In addition to ABC prime time favorites like Fresh Off the Boat and Once Upon a Time returning for the fall, the network recently unveiled a hearty helping of new shows. They also recently released a boatload of trailers that gives audiences a preview of what to expect from its fall lineup.
The trailers give a generous look at the mix of dramas and comedies that are joining the ABC slate including The Crossing which is clearly an attempt to bring a Lost vibe back to the network. Sitcoms like Splitting Up Together starring Office alum Jenna Fischer and Alex, Inc. show some promise while dramas like Ten Days in the Valley seem too complex for its own good.
Deception feels like Castle except with magician instead a novelist while For The People fulfills checks the network’s “Law drama with hot young lawyers” box. All the while, Freddie Highmore switches gears from serial killer to savant surgeon in the House-esque The Good Doctor. Needless to say, ABC’s rookie comedies and dramas for 2017 are… interesting to say the least. Watch all the trailers below.
Synopsis: Refugees from a war-torn country seek asylum in a small American fishing town, only the country these people are from is America… and the war they are fleeing hasn’t happened yet. As the government tries to uncover the truth behind this mysterious migration only one thing is certain: The lives of the people here – both the townspeople and these newcomers – will never be the same. Writers Dan Dworkin & Jay Beattie executive produce with Jason Reed.
Synopsis: Based on the Danish series, Splitting Up Together is the story of a couple (Jenna Fischer, Oliver Hudson) whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory) writes and serves as executive producer of this new comedy, along with Ellen DeGeneres.
Synopsis: Based on the podcast StartUp, Alex Schuman (Zach Braff) is a brilliant radio journalist, husband and father of two who is about to do something crazy—quit his job and start his own company. He quickly discovers it’s going to be a lot harder than he thought. Zach Braff stars, directs and is executive producer with Matt Tarses and Davis Entertainment.
Ten Days in the Valley stars Kyra Sedgwick as Jane Sadler, an overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a separation whose life is turned upside down when her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night. Just like her controversial police TV show, everything is a mystery, everyone has a secret and no one can be trusted.
Synopsis: When his career is ruined by scandal, superstar magician Cameron Black has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, influence and illusion – the FBI. Using every trick in the book and inventing new ones, he will help the government catch the world’s most elusive criminals while staging the biggest illusions of his career. The series is from writer/executive producer Chris Fedak and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Martin Gero and Sarah Schechter. Illusionist David Kwong will co-produce.
Synopsis: Set in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, aka “The Mother Court,” this new Shondaland drama follows brand-new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution handling the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country – all as their lives intersect in and out of the courtroom. The series is created by Shondaland’s Paul William Davies and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.
Synopsis: Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues. The series is from David Shore and Daniel Dae Kim.
Synopsis: Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter), a cluelessly self-serving person, is on a dangerous path to despair. In a downward spiral, Kevin returns home to stay with his widowed twin sister (JoAnna Garcia Swisher) and niece. On his first night there, an unlikely celestial being named Yvette appears to him and presents him with a mission — to save the world. A light drama from executive producers Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters.
Synopsis: Marvel’s Inhumans explores the never-before-told epic adventure of the royal family including Black Bolt, the enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city. After the Royal Family of Inhumans is splintered by a military coup, they barely escape to Hawaii where their surprising interactions with the lush world and humanity around them may prove to not only save them, but Earth itself.
Synopsis: Young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Michael Hall) needs his big break. For years, he’s toiled away in a small inner-city apartment, making music in his junk-filled bedroom closet. Tired of waiting for opportunity, Courtney cooks up the publicity stunt of the century: Running for mayor of his hometown in California to generate buzz for his music career. Unfortunately for Courtney, his master plan goes wildly awry, ending in the most terrifying of outcomes: An election victory. With the help of his mother (Yvette Nicole Brown) and friends, including Valentina (Lea Michele), Courtney will have to overcome his hubris if he wants to transform the struggling city he loves.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer