ABC Shakeup: Cancels 'Trophy Wife,' Renews 'Marvel's Agents of SHIELD,' Adds 'Marvel's Agent Carter' And More
ABC has released more of their new line-up, which includes second seasons for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and a first year pick up for How To Get Away With Murder starring Viola Davis.
ABC's NEW PICK UPS
ABC announced this week that it would be adding nine new shows to their line-up, including Felicity Huffman’s return to television and another Marvel spinoff.
Marvel’s Agent Carter is a spinoff of Captain America: The First Avenger and will star Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter. The show will pick up in 1946, after the Captain’s death in the first Captain America film, and Agent Carter returns home to a sexist military and life as a double agent. After her dealings with Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger, Agent Carter works as a spy for the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) for Mr. Stark, aka Iron Man’s father. Whether or not Dominic Cooper will reprise his role as Howard Stark is unknown.
The Whispers, a sci-fi thriller drama was also picked up by the network. In The Whispers, aliens have slowly gained control of Earth’s children, leaving a group of humans fighting desperately to save humanity. The show stars Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), Barry Sloane (Revenge) and Milo Ventimiglia.
In keeping with the supernatural theme, ABC also announced a new procedural drama with a fantasy twist: Forever starring Ionan Gruffudd (Ringer) as a medical examiner who is immortal. Dr. Henry Morgan (Gruffudd) is a medical examiner because he is desperately trying to figure out why or how he has been alive for the past 200 years – seemingly immortal. Meanwhile, he gets a new partner in crime-fighting, Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza).
How To Get Away With Murder is another new criminal drama, and it comes from the mind of ABC’s golden girl, Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal). The show stars Oscar nominated actress Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating, a criminal defense professor who finds herself caught up in a murder. According to IMDB, the pilot also features Liza Weil, who has appeared on Scandal, Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy, and Tom Verica, who has directed episodes of Scandal, Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy. Fandom bonus: Alfie Enoch is also listed as a member of the cast. Enoch is known for playing Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter movies.
Felicity Huffman returns to ABC in American Crime, a show about the murder of a young couple and the fallout for the families. But, the case only gets more complicated as four arrests are made and the trial begins, as the case exposes racial tensions. American Crime also stars Timothy Hutton (Leverage), Penelope Ann Miller (Mistresses) and Caitlin Gerard (The Social Network). 12 Years a Slave’s John Ridley wrote, directed and produced the drama.
The Club, starring Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad) and Boris Kodjoe (Undercovers), is a new take on the upstairs-downstairs drama, but instead of taking place in the estate of a wealthy family – a la Downton Abbey – this drama is set in a country club.
Galavant is a new fantasy-comedy-musical in which a hero, Galavant (Joshua Sasse) embarks on a journey to take back his ‘happily ever after’ and get revenge on the evil King (Timothy Omundson) who stole his one true love, Madalena (Mallory Jansen). Other stars include Luke Youngblood (Community), Vinnie Jones (She’s The Man) and Karen David.
Manhattan Love Story, starring Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman, hopes to put a spin on the romantic comedy by revealing the new couple’s inner thoughts.
Black-ish, starring Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne as a father-son pair, was also given the green light. The sitcom will follow Dre (Anderson), as he tries to give his family a sense of cultural identity.
Selfie is a new take on My Fair Lady starring Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Eliza Dooley, a social media it girl who has a crisis when she realizes she has no real friends at all. To help re=establish her good name, she turns to marketing genius Henry (John Cho).
Astronaut Wives Club, a ‘60s drama starring Odette Annable (Cloverfield), JoAnna Garcia Swisher (Once Upon A Time), Desmond Harrington (Dexter) and Dominique McElligott (Hell on Wheels).
Once Upon A Time has officially be renewed for a forth season, and fans of the already dead Once Upon A Time in Wonderland will be happy to know that Michael Socha, who played the Knave of Hearts on the short-lived spinoff, is rumored to be joining the fairytale drama as a series regular.
Unsurprisingly, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, Revenge, The Middle and Scandal were also officially picked up for another season. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD also squeaked its way off the chopping block, as did ABC’s newest reality-bending drama Resurrection.
Thanks for all the congrats on S2 #AgentsofSHIELD Only happened because r fans kick so much ass! Thanks!Danke!Gracias!Cheers!Merci!Arigato!
— Clark Gregg (@clarkgregg) May 9, 2014
Reality program, Dancing With The Stars was also given another season by ABC.
With all the new pick-ups and renewals, ABC had to say goodbye to some of its more underwhelming shows. As previously mentioned, Once Upon A Time in Wonderland has been officially cancelled, joining Killer Woman, Lucky 7 and Mind Games.
Freshman comedies Trophy Wife and Mixology were also given the axe, as was The Neighbors and Suburgatory.
— Marcia Gay Harden (@Beloving2) May 9, 2014
ON THE BUBBLE:
Still awaiting word on a possible renewal from ABC are Nashville and Super Fun Night. Reality shows, The Bachelor, Shark Tank and The Taste are also in limbo, though the return of The Bachelor is, most likely, inevitable.
ABC will present to advertisers at the Upfronts on Tuesday, May 13, and final decisions on renewals and cancellations are expected to be announced before then.
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