Television loglines are like online dating profiles: They always say what they think you want to hear. But you can't get a real picture of what a show will be like until you see it in action. Many of ABC's new series have filled out their OkCupid pages with talk of fairy-tales and aliens and racially charged court cases, but will they actually be any good? Now we know! Or, well, we at least we have a better idea, because the network has accompanied its new 2014-2015 schedule with trailers for many of its new series, including Shonda Rhimes' How to Get Away With Murder, Emily Kapnek's Selfie, and new Anthony Anderson comedy Black-ish. Have a look, and then start judging away!
How to Get Away With Murder
Another ABC drama for Shonda Rhimes! How to Get Away With Murder is a legal thriller starring Viola Davis as a criminal defense lawyer who, along with her ambitious students, gets caught up in a murder plot that will cause all sorts of problems. Sounds so ABC, right? How to Get Away With Murder will air on Thursdays at 10pm.
In Forever, Ioan Gruffudd plays Dr. Henry Morgan, New York's most famous medical examiner, who took the job so he could study the dead. Why? Because he's immortal! With the help of his assistant, he'll solve cases while his long, rich life unfolds before us. I hope that means lots of period-piece wigs! Forever will air on Tuesdays at 10pm.
Yes! Aliens! ABC + science-fiction = all sorts of entertaining, if the network's track record (V, FlashForward, etc.) is anything to go on. In The Whispers, an unseen alien threat is out to destroy us by using our kids. At least they're upfront about us never seeing the aliens. Also, Falling Skies much? The Whispers is slated for midseason.
Sick of shows always being funny and not taking things seriously enough? Then American Crime is here to save you. This limited-event drama, written by 12 Years a Slave's John Ridley, follows the turmoil and tension stemming from a racially charged trial. Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, and Penelope Ann Miller star. American Crime is slated for midseason.
Secrets and Lies
Secrets and Lies is a 10-episode mystery starring Ryan Phillippe as a man who discovers the body of his neighbor's son. But instead of getting patted on the back, he becomes a prime suspect in the boy's murder. Yikes! Juliette Lewis also stars, as the detective investigating the case. This will be an open-and-closed series, with the story wrapped up in the final episode.
From Suburgatory's Emily Kapnek, Selfie stars Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as a woman who becomes the subject of an embarrassing viral video and hires a marketing master (John Cho) to help her repair her image. It's inspired by My Fair Lady. Selfie will air on Tuesdays at 8pm.
Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson as a successful black man who's moving on up the ranks of the white-dominated advertising industry and raising a family that appears to be losing its cultural identity. Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) stars as his old-school dad. Black-ish will air on Wednesdays at 9:30pm, after Modern Family.
Manhattan Love Story
Manhattan Love Story (formerly My Thoughts Exactly) is a romantic comedy that shows us what men and women are really thinking when they start a new relationship. How? By letting us hear their inner thoughts. Jake Dorman and Analeigh Tipton star. Manhattan Love Story will air on Tuesdays at 8:30pm.
It's old culture vs. new culture! Cristela's title character (Cristela Alonzo) is about to get her first break in the field of law after six years of law school, but that conflicts with her Mexican-American family's traditional view of a working-class lifestyle. Cristela will air on Fridays at 8:30pm.
Fresh Off the Boat
More culture coming at ya! In this family comedy, an Asian clan moves to Orlando to start up a restaurant while trying to assimilate into suburban white culture. It's based on the memoir by chef Eddie Huang.
Oooh boy, here's Galavant, everybody! This fairy-tale musical from The Neighbors' Dan Fogelman follows Prince Galavant as he attempts to exact revenge on the evil king who stole his one true love. Timothy Omundson (Psych) and Vinnie Jones (!) star. Galavant will air between Once Upon a Time's fall finale and winter premiere.
Note: ABC hasn't released trailers for ALL of its new shows yet, but we'll update this story as it does. Keep checking back!
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