ABC 2014-15 Schedule Discussion

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  1. thecoolone

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    ABC FALL 2014 LINEUP
    (All Times ET/PT)

    MONDAY

    8:00 pm Dancing With the Stars
    10:00 pm Castle

    TUESDAY
    8:00 pm SELFIE
    8:30 pm MANHATTAN LOVE STORY
    9:00 pm Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
    10:00 pm FOREVER

    WEDNESDAY
    8:00 pm The Middle
    8:30 pm The Goldbergs
    9:00 pm Modern Family
    9:30 pm BLACK-ISH
    10:00 pm Nashville

    THURSDAY
    8:00 pm Grey's Anatomy
    9:00 pm Scandal
    10:00 pm HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

    FRIDAY
    8:00 pm Last Man Standing
    8:30 pm CRISTELA
    9:00 pm Shark Tank
    10:00 pm 20/20

    SATURDAY
    Saturday Night Football

    SUNDAY
    7:00 pm America's Funniest Home Videos
    8:00 pm Once Upon a Time
    9:00 pm Resurrection
    10:00 pm Revenge

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    DRAMA

    “AMERICAN CRIME”

    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 view of the victims.

    “American Crime” stars Felicity Huffman as Barb, Timothy Hutton as Russ, W. Earl Brown as Tom, Richard Cabral as Hector Tonz, Caitlin Gerard as Aubry, Benito Martinez as Alonzo Gutierrez, Penelope Ann Miller as Eve, Elvis Nolasco as Carter and Johnny Ortiz as Tony Gutierrez.

    “American Crime” was written, directed and produced by John Ridley (“12 Years A Slave”). Executive producers are John Ridley and Michael J. McDonald. “American Crime” is produced by ABC Studios.


    “FOREVER”

    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.

    “Forever” stars Ioan Gruffudd as Henry, Alana De La Garza as Det. Jo Martinez, Barbara Eve Harris as Lt. Marcia Roark, Donnie Keshawarz as Detective Hanson, Joel David Moore as Lucas, and Judd Hirsch as Abe.

    “Forever” was written and executive-produced by Matt Miller (“Chuck,” “Las Vegas”). Dan Lin (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Gangster Squad”) and Jennifer Gwartz (“Veronica Mars,” “Cupid,” “Party Down”) are executive producers. “Forever” was directed by Brad Anderson and is produced by Warner Bros. Television.


    “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER”

    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.”

    “How to Get Away with Murder” stars Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating, Billy Brown as Nate, Alfred Enoch as Wes, Jack Falahee as Conner, Katie Findlay as Rebecca, Aja Naomi King as Michaela, Matt McGorry as Asher, Karla Souza as Laurel, Charlie Weber as Frank and Liza Weil as Bonnie.

    Written by executive producer Peter Nowalk, “How to Get Away with Murder” is executive-produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, directed by Michael Offer, and produced by ABC Studios.


    “MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER”

    “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.”

    Starring Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, “Marvel’s Agent Carter” was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Executive producers are Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Chris Dingess, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Stan Lee and Jeph Loeb. “Marvel’s Agent Carter” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.


    “SECRETS AND LIES”

    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.

    “Secrets and Lies” stars Ryan Phillippe as Ben, KaDee Strickland as Christy, Natalie Martinez as Jess, Clifton Collins, Jr. as Dave, Indiana Evans as Natalie, Belle Shouse as Abby and Juliette Lewis as Detective Cornell.

    “Secrets and Lies” was written by Barbie Kligman. Executive producers are Barbie Kligman, Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield. “Secrets and Lies” was directed by Charles McDougall, executive-produced by Kapital Entertainment with Hoodlum Entertainment and produced by ABC Studios.


    “THE WHISPERS”

    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.

    “The Whispers” stars Lily Rabe as Claire Bennigan, Barry Sloane as Wes Lawrence, Milo Ventimiglia as John Doe/Drew Bennigan, Derek Webster as Jessup Rollins, Brianna Brown as Lena Lawrence, Catalina Denis as Dr. Maria Benavidez, Kylie Rogers as Minx Lawrence and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf as Henry.

    “The Whispers” was written and co-executive-produced by Soo Hugh, with Amblin TV co-producing. Executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Dawn Olmstead. “The Whispers” was directed by Mark Romanek and produced by ABC Studios.


    COMEDY

    “BLACK-ISH”

    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.

    “Black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson as Dre, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow, Yara Shahidi as Zoey, Marcus Scribner as Andre Jr., Miles Brown as Jack, Marsai Martin as Diane and Laurence Fishburne as Pops.

    “Black-ish” was written by Kenya Barris, who also serves as executive producer. Executive producers are Larry Wilmore, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland, Tom Russo, Brian Dobbins, Peter Principato, Paul Young and James Griffiths, who directed the pilot. “Black-ish” is produced by ABC Studios.


    “CRISTELA”

    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.

    “Cristela” stars Cristela Alonzo as Cristela, Carlos Ponce as Felix, Terri Hoyos as Natalia, Andrew Leeds as Josh and Sam McMurray as Trent.

    “Cristela” was written by Cristela Alonzo and Kevin Hench. Executive producers are Kevin Hench, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements and Shawn Levy. “Cristela” is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.


    “FRESH OFF THE BOAT”

    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.

    “Fresh Off the Boat” stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery and Ian Chen as Evan.

    “Fresh Off the Boat” was written by Nahnatchka Khan, who also serves as executive producer. Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar are executive producers, and Eddie Huang is producer. The series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.


    “GALAVANT”

    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.

    “Galavant” stars Joshua Sasse as Galavant, Timothy Omundson as King Richard, Vinnie Jones as Gareth, Mallory Jansen as Madalena, Karen David as Isabella and Luke Youngblood as Sid.

    “Galavant” was written by Dan Fogelman, who also serves as executive producer. Executive producers are Alan Menken, Glenn Slater and Chris Koch. “Galavant” was directed by Chris Koch. Abbey C Studios Ltd. produces “Galavant” for ABC Studios.


    “MANHATTAN LOVE STORY”

    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.

    “Manhattan Love Story” stars Analeigh Tipton as Dana, Jake McDorman as Peter, Nicolas Wright as David, Jade Catta-Preta as Amy, Chloe Wepper as Chloe and Kurt Fuller as William.

    “Manhattan Love Story” was written by Jeff Lowell (“Drew Carey Show,” “Spin City”). Peter Traugott, Jeff Lowell, Robin Schwartz, Rachel Kaplan and Jon Liebman are executive producers. Michael Fresco directed the pilot. “Manhattan Love Story” is produced by ABC Studios.


    “SELFIE”

    “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.

    “Selfie” was written by Emily Kapnek and directed by Julie Anne Robinson, who also serve as executive producers. “Selfie” is produced by Piece of Pie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
     
  2. Peter Paltridge

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    This is another weird schedule. I don't understand why "SHIELD" is following two comedies. Other than that show and "Agent Carter" nothing looks to be of any interest. When the reviews start showing up I'll decide for certain, though.

    I liked "Suburgatory" but I'm astonished "Selfie" got past the pilot stage even with Kapnek behind it.
    We have "Selfie" the song, we have "Selfie" the show...it's only a matter of time until "Selfie: The Movie." Jerry Bruckheimer is set to direct.

    "Galavant" is a musical. These things have a high risk of being embarrassing failures. Maybe I want to watch just to see how bad it'll be.
     
  3. Michael24

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    I guess this kind of confirms that Agent Carter won't debut until mid-season. Other than that, I don't have anything to watch on ABC. I did like the first season of Last Man Standing, but after they replaced the showrunner starting with season two, it was ruined.
     
  4. dth1971

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    Glad ABC is getting back football in prime time!
     
  5. Dr.Pepper

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    I guess I will watch The Goldbergs now that it is sandwiched between The Middle and Modern Family. I thought the show looked interesting but I never watched it. Although the '80's were before my time, I am a fan of nostalgia in general. Also am I the only one who thinks Black-ish sounds really tacky?
     
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    They've always had college football on Saturdays.
     
  7. reflection01

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    Three comedies about racial identity?
     
  8. Peter Paltridge

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    From the one episode I tuned in, it was just as bad as I feared -- nothing but period references and unlikeable people. I don't know if I just hit a bad episode or what. Are there any fans of it here?

    Every critic on the Net hates Black-ish; you're not alone. I have to wonder how that title got through.
     
  9. CoolEric158

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    The trailers are out, so here are my thoughts:
    American Crime: Acting is lame, and story doesn't interest me. Pass.
    Fresh Off the Boat: That was pretty funny and took me by surprise. The mother was hilarious. Will give a look.
    The Whispers: It genuinely terrified me. I've got to see it.
    Secrets and Lies: Not my cup of tea.
    Manhattan Love Story: Not Mixology bad, but pretty bad. I sat there in vain hoping for a joke remotely funny, but I don't see it happening.
    How to Get Away with Murder: Not a Shonda guy, but Viola Davis looks awesome in this show.
    Black-ish: I don't know what Peter's going on about (aside from the title...it's just dumb.), cause this looks pretty entertaining. Who knew Laurence Fishburne and the schmuck from Guys with Kids had some decent timing?
    Forever: Not my cup of tea.
    Cristela: This was tested really high? This looks pretty generic.
    Selfie: So this is Dalia: The Series? I dig it, and I don't really understand the hate on this one; I even like the title.
    Galavant: I know I'm biased as someone who adores the very word "musical" but this is the best comedy trailer. It's clever, funny, and hopefully will have great songs.

    As for returning, I'll be with Modern Family, Goldbergs, and The Middle (Dare I say it, the best sitcom airing on television today!)

    Anyway, my schedule thoughts; it's really good. Scandal is given the highest-viewed hour, the deathslot of Thurs 8 will be healed for a while, Goldbergs is given nurturing (and to answer Peter's question, from the few episodes I've seen, I liked it. I only watched on occasion, especially when About A Boy began airing, but I actually enjoyed the family and how despicable everyone was to each other; can't help it, just like dysfunctional families. Every time the brother is on screen, he cracks me up. Then again, I'm biased as my favorite sitcom genre is single-cam family sitcoms.), LMS and Cristela are compatible that they even share the same set for some reason, and Modern Family's lead-out is finally a family comedy again after how many seasons? My only issue is Tuesday; romcoms standing on their own as lead-ins for SHIELD? Otherwise solid schedule.
     
  10. reflection01

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    I'll admit that I've never watched the show, but I think Once Upon a Time would make a stronger opening for Agents of SHIELD than two new comedies. I doubt that matters nowadays anyway.
     
  11. mumbo

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    Last season they tried having SHIELD be the lead-in for two new comedies, and that didn't really work, so this upcoming season they're flipping it and putting SHIELD in a more logical spot to anchor the night, while the comedies have been left to die basically.

    It's not really all that different from last season's schedule. I thought ABC might gamble a bit more because they finished in last place this year, but I guess not. None of the new shows sound appealing at all.
     
  12. JuanMC

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    I think Shield would have benefitted from moving to the Sunday night block.
     
  13. wonderfly

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    It's my favorite new comedy of the year. I don't think they're unlikable, only the older brother is a real jerk. That's pretty much what older brothers are for. The father is more likeable than the father on "The Middle". And yes, it's probably that I'm a big 80's fan, but I still think it's a good show. At the end of each episode, during the credits (or right before the credits), there are clips of home videos taken from the writers/producers of the show, showing real footage of "what we were like as kids, in the 80's". I get a kick out of those as well, and it shows the writers are grounded in that era.
     
  14. Zorak Masaki

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    Also, Goldbergs isnt COMPLETELY reliant on 80s references, its just a background tool (not to mention there are constant anachronisms, but thats probably so they dont get stuck in one paticular year). Heck, last nights season finale had almsot zero 80s references unless you count the teenage son singing along to "Living on a Prayer" (which has become a classic rock anthem, so it could work in a current tv show as well).
     
  15. wonderfly

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    Yeah, they're just tossing out 80's references at random. In one episode, they were quoting "When Harry Met Sally". I saw that and was like "When Harry Met Sally" came out in 1989! If this show continues and is going chronologically, they're going to leave the 80's behind pretty fast..."

    Compare it to "That 70's show", where they purposefully started in the mid 70's (1976, if I recall, so that the show could be less about Vietnam/Watergate, and more about the pop culture) and the series ended at the end of 1979. "The Goldbergs" apparently is just "It's 1980 something"...
     
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    Well, this looks completely stupid and I'm gonna watch every single minute of it.

    [video=youtube;hPNVhGbw_Sg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPNVhGbw_Sg[/video]
     
  17. CoolEric158

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    Agreed. I know this is stupid, but I am going to adore this series.
     
  18. Michael24

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    I'm an '80s kid and have great nostalgia for the decade, so I thought I'd check it out when I first heard about it. But then the ads I saw seemed to give off this vibe of "We're only setting it in the '80s so that we can make fun of it," kind of like VH1's I Love the '80s, so I didn't bother watching. But it sounds like it's actually not like that?
     
  19. CoolEric158

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    Granted I wasn't even a zygote in the '80s, but from the random episodes I saw, the show doesn't really focus on making fun of the '80s, outside of a jab at hairspray and clothing. Really, the '80s idea is only used as references for the writers. There's a Say Anything parody, the lead kid afraid of Poltergeist as a subplot, and apparently there was an episode inspired by Goonies, and a subplot involving a line for Empire Strikes Back. The show's main focus is the dysfunctional family's dynamic; the creator said he intended the show to be a love letter to his family life. From what I've gathered, you probably won't like it, since it is a single-cam show similar to other ones like The Middle or Wonder Years, but you might like it.
     
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    Well, I love The Wonder Years. Not that I expect Goldbergs to be anything of that level, of course. But maybe I'll try to catch some reruns during the summer hiatus and try it out.
     

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