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2014 Upfronts Part 4: ABC

June 10, 2014

My final post on the 2014 Upfronts is my favorite network: ABC.

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Selfie

Oh, hell yes. Karen Gillan and John Cho as a modern day Eliza Dolittle and Henry Higgins? What is not to love about this? I can only hope that the show lives up to the expectations literary, film and musical theatre buffs will have for it.

Selfie will air on Tuesdays at 8pm.

Manhattan Love Story

If you ever wanted to watch a love story and know the couple’s every thought, this is the show for you! However it is not the show for me. Clever idea, but it will get annoying so very fast. In fact, I was done with the concept by the end of the trailer.

Manhattan Love Story will air on Tuesdays at 8:30pm.

Forever

This is a fascinating concept. A doctor works with the police, solving crimes. However, he’s really searching for the answer to a much bigger mystery: Why is he immortal? Starring Ioan Gruffudd and Judd Hirsch, I will be eagerly watching. Sadly, however, it is in ABC’s death slot, so I likely won’t be watching for very long.

Forever will air on Tuesdays at 10pm.

Black-ish

Ok, the premise of this sounds terrible. An upper class African American father realizes that his family is gentrified (his oldest son wants to convert to Judaism and play field hockey), so he decides to “black” the family up a little bit. And most certainly, he will have many missteps along the way. Sounds awful, right? But the trailer is the first comedy trailer to have me laughing out loud. Probably because Anthony Anderson is, and always has been, funny as hell. And he and Laurence Fishburne, who plays his dad and already has the best one liners of the show, are producing. The post-Modern Family timeslot did nothing for Mixology, so who knows? This one could make it. It probably won’t (an African American family comedy hasn’t been a hit in a long time), but here’s hoping.

Black-ish will air on Wednesdays at 9:30pm.

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes has another show…and it looks like it’s gonna kill. From medicine to politics, she has created hit after hit, and now ABC’s Thursday night lineup belongs to her with a law show that looks, fun, suspenseful, and downright sexy. Viola Davis headlines as a law professor and practitioner at the top of her game and is looking for four students who will join her law firm as interns (a little Legally Blonde, but I’ll roll with it). Four students immediately step up their game (including a gay one! yay! Rhimes is great at having both gay characters and gay actors on her shows), and they all share a secret to boot: they have to cover up a murder of their own. Damn, this is gonna be good.

How to Get Away with Murder will air on Thursdays at 10pm, making ABC’s Thursday night lineup once again all Shonda shows.

Cristela

This looks really funny. Hispanic family with a plus sized actress in the lead. And she’s not ugly this time! It’ll probably flop, but I’ll check it out.

Cristela will air Fridays at 8:30pm.

The following shows will premiere in the spring.

American Crime

Another show that looks like it would be better off as a movie. I love Felicity Huffman, but a crime drama about racial tensions surrounding a murder just doesn’t appeal to me.

The Astronaut Wives Club

This will be a 10 episode limited series about women who were behind huge moments in American history. A great idea, but I don’t think it will take off.

Fresh Off the Boat

Oh my god, this is so racist. So so racist. It’s going to get canceled so fast. In fact, I think it will be the first show of the season to get canceled. It’s like ABC is trying to make up for the fact that there’s not enough Asian people on TV by playing to every Asian stereotype from the 90s. After all, there hasn’t been an Asian-American cast on TV since Margaret Cho’s show….which was in the 90s. Never mind the fact that there are more Asian actors on TV than there have ever been. Ok, rant over. The mom is actually really funny. She’s the only one with an accent, and she plays up every stereotype possible. But yeah, totally racist, totally canceled.

Galavant

Musical shows on TV have been hit and miss (Glee – hit; Smash – miss), but this fairy tale musical has music by Alan Menken and looks like it could be loads of fun! The trailer is hilarious and whimsical, the music sounds great, and it’s a true musical: not a musical-but-some-songs-are-part-of-a-show-or-glee-club. Plus, with Smash canceled, and Glee ending next year, I need a new musical hit to audition for! Hard to predict whether it will fly or fall, but I’ll be watching and reporting back either way.

Galavant will be a limited series airing in the winter, filling the Sunday 8pm time slot while Once Upon a Time is on hiatus.

Agent Carter

A Captain America spinoff, this limited series will follow the adventures of Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell), as she fights against the male dominated field of espionage. Like Galavant, this will air in the winter, during a hiatus of Agents of SHIELD, but I’m guessing it will tie into the larger Marvel narrative leading up to the second Avengers film. Should be fun.

Secrets and Lies

Juliette Lewis has managed to split herself between networks this season as she joins Ryan Phillippe in this crime drama. Phillippe finds a dead boy and immediately becomes the prime suspect. I’m not drawn in by the story, but Phillippe is looking really hot, so I might check it out. If it becomes a hit, I definitely will, but it could easily be another run of the mill, one season drama that would have made a better film. Time will tell.

The Whispers

Lily Rabe was one of the most compelling actors on American Horror Story, but that’s not enough for me to get behind this show. Aliens communicate with children, masquerading as imaginary friends to cause distruction, mayhem, and general panic as they try to conquer our world. Other than The X-Files and Roswell, I can’t think of any alien-centric TV shows that have made it in the last couple decades, so I expect this will go the same way.

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