The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the third announced today. Here’s a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on ABC.
With almost all of their series last year failing, in the case of “Marvel’s Inhumans” spectacularly so, ABC has the biggest order of any of the networks so far with three new comedies and five new dramas on the way, though half are being delayed until mid-season along with the return of “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” for a sixth and very likely final season.
Considering how safe NBC and FOX played it with their announcements this week, ABC is following suit though is at least launching one show that’s different – “The Alec Baldwin Show”. This will mark the first time a broadcast network has aired a regular talk show in primetime since a brief run in the 10pm slot by Jay Leno almost a decade ago.
Here’s the full list:
NEW DRAMA SERIES
A Million Little Things
(Drama, 10pm Wednesdays)
They say friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things; and that’s true for a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life.
After one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way, they discover that friends may be the one thing to save them from themselves. David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco, Allison Miller, Christina Moses, Christina Ochoa, James Roday, Stephanie Szostak and Lizzy Greene co-star. DJ Nash is writer and executive producer; Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor are executive producers.
Attorney and author Marcia Clark co-writes and executive produces a new legal drama about Maya Travis (Robin Tunney), an L.A. district attorney who suffers a devastating defeat when prosecuting an A-list actor for double murder. With her high-profile career derailed, she flees for a quieter life in Washington.
Eight years later when this same celebrity is under suspicion for another murder, Maya Travis is lured back to the DA’s office for another chance at justice. This legal thriller is executive produced/co-written by Clark, Liz Craft and Sarah Fain. Adam Rayner, Merrin Dungey, Breckin Meyer, Marc Blucas, Mouzam Makkar, Alex Saxon, Scott Cohen and Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje also star.
Eva Longoria executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza (Demian Bichir) owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi (Roselyn Sanchez), and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success.
The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior. Denyse Tontz, Bryan Craig, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Lincoln Younes, Shalim Ortiz, Anne Winters and Justina Adorno co-star while Brian Tanen is the writer and executive producer.
(Drama, 10pm Tuesdays)
Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis.
If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life. Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones, Titus Makin, Mercedes Mason, Melissa O’Neil, Afton Williamson and Eric Winter co-star while Alexi Hawley is writer and executive producer.
A high-octane, hour-long action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (Scott Foley). Following an emotional breakup, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca ‘Frankie’ Trowbridge (Lauren Cohan).
Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics. The series is from writer/executive producer Dave Hemingson and executive producer Bill Lawrence.
NEW COMEDY SERIES
The Kids Are Alright
(Comedy, 8:30pm Tuesdays)
A new series inspired by the childhood of writer/executive producer Tim Doyle. Set in the 1970s, this ensemble comedy follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family in a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles. Together they navigate big and small changes during one of America’s most turbulent decades.
As the couple raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with little supervision, the household is turned upside down when oldest son Lawrence returns home to leave and save the world. Michael Cudlitz, Mary McCormack, Sam Straley, Caleb Martin Foote, Sawyer Barth, Christopher Paul Richards, Jack Gore, Andy Walken and Santino Barnard star.
A spinoff of “The Goldbergs,” this 1990s-set series follows the hilarious teachers of William Penn Academy – led by Tim Meadows (Principal Glascott), Bryan Callen (Coach Mellor) and AJ Michalka (Lainey Lewis) – who, despite their eccentricities and crazy personal lives, are heroes to their students. Adam F. Goldberg, Doug Robinson and Marc Firek are executive producers.
(Comedy, 9:30pm Wednesdays)
An ensemble comedy about a group of single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their seven-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. The series begins when the group meets Will (Taran Killam), a thirty something guy who has been so focused on raising his daughter that he’s lost sight of who he is as a man.
The other single parents band together to get him out in the dating world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn’t mean sacrificing everything about your own identity. The series also stars Leighton Meester, Kimrie Lewis, Jake Choi, Marlow Barkley, Tyler Wladis, Devin Trey Campbell, Grace Hazelett, Sadie Hazelett and Brad Garrett. JJ Philbin and Liz Meriwether are creators and executive producers.
The nightly ABC schedule will be as follows:
8pm: “Dancing with the Stars”
10pm: “The Good Doctor”
8:30pm: “The Kids Are Alright”
9:30pm: “Splitting Up Together”
10pm: “The Rookie”
8pm: “The Goldbergs”
8:30 pm: “American Housewife”
9pm: “Modern Family”
9:30 pm: “Single Parents”
10pm: “A Million Little Things”
8pm: “Grey’s Anatomy”
9pm: “Station 19”
10pm: “How to Get Away with Murder”
8pm: “Fresh Off the Boat”
9pm: “Child Support”
8pm: “Saturday Night College Football”
7pm: “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
8pm: “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors”
9pm: “Shark Tank”
10pm: “The Alec Baldwin Show”
“American Idol,” “The Fix,” “For the People,” “Grand Hotel,” “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” “Schooled,” “Whisky Cavalier”
“Alex, Inc.,” “The Crossing,” “Deception,” “Designated Survivor,” “The Gospel of Kevin,” “The Mayor,” “Marvel’s Inhumans,” “The Middle,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Quantico,” “Scandal,” “Still Star-Crossed,” “Ten Days in the Valley,” “To Tell the Truth”