ABC really held its cards close to the chest until Thursday night, when it unleashed a deluge of information regarding its renewals and cancellations, as well as a list of new series. Until this point, it was the only network to remain shrouded in mystery. So were these reveals worth the wait?
ABC has picked up six new dramas and three comedies, with the synopses listed below. Which sound tempting? Which sound terrible? (Feel free to submit your alternative / honest synopses in the comments). Also, The Muppets, people. The Muppets!!
We’ll have more info after the ABC upfront presentation on May 12th, but here’s what we know so far:
From Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, this thriller centers on the strong, successful Alice Martin (Mireille 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.
Starring: Mireille Enos | Alimi Ballard | Damon Dayoub | Jay Hayden | Jacky Ido | Bethany Joy Lenz | Rose Rollins | Elvy Yost
Doctor turned actor/comedian Ken Jeong (Community, The Hangover), plays Dr. Ken, a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. He is always trying to be a good doctor, as well as a good husband and dad to his two kids. Luckily, his therapist wife Allison is just the right partner to keep things sane.
Starring: Ken Jeong | Suzy Nakamura | Tisha Campbell-Martin | Dave Foley | Jonathan Slavin | Albert Tsai | Krista Marie Yu
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 to solve a serial murder case.
Starring: Adam Rothenberg | Ed Westwick | Taissa Farmiga | Gabriel Luna | Karolina Wydra | Holley Fain | Darrell Britt-Gibson | Anne Winters | Erika Christensen
The Muppets return to prime time with a contemporary, documentary-style show that, for the first time ever, will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, break-ups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires.
Starring: The Muppets
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.
Starring: Ray Winstone | Haaz Sleiman | Maisie Richardson-Sellers | Oliver Rix | Simone Kessell | James Floyd | Mohammad Bakri | Tomer Kapon
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?
Starring: Joan Allen | Allison Pill | Margot Bingham | Zach Gilford | Liam James | Floriana Lima | Madeline Arthur | Rarmian Newton | Rupert Graves | Andrew McCarthy
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.
Starring: Priyanka Chopra | Dougray Scott | Jake McLaughlin | Aunjanue Ellis | Yasmine Al Massri | Johanna Braddy | Tate Ellington | Graham Rogers
The Real O’Neals
A contemporary take on a seemingly perfect Catholic family, whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real.
Starring: Martha Plimpton | Jay R. Ferguson | Noah Galvin | Matthew Shively | Bebe Wood | Mary Hollis Inboden
Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project
Billy and Cody Lefever dream of a new life 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 put everything on the line, including their marriage.
Starring: Don Johnson | Chace Crawford | Rebecca Rittenhouse | Delroy Lindo | Amber Valetta | Scott Michael Foster | India de Beaufort | Yani Gellman | Caitlin Carver