“Our shows rock — OK, that’s the upfront. Want to go to the pub?” ABC programming chief Paul Lee said to media buyers.
This year, Lee says he approached “some of the greatest storytellers in the world and asked them one thing: bring us your passion project — we’ll take off the handcuffs…And in my opinion they do not disappoint.” He said the new shows include “One of most blistering pieces of raw film ever scheduled on broadcast television.”
Host Jimmy Kimmel joked, “Our shows are mostly about superheroes and fairy tales. They may not be great but they make a great birthday party for a 6 year old.
“It’s weird to see NBC doing well, it’s like if your adult cousin who works at Arby’s suddenly got a masters degree…What does NBC do? I’ll tell you — you double down and you hit them with Peter Motherf***ing Pan, and Music Man.
“Mark Burnett described AD as Game Of Thrones Meets Borgias Meets The Bible. I read a pitch for the show, it’s Total meets Cluster meets F***.”
Secrets and Lies
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.
Starring: Ryan Phillippe | KaDee Strickland | Natalie Martinez | Clifton Collins, Jr. | Indiana Evans | Belle Shouse | Juliette Lewis
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.
Starring: Karen Gillan | John Cho | Tim Peper | Allyn Rachel | Da’Vine Joy Randolph | David Harewood
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.
Starring: Analeigh Tipton | Jake McDorman | Nicolas Wright | Jade Catta-Preta | Chloe Wepper | Kurt Fuller
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.
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd | Alana De La Garza | Barbara Eve Harris | Donnie Keshawarz | Joel David Moore | Judd Hirsch
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?
Starring: Anthony Anderson | Tracee Ellis Ross | Yara Shahidi | Marcus Scribner | Miles Brown | Marsai Martin | Laurence Fishburne
How to Get Away with Murder
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.
Starring: Viola Davis | Billy Brown | Alfred Enoch | Jack Falahee | Katie Findlay | Aja Naomi King | Matt McGorry | Karla Souza | Charlie Weber | Liza Weil
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.
Starring: Cristela Alonzo | Carlos Ponce | Terri Hoyos | Andrew Leeds | Sam McMurray
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.
Starring: Felicity Huffman | Timothy Hutton | W. Earl Brown | Richard Cabral | Caitlin Gerard | Benito Martinez | Penelope Ann Miller | Elvis Nolasco | Johnny Ortiz
Fresh Off the Boat
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.
Starring: Randall Park | Constance Wu | Hudson Yang | Forrest Wheeler | Ian Chen
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.
Starring: Joshua Sasse | Timothy Omundson | Vinnie Jones | Mallory Jansen | Karen David | Luke Youngblood
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.
Starring: Hayley Atwell
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.
Starring: Lily Rabe | Barry Sloane | Milo Ventimiglia | Derek Webster | Brianna Brown | Catalina Denis | Kylie Rogers | Kyle Harrison Breitkopf
8-10 p.m. — Dancing With the Stars
10-11 p.m. — Castle
8-8:30 p.m. — Selfie
8:30-9 p.m. — Manhattan Love Story
9-10 p.m. — Agents of SHIELD
10-11 p.m. — Forever
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. — Cristela
9-10 p.m. — Shark Tank
10-11 p.m. — 20/20
8-11 p.m. — Saturday Night Football
7-8 p.m. — America’s Funniest Home Videos
8-9 p.m. — Once Upon a Time
9-9:30 p.m. — Resurrection
10-11 p.m. — Revenge