Well here we are, the ABC Upfront and probably the largest fall lineup we have to go through. While other Stations are unloading anywhere from 3 to 8 shows ABC has cancelled 14 shows ... so far. So lets quit dilly dallying and get down to what were getting from ABC this fall.
Our first show is, A Million Little Things. A story about 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.
“A Million Little Things” stars David Giuntoli as Eddie, Ron Livingston as Jon, Romany Malco as Rome, Allison Miller as Maggie, Christina Moses as Regina, Christina Ochoa as Ashley, James Roday as Gary, Stephanie Szostak as Delilah and Lizzy Greene as Sophie.
Ok so now that we have "The Big Chill" tv series out of the way we move onto the legal drama, The Fix. Attorney and author Marcia Clark co-writes and executive produces a new legal drama about Maya Travis, 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, and is from Mandeville TV and ABC Studios.
“The Fix” stars Robin Tunney as Maya Travis, Adam Rayner as Matthew Collier, Merrin Dungey as CJ, Breckin Meyer as Alan Wiest, Marc Blucas as Riv, Mouzam Makkar as Loni Kampoor, Alex Saxon as Gabriel Johnson, with Scott Cohen as Ezra Wolf and Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje as Sevvy Johnson.
Lets jump back a few deacdes to the 1970's the comedy series, The Kids are Alright. The show follows follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family, the Clearys, as they navigate big and small changes during one of America’s most turbulent decades. In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with little supervision. The household is turned upside down when oldest son Lawrence returns home and announces he’s quitting the seminary to go off and “save the world.” Times are changing and this family will never be the same. There are 10 people, three bedrooms, one bathroom and everyone in it for themselves.
The series stars Michael Cudlitz as Mike Cleary, Mary McCormack as Peggy Cleary, Sam Straley as Lawrence, Caleb Martin Foote as Eddie, Sawyer Barth as Frank, Christopher Paul Richards as Joey, Jack Gore as Timmy, Andy Walken as William and Santino Barnard as Pat.
Lets's keep the comedy going with, Single Parents. This show follows a group of single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their 7-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. The series begins when the group meets Will, a 30-something guy who’s been so focused on raising his daughter that he’s lost sight of who he is as a man. When the other single parents see just how far down the rabbit hole of PTA, parenting and princesses Will has gone, they 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 stars Taran Killam as Will, Leighton Meester as Angie, Kimrie Lewis as Poppy, Jake Choi as Miggy, Marlow Barkley as Sophie, Tyler Wladis as Graham, Devin Trey Campbell as Rory, Grace Hazelett as Emma, Sadie Hazelett as Amy and Brad Garrett as Douglas.
Grand Hotel from Exec Producer, Eva Longoria is a bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, 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. The show is based on the Spanish series.
The series stars Demian Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sanchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.
Nathan Fillion is back on ABC in yet another cop show. This time around he's not a consultant working with the police. This time he's, The Rookie. after a life-altering incident, John Nolan starts to pursue 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.
The series stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin as Jackson West, Mercedes Mason as Captain Zoe Andersen, Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen, Afton Williamson as Talia Bishop and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford.
Although her character Maggie hasn't joined the legions of the undead, Lauren Cohan seems to be ready to get away from The Walking Dead and has secured the female lead on, Whiskey cavalier. “Whiskey Cavalier” is a high-octane, hour-long action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: “Whiskey Cavalier”), played by Scott Foley. Following an emotional breakup, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: “Fiery Tribune”), played by 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 with Warner Bros. Television.
The series stars Scott Foley as Will Chase, Lauren Cohan as Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge, Ana Ortiz as Susan Sampson, Tyler James Williams as Edgar Standish and Vir Das as Jai Datta.
And finally we have a show that seriously should not be made, Schooled. As much as I like The Goldbergs, I really don't know how a show featuring this so-so bunch of supporting characters will last. Anyway this spinoff of the hit comedy “The Goldbergs,” is set in 1990-something. It 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.
Well there you have it, ABC's fall lineup. My quick thoughts on all of these shows. A Million Little Things, as I said it's The Big Chill. If you liked that movie you're sure to like this. The Fix, this is Marcia Clarks "If i had a second shot at OJ" story. It's been 23 years Marcia, let it go. The Kids are Alright, it's like they managed to take all the bad parts of The Wonder Years, That 70's Show, and Eight is Enough and distilled that down to an even worse show ... I give it 1 season if that. Single Parents, I actually laughed out loud on the trailer, hope it lasts. Grand Hotel is not my kinda show but I expect it to do very well. If the latino community alone shows up for this series the way they did with "Jane the Virgin" this will probably stick around for 4-5 seasons. The Rookie, it's a show with Nathan Fillion. Five seasons minimum, NEXT! Whiskey Cavalier was a show I was iffy on when I heard about it, but after seeing the trailer I'm liking it. This show should last for about 6 seasons of sexual tension, they get married in season 7 and everything goes downhill and it's cancelled in season 8. you pretty much know my thougts on Schooled. Principal Glascott, coach mellor, and Lainey are good characters when working onscreen with Adam, Beverly, Barry, or Erica. I'd like to put some faith in Tim Meadows or even Bryan Callens abilities but I just cant. I hope they prove me wrong, but as far as im concerned they better sandwich that show between 2 really good comedies such as the Goldbergs & Speechless.