New 2014-15 TV: ABC [VIDEO]

abc-logoIn the wake of the annual television Upfronts, all of the major networks have announced which television series are staying, which are going, and what new fare we’ll be able to feast our eyes on for the 2014-15 season. And after pouring over all of the trailers for the new material, I have compiled a list of series you need to not miss.

As the leading major network in cancellations (12), ABC has the most to prove for next season. And it looks like they have taken that challenge head on.

In both areas of drama and comedy, ABC is firing on all cylinders, scoring major points for both innovative entertainment and diversity. The most high profile series here is obviously How To Get Away With Murder, another Shonda Rhimes creation that stars Viola Davis and will follow Scandal at 10PM. But not to be outdone, comedies Black-ish and Fresh Off The Boat tackle the uncomfortable area of race relations in America for hilarious results.

Check out the synopses and trailers below.


American Crime

LOGLINE: Set in California’s Central Valley, it centers on a racially charged murder and the subsequent trial, which are examined through the personal lives of the players involved. The case takes on greater meaning in the community, bringing to the forefront America’s hardened views on race, class and gender politics.

CAST: Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Elvis Nolasco, Caitlin Gerard, Richard Cabral, Benito Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, W. Earl Brown, Penelope Ann Miller


How To Get Away With Murder

LOGLINE: A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor who become entangled in a murder plot that will rock the entire university and change the course of their lives.

CAST: Viola Davis, Matt McGorry, Aja Naomi King, Jack Falahee, Alfred Enoch, Karla Souza, Jack Falahee, Charlie Weber, Liza Weil, Billy Brown, Katie Findlay, Tom Verica


The Whispers

LOGLINE: Based on a Ray Bradbury short story, it chronicles the race against the clock to defeat an unseen alien enemy out to destroy the world using our most precious resource against us.

CAST: Lily Rabe, Barry Sloane, Derek Webster, Milo Ventimiglia, Kyle Harrison Breitkopf, Catalina Denis, Kylie Rogers, Brianna Brown




LOGLINE: An upper-middle class black man struggles to raise his children with a sense of cultural identity despite constant contradictions and obstacles coming from his liberal wife, old-school father and his own assimilated, color-blind kids.

CAST: Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Miles Brown, Marcus Scribner, Caila Martin, Laurence Fishburne



LOGLINE: Cristela is an American Latina straddling two cultures while not fully belonging to either. She’s in her sixth year of law school and living rent-free with her sister and brother-in-law. She hopes to land a prestigious law firm internship as her mother hectors her about getting a real job, her brother-in-law encourages her to move out and her sister runs low on patience.

CAST: Cristela Alonzo, Terri Hoyos, Roxana Ortega, Carlos Ponce, Andrew Leeds, Sarah Halford


Fresh Off the Boat

LOGLINE:  It’s the ’90s, and hip-hop-loving Eddie is growing up in suburban Orlando, raised by an immigrant father who is obsessed with all things American — he owns and operates an All-American Steakhouse chain — and an immigrant mother who often is bewildered by white culture. They all try to live the American dream while still maintaining their cultural identity and sense of family.

CAST: Hudson Yang, Constance Wu, Randall Park, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen


What do you think about these new shows from ABC?


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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.

2 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    It is nice to see ABC picking up pilots for shows that feature not only people of color in lead roles, but also explore important concepts such as race, cultural identity, assimilation, color-blindness, and othering. I just hope that these shows are executed in a genuine manner.

  2. D Jackson says:

    ABC really is pushing to reinvent itself here with more realistic (i.e. diverse) shows. Last season’s Resurrection did a pretty good job of integrating a diverse cast without making a point of it. I hope they are able to accomplish the same thing here.