2014-15 ABC New Series

2014-15 ABC New Series

Dramas

AMERICAN CRIME
PICKED UP TO SERIES
STUDIO: ABC Studios
TEAM: John Ridley (w, d, ep), Michael J McDonald (ep)
LOGLINE: 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 view of the victims.
CAST: Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Elvis Nolasco, Caitlin Gerard, Richard Cabral, Benito Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, W. Earl Brown, Penelope Ann Miller

THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB
PICKED UP TO SERIES; 10-EPISODE ORDER (PUSHED TO MIDSEASON 2015)
STUDIO: ABC Studios
TEAM: Josh Schwartz (ep), Stephanie Savage (ep), Michael London (ep), Len Goldstein (ep), Nick Cassavetes
LOGLINE: Set in the 1960s with a modern feel, it tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race.
CAST: Zoe Boyle, Odette Annable, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Dominique McElligott, Aaron McCusker, Azure Parsons, Desmond Harrington, Erin Cummings, Joel Johnstone

THE CLUB (formerly UNTITLED DAVID O. RUSSELL/SUSANNAH GRANT)
ORDERED STRAIGHT TO SERIES; 13 EPISODES
STUDIO: ABC Studios
TEAM: Susannah Grant (w, ep)
LOGLINE: An upstairs/downstairs soap centered on a private country club.
CAST: Callie Hernandez, Chris Conroy, Betsy Brandt, Boris Kodjoe

FOREVER
PICKED UP TO SERIES
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV
TEAM: Matthew Miller (w, ep), Dan Lin (ep), Jennifer Gwartz (ep), Brad Anderson (d)
LOGLINE: Dr. 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, Judd Hirsch, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore, Barbara Eve Harris, Donnie Keshawarz

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
PICKED UP TO SERIES
STUDIO: ABC Studios
TEAM: Peter Nowalk (w, ep), Shonda Rhimes (ep), Betsy Beers (ep), Michael Offer (d)
LOGLINE: 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 from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, executive producers of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal.”
CAST: Viola Davis, Matt McGorry, Aja Naomi King, Jack Falahee, Alfred Enoch, Karla Souza, Jack Falahee, Charlie Weber, Liza Weil, Billy Brown, Katie Findlay, Lisa Weil

MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER
ORDERED STRAIGHT TO SERIES
STUDIO: ABC Studios, Marvel TV
TEAM: Steve McFeely (w, ep), Christopher Marcus (w, ep), Michele Fazekas (ep), Tara Butters (ep), Chris Dingess (ep), Kevin Feige (ep), Louis D’Esposito (ep), Alan Fine (ep), Joe Quesada (ep), Stan Lee (ep), Jeph Loeb (ep)
LOGLINE: “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” starring “Captain America’s” Hayley Atwell, follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. 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 – Steve Rogers. Inspired by the feature films “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” along with the short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.”
CAST: Hayley Atwell

SECRETS & LIES
10-EPISODE SERIES COMMITMENT
STUDIO: ABC Studios, Kapital Entertainment, Hoodlum Entertainment
TEAM: Barbie Kligman (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Tracey Robertson (ep), Nathan Mayfield (ep), Charles McDougall (d)
LOGLINE: Ben Garner is about to go from Good Samaritan to murder suspect, after he discovers the body of his neighbor’s young son in the woods. As Detective Andrea Cornell digs for the truth, the secrets and lies of this town come to the surface and no one is above suspicion. Ben’s family’s life will be turned upside down as he sets out on a complicated journey to prove his innocence in this thriller mystery from Barbie Kligman (“Private Practice”) based on the original Australian series of the same name.
CAST: Ryan Phillippe, Juliette Lewis, KaDee Strickland, Clifton Collins Jr, Natalie Martinez, Belle Shouse, Indiana Evans

THE WHISPERS (formerly THE VISITORS)
PICKED UP TO SERIES
STUDIO: ABC Studios, Amblin TV
TEAM: Soo Hugh (w, co-ep), Dawn Olmstead (ep), Darryl Frank (ep), Justin Falvey (ep), Steven Spielberg (ep), Mark Romanek (d)
LOGLINE: 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, Derek Webster, Milo Ventimiglia, Kyle Harrison Breitkopf, Catalina Denis, Kylie Rogers, Brianna Brown

Comedies

BLACK-ISH (formerly UNTITLED ANTHONY ANDERSON/KENYA BARRIS) (single camera)
PICKED UP TO SERIES
STUDIO: ABC Studios
TEAM: Kenya Barris (w, ep), Anthony Anderson (ep), Larry Wilmore (ep), Laurence Fishburne (ep), Helen Sugland (ep), Tom Russo (ep), Peter Principato (ep), Paul Young (ep), Brian Dobbins (ep), James Griffiths (d, ep)
LOGLINE: 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, Yara Shahidi, Miles Brown, Marcus Scribner,Marsai Martin, Laurence Fishburne

CRISTELA (multi-camera; pilot presentation)
PICKED UP TO SERIES
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV
TEAM: Cristela Alonzo (w), Kevin Hench (w, ep), Marty Adelstein (ep), Shawn Levy (ep), Becky Clements (ep), John Pasquin (d)
LOGLINE: 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. Breakout comedian Cristela Alonzo stars in this hilarious comedy about laughing your way down the path to the new American dream.
CAST: Cristela Alonzo, Terri Hoyos, Carlos Ponce, Andrew Leeds, Sam McMurray

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (single camera)
PICKED UP TO SERIES
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV
TEAM: Nahnatchka Khan (w, ep), Jake Kasdan (ep), Melvin Mar (ep), Eddie Huang (p)
LOGLINE: It’s the 90s and 11-year-old, hip-hop loving Eddie just moved to suburban Orlando from DC’s Chinatown with his parents. 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: Hudson Yang, Constance Wu, Randall Park, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen

GALAVANT (single camera)
PICKED UP TO SERIES
STUDIO: ABC Studios, Abbey C Studios
TEAM: Dan Fogelman (w, ep), Chris Koch (d, ep), Alan Menken (ep), Glenn Slater (ep)
LOGLINE: Screenwriter/executive producer Dan Fogelman teams up with Broadway and Hollywood award-winning musical team—composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater—for a musical comedy fairytale of epic proportions. Once upon a time, the dashing hero, Galavant, lost the love of his life, Madalena, to the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson). 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, Vinnie Jones, Karen David, Mallory Jansen, Luke Youngblood

MANHATTAN LOVE STORY (formerly UNTITLED JEFF LOWELL and MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY) (single camera)
PICKED UP TO SERIES
STUDIO: ABC Studios
TEAM: Jeff Lowell (w, ep), Peter Traugott (ep), Rachel Kaplan (ep), Robin Schwartz (ep), Jon Liebman (ep), Michael Fresco (d)
LOGLINE: 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, Jade Catta-Preta, Nicolas Wright, Chloe Wepper, Kurt Fuller

SELFIE (single camera)
PICKED UP TO SERIES
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV, Piece Of Pie Productions
TEAM: Emily Kapnek (w, ep), Julie Anne Robinson (d, ep)
LOGLINE: “Instafamous” 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. “Selfie” was written by Emily Kapnek and directed by Julie Anne Robinson, who also serve as executive producers. “Selfie” is produced by Piece of Pie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
CAST: Karen Gillan, John Cho, Allyn Rachel, David Harewood, Tim Peper, Da’Vine Joy Randolph

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Primetime Pilot Panic 2014
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