This week, the networks all unveiled their new fall schedules to potential advetisers, and even more importantly, to us fans. For the next few days I'll be taking a look at the new shows the Big Four Networks have to offer. ABC becomes more fun to watch every year because things just aren't going well for them. Because of that, the network is sticking with what works: Shonda Rhimes and family sitcoms.
- America's Funniest Home Videos
- The Bachelor
- Dancing With the Stars
- The Goldbergs
- Grey's Anatomy
- Last Man Standing
- Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- The Middle
- Mistresses - Season two premiers this summer
- Modern Family
- Motive - Season two premieres this summer
- Once Upon A Time
- Rookie Blue - Season five premieres this summer
- Shark Tank
- The Assets
- Back In the Game
- Black Box (I'm just assuming at this point)
- Killer Women
- Lucky 7
- Mind Games
- The Neighbors
- Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
- Super Fun Night
- Trophy Wife
ABC didn't find the smash hit in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that it wanted this time last year, but the show did well enough to earn a second season. ABC has two really big problems that they can't seem to overcome: naming shows, and finding a succesful show to pair behind Modern Family. I'm frustrated with the network for not trying out Trophy Wife in that coveted spot, and now we'll never know if it could have helped the show. But like I said at the top, ABC finds success when it lets Shonda Rhimes do her thing, and we'll definitely see that in ABC's fall lineup when Thursday night belongs completely to Rhimes' shows.
This is the first show in five years that ABC has paired well with Modern Family. We all know Modern Family is a huge hit, and ABC has been digging it's own grave trying to launch another comedy behind the family sitcom. Meanwhile, shows like Happy Endings and Trophy Wife would have fit nicely into the timeslot, and were never given a chance (RIP to both shows). Black-ish looks like it's going to be a great fit for this "coveted" timeslot, and hopefully for ABC's sake, doesn't go the way of Super Fun Night.
I'm not quite sure what's going on with this trailer and I don't think the editor did either. Cristela Alonzo shines though in her delivery and facial expressions. But don't get too attached to this show early on: ABC is giving it the Friday Night Treatment so there's a good chance this will be gone before you even realize it was there.
There's a lot going on in the trailer for this show, and it seems a bit crowded but at the same time it looks pretty interesting. The concept is unique and I'm excited to see what the show becomes. ABC seems to like the show because they're trying it out in the post-S.H.I.E.L.D. timeslot so it has a shot at being a hit for the network that desperately needs one.
How to Get Away With Murder
Every single thing about this show is exciting: Viola Davis, a Shonda Rhimes show, and the interesting premise. This show is in the perfect place to become ABC's next hit. Even it's place in the schedule is great. Its lead-in is Scandal and then the only thing it will compete with on Thursday night is the modestly rated Parenthood.
Manhattan Love Story
After watching the trailer, it seems like this show is going to struggle making Jake McDorman and Analeigh Tipton likeable. ABC's the only network going with sitcoms on Tuesday at 8pm, but Manhattan Love Story still has some pretty heavy competition. The show will have to hold its own against The Voice if it wants to stick around until 2015.
There's a lot of hate going around for this show already, partly because of the name and mostly because of Karen Gillan's american accent. However, I'm just glad that a show from Emily Kapnek will be on the air next season now that Suburgatory is cancelled. I have a lot of faith in Kapnek to develop a show into something really enjoyable to watch. She mixes a lot of heart with humor and Gillan has won me over already so I'm not jumping on the hate bandwagon just yet.
Midseason: American Crime, Fresh Off the Boat, Galavant, Secrets and Lies, The Whispers.
What are you looking forward to most on ABC next Fall? I'm excited about How to Get Away With Murder but I'm skeptical about the rest of these new shows. Next we'll take a look at what Fox is offering next Fall so stay tuned.