Here are our predictions for ABC’s new fall shows!
About: “All over the news are reports about a young couple in Modesto, California, who were attacked in their home. Matt Skokie, a war vet, was killed, and his wife, Lily, is unconscious, barely hanging on. Both sets of parents are at her bedside hoping for a miracle while four suspects are about to be arrested. The case sends shock waves into the community stirring up tensions across racial lines in this gritty drama—from the point of the victims…”
Cast: Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, W. Earl Brown
Will we watch it: This could easily be the TV version of Crash (and that is not a good thing). But we’ll give Academy Award winning screenwriter John Ridley the benefit of the doubt.
Prediction: We don’t see American Crime, with its heavy subject matter, translating well with the ABC crowd. It’s a show that looks like it belongs on cable networks like FX or AMC. We’re pleasantly surprised that ABC is giving it a shot, however.
About: “Doctor Henry Morgan, New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn’t just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality. This long life has given Henry remarkable observation skills which impresses his new partner Detective Jo Martinez. Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry’s long and colorful past. Only his best friend and confidant, Abe knows Henry’s secret.”
Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Judd Hirsch
Will we watch it: Forever is way too Sherlockian for us, a character model that’s woefully overdone these days. Plus the premise is shaky at best – what happens to his dead body when he wakes up in the water? Does it just disappear from the crime scene? How are cops not noticing something is wrong when there are reports of a man getting shot or thrown off a building and onto a car, but there’s no trace of a body to be found?
Prediction: It doesn’t seem like the kind of show that will last… forever.
How To Get Away With Murder
About: “The brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating gets entangled with four law students from her class “How to Get Away with Murder.” Little do they know that they will have to apply what they learned to real life, in this masterful, sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller.”
Cast: Viola Davis, Alfred Enoch, Aja Naomi King
Will we watch it: After a disastrous season 3 for Scandal, are we really ready for another Shonda Rhimes show? All the elements of a classic Shonda Rhimes show are there in the trailer for How To Get Away With Murder: plucky young student, an extramarital affair, the ruthless and career-driven individual, etc. Yeah, we’ll probably watch it, but with a whole lot of reservations.
Prediction: How To Get Away With Murder will probably be the most successful new ABC show this fall. Shonda Rhimes has a pretty good track record with Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal under her belt.
About: “Aliens have invaded Earth by using our most unlikely resource to achieve world domination—our children. As the kids unwittingly help these unseen enemies, the clock counts down in this suspenseful race to save humanity.”
Cast: Lily Rabe, Barry Sloane, Milo Ventimiglia
Will we watch it: We’ll give the pilot a shot, but you know how these high-concept network shows go. See: The Event, Last Resort, V, Revolution, etc.
Prediction: The trailer looks very cinematic but The Whispers is going to need more than that to survive past its first season.
About: “Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson has a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow, four kids and a colonial home in the ‘burbs. But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family? With a little help from his dad, Dre sets out to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family that honors their past while embracing the future.”
Cast: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laurence Fishburne
Will we watch it: Meh?
Prediction: It has a good cast, so Black-ish could survive.
About: “In her sixth year of law school, Cristela is finally on the brink of landing her first big (unpaid) internship at a prestigious law firm. The only problem is that her pursuit of success is more ambitious than her traditional Mexican-American family thinks is appropriate. She’s stuck straddling the old culture she’s trying to modernize at home with her working-class family and the modern world she’s trying to embrace in her professional career.”
Cast: Cristela Alonzo, Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos
Will we watch it: Nope. We’re sure Cristela is very nice and all, but the jokes in the trailer weren’t funny and we could really do without the laugh track.
Prediction: Cristela will probably be one of ABC’s early cancellations.
Fresh Off The Boat
About: “It’s the ’90s and 12 year old, hip-hop loving Eddie (Hudson Yang) just moved to suburban Orlando from DC’s Chinatown with his parents (Randall Park and Constance Wu). It’s culture shock for his immigrant family in this comedy about pursuing the American Dream. Fresh Off the Boat is based on Chef Eddie Huang’s memoir Fresh Off the Boat.”
Cast: Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang
Will we watch it: Yup! (Especially because it’s executive produced and written by Nahnatchka Khan, the creator of the dearly departed Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23.)
Prediction: The last time we saw an Asian-American family on TV was Margaret Cho’s All-American Girl, which only lasted for one season. It’s been twenty whole years since then – who knows how long Fresh Off the Boat will stick around.
About: “Once upon a time, the dashing hero, Galavant lost the love of his life, Madalena, to the evil King Richard. Now, our fallen hero is ready to take revenge and restore his “happily ever after.” But it won’t be without a few twists and turns along the way.”
Cast: Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Karen David
Will we watch it: Musicals are fun and Medieval women of color are awesome, so yes.
Prediction: This was a risky pickup for ABC and we don’t imagine a musical TV show set in medieval times has a very long shelf life.
Manhattan Love Story
About: “Have you ever wondered what your date was thinking? This romantic comedy exposes the differences between men and women through the unfiltered thoughts, and often contradictory actions, of a new couple who have just begun dating.”
Cast: Analeigh Tipton, Jake McDorman, Nicolas Wright
Will we watch it: The voice overs are definitely annoying. We’re gonna go with ‘no’.
Prediction: Probably canceled.
About: “Eliza Dooley has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But one lonely day she has a revelation: being friended is not the same as having actual friends. She asks marketing guru Henry to ‘rebrand’ her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect with people in the real world. Loosely based on My Fair Lady, Selfie explores the modern struggles of Eliza and Henry, as he tries to teach her how to live life offline—whether she ‘likes’ it or not.”
Cast: Karen Gillan, John Cho, Da’Vine Joy Randolph
Will we watch it: For John Cho’s face, we’d probably watch anything. Karen Gillan’s American accent is a bit of a turn-off, however.
Prediction: That title is plain awful. Regardless of the show’s actual quality, we foresee Selfie going the way of Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23 and getting an unceremonious cancellation.