ABC has given series orders to five dramas and three comedies, and one fairy-tale musical, TV.com has learned. On the drama side, there's Marvel's Agent Carter, Shonda Rhimes' How to Get Away With Murder, American Crime, The Whispers (formerly The Visitors), and Forever. On the comedy side, there's Black-ish, Selfie, and Manhattan Love Story. And on the island of fairy-tale musicals, there's Galavant.
(Psst! The network has also renewed several shows, which we've listed here, and canceled Trophy Wife, Suburgatory, and The Neighbors, among others.)
Agent Carter stars Captain America's Hayley Atwell as the titular agent. The series takes place a year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger; set in 1946, it follows Peggy Carter as she builds her career as a secret agent. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark, all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America in the wake of losing the love of her life (Chris Evans' Steve Rogers). Resurrection's Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas will executive-produce with Steve McFeely, Christopher Marcus and Jeph Loeb.
Shonda Rhimes' How to Get Away With Murder is a sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor (Viola Davis) who become entangled in a murder plot that will rock their entire university and change the course of their lives. Grey's Anatomy producer Peter Nowalk will write and executive-produce with Rhimes and Betsy Beers' Shondaland. Liza Weil, Billy Brown, Katie Findlay, Matt McGorry, Aja Naomi King, Jack Falahee, Alfred Enoch, Charlie Weber, and Karla Souza will also star in the project.
The Whispers (previously titled The Visitors) is a drama about the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world using our most precious resource against us. Juno's Soo Hugh will write the project from Steven Spielberg's Amblin TV. Barry Sloan, Milo Ventimiglia, Lily Rabe, Derek Webster, Brianna Brown, Kylie Rogers, Catalina Denis, and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf will star.
In Forever, Ioan Gruffudd stars as Dr. Henry Morgan, New York City's star medical examiner who studies the dead for a reason: He is immortal. With the help of Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza), the drama will peel back the layers of Henry's long, colorful life through the cases they solve. Chuck's Matt Miller will write and executive-produce with Dan Lin (Terminator Salvation) and Jennifer Gwartz (Veronica Mars). Judd Hirsch, Barbara Eve Harris, Joel David Moore, and Donnie Keshwarz will also star.
In American Crime, the personal lives of the players involved in a racially charged trial are examined as their worlds are turned upside-down. 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley will write and executive-produce with Cougar Town's Michael McDonald. Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Penelope Ann Miller, Richard Cabral, Johnny Ortiz, Elvis Nolasco, Benito Martinez, W. Earl Brown, and Caitlin Gerard will also star.
Secrets and Lies stars Ryan Phillippe as Ben Garner, a man who goes from Good Samaritan to murder suspect after he discovers the body of his neighbor's young son in the woods. As Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) digs for the truth, the secrets and lies of Garner's town rise to the surface and no one is above suspicion. KaDee Strickland, Natalie Martinez, Clifton Collins Jr., Indiana Evans, and Belle Shouse round out the cast.
In Selfie, a self-obsessed, twentysomething woman (Doctor Who's Karen Gillan) is the subject of a viral video made after a humiliating public break-up. When the video makes her an internet celebrity for all the wrong reasons, she hires a marketing expert named Henry (John Cho) to help restore her image. Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek will write and executive-produce the project inspired by My Fair Lady.
Black-ish stars Anthony Anderson as an upper-middle-class black man who struggles to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity, despite constant contradictions and obstacles coming from his liberal wife (Tracee Ellis Ross), old-school father (Laurence Fishburne) and his assimilated, color-blind kids. Anderson and Fishburne will executive-produce, and Marsai Martin, Miles Brown, Marcus Scribner and Yara Shahidi will also star.
Manhattan Love Story (formerly My Thoughts Exactly) is a romantic comedy that exposes the unfiltered inner monologues of young couple Peter (Jake McDorman) and Dana (Analeigh Tipton) as they embark on a new relationship. Spin City's Jeff Lowell will write and executive-produce.
AND THE FAIRY-TALE MUSICAL
In the fairy-tale musical Galavant, handsome Prince Galavant (Joshua Sasse) is on a quest for revenge against the king (Psychs's Timothy Omundson) who stole his one true love (Mallory Jansen). Dan Fogelman will write and executive-produce with Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken writing the music. Vinnie Jones, Karen David, and Luke Youngblood will also star.
Okay, let's hear it: Which of these new shows sound good to you?
AIRED ON 1/25/2015
Season 1 : Episode 8