The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) announced their 2014-2015 line-up, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 and it is looking to murder the competition. ABC, the third longest running television network was also the third network to unveil its fall lineup this week. Like the other networks, they are working hard to stake a claim in the new season after an impressive 2013-2014 season. Adding six new shows to its fall lineup, four new comedies and two new dramas and then six for the midseason debut.
The 2014-2015 television season will be gearing towards a number of murder themed shows, How to Get Away With Murder, the newest show from Shonda Rhimes, executive producer of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, a suspense thriller starring Viola Davis (The Help, Prisoners). Davis plays Annalise Keating an attorney, with her four motivated law school students accompanying her become entwined in their own murder mystery. Also, Forever, which stars Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) as NYC’s brilliant medical examiner Henry Morgan who teams up with Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza), a New York City police detective , while Judd Hirsch (Independence Day, Taxi) character is the only person who knows that Henry is more than 200 years old and cannot die.
The four comedies slated for the new season includes Black-ish, starring Anthony Anderson (Me, Myself, & Irene, Transformers) and Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends, Daddy’s Little Girls). Black-ish executive produced by Laurence Fishburne, who will also star in it as well is based on a married couple, living in the suburbs worrying their children are losing sight of their black identity. Comedian Cristela Alonzo will star in, Cristela, a law school student with a traditional Mexican-American family. Selfie, staring Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy, Oculus), a My Fair Lady inspired series about a self-obsessed online star that does not know how to live offline. Also, Manhattan Love Story, which explores the differences between men and women through two people who just started dating.
The 2014-2015 ABC season’s theme will continue even with their six midseason debuts, offering a little drama, a bit of murder, some fantasy, sci-fi, and even a musical. American Crime, one of the two dramas scheduled for the midseason will star Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton, from writer producer, John Ridley. It takes place in Modesto California, following a racially charged murder case and trial. Secrets and Lies which stars, Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers, August: Osage County), as a homicide detective and Ryan Phillippe (Cruel Intentions) as a Good Samaritan/murder suspect after he discovers the body of his neighbor’s young son in the woods.
Three fantasy series are also including in the midseason lineup, Galavant, a fairy tale musical comedy, with Glenn Slater and Alan Mencken writing all the songs. Steven Spielberg will also make a midseason debut on the network as the executive producer of the alien-invasion drama, The Whispers. Which will star, Lily Rabe and Milio Ventimiglia. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is also getting a spin-off, Marvel’s Agent Carter, starring Hayley Atwell as the Captain America character, Peggy Carter.
There will also be a comedy in ABC’s midseason lineup, Fresh Off the Boat, based on Chef Eddie Huang’s memoir and starring Hudson Yang an 11-year-old moving from the Chinatown area of Washington D.C., to Orlando, Florida. Also, a 10 episode miniseries, The Astronaut Wives Club, which is based on a book by Lily Koppel, telling the story of the women who were key players behind some of the biggest events in American history, starring Annie Glenn as Azure Parsons, wife of astronaut John Glenn.
With the new shows slated for debut, ABC’s lineup will be jam-packed. Sundays, America’s Funniest Home Video, Once Upon a Time, Resurrection, and Revenge will be returning. Mondays will see Dancing With the Stars and Castle returning for another season. Tuesdays will premiere Selfie, Manhattan Love Story, and Forever alongside returning favorite Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Wednesdays will see the return of The Middle, the new hit, The Goldbergs, Modern Family and Nashville, with Black-ish premiering. Thursday’s returns with Grey’s Anatomy eleventh season, the forth season of Scandal and the premiere of Shonda Rhimes newest show, How to Get Away with Murder. Fridays return with Last Man Standing, Shark Tank, and 20/20, Cristela will make its debut, while Saturday will be slated for Saturday Night College Football.
Shows returning that will return for the midseason schedule or earlier will be The Bachelor, The Great Christmas Light Fight, and The Taste, other reality shows might be brought back, but not yet confirmed.
Sadly, ABC will lose twelve shows at the end of this season including new shows, The Assets, Back in the Game, Betrayal, Killer Women, Lucky 7, Mind Games, Mixology, Once Upon a Time Wonderland, Super Fun Night and Trophy Wife and veterans The Neighbors and Suburgatory. With such a massive cut of shows ABC 2014-2015 line up might be murder, but its 2013-2014-season end is definitely a killer.
By Virginia Snowden