched the trailer. That show looks fantastic! Timothy Omundson is hilarious in the trailer. So, I’ll give it a whirl next year.