ABC has decided to get a jump-start (read: cheat) on its fall premieres by releasing three of its new pilots online ahead of their scheduled debuts. The pilots of The Goldbergs, Trophy Wife, and Back in the Game are all available to stream online (via Hulu) RIGHT NOW. But instead of making you surf the internet looking for them, we've kindly gathered all three episodes right here. Give 'em a look-see and then let us know what you think in the comments!
The Goldbergs (September 24 at 9pm)
Trying to recapture the spirit of the long-lost 1980s, including the feel-good nature of that decade's television, The Goldbergs hits all the right marks, with a classic overbearing matriarch (Wendi McLendon-Covey), a hot-tempered father (Jeff Garlin), a wacky grandparent figure (George Segal), and three children who have nothing in common but their genes. Ahh, I can smell the nostalgia already.
Trophy Wife (September 24 at 9:30pm)
Malin Akerman helms Trophy Wife as reformed party girl Kate. She marries Bradley Whitford's Pete after meeting him where all true love stories begin: in a bar, while singing karaoke. The only problem is that Pete's been married a couple of times before, so Kate soon finds herself with a large extended family that includes three stepchildren and two ex-wives. And one of those ex-wives is played by Marcia Gay Harden, so Kate's got her work cut out for her. With help from her best friend Meg (Natalie Morales), Kate must figure out how to navigate her new family.
Back in the Game (September 25 at 8:30pm)
Back in the Game stars Psych's Maggie Lawson as Terry, a good old-fashioned tomboy who was raised by a father who clearly wanted a son instead of daughter. Her full name is Terry Gannon, Jr., so don't try to fight me on this. Terry was an all-star softball player in her youth, but now she's living the life of a single mother who's forced to move back in with daddy (James Caan) after finalizing her divorce from a lousy, cheating husband. Her son, Danny (Griffin Gluck), apparently has no baseball skills whatsoever (poor guy), but he's determined to play anyway. When Danny and his equally-terrible-at-baseball group of friends don't make their local team, Terry reluctantly agrees to coach a second team made up of all the outcasts.
What'd you think? Did you like any of these pilots enough to stick around for Episode 2?