Last year I gave ABC the credit for having the best fall schedule of all the networks and it looks like I was right. ABC is the only network that showed gains in ratings, especially in that all important 18-49 demo. This is really important since ratings went into a free fall this year. The schedule stabilized the network lineup, so much so that what was revealed today seems a whole lot like last year’s. In other words, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
No doubt ABC’s biggest strength is in its Thursday night lineup, acronymed as TGIT (I still like TGIF better). But Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday were really good too! When Sunday and Tuesday become your only focus, that tends to make scheduling a whole lot easier.
As for Sunday, the only troubling hours are 9 and 10. So that’s where the room for new shows is made. I’m not sure about Oil, but you do have to admit that kind of show is in ABC’s wheelhouse. Of Kings of Prophets sounds like it might have potential, but let’s hope it doesn’t air during the same time as Game of Thrones. Otherwise, there will be no contest.
Tuesday already had my attention at 9pm. Marvel’s Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two was a vast improvement over season one and ABC brilliantly handled its serial action hero show by dividing the season into two contiguous parts. Marvel’s Agent Carter was an excellent stop gap in between and will be again this season. So that just leaves 8 and 10. I’m not convinced Fresh off the Boat is the best companion for The Muppets, but luckily ABC has plenty more comedies in its arsenal if that goes wrong. They have plenty of dramas too if the 10 pm option Quantico bombs. New dramas in that most difficult timeslot tend not to fare well, so welcome to ABC’s riskiest hour!
Here’s ABC’s Fall Schedule:
8-10 P.M. — Dancing with the Stars
10-11 P.M. — Castle
8-8:30 P.M. — THE MUPPETS
8:30-9 P.M. — Fresh Off the Boat
9-10. PM. — Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
10-11 P.M. — QUANTICO
8-8:30 P.M. — The Middle
8:30-9 P.M. — The Goldbergs
9-9:30 P.M. — Modern Family
9:30-10 P.M. — black-ish
10-11 P.M. — Nashville
8-9 P.M. — Grey’s Anatomy
9-10 P.M. — Scandal
10-11 P.M. — How to Get Away with Murder
8-8:30 P.M. — Last Man Standing
8:30-9 P.M. — DR. KEN
9-10 P.M. — Shark Tank
10-11 P.M. — 20/20
8 P.M. — Saturday Night Football
7-8 P.M. — America’s Funniest Home Videos
8-9 P.M. — Once Upon a Time
9-10 P.M. — OIL
10-11 P.M. — OF KINGS AND PROPHETS
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Secrets and Lies
Shows I’ll Be Watching: GALAVANT!!!!!! OMG (yes I used that) I fell in love with that show. I was hoping that ABC would renew it based on the fact that it was quirky, unique, and is affordable considering it was only 8 half hour episodes. An ideal vehicle for midseason filler. Plus the songs are written by Alan Freaking Menken! Tim Omundson was pure genius as was the rest of the cast and you can’t lose with an absurd comedy musical with a lineup of guest stars that just made it that much better. The songs were so freaking clever and it was all pure tongue in cheek fun. Escapism at it’s finest.
Hmm, let’s see, what else beside Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? Erm, not much. This isn’t the fault of ABC, but they’re female friendly soapy type programming doesn’t do much for me. I do swear that someday though I’ll catch up on Once Upon A Time through some major binge viewing. I’ll also be watching Agent Carter during its counterpart’s hiatus and I usually see Modern Family in syndication now.
I LOVED the old Muppet Show, I LOVED the new reboots of the Muppet movies, and one of my TV producing heroes, Bill Prady, is involved in the new TV series. How can I not watch that? The only trouble is it will be through DVR, since my Tuesdays at 8pm are devoted to The Flash. Sorry ABC, it was there first.
Here’s the full ABC press release with descriptions of the new shows. What will you be watching on ABC next season?
ABC continues its commitment to great storytelling with the announcement of its 2015-16 slate of programming, including the addition of 10 new series. Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, will unveil the network’s new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.
“Our new slate of shows continues the momentum from last year. ABC was the most buzzed about network, and the only major network to hold on to its audience and to grow in the target demo. Our 2015-16 schedule, with new shows and returning favorites that reflect our commitment to world-class storytelling, will solidify ABC’s place as the network that raises the bar for what viewers expect from broadcast television,” said Lee.
ABC is the only major network to increase its Adult 18-49 audience during the 2014-15 season. ABC delivered 7 of the Top 20 entertainment series on broadcast TV this season in Adults 18-49, placing 4 of the Top 10 and claiming 3 of the Top 5 dramas: “Modern Family” and “Scandal” tie at No. 4, “How to Get Away with Murder” – No. 9, “Grey’s Anatomy” – No. 10, “Once Upon a Time” – No. 12, while “black-ish” and “The Bachelor” tie at No. 18.
New series “The Catch,” “Dr. Ken,” “The Family,” “The Muppets,” “Of Kings and Prophets,” “OIL,” “Quantico,” “The Real O’Neals,” “Uncle Buck” and “Wicked City” will join the lineup.
Returning this season are “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “American Crime,” “The Bachelor,” “Beyond The Tank,” “black-ish,” “Castle,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Galavant,” “The Goldbergs,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Last Man Standing,” “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Nashville,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Scandal,” “Secrets and Lies,” “Shark Tank” and “20/20.”
Fall premiere dates will be announced at a later time. Please note that shows picked up but not listed on the schedule below will debut later in the 2015-16 season.
NEW FALL AND MIDSEASON SERIES:
From Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, “The Catch” is a new thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin (Mireille Enos). She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud herself by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career
“The Catch” stars Mireille Enos as Alice, Alimi Ballard as Evan, Damon Dayoub as Kieran, Jay Hayden as James, Jacky Ido as Emil, Bethany Joy Lenz as Zoe, Rose Rollins as Andie and Elvy Yost as Maria.
“The Catch” was written by Jennifer Schuur. Executive producers are Jennifer Schuur, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Julie Anne Robinson. “The Catch” is produced by ABC Studios.
Twitter: @ABC_TheCatch, www.twitter.com/ABC_TheCatch
This thriller follows the return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family, suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is?
“The Family” stars Joan Allen as Claire, Alison Pill as Willa, Margot Bingham as Sergeant Nina Meyer, Zach Gilford as Danny, Liam James as Adam, Floriana Lima as Bridey, Madeleine Arthur as Young Willa, Rarmian Newton as Young Danny, Rupert Graves as John and Andrew McCarthy as Hank.
“The Family” was written by Jenna Bans. Executive producers are Jenna Bans and Mandeville Television’s Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks. “The Family” is produced by ABC Studios.
Twitter: @TheFamily, www.twitter.com/TheFamily
“OF KINGS AND PROPHETS”
An epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.
“Of Kings and Prophets” stars Ray Winstone as King Saul, Haaz Sleiman as Jonathan, Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Michal, Oliver Rix as David, Simone Kessell as Ahinoam, James Floyd as Ish-Boseth, Mohammad Bakri as Samuel and Tomer Kapon as Joab.
“Of Kings and Prophets” was written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage. Executive producers are Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jason Reed, Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi. “Of Kings and Prophets” is produced by ABC Studios.
Twitter: @KingsProphets, www.twitter.com/KingsProphets
Billy and Cody Lefever dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to “The Bakken” in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They’re soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage.
“OIL” stars Don Johnson as Hap, Chace Crawford as Billy, Rebecca Rittenhouse as Cody, Delroy Lindo as Tip, Amber Valletta as Carla, Scott Michael Foster as Wick, India de Beaufort as Jules, Yani Gellman as AJ and Caitlin Carver as Lacey.
“OIL” was written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne. Executive producers are Tony Krantz, Josh Pate, Rodes Fishburne, Drew Comins and Don Johnson. “OIL” is produced by ABC Signature.
Twitter: @oilabc, www.twitter.com/oilabc
A diverse group of recruits has arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11.
“Quantico” stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex, Dougray Scott as Liam, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda, Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah, Johanna Braddy as Shelby, Tate Ellington as Simon and Graham Rogers as Caleb.
“Quantico” was written by Josh Safran. Executive producers are Josh Safran, Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper. “Quantico” is produced by ABC Studios.
Twitter: @QuanticoTV, www.twitter.com/QuanticoTV
“Wicked City” follows a unique case set in a noteworthy era of L.A. history, starting with a murder case from 1982 centered on the rock ’n’ roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Alliances are formed between detectives, reporters, drug dealers and club-goers to solve a serial murder case.
“Wicked City” stars Ed Westwick as Kent, Erika Christensen as Betty, Adam Rothenberg as Jack, Taissa Farmiga as Karen, Gabriel Luna as Paco, Karolina Wydra as Dianne, Holley Fain as Trish, Darrell Britt-Gibson as Diver and Anne Winters as Vicki.
“Wicked City” was written by Steven Baigelman. Executive producers are Steven Baigelman and Mandeville Television’s Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks. “Wicked City” is produced by ABC Studios.
Twitter: @WickedCityABC, www.twitter.com/WickedCityABC
Doctor-turned-actor/comedian Ken Jeong (“Community,” “The Hangover”), plays Dr. Ken, a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. He is always trying to be a good doctor as well as a good husband and dad to his two kids. However, these good intentions have a way of driving everyone crazy at work and at home. Luckily, his therapist wife, Allison, is just the right partner to keep things sane.
“Dr. Ken” stars Ken Jeong as Dr. Ken, Suzy Nakamura as Allison, Tisha Campbell-Martin as Damona, Dave Foley as Pat, Jonathan Slavin as Clark, Albert Tsai as Dave and Krista Marie Yu as Molly.
“Dr. Ken was written by Jared Stern, Ken Jeong, and Mike O’Connell. Executive producers are Jared Stern, Ken Jeong, John Davis, John Fox and Mike Sikowitz, with Mike O’Connell as co-executive producer. “Dr. Ken” is produced by Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios.
Twitter: @DrKenABC, www.twitter.com/DrKenABC
The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires. This is a more adult Muppet show, for “kids” of all ages.
Bill Prady (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Bob Kushell (“Anger Management”) are co-writers and executive producers. Randall Einhorn (“Wilfred”), Bill Barretta, Debbie McClellan and Kyle Laughlin are also executive producers. “The Muppets” is produced by ABC Studios and The Muppets Studio.
Twitter: @TheMuppetsABC, www.twitter.com/TheMuppetsABC
“THE REAL O’NEALS”
A fresh take on a seemingly perfect Catholic family whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real.
“The Real O’Neals” stars Martha Plimpton as Eileen, Jay R. Ferguson as Pat, Noah Galvin as Kenny, Matthew Shively as Jimmy, Bebe Wood as Shannon and Mary Hollis Inboden as Jodi.
“The Real O’Neals” was written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson. Executive producers are David Windsor, Casey Johnson, Brian Pines, Dan McDermott, Stacy Traub and Dan Savage. “The Real O’Neals” is produced by ABC Studios.
Twitter: @TheRealONeals, www.twitter.com/TheRealONeals
Based on the hit movie of the same name, Uncle Buck (Mike Epps) is a fun-loving but irresponsible guy who needs a job and a place to stay. By happy coincidence, his nieces’ and nephew’s nanny has just quit and his brother and sister-in-law need his help. His unconventional personality may just make him the right fit for the family and they may be the answer to his problems, too.
“Uncle Buck” stars Mike Epps as Buck, Nia Long as Alexis, James Lesure as Will, Iman Benson as Tia, Sayeed Shahidi as Miles and Aalyrah Caldwell as Maizy.
“Uncle Buck” was written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley. Executive producers are Steven Cragg, Brian Bradley and Will Packer. Co-executive producers are Korin Huggins and Phil Traill. “Uncle Buck” is produced by Universal Television and ABC Studios.
Twitter: @ABCUncleBuck, www.twitter.com/ABCUncleBuck
“AMERICAN CRIME” (Season 2, Limited Series)
Critically acclaimed limited series “American Crime” returns for its second season and will feature a new crime committed in a different setting, as told through the eyes of those affected.
The series was created and executive produced by Oscar® winner John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”). Michael J. McDonald also serves as executive producer. “American Crime” is produced by ABC Studios.
Twitter: @AmericanCrimeTV, www.twitter.comAmericanCrimeTV
“CASTLE” (Season 8)
When viewers first met Richard Castle, a famous mystery novelist, he was creatively blocked. But when the NYPD questioned him in connection with a series of murders staged to imitate crime scenes from his books, Castle found inspiration in NYPD Detective Kate Beckett. Once that initial case was solved, Castle and Beckett continued to investigate strange homicides in New York, combining Castle’s writer intuition and Beckett’s creative detective work. In the Season 7 finale, Castle revealed some of his backstory for becoming a mystery writer, while Beckett was faced with a choice about her future — will she choose to pursue a new challenge or stay where she is?
“Castle” stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, Stana Katic as NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito, Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan, Penny Johnson Jerald as NYPD Captain Victoria Gates, Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle with Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers.
Executive producers are Terence Paul Winter, Alexi Hawley, Rob Bowman, Rob Hanning and Armyan Bernstein. “Castle” is produced by ABC Studios.
Twitter: @Castle_ABC, www.twitter.com/Castle_ABC
“GREY’S ANATOMY” (Season 12)
Recipient of the 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Television Series and nominated for multiple Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series, “Grey’s Anatomy” is considered one of the great television shows of our time. The high-intensity medical drama, now in its 12th season, follows the personal and professional lives of a group of doctors at Seattle’s Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital
“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jessica Capshaw as Arizona Robbins, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Sarah Drew as April Kepner, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Josephine “Jo” Wilson, Jerrika Hinton as Stephanie Edwards and Kelly McCreary as Margaret “Maggie” Pierce.
“Grey’s Anatomy” was created and is executive-produced by Shonda Rhimes (“Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder”). Betsy Beers (“Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder”), Mark Gordon (“Saving Private Ryan”), Rob Corn (“Chicago Hope”), William Harper, Stacy McKee, Zoanne Clack and Debbie Allen are executive producers. “Grey’s Anatomy” is produced by ABC Studios.
Twitter: @GreysABC, www.twitter.com/GreysABC
“HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (Season 2)
They say the first year of law school is the hardest. After taking Professor Annalise Keating’s (Viola Davis) class at Middleton University in “How to Get Away with Murder,” the Keating 5 were pushed to their limits as their values, convictions, dreams and even truths about themselves were revealed to be as dark as the law and justice system they’re trying to learn. Following the aftermath of the murder mystery cover up that Wes Gibbins, Connor Walsh, Michaela Pratt and Laurel Castillo were involved in, they each fear the worst when Rebecca Sutter escapes from under their watch. Unbeknownst to them, she is found dead by Annalise and her trusted associate Frank Delfino, creating an entirely new murder and undoubtedly, a new web of lies and suspects.
“How to Get Away with Murder” stars Oscar® nominee Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating, Billy Brown as Detective Nate Lahey, Alfred Enoch as Wes Gibbins, Jack Falahee as Connor Walsh, Aja Naomi King as Michaela Pratt, Matt McGorry as Asher Millstone, Karla Souza as Laurel Castillo, Charlie Weber as Frank Delfino and Liza Weil as Bonnie Winterbottom
The series was created and executive-produced by Peter Nowalk (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”). Shonda Rhimes (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), Betsy Beers (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) and Bill D’Elia (“The Crazy Ones,” “Boston Legal”) also serve as executive producers. “How to Get Away with Murder” is produced by ABC Studios.
Twitter: @HowToGetAwayABC, www.twitter.com/HowToGetAwayABC
“MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER” (Season 2)
“Marvel’s Agent Carter” returns for a second season of adventure and intrigue, starring Hayley Atwell in the titular role of the unstoppable secret agent for the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve). Dedicated to the fight against new atomic age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy must now journey from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home — and perhaps even a new love — she’s about to find out that the bright lights of the post-war Hollywood mask a more sinister threat to everyone she is sworn to protect.
“Marvel’s Agent Carter” stars Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter.
Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Chris Dingess, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Stan Lee and Jeph Loeb are executive producers. “Marvel’s Agent Carter” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.
Twitter: @AgentCarterTV, www.twitter.comAgentCarterTV
“MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.” (Season 3)
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns for a dynamic, action-packed third season, as Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) embarks on a deadly new secret mission to protect the world from new threats in the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s wars with Hydra and a rogue faction of Inhumans.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Agent Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Nick Blood as Agent Lance Hunter and Adrianne Palicki as Agent Bobbi Morse.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” was co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen, who also serve as executive producers along with Jeph Loeb and Jeffrey Bell. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.
Twitter: @AgentsofSHIELD, www.twitter.com/AgentsofSHIELD
“NASHVILLE” (Season 4)
“Nashville” is a family drama set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene that follows one star at her peak and another on the rise.
“Nashville” stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad, Will Chase as Luke Wheeler and Oliver Hudson as Jeff Fordham.
Executive producers are Dee Johnson, Callie Khouri and Steve Buchanan. “Nashville” is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment.
Twitter: @Nashville_ABC, www.twitter.com/Nashville_ABC
“ONCE UPON A TIME” (Season 5)
Master storytellers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz (“Lost,” “Tron: Legacy”) invite everyone to join Emma Swan, Snow White, Prince Charming, the Evil Queen, Hook, Rumplestiltskin and all the other resident fairy tale characters as they cope with Emma’s new role as the dark one and they begin the search for Merlin.
“Once Upon a Time” stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O’Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Michael Socha as Will Scarlet and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.
Executive producers are Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Steve Pearlman and David H. Goodman. “Once Upon a Time” is produced by ABC Studios.
Twitter: @OnceABC, www.twitter.com/OnceABC
“SCANDAL” (Season 5)
Everyone has secrets and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite by keeping those secrets under wraps. Pope’s team is at the top of its game when it comes to getting the job done for its clients, but it becomes apparent that these “gladiators in suits” who specialize in fixing the lives of others, have trouble fixing the lives of those closest at hand — their own.
“Scandal” stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, Guillermo Diaz as Huck, Darby Stanchfield as Abby Whelan, Katie Lowes as Quinn Perkins, Tony Goldwyn as President Fitzgerald Grant, Jeff Perry as Cyrus Beene, Bellamy Young as Mellie Grant, Joshua Malina as David Rosen and Scott Foley as Jacob “Jake” Ballard.
“Scandal” was created by Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder”). Executive producers are Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder”), Mark Wilding and Tom Verica. Judy Smith is co-executive producer. “Scandal” is produced by ABC Studios.
Twitter: @ScandalABC, www.twitter.com/ScandalABC
“SECRETS AND LIES” (Season 2)
The explosive power of people’s secrets and lies will once again take center stage in season two of ABC’s hit drama, “Secrets and Lies.” No matter who you are, everyone has secrets and everybody tells lies. What will people do to keep their most intimate, devastating indiscretions from ruining their lives?
The unflappable and formidable Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) is back. She is the smartest person in the room — always. But that isn’t to say that she isn’t hiding something behind that slight hint of sadness in her eyes and a deceptive look of disconcerting calm. Once she has a suspect in her crosshairs, she doesn’t let go
“Secrets and Lies” stars Juliette Lewis.
Barbie Kligman (“Private Practice”) developed the mystery thriller, which is based on the original Australian series “Secrets & Lies,” created by Stephen Irwin. Executive producers are Kligman for Avenue K Productions, Aaron Kaplan (“Chasing Life,” “The Neighbors,” “Mysteries of Laura”) for Kapital Entertainment, Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield for Hoodlum Entertainment and Timothy Busfield. “Secrets and Lies” is produced by ABC Studios.
Twitter: @SecretsLiesABC, www.twitter.com/SecretsLiesABC
“black-ish” (Season 2)
The award-winning new series “black-ish” takes a fun yet bold look at one man’s determination to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family. Like any parents, Andre “Dre” (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) Johnson want to give their children the best. But their offspring’s childhood is turning out to be much different than theirs. They now realize at least two things: There is a price to pay for giving their children more than they ever had, and these loving parents are totally unprepared for the fallout. Dre is sincere about honoring his family’s past, while also embracing its future. As he defines what the American dream means to his family in a multi-cultural world, one idea keeps surfacing. It appears that in this melting pot called America, we are all a little black-ish.
“black-ish” stars Anthony Anderson as Andre “Dre” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson, Yara Shahidi as Zoey, Marcus Scribner as Andre, Jr., Miles Brown as Jack, Marsai Martin as Diane and special guest star, Laurence Fishburne as Pops.
“black-ish” was created by Kenya Barris. Executive producers are Kenya Barris, Jonathan Groff, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and E. Brian Dobbins. “black-ish” is produced by ABC Studios.
Twitter: @black_ishABC, https://twitter.com/black_ishABC
“FRESH OFF THE BOAT” (Season 2)
Hip-hop loving Eddie Huang has moved with his family from Chinatown in Washington, D.C. to suburban Orlando, where they learn very quickly that things are very different there. Orlando doesn’t even have a Chinatown — unless you count the Huang house.
Despite the culture shock, the Huangs are slowly making Orlando their own — to the point that they’ve even been asked to join the country club. Dad Louis Huang’s restaurant Cattleman’s Ranch Steakhouse is starting to flourish after a wobbly start. Mom Jessica is determined to become the best real estate agent in all of Orlando, and has even made a friend in trophy wife Honey. Brother Emery is the most popular guy at his elementary school who all of the ladies love, while little brother Evan just wants to win at poker against Grandma Huang. Eddie and his posse of misfit friends are a thorn in the side of the teaching staff at Abraham Lincoln Middle School. Like his idol, The Notorious B.I.G., Eddie’s a guy with mad dreams — whether it’s to run for school president or finally get the hottest girl on the block to acknowledge his existence. “Fresh Off the Boat” is the classic immigrant story, seen through the eyes of a first-generation Asian American kid.
Inspired by chef Eddie Huang’s memoir, “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” is written by Nahnatchka Khan. Executive producers are Nahnatchka Khan, Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar. “Fresh Off the Boat” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.
“GALAVANT” (Season 2)
Screenwriter/executive producer Dan Fogelman (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Tangled,” “Cars”) reunites 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”) — the return of last season’s breakout musical comedy extravaganza, “Galavant.” Having discovered the dark side of Madalena, our dashing hero’s adventures continue as he embarks on an unlikely bromance with King Richard and fights to rekindle the romance with his true love Isabella.
“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.
Dan Fogelman, Alan Menken, Glenn Slater, Chris Koch, Kat Likkel and John Hoberg serve as executive producers. Abbey C Studios Ltd. Produces “Galavant” for ABC Studios.
Twitter: @GalavantABC, www.twitter.com/GalavantABC
“THE GOLDBERGS” (Season 3)
Before there were parenting blogs, trophies for showing up and peanut allergies, there was a simpler time called the ’80s. For geeky and movie obsessed youngest child Adam, these were his wonder years, and he faced them armed with a video camera to capture all the crazy. The Goldbergs are a loving family like any other — just with more yelling. Mom, Beverly, is a classic “smother,” an overbearing, overprotective matriarch who loves her delicious kids, but still rules this brood with 100% authority and zero sense of boundaries. Dad, Murray, is gruff and sometimes oblivious, parenting with half his attention span but all his heart. Sister, Erica, is popular and terrifying, doing her best to cover up that she’s the smartest of the clan. Barry is a passionate dreamer, who maybe dreams a little too big and who always gets the short end of the stick. Adam is the youngest, a camera-wielding future director who’s navigating first love and growing up with his family. Rounding out the family is beloved grandfather, Al “Pops” Solomon, the wild man of the clan, a shameless Don Juan who’s learning as much from his family as he teaches them.
“The Goldbergs” stars Wendi McLendon-Covey as Beverly Goldberg, Patton Oswalt as adult Adam Goldberg, Sean Giambrone as Adam Goldberg, Troy Gentile as Barry Goldberg, Hayley Orrantia as Erica Goldberg, with George Segal as Pops Solomon and Jeff Garlin as Murray Goldberg.
“The Goldbergs” was written by Adam F. Goldberg (“Breaking In,” “Fanboys”). Executive producers are Adam F. Goldberg, Doug Robinson, Alex Barnow, Marc Firek and David Katzenberg. “The Goldbergs” is from Adam Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison, and is produced by Sony Pictures Television.
Twitter: @TheGoldbergsABC, www.twitter.com/TheGoldbergsABC
“LAST MAN STANDING” (Season 5)
Tim Allen returns as Mike Baxter in “Last Man Standing,” a show about everything that families are dealing with today — all filtered through the blunt “man’s man” comedy of an iconic American dad. Mike continues to be surrounded by forces seeking to challenge his ideas on just about everything in which he strongly believes. He tries to escape all the female drama at home in the warm, manly embrace of his job at the Outdoor Man store, a sporting goods emporium where he is marketing director. Also, he still revels in his Outdoor Man video blog, which he delightedly uses as a pulpit for his opinions and a voice to appeal to those who agree that manliness is under assault. When he’s supposed to be selling mountain bikes or kayaks, for some reason he always ends up spouting off about the environment, Obamacare, international politics or any other topic occupying his mind.
“Last Man Standing” stars Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, Nancy Travis as Vanessa Baxter, Molly Ephraim as Mandy Baxter, Kaitlyn Dever as Eve Baxter, Amanda Fuller as Kristin Baxter, Jordan Masterson as Ryan Vogelson, Christoph Sanders as Kyle Anderson, Flynn Morrison as Boyd Baxter, Jonathan Adams as Chuck Larabee and Hector Elizondo as Ed Alzate.
“Last Man Standing” was created by Jack Burditt. Executive producers are Matt Berry, Tim Allen, Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements, Shawn Levy, Richard Baker and Rick Messina. “Last Man Standing” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.
Twitter: @LastManABC, www.twitter.com/LastManABC
“THE MIDDLE” (Season 7)
Two-time Emmy winner Patricia Heaton stars in this warm and witty single-camera comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Middle-aged, middle class and living in the middle of the country in Orson, Indiana, Frankie Heck is a harried wife and mother of three who uses her wry wit and sense of humor to get her family through each day intact.
“The Middle” stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue and Atticus Shaffer as Brick.
“The Middle” was created and is executive produced by Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline. The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television.
Twitter: @TheMiddle_ABC, www.twitter.com/TheMiddle_ABC
“MODERN FAMILY” (Season 7)
ABC’s groundbreaking and multiple Emmy Award-winning hit comedy series, “Modern Family,” takes a modern and often hilarious look at the complications that come with being a family today.
“Modern Family” stars Ed O’Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofía Vergara as Gloria Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy, Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons as Lily Tucker-Pritchett.
Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd are co-creators/executive producers. Danny Zuker, Paul Corrigan, Brad Walsh, Abraham Higginbotham, Jeffrey Richman and Jeff Morton also serve as executive producers. The series is produced by 20th Century Fox Television in association with Picador Productions and Steven Levitan Prods.
Twitter: @ModernFam, www.twitter.com/ModernFam
“AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS” (Season 26)
“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” the longest running primetime entertainment show in ABC history, enters its 26th season with the same mission — giving families something genuinely funny to enjoy. The new season will welcome a new host, with an abundant supply of fresh clips to keep families laughing from coast to coast. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” has given away over $13 million in prize money and evaluated more than one million videotapes from home viewers.
Vin Di Bona is executive producer, with Todd Thicke and Michele Nasraway also serving as executive producers
Twitter: @AFVOfficial, www.twitter.com/AFVOfficial
“THE BACHELOR” (Season 20)
ABC’s “The Bachelor,” a pop culture staple, will celebrate its 20th season with more fireworks, surprises and drama than ever. For over a decade, the series has encouraged millions of viewers to find their own fairytale romances while the original hit primetime romance reality series continues to offer unpredictable, sexy, emotional, over-the-top fun. The newly relaxed format rules guarantee more OMG jaw-dropping moments. Bachelor Nation has made this romantic rollercoaster ride one of television’s top social media and water cooler shows, as one lucky man and 25 lucky women have the unique opportunity to find true love. After dating some ladies individually and others on group dates, the Bachelor will introduce a few of the women to his family. He also will visit their hometowns for a slice of their lives in an effort to determine the woman with whom he is most compatible. At the end of the journey, filled with drama and surprises, set against the backdrop of spectacular international settings, the Bachelor may quite possibly have found true love. But the big question is: After all of this, will he pop the question, and will she say yes?
“The Bachelor” is hosted by Chris Harrison and produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Executive producers are Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton and Alycia Rossiter.
Twitter: @BachelorABC, www.twitter.com/BachelorABC
“DANCING WITH THE STARS” (Season 21)
Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Erin Andrews (sports host & “Dancing with the Stars” Season 10 finalist), the celebrities perform choreographed dance routines, which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough.
“Dancing with the Stars” is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Executive producers are Rob Wade, Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur. Alex Rudzinski directs.
Twitter: @DancingABC, www.twitter.com/DancingABC
“SHARK TANK” (Season 7)
“Shark Tank,” the critically acclaimed reality show that has reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America, has also become a culturally defining series. The recipient of the 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, the business-themed show returns for a seventh season this fall. Winning the night on nearly every original telecast this season, “Shark Tank” is the No. 1 TV series on Friday in Adults 18-49.
The Sharks — tough, self-made, multimillionaire and billionaire tycoons — continue their search to invest in the best businesses and products that America has to offer. The Sharks will once again give people from all walks of life the chance to chase the American dream, and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires.
The Sharks are: billionaire Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of AXS TV and outspoken owner of the 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks; real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; “Queen of QVC” Lori Greiner; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; fashion and branding expert Daymond John; and venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary.
Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill and Phil Gurin are the executive producers of “Shark Tank,” which is based on the Japanese “Dragons’ Den” format created by Nippon Television Network Corporation. The series is produced by United Artists Media Group in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Twitter: @ABCSharkTank, www.twitter.com/ABCSharkTank
“BEYOND THE TANK” (Season 2)
Watch as the Sharks roll up their sleeves to help their entrepreneurs make the tough decisions that hopefully lead to success, growth and profits in “Beyond the Tank,” the companion series from the producers of the Emmy-winning reality series, “Shark Tank.” The one-hour episodes of “Beyond the Tank” feature the captivating and surprising outcomes and examine the highs and lows after the Sharks strike a deal with the entrepreneurs on “Shark Tank.”
As the Sharks travel across America to mentor the entrepreneurs, assess the businesses and provide their industry expertise — to make a profit — audiences will realize the challenges and spirited negotiations are never over. What lies in the aftermath of their investment? Did a promising deal turn sour, or did it lead to millions of dollars in sales?
The Sharks are: billionaire Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of AXS TV and outspoken owner of the 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks; real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; “Queen of QVC” Lori Greiner; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; fashion and branding expert Daymond John; and venture capitalist Kevin O’Lear
Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill and Leslie Garvin are the executive producers of “Beyond the Tank.” Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill and Phil Gurin are the executive producers of “Shark Tank,” which is based on the Japanese “Dragons’ Den” format created by Nippon Television Network Corporation. The series is produced by United Artists Media Group in association with Sony Pictures Television.
Twitter: @BeyondTheTankTV, www.twitter.com/BeyondTheTankTV
The ABC News primetime newsmagazine “20/20” has distinguished itself as one of the most esteemed programs in broadcast journalism. Celebrating its 37th anniversary this season, “20/20” continues to combine hard-hitting investigative reports, newsmaker interviews, and compelling human interest and feature stories. The program is anchored by award-winning journalists Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir. For over three decades, “20/20” has offered viewers reports and stories that have changed lives.
Twitter: @ABC2020, www.twitter.com/abc2020