ABC Upfronts: Four New Fall Shows

ABC_logo_2007ABC began its upfront presentation Tuesday crowing about having the No. 1 show for the first time in a dozen years and then suggested a drinking game every time they mentioned the show at the top, “Roseanne.”

Like other networks who have presented so far this week in New York, they had a few more new titles to show advertisers — four this fall and another four by midseason.

The new comedies are:

  • The Kids Are Alright” – After mining the 80s in “The Goldbergs, this family comedy shows a crowded household in the L.A. 70s, with Mary McCormack and Michael Cudlitz as the unsentimental parents. It’s inspired by the childhood of writer and producer Randall Einhorn, who also provides the voice over. Tuesdays this fall.
  • “Schooled” – This is a direct “Goldbergs” spinoff set in the 90s at the William Penn Academy where the kids went, and focusing on the faculty — principal Tim Meadows, coach Bryan Callen and new music teacher AJ Michalka. Midseason.
  • “Single Parents” – Stars former “SNL” star Taran Killam as an over-conscientious parent who can’t relax to the degree of the other single parents who avoid PTA and other duties, among them Brad Garrett and Leighton Meester. Co-producer is “New Girl” creator Liz Meriwether. Wednesdays this fall.

The new dramas are:

  • “The Rookie” – Nathan Fillion returns to ABC as an L.A. cop who gets the brunt of old man jokes (though he’s only in his 40). With Alyssa Diaz, Richard T. Jones and Afton Williamson. Tuesdays this fall.
  • “A Million Little Things” – A suicide among a group of friends makes them recalculate their relationships in a show that seems to be aiming for the “This is Life” lane. with David Guintoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco and Lizzy Greene. Wednesdays this fall.
  • “The Fix” – Former prosecutor Marcia Clark looks to re-litigating her most famous case in this legal drama, in which a double-murderer who got away (who happens to be a black celebrity) the first time he goes to court is under suspicion years later for another murder. With Robin Tunney, Adam Rayner and Breckin Meyer, with Clark as co-writer and co-executive producer. Midseason.
  • “Grand Hotel” – A soapy saga set at the last family-owned hotel on Miami Beach, done up telenovela style in part by co-producer Eva Longoria. With Demian Bichir, Roselyn Sanchez and Denyse Tontz. Midseason.
  • “Whiskey Cavalier” – Action series about an FBI agent who teams with a CIA operative for assignments and sexual tension. Starring Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan (of “The Walking Dead”). Midseason.

Returning shows include “American Idol,” “American Housewife,” “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Black-ish,” “For the People,” “”Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “The Good Doctor,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Modern Family,” “Roseanne,” “Shark Tank,” “Splitting Up Together” and “Station 19.”

Not returning to the schedule are “Alex, Inc.,” “The Crossing,” “Deception,” “Designated Survivor,” “Downward Dog,” “The Great American Baking Show,” “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” “Marvel’s Inhumane,” “The Mayor,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Quantize,” “Scandal,” “Somewhere Between,” “Still Star-Crossed”  and “Ten Days in the Valley.”

The variation “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors” will feature child stars paired with competitive child dancers. Two shows with tentative starts, the Sunday night talk show “The Alec Baldwin Show” and “Child Support,” featuring Ricky Gervais with kids, will get fuller seasons.


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