Upfronts: ABC Continues as a Solid Comedy Destination

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by Sofa Vanoli the 15/05/2018
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During the second day of Upfronts week, it was ABC's turn to reveal its lineup for 2018/2019, which includes the return of successful shows, the surprise cancelation of other fan favorites and new projects to boot. 

It is Upfronts week in New York, and this Tuesday the spotlight shone on ABC, which presented the new titles to reach the small screen on the 201/2019 season. Most of them are dramas, backed up by some returning heavy hitters, and some comedies that intend to strengthen the networks position as a top comedy destination.

In fact, coming off the splashy and quite epic return of Roseanne, ABC is one of the only US networks that will air 10 half-hour series – all of them family comedies — on its fall schedule as part of a Friday comedy block.

Additionally, ABC is adding the first regular primetime broadcast talk show in nine years with an Alec Baldwin interview program on Sunday.

Up next, we round up the new and confirm what's coming back and what shows have had to say goodbye.

New In: Comedies & Dramas

  • A Million Little Things

It's a Boston-based drama from ABC Studios/Kapital Entertainment written and executive produced by DJ Nash. Premiere: this fall on Wednesdays.



The show follows a group of friends who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life. After one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living.

  • The Fix

It's a new legal drama from attorney and author Marcia Clark, who co-writes and executive produces this story from Mandeville TV and ABC Studios. It stars Robin Tunney and Adam Rayner. Premiere: not yet determined.



The Fix centers on Maya Travis, an L.A. district attorney who suffers a devastating defeat when prosecuting an A-list actor for double murder. With her high-profile career derailed, she flees for a quieter life in Washington. Eight years later when this same celebrity is under suspicion for another murder, Maya Travis is lured back to the DA’s office for another chance at justice.

  • Grand Hotel

Eva Longoria executive produces this bold adaptation of Spanish series Gan Hotel (Atresmedia), which is now set in multicultural Miami Beach. Premiere: to be determined.

The series follows the lives Santiago Mendoza, a hotel owner, and his family, who enjoy the spoils of success, as well as the life of the staff that keeps the business running in a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story.

  • The Rookie

It's a police drama starring Nathan Fillion and produced by Entertainment One (eOne) together with ABC Studios. Premiere: this fall on Tuesdays.

Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis.

  • Whiskey Cavalier

It's an intense action dramedy from writer/executive producer Dave Hemingson and executive producer Bill Lawrence with Warner Bros. Television. Premiere: to be determined.

Whiskey Cavalier follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase, played by Scott Foley. Following an emotional breakup, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge, played by Lauren Cohan. Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world.

  • The Kids Are Alright

It's a comedy series inspired by the childhood of writer/executive producer Tim Doyle and produced by ABC Studios. Premiere: this fall on Tuesdays.

Set in the 1970s, this ensemble comedy follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family, the Clearys, as they navigate big and small changes during one of America’s most turbulent decades.

  • Schooled

The comedy is a spinoff of the hit series The Goldbergs that will take place in 1990-something. It comes from Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios. Premiere: to be determined.

The show will follow the hilarious teachers of William Penn Academy who, despite their eccentricities and crazy personal lives, are heroes to their students.

  • Single Parent

It's a comedy series from 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios starring Taran Killam, Leighton Meester and Kimrie Lewis. Premiere: this fall on Wednesdays.

This ensemble comedy follows a group of single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their 7-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood.

New Seasons

Most of ABC's solid dramas are returning for another season, including Agents of Shield, which comes back with a reduced episode order, and freshman series like For the People and The Good Doctor. In the comedy front, there were few changes to pave way for the new.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (season 6)
Black-ish (season 5)
How To Get Away With Murder (season 5)
Fresh Off The Boat (season 5)
American Housewife (season 3)
Station 19 (season 2)
For the People (season 2)
Splitting Up Together (season 2)
Speechless (season 3)
American Idol
Grey's Anatomy (season 15)
Roseanne (season 11)
Dancing with the Stars (season 27)
The Bachelor (season 23)
The Good Doctor (season 2)
The $100,000 Pyramid (season 3)
Celebrity Family Feud (season 4)
Match Game (season 3)
The Bachelorette (season 14)

Cancelled and Concluding

As for the series that are saying goodbye, some like The Middle and Once Upon a Time had already announced their conclusion; while others like Quantico and Last Man Standing were axed without warning.

Deception
Marvel's Inhumans
The Crossing
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
The Mayor
Alex, Inc.
Designated Survivor
Quantico
Ten Days in the Valley
Downward Dog
Last Man Standing
Once Upon a Time (concluding)
The Middle (concluding)

  • Sofa Vanoli

    Passionate about TV shows since my father sat me in front of a screen to watch Star Trek: Enterprise, I write news and reviews. Communications graduate, english lover. Sometimes my imagination runs away with me.

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