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2016-17 ABC New Series


AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (fka The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport; single camera)
STUDIO: Kapital Entertainment/ABC Studios
TEAM: Sarah Dunn (w, ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Rick Weiner (ep), Kenny Schwartz (ep), Ruben Fleischer (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Katie Otto, a confident, unapologetic, plump wife and mother of three, raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, CT, filled with “perfect” mommies and their “perfect” offspring. She lets us in on her deepest, most unfiltered thoughts through voice-over as the she lives her life as the second fattest housewife in Westport.
CAST: Katy Mixon, Diedrich Bader, Meg Donnelly, Daniel DiMaggio, Julia Butters, Carly Hughes, Ali Wong

DOWNWARD DOG (single camera)
STUDIO: Legendary TV/ABC Studios
TEAM: Samm Hodges (w, ep), Michael Killen (w, d, ep), Jimmy Miller (ep), Sam Hansen (ep), Kathy Dziubek (ep)
LOGLINE: Story of a struggling millennial, Nan, told from the point of view of her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin. One session at obedience school already makes them realize that even at their worst, they may be the best thing for each other.
CAST: Allison Tolman, Lucas Neff, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Barry Rothbart, Mo Collins

STUDIO: Sony Pictures TV/Happy Madison
TEAM: Adam F. Goldberg (w, ep), David Guarascio (w, ep), Doug Robinson (ep), Patrick Osborne (ep), Shawn Levy (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Live-action/CGI project centers on Alice, a fiercely independent career woman whose life is turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life – a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as a child suddenly reappears to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.
CAST: Jenna Elfman, Stephen Schneider, Rachel Dratch (voice-over), Nicholas Coombe, Matreya Scarrwener, Erica Tremblay

SPEECHLESS (single camera)
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox TV/ABC Studios
TEAM: Scott Silveri (w, ep), Jake Kasdan (ep), Melvin Mar (ep)
LOGLINE: Maya DiMeo is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband Jimmy and her kids Ray, Dylan and JJ, her eldest son with special needs. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves and searches for just the right person to give JJ his “voice.”
CAST: Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Mason Cook, Micah Fowler, Kyla Kennedy, Cedric Yarbrough


STUDIO: ABC Studios/The Mark Gordon Company
TEAM: Liz Friedman (w, ep), Liz Friedlander (d, ep), Mark Gordon (ep)
LOGLINE: Lawyer and former First Daughter Hayes Morrison is about to accept a job offered from her sexy nemesis, New York District Attorney Wayne Wallis, to avoid jail time for cocaine possession and avoid hurting her mother’s Senate campaign. Working with his team at the new Conviction Integrity Unit will let her use her brilliant mind to turn over cases where there is credible suspicion of wrongful conviction, and give her a chance to turn things around with her high-powered political family.
CAST: Hayley Atwell, Eddie Cahill, Shawn Ashmore, Merrin Dungey, Emily Kinney, Manny Montana, Daniel Franzese

STUDIO: ABC Studios/The Mark Gordon Company
TEAM: David Guggenheim (w, ep), Kiefer Sutherland (ep), Simon Kinberg (ep), Aditya Sood (ep), Suzan Bymel (ep), Jon Harmon Feldman (ep, sr), Paul McGuigan (d, ep)
LOGLINE: A lower-level U.S. Cabinet member suddenly is appointed president after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the line of succession.
CAST: Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Maggie Q, Adan Canto, Italia Ricci, Kal Penn, Tanner Buchanan, LaMonica Garrett

STUDIO: Sony/ABC Studios
TEAM: Josh Berman (w, ep), Allie Hagan (w, co-ep), Mark Geragos (ep), Wendy Walker (ep), Michael Engler (d, ep), Kenny Meiselas (ep), Jeff Kwatinetz, (ep), Josh Barry (ep)
LOGLINE: Inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, the series is a provocative look at the unique, sexy, and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media.
CAST: Piper Perabo, Daniel Sunjata, Sepideh Moafi , Kate Jennings Grant, Ryan Guzman, Kevin Zegers, J. August Richards, Aimee Teegarden

STUDIO: ABC Studios/Shondaland
TEAM: Heather Mitchell (w, ep), Shonda Rhimes (ep), Betsy Beers (ep), Michael R. Goldstein (ep), Michael Offer (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Based on the book by Melinda Taub, it picks up where the famous story of Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.
CAST: Wade Briggs, Anthony Head, Zuleikha Robinson, Lashana Lynch, Ebonée Noel, Sterling Sulieman, Medalion Rahimi, Grant Bowler, Susan Wooldridge,Torrance Coombs, Dan Hildebrand, Claire cooper

STUDIO: Outerbanks Entertainment/Warner Bros TV
TEAM: Kevin Williamson (w, ep), Marcos Siega (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Based on the novel by Karl Alexander and movie, it delivers a fantastical cat-and-mouse adventure through time when famed science fiction writer H.G. Wells is transported to modern-day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper. Once H.G. arrives in New York City, he finds a world he never thought possible and a young woman who captivates him.
CAST: Freddie Stroma, Josh Bowman, Genesis Rodriguez, Nicole Ari Parker, Jennifer Ferrin



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