ABC Fall Schedule 2014-2015

And now it’s ABC’s Turn to present their line up. Here’s what the fall schedule will look like on ABC. Below the schedule check out the new shows.

8-8:30 8:30-9 9-9:30 9:30-10 10-10:30 10:30-11
Monday Dancing with the Stars Castle
Tuesday Selfie Manhattan Love Story Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD/ Marvel’s Agent Carter (midseason bridge) Forever
Wednesday The Middle The Goldbergs Modern Family Black-ish Nashville
Thursday Grey’s Anatomy Scandal How to Get Away with Murder
Friday Last Man Standing Cristela Shark Tank 20/20
Saturday Saturday Night Football
Sunday Once Upon a Time/ Galavant (midseason bridge) Ressurection Revenge

The New Shows

American Crime


Official Synopsis:All over the news are reports about a young couple in Modesto, California, who were attacked in their home. The case sends shock waves into the community stirring up tensions across racial lines in this gritty drama.
Format: One Hour Drama
Cast: Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, W. Earl Brown, Richard Cabral, Caitlin Gerard, Benito Martinez, Penelope Ann Miller, Elvis Nolasco, Johnny Ortiz
Initial Impression: This is the kind of show that will have people buzzing every week if the drama is done well. It deals heavily with race relations and the issues of immigrants in this country. There are two sides to the story and hopefully it is full picture that is painted. Because of it’s potential controversy, this show could go either way. However also because of the nature of the show, it could be easy to see us switch to a new crime should it make it to a second season.

Black-Ish


Official Synopsis:
Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson has a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow, four kids, and a colonial home in the ‘burbs. But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family?
Format: Half Hour Comedy
Cast: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Marsai Martin, Laurence Fishburne
Initial Impression: Black-ish is an interesting take on the black family. One in which I think is relatable to all people regardless of race. It takes a look at cultural identity in an interesting way that doesn’t reinforce too many stereotypes. I’m digging it. Sure it could turn out terrible, but from this trailer it looks interesting. I’ll be checking it out at least once and I’m fairly sure that my family will be watching as well.

Cristela


Official Synopsis:In her sixth year of law school, Cristela 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.
Format: Half Hour Comedy
Cast:Cristela Alonzo, Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos, Andrew Leeds, Sam McMurray
Initial Impression: It seems like goofy comedy. It feels like a generic comedy despite the fact that it integrates yet another minority. None of the jokes really hit with me, but it could cater to certain offices. Since it is a Friday show it may have a better chance.

Forever


Official Synopsis: Doctor Henry Morgan, 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.
Format: One Hour Dramady
Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Barbara Eve Harris, Donnie Keshawarz, Joel David Moore, Judd Hirsch
Initial Impression: We are encountering yet another show attempting to meld the serious nature of solving crimes, with humor. In this case Henry Morgan can not die. In fact, whenever he does die, he emerges from a body of water naked. It is an interesting scenario and it’s clear he wants to find out why death is evading him. Of all the shows, I like the mix of the supernatural with the serious the most. It’s a bit goofy and a bit dangerous. The real question is if it can pull in an audience and keep them in. Based off the trailer, I will at least be checking it out.

Fresh Off the Boat


Official Synopsis:It’s the ’90s and 12 year old, hip-hop loving Eddie just moved to suburban Orlando from DC’s Chinatown with his parents. It’s culture shock for his immigrant family in this comedy about pursuing the American Dream.
Format: Half Hour Comedy
Cast: Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen
Initial Impression: It looks entertaining and it’s a different minority perspective that we don’t usually get to see. It seems as though the mother is the one who really carries the show. The laughs are there, so it should be enjoyable. That said, it’s questionable if enough people will invest in this show. It also seems to give in to stereotypes more than say Black-ish.

Galavant


Official Synopsis: Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love; Tangled; Cars) teams up with the award-winning musical duo of composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid; Beauty and the Beast) and lyricist Glenn Slater (Tangled) for a musical comedy fairytale of epic proportions.
Format: One Hour Musical Comedy
Cast: Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones, Mallory Jansen, Karen David, Luke Youngblood
Initial Impression: I’m a sucker for musicals, but not every one is. That said this his a musical comedy and you can definitely see the comedy aspects in the trailer. Timothy Omundson is great all around, but seeing him do comedy is always a joy. I’ll be looking forward to see him as king. That said the way the show comes off we could very well get a solid story and never see it again. Or the musical aspect could drive a lot of people away in this post Glee craze world. At least from the trailer it does seem that it is more like a traditional musical and is very music heavy.

How to Get Away With Murder


Official Synopsis:The brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating 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.
Format: One Hour Drama
Cast: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Katie Findlay, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Karla Souza, Charlie Weber, Liza Weil
Initial Impression: Let’s start out with yes that is Dean from the Harry Potter series as one of the main characters. FYI his real name is Alfie Enoch. The trailer paints a world of intrigue. It paints a teacher who questionable scruples and the world of law. That said it looks like it will be full of drama, however, I don’t see how this show could stay entertaining for more than one, maybe two seasons. Time will tell how this show pans out.

Manhattan Love Story


Official Synopsis: 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.
Format: Half Hour Comedy
Cast: Analeigh Tipton, Jake McDorman, Nicolas Wright, Jade Catta-Preta, Chloe Wepper, Kurt Fuller
Initial Impression: I like Analeigh Tipton, so I wanted to like this. The concept is novel, though constantly hearing the thoughts of these people may eventually just become grating. That said, it could lead to some interesting moments. I don’t have high hopes for this lasting past it’s first season unless it manages to knock it out of the park after the pilot episode. That said, it will be a fun little journey, hopefully as both characters come across as genuine.

Marvel’s Agent Carter

Official Synopsis: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.
Format:One Hour Drama
Cast: Hayley Atwell
Initial Impression: There’s no official trailer, but we already got a snippet of what we are going to see in the Agent Carter One Shot. So we already have an idea of what Peggy Carter will be facing and how she deals with things. I’m looking forward to it.

Selfie


Official Synopsis: Eliza Dooley 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 to ‘rebrand’ her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect.
Format: Half Hour Comedy
Cast: Karen Gillan, John Cho, Tim Peper, Allyn Rachel, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, David Harewood
Initial Impression: Even if this didn’t pair Karen Gillan with John Cho, I would have been sold on this project. There is something about the light fun nature of this that is exciting. Sure, like I’ve mentioned with many shows, I don’t know how long this show can last due to it’s premise. It is ultimately My Fair Lady, which means, if the characters have proper arcs, Eliza Dolley will have to become less vapid. The process should be enjoyable, but her vapid and self-obsessed nature can turn people away.

Secrets and Lies


Official Synopsis:Ben Garner 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 digs for the truth, the secrets and lies of this town come to the surface and no one is above suspicion.
Format: One Hour Drama
Cast:Ryan Phillippe, KaDee Strickland, Natalie Martinez, Clifton Collins, Jr., Indiana Evans, Belle Shouse, Juliette Lewis
Initial Impression: Again, this is a premise that won’t last for long. Unless of course we move to another cast. This is also another show that is falling in a trend, the crime that must be solved by the end of the season. Now it may be because I’m not a fan of the stank face Juliette Lewis kept giving in the trailer, but I’m not getting good vibes of this show being a successful adaptation over here.

The Whispers


Official Synopsis: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.
Format: One Hour Drama
Cast: Lily Rabe, Barry Sloane, Milo Ventimiglia, Derek Webster, Brianna Brown, Catalina Denis, Kylie Rogers, Kyle Harrison Breitkopf
Initial Impression: I’m a science fiction fan and I’m not sold on this one. Something just isn’t sitting right from the trailer. There’s a chance that they can pull it together, but I don’t know how interested I am in seeing imaginary friends talk to little kids as they generally screw up the world. World domination they say. I’m guess this gets canceled before we even see all the threads properly connect.

What show are you most excited for? Which don’t look so hot?

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