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2021-22 ABC New Series

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Drama

QUEENS
STUDIO: ABC Signature
TEAM: Zahir McGhee (w, ep), Sabrina Wind (ep), Tim Story (d, ep)
LOGLINE: Estranged and out of touch, four women in their 40s reunite for a chance to recapture their fame and regain the swagger they had as the Nasty Bitches – their ’90s group that made them legends in the hip-hop world.
CAST: Eve, Naturi Naughton, Brandy, Nadine Velazquez, Pepi Sonuga

Comedy

ABBOTT ELEMENTARY (Midseason)
STUDIO: Warner Bros TV/20th Television
TEAM: Quinta Brunson (w, ep), Justin Halpern (ep), Patrick Schumacker (ep), Randall Einhorn (d)
LOGLINE: A group of teachers is brought together in one of the worst public schools in the country, simply because they love teaching. They will rely on one another to make it through the day and find a way to counteract the school district’s bullsh*t attitude toward educating children.
CAST: Quinta Brunson, Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, Lisa Ann Walter, Chris Perfetti, Sheryl Lee Ralph

MAGGIE (Midseason)
STUDIO: 20th Television
TEAM: Maggie Mull (w, ep), Justin Adler (w, ep), Evan Hayes (ep), Jeff Morton (ep). Natalia Anderson (d, ep)
LOGLINE: A young woman tries to cope with life while coming to terms with her abilities as a psychic. She can see everyone’s future, but her present is a mess. Based on the short film by Tim Curcio.
CAST: Rebecca Rittenhouse, David Del Rio, Kerri Kenney, Chris Elliott, Nichole Sakura, Angelique Cabral, Leonardo Nam, Ray Ford, Chloe Bridges

THE WONDER YEARS
STUDIO: 20th Television
TEAM: Saladin Patterson (w, ep), Fred Savage (d, ep), Lee Daniels (ep), Marc Velez (ep)
LOGLINE: How a black middle-class family in Montgomery, AL, in the turbulent late 1960s made sure it was the Wonder Years for them too. Reboot of the 1988-93 ABC series.
CAST: Elisha “EJ” Williams, Saycon Sengbloh, Dulé Hill, Laura Kariuki, Milan Ray, Julian Lerner, Amari O’Neil, Don Cheadle (narrator)

Limited Series

WOMEN OF THE MOVEMENT (Midseason)
STUDIO: Kapital Entertainment
TEAM: Marissa Jo Cerar (w, ep, sr), Jay-Z (ep), Jay Brown (ep), Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith (ep), Will Smith (ep), James Lassiter (ep), Aaron Kaplan (ep), Dana Honor (ep), Michael Lohmann (ep), Gina Prince-Bythewood (d, ep), Rosanna Grace (ep), Alex Foster (ep), John Powers Middleton (ep), David Clark (ep), Tina Mabry (d), Julie Dash (d), Kasi Lemmons (d)
LOGLINE: Centers on Mamie Till-Mobley, who devoted her life to seeking justice for her son Emmett Till. Inspired by the book ‘Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement’ by Devery S. Anderson.
CAST: Adrienne Warren, Tonya Pinkins, Cedric Joe, Glynn Turman, Ray Fisher, Chris Coy, Julia McDermott, Carter Jenkins, Joshua Caleb, Leslie Silva, Chris Butler, Alex Désert, Miles Fowler, Tongayi Chirisa, Jason Turner, Daniel Abeles

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