ABC is adding a fourth Shondaland series, The Catch, for next season. It is one of six new drama series picked up by the network, along with Jenna Bans’ The Family starring Joan Allen, the untitled Don Johnson-Chace Crawford starrer (formerly Boom), the biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, which already has a writers room set up to work on 15 scripts, gritty anthology L.A. Crime — now titled Wicked City — and the Mark Gordon-produced procedural Quantico.
This is a nice parting gift for Gordon, who is leaving ABC Studios after a decade to launch a venture with eOne. The Quantico order comes 9 years after the Mark Gordon Co.’s first series pickup at ABC for Grey’s Anatomy. The company also has a Criminal Minds spinoff in contention at CBS.
ABC can have a Shondaland Thursday night all season long next season. How to Get Away with Murder has a shorter order as part of the deal with star Viola Davis. It now can be succeeded by thriller The Catch in midseason, with Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal staying on at 8 PM and 9 PM.
With the addition of Wicked City and the renewals of American Crime and Secrets & Lies, ABC will have three anthology crime dramas on the air next season, each following a new case every year.
Here are descriptions of ABC’s newly picked up drama series:
From Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, “The Catch” is a new thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin (Mirelle Enos). She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.
“The Catch” stars Mireille Enos as Alice, Alimi Ballard as Evan, Damon Dayoub as Kieran, Jay Hayden as James, Jacky Ido as Emil, Bethany Joy Lenz as Zoe, Rose Rollins as Andie and Elvy Yost as Maria.
“The Catch” was written by Jennifer Schuur. Executive producers are Jennifer Schuur, Shonda Rhimes, Betsey Beers and Julie Anne Robinson. “The Catch” is produced by ABC Studios.
This thriller follows the return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is?
“The Family” stars Joan Allen as Claire, Allison Pill as Willa, Margot Bingham as Sergeant Nina Meyer, Zach Gilford as Danny, Liam James as Adam, Floriana Lima as Bridey, Madeline Arthur as Young Willa, Rarmian Newton as Young Danny, Rupert Graves as John and Andrew McCarthy as Hank.
“The Family” was written by Jenna Bans. Executive producers are Jenna Bans, Todd Lieberman,
David Hoberman, and Laurie Zaks. “The Family” is produced by ABC Studios.
“OF KINGS AND PROPHETS”
An epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.
“Of Kings and Prophets” stars Ray Winstone as King Saul, Haaz Sleiman as Jonathan, Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Michal, Oliver Rix as David, Simone Kessell as Ahinoam, James Floyd as Ish-Boseth, Mohammad Bakri as Samuel and Tomer Kapon as Joab.
“Of Kings and Prophets” was written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage. Executive producers are Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jason Reed, Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi. “Of Kings and Prophets” is produced by ABC Studios.
A diverse group of recruits have arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11.
“Quantico” stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex, Dougray Scott as Liam, Jake McLaughlin as Ryan, Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda, Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah, Johanna Braddy as Shelby, Tate Ellington as Simon Asher and Graham Rogers as Caleb Haas.
“Quantico” was written by Josh Safran. Executive producers are Josh Safran, Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper. “Quantico” is produced by ABC Studios.
“Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project” (formerly Boom)
Billy and Cody Lefever dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to “The Bakken” in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They’re soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage.
Starring Don Johnson as Hap, Chace Crawford as Billy, Rebecca Rittenhouse as Kelly, Delroy Lindo as Tip, Amber Valetta as Carla, Scott Michael Foster as Wick, India De Beaufort as Jules, Yani Gellman as AJ and Caitlin Carver as Lacey.
Written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne. Executive producers are Tony Krantz, Josh Pate, Rodes Fishburne, Drew Comins, and Don Johnson; produced by ABC Signature.
Each season “Wicked City” will follow a different case set in a different noteworthy era of LA history, starting with a murder case from 1982 centered on the rock and roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Alliances are formed between detectives, reporters, drug dealers and club-goers to solve a serial murder case.
“Wicked City” stars Adam Rothenberg as Jack, Ed Westwick as Kent, Taissa Farmiga as Karen, Gabriel Luna as Paco, Karolina Wydra as Dianne, Holley Fain as Trish, Darrell Britt-Gibson as Diver, Anne Winters as Vicki and Erika Christensen as Betty.
“Wicked City” was written by Steven Baigelman. Executive producers are Steven Baigelman, Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks. “Wicked City” is produced by ABC Studios.