ABC (US) 2015 Upfronts: trailers

ABC is reviving after more than 30 years off television.


ABC is reviving after more than 30 years off television (yes, really).

New titles include Shonda Rhimes’ The Catch, The Real O’Neals, The Family, Wicked City, Quantico and a small screen version of Uncle Buck.


Picked up to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Shondaland
TEAM: Jennifer Schuur (w, ep), Shonda Rhimes (ep), Betsy Beers (ep), Julie Anne Robinson (d, ep), Helen Gregory (co-ep), Kate Atkinson (co-ep)
LOGLINE: A thriller about a woman about to get married and about to get conned. Unbeknownst to her slippery fiancé, our heroine — who investigates fraud for a living — is not all she claims to be. And when the fiancé’s expertly planned con collides with her perfectly constructed lies, they plunge into a dangerous game of cat and mouse.
CAST: Mireille Enos, Jacky Ido, Jay Hayden, Damon Dayoub, Elvy Yost, Alimi Ballard, Rose Rollins, Alimi Ballard


DR. KEN (multi-camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: Sony Television/ABC Studios/Davis Entertainment
TEAM: Jared Stern (w, ep), Mike O’Connell (w, co-ep), Ken Jeong (w, co-ep), John Davis, (ep), John Fox (ep) Mike Sikowitz (ep), Scott Ellis (d)
LOGLINE: Ken Jeong is a frustrated HMO doctor juggling medicine, marriage and parenting, and succeeding at none of them.
CAST: Ken Jeong, Suzy Nakamura, Albert Tsai, Dave Foley, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Jonathan Slavin, Krista Marie Yu


Picked up to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Mandeville Productions
TEAM: Jenna Bans (w, ep), David Hoberman (ep), Todd Lieberman (ep), Laurie Zaks (ep), Paul McGuigan (d)
LOGLINE: The return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier sends shockwaves through their tightknit community. But as the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his community, the neighbor sitting in jail for his murder is released and the cop responsible is forced to re-examine what truly happened so many years ago.
CAST: Zach Gilford, Liam James, Joan Allen, Rupert Graves, Margot Bingham, Alison Pill, Floriana Lima, Madeleine Arthur, Andrew McCarthy, Rarmian Newton, Madeleine Arthur


Picked up to series
TEAM: Adam Cooper (w, ep), Bill Collage (w, ep), Jason Reed (ep), Reza Aslan (ep), Mahyad Tousi (ep), Chris Brancato (ep), Jeffrey Nachmanoff (d)
LOGLINE: 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.
CAST: Oliver Rix, Simone Kessell, Ray Winstone, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Haaz Sleiman, James Floyd


Picked up to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Mark Gordon Company
TEAM: Josh Safran (w, ep), Mark Gordon (ep,) Nick Pepper (ep), Marc Munden (d)
LOGLINE: A group of young FBI recruits, all with specific reasons for joining, battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia. As we intercut between their hidden pasts and their present training, we also flash-forward to the near future, where one of the recruits will turn out to be a sleeper terrorist responsible for the most devastating terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.
CAST: Tate Ellington, Graham Rogers, Aunjanue Ellis, Johanna Braddy, Yasmine Al Massri, Dougray Scott, Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin


THE REAL O’NEALS (fka FAMILY OF THE YEAR) (single camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/DiBonaventura Pictures TV
TEAM: David Windsor (w, ep), Casey Johnson (w, ep), Dan Savage (ep), Brian Pines (ep), Lorenzo DiBonaventura (ep), Dan McDermott (ep), Todd Holland (d)
LOGLINE: A picture-perfect family that is turned upside down when the youngest son comes out of the closet. What seems like the end of their idyllic life turns out to be the beginning of a bright new chapter when everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real. Loosely based on the life of boundary-pushing columnist Dan Savage.
CAST: Martha Plimpton, Jay R. Ferguson, Bebe Wood, Matthew Shively, Noah Galvin, Mary Hollis Inboden


UNCLE BUCK (single camera)
Picked up to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Universal TV
TEAM: Steven Cragg (w, ep), Brian Bradley (w, ep), Will Packer (ep), Phil Traill (ep)
LOGLINE: A childish man learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother’s kids in a very childish way. Based on the 1989 movie.
CAST: Mike Epps, James Lesure, Nia Long, Aalyrah Caldwell, Iman Benson, Sayeed Shahidi


Picked up to series
STUDIO: ABC Studios/Mandeville
TEAM: Steven Baigelman (w, ep), David Hoberman (ep), Todd Lieberman (ep), Laurie Zaks (ep), Tom Shankland (d)
LOGLINE: Character-driven, “true-crime” procedural explores sex, politics and popular culture across various noteworthy eras in Los Angeles history. In Season 1, two L.A. cops search for a Bonnie & Clyde-esque serial-killing team amidst the coke-infused rock ‘n’ roll revelry of the 1980s Sunset Strip.
CAST: Adam Rothenberg, Gabriel Luna, Erika Christensen, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Ed Westwick, Taissa Farmiga, Holley Fain, Karolina Wydra, Anne Winters

ABC’s Fall Schedule

8:00 p.m. Dancing With the Stars
10:00 p.m. Castle

8:00 p.m. The Muppets
8:30 p.m. Fresh Off the Boat
9:00 p.m. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
10:00 p.m. Quantico

8:00 p.m. The Middle
8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs
9:00 p.m. Modern Family
9:30 p.m. Black-ish
10:00 p.m. Nashville

8:00 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy
9:00 p.m. Scandal
10:00 p.m. How to Get Away With Murder

8:00 p.m. Last Man Standing
8:30 p.m. Dr. Ken
9:00 p.m. Shark Tank
10:00 p.m. 20/20

8:00 p.m. Saturday Night Football

7:00 p.m. America’s Funniest Home Videos
8:00 p.m. Once Upon a Time
9:00 p.m. Oil
10:00 p.m. Of Kings and Prophets

Source: Hollywood Reporter, Deadline

9 Responses

  1. Hmmmmm I watched all the trailers and none look interesting to me apart from maybe Quantico, and that’s only because it stars the cute girl from Netflix’s Video Game High School

  2. Really looking forward to The Muppets but who is going to show it in Australia and when?

    I’m still waiting to even hear about Agent Carter. I figured Netflix Australia would have picked that up since they’ve got all these other various disney/marvel stuff on there and free to air tv nor Foxtel doesn’t seem to be showing it.

  3. For me dr ken and quatico are the only shows that look any good. The muppets seems funny but can’t see it lasting long, wicked city looks like the worse, is the bible tv show done by the same that did the bible tv show that aired on nine last year? From the survivour producer?

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