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In the first — and probably not the last — schedule change on the broadcast networks’ 2015-16 schedules, ABC has pulled new drama “Of Kings and Prophets” from its Sunday lineup and replaced it with another newcomer, “Quantico.” Both shows hail from ABC Studios.
“Quantico” (pictured) was among best-received new programs coming out of the network upfronts last month. The drama, which stars Priyanka Chopra, centers on a diverse group of recruits as they arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. It seems impossible, but one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11.
Originally scheduled to air Tuesdays at 10 p.m., “Quantico” will now run Sundays at 10. It will follow another first-year drama, the soapy “Blood & Oil” starring Don Johnson and Chace Crawford. The network recently changed the name of this drama, which had been known earlier this year as “Boom,” from its announced “Oil” title to “Blood & Oil. »
- Rick Kissell
Plenty of game shows want you to think they’re the bomb diggity, but Fox’s Boom! is putting its money where its detonators are.
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In the following exclusive sneak peek at the high-pressure quiz show (premiering Thursday, June 25 at 8/7c), host Tom Papa explains the Boom! concept: Each question has a corresponding bomb, while each multiple-choice answer is represented by a wire. Cut the correct one, you win cash; cut the wrong one, and the players, the audience, and even Papa himself receive a blast of Hollandaise sauce. Or melted cheddar. »
Update Wednesday: There has been a change, and one of the two young actors in the Oil pilot earmarked for recasting, Yani Gellman, may continue on the show. A final decision will be made in the next few weeks after the network and studio see other actors for the role. Previous Tuesday: Add Sunday drama Oil to the list of newly picked-up ABC/ABC Studios drama series that will be undergoing recasting. Toplined by Don Johnson and Chace Crawford, the series examines the… »
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A juggernaut of massive proportions in the Us, American Sniper was 2014’s highest grossing domestic film with a whopping $350 million. Clint Eastwood’s war/sniper epic saw the film earn six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Director and Actor for Bradley Cooper. Sienna Miller co-stars.
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Another in a line of comedy sequels that no-one really wanted (see Dumb and Dumber To), Hot Tub 2 sees Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Rob Corddry return sans John Cusack as they inadvertently travel »
- Scott J. Davis
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" just wrapped up its strong second season with its best episode of the year, dealing with Jake and Amy's awkward attraction for each other, Captain Holt trying to avoid being promoted out of the Nine-Nine by Chief Wuntch, and Boyle helping Diaz on her birthday. Rather than do a review, I reached out to "Brooklyn" co-creator and showrunner Dan Goor with some emailed questions about both the events of the finale and season 2 as a whole, coming up just as soon as I Don Johnson it... Did you know when you made the finale who the new captain would be? If not, do you know now, whether the specific performer or at least the type of character it is? And what are you comfortable saying? Dan Goor: We did not know who the new captain would be when we came up with the finale. We were really »
- Alan Sepinwall
It’s already time to start looking at what’s hitting in fall, and as the network upfronts wrap up, we can try to figure out what to watch, what to DVR, and what to avoid.
New shows abound, but the schedule has some new efforts looking to grab attention as well.
First we’ll run through the schedule, and on following pages we’ll take a closer look at each network’s new show, with trailers for those that have them available.
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Monday kicks off with Dancing, The Voice, and Gotham. You pretty well know where you are there. We aren’t into new things, and you either want to watch “talent” or gritty comic action, »
- Marc Eastman
Kerry Washington walked the red carpet at ABC's annual upfront event on Tuesday night - and maybe it's just us, but she looked more gorgeous than ever. The Scandal star dazzled in a sequined Alice + Olivia jumpsuit as she met up with actress Priyanka Chopra to take photos before heading inside, where she posed with Don Johnson. Kerry's outing came just days after it was announced that her hit show will be returning for a fifth season, just in time for the big season four finale that airs this Thursday. We last saw her promoting the show with a hilarious visit to The Tonight Show, and before that, she attended the Met Gala with her husband, Nnamdi Asomugha. Scroll through to see Kerry's latest snaps, and if you're a fan, be sure to vote for her as your favorite TV star in our Pop 100 poll! »
With many shows from the 2014-2015 television season easing into their season finales over the next few weeks, numerous network channels are already beginning to gear up for the 2015-2016 television season’s unofficial kickoff in September. ABC is no different, as they have already announced their renewals, cancellations, and new projects. At Upfronts this week, the channel released trailers for a number of their new series, along with details on each show.
From Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, “The Catch” is a new thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin (Mireille Enos). She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud herself by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.
- Deepayan Sengupta
ABC is making few changes to its fall schedule, adding a total of only five new series. A revamped version of "The Muppets" will be produced by Bill Prady ("The Big Bang Theory"). Comedy "Dr. Ken" stars Ken Jeong ("Community") as a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. The three dramas are "Quantico" (FBI recruits in training), "Oil" (with a ruthless tycoon played by Don Johnson), and "Of Kings and Prophets" (Biblical epic). Many nightly schedules remain the same as before, including Shonda Rhimes Thursdays featuring "Greys Anatomy," "Scandal," and "How to Get Away with Murder." USA Today -Break- As part of the ABC announcement on Tuesday, executives also revealed plans for "American Crime." Much like "American Horror Story" on FX, the anthology program will feature some of its core actors in new roles for a different storyline next season. There is n »
Fox’s “Empire” swallowed up so much oxygen that it’s easy to forget ABC had a very strong 2014-15 season too, anchored by not just “How to Get Away With Murder,” Shonda Rhimes’ latest dramatic hit, but the network’s ability to renew several new comedies, among them the diversely cast “Black-ish” and “Fresh Off the Boat.” Naturally, the network was all too eager to remind advertisers of that fact during Tuesday’s upfront presentation, which saw ABC unveil a more stable lineup than we’ve seen in recent years while taking a few interesting stabs, designed to create a bit of buzz, if not necessarily knock ’em dead by Nielsen standards.
Like Fox, ABC came into the upfront with a bit of momentum to tout and a clear vision of where its strengths lie. And unlike NBC, the network was able to point to the power of its news division, »
- Brian Lowry
ABC continues its commitment to great storytelling with the announcement of its 2015-16 slate of programming, including the addition of 10 new series. Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, will unveil the network's new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Here's what Paul Lee had to say in a statement.
"Our new slate of shows continues the momentum from last year. ABC was the most buzzed about network, and the only major network to hold on to its audience and to grow in the target demo. Our 2015-16 schedule, with new shows and returning favorites that reflect our commitment to world-class storytelling, will solidify ABC's place as the network that raises the bar for what viewers expect from broadcast television.
ABC is the only major network to increase its Adult 18-49 audience during the 2014-15 season. ABC delivered 7 of the Top »
ABC opted for stability in the fall, launching just five new series with no major shakeups to its nightly strategies. The network, which had momentum this past season with improved ratings, is clearly hoping to maintain its uptick, simply swapping dramas for dramas and comedies for comedies.
ABC is poised to win the May sweep in adults 18-49 and will finish as the only Big Four broadcast network up in the demo vs. last season. For the season, ABC will finish a competitive third in 18-49 and is No. 1 with all sports excluded from averages.
Monday nights will stay put in the fall with “Dancing With the Stars,” followed by “Castle,” which just set both Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion, “our two beloved heroines and heroes,” said ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee, for its eighth season, following lengthy contract negotiations. After “DWTS” hands out the mirror ball, “The Bachelor” will come in, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
And finally ABC is in the game! The only network not to pick up a new series (and still the only network not to formally renew a single old series) jumped into the pre-upfronts excitement in a major way on Thursday afternoon, picking up six new dramas, several of which sound rather ambitious. Before going into depth, the basics: On Thursday (May 7) afternoon, ABC ordered the Biblical epic "Of Kings and Prophets" and the Shonda Rhimes-produced "The Catch," as well as "Wicked City" (formerly "L.A. Crime"), "The Family" (formerly Untitled Jenna Bans), "Quantico" and the Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project (formerly "Boom"). ABC no doubt has plenty more new series pickups to do ahead of the network's Tuesday, May 12 upfront presentation. Let's get to the details, because some of these new shows sound pretty interesting actually... *** "Of Kings and Prophets" comes from creators Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and it is »
- Daniel Fienberg
The Shonda Rhimes Era at ABC continues.
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Additionally, ABC picked up The Family, which hails from Scandal/Grey’s Anatomy/Off the Map Ep Jenna Bans, the biblical saga Of Kings and Prophets, Gossip Girl Ep Josh Safran’s Quantico and the ’80s-set crime drama Wicked City (Fka L.A. Crime).
The Untitled Pate & Fishburne Project (Fka Boom), centered around the oil industry in North Dakota, »
ABC is getting deeper into the Shonda Rhimes business. The network ordered the drama “The Catch,” from “Grey’s Anatomy” honcho Rhimes and Betsy Beers, to series along with five other dramas on Thursday. Also among the series orders: A thus-untitled drama starring Don Johnson and “Gossip Girl” alum Chace Crawford. Also Read: 'Grey's Anatomy' Creator Shonda Rhimes on Patrick Dempsey's Shocking Exit: 'His Loss Will Be Felt By All' “The Catch” is described as a thriller that’s centered on strong, successful Alic Martin (played by Mireille Enos). Ironically however, Martin, a fraud investigator, is about to »
- Tim Kenneally
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… »
ABC has given the series greenlight to a half-dozen drama projects, ranging from a Biblical epic to an FBI 9/11 conspiracy vehicle to a long-con thriller from Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland shop. All six of the series hail from ABC Studios or the ABC Signature production unit.
The orders reinforce ABC’s strategy of loading up on dramas with an eye toward some shows with shorter-episode orders to help refresh the schedule and avoid repeats of new and returning series. The emphasis on ABC-produced projects makes it clear that the Alphabet is looking for maximum control of the digital windowing strategies on its shows, an increasingly important factor for broadcasting networks.
The six dramas getting the nod for ABC’s 2015-16 slate so far:
“Of Kings & 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 »
- Cynthia Littleton
Humans are inherently programmed with an emotion known as “comfort” that kicks in as a safety net when uncertainty becomes too daunting, as a way of masking our scared vulnerability. Think how you’d react if your life changed tomorrow in the most drastic of ways. You lose your house, a significant other walks out, and you’re left to pick up the pieces all by your lonesome. It’s a terrifying, paralyzing fear that many of us dread, which is why we find solace in the “comfort” of monotonous routines, familiar emotions, and a recurring cycle that we’ve become “good” at managing – a theory that Chris Messina challenges through his new film, Alex Of Venice.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays the titular Alex, a workaholic who begins to crumble under the weight of her chaotically overturned life. After her husband George (Chris Messina) walks out with no warning, Alex »
- Matt Donato
Last week, we took a look at the career of TV legend Don Johnson, who's in the midst of a major comeback. This week's subject is another icon, and has maintained an incredible level of stardom for close to forty-years, with no signs of slowing down... Michael Douglas I've always been a huge Michael Douglas fan. Having been born in '81, I've been alive less time than Douglas has been a star. Over a career that launched with the TV show The »
- Chris Bumbray
Touch of Venice: Messina’s Understated, Observational Debut
There’s much to admire in actor Chris Messina’s assured, astutely observed directorial debut, Alex of Venice. Namely its central performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who carries this understated character study that rather uneventfully charts a workaholic woman’s mildly difficult navigation through the denial that her marriage is over. As written by its trio of writers (with Jessica Goldberg joined by first time screenwriters Katie Nehara and Justin Shilton), its dramatic possibilities are severely downplayed, instead attempting to reflect meaning off intertextual echoes borrowed from Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard (the play being staged within the film).
An attorney for an eco-advocacy group, Alex (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is left reeling when her high school sweetheart husband George (Messina) abruptly announces he’s unhappy with their marriage. A taken-for-granted stay-at-home dad, who cares for both their young son and Alex’s »
- Nicholas Bell
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