ABC Renews ‘Scandal’ and ‘Modern Family;’ Picks Up Karen Gillan’s ‘Selfie’
While we’re more concerned with ABC’s renewal of Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ and an official series order for ‘Agent Carter,’ the network had plenty more to offer in advance of its Upfront presentation next week. Not only will such staples as ‘Modern Family‘ and ‘Scandal‘ return, but freshman comedy ‘The Goldbergs‘ has officially earned an additional season, in addition to such pilots as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ star Karen Gillan‘s ‘Selfie.’
Among those unsurprisingly renewed for second ABC seasons include Nathan Fillion‘s ‘Castle,’ fairy-tale mashup ‘Once Upon a Time‘ (though not its spinoff), Shonda Rhimes ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Scandal,’ as well as ‘Modern Family,’ while freshman series ‘Resurrection‘ and ‘The Goldbergs’ eked by. Additional reports, including that of ‘Trophy Wife’ and ‘Nashville‘ are expected tomorrow.
Meanwhile, here’s the rundown of pilots picked up for the new season (via Entertainment Weekly):
‘HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER‘: From Shonda Rhimes, The brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) 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.
‘AMERICAN CRIME’: 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. American Crime stars Felicity Huffman as Barb, Timothy Hutton as Russ, W. Earl Brown as Tom, Richard Cabral as Hector Tonz, Caitlin Gerard as Aubry, Benito Martinez as Alonzo Gutierrez, Penelope Ann Miller as Eve, Elvis Nolasco as Carter and Johnny Ortiz as Tony Gutierrez.
‘THE WHISPERS’: [Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, because aliens] 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. It stars Lily Rabe (‘American Horror Story‘) as Claire Bennigan, Barry Sloane as Wes Lawrence, Milo Ventimiglia (‘Heroes‘) as John Doe/Drew Bennigan, Derek Webster as Jessup Rollins, Brianna Brown as Lena Lawrence, Catalina Denis as Dr. Maria Martinez, Kylie Rogers as Minx Lawrence and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf as Henry.
‘GALAVANT’: Screenwriter/executive producer Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love) teams up with Broadway and Hollywood award-winning musical team—composer Alan Menken for a musical comedy fairytale of epic proportions. Once upon a time, the dashing hero, Galavant (Joshua Sasse) lost the love of his life, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), 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. It stars Joshua Sasse as Galavant, Timothy Omundson as King Richard, Vinnie Jones as Gareth, Mallory Jansen as Madalena, Karen David as Isabella and Luke Youngblood as Sid.
‘FOREVER‘: Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), 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 (Alana De La Garza). 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 (Judd Hirsch) knows Henry’s secret.
‘MANHATTAN LOVE STORY‘: A single-camera comedy described thusly: 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.
‘SELFIE‘: “Instafamous” Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) 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 (John Cho) 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.
We’ll hear more in the coming days, but what say you? Which of ABC’s new and returning series are you most excited to see over the coming year? Who was left out that you want to see granted additional episodes?