2017-18 United States Television – ABC

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I’m still a massive fan of TV, even though I won’t be delving into it as much. So here’s the start of a roundup of all the TV shows that have been given the green light for the 2017-18 US TV season.

These lists will go through all the shows that air on the commercial networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The CW) to see what were some of the surprise cancellations and what are some of the new shows to look forward to.

First up we have ABC.

Cancelled:

ABC have culled one of the longer running shows to be cancelled this season, Last Man Standing was Tim Allen‘s comeback to Television after his stint as Tim the Tool Man on Home Improvement. But the thing driving this show for me was the right winged views and comedy that ensued from this. However, ever since Trump became president, these jokes had stopped.

Three shows were cancelled in after juts one season: Conviction, Notorious, and Imaginary Mary. All three shows had a strong female lead, with Hayley Atwell, Piper Perabo, and Jenna Elfman in the lead roles, respectively.

Other shows to get canned were: American Crime, The Catch, Dr. Ken, The Real O’Neals, Secrets and Lies, and Time After Time.

Returning:

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.     America's FHV
American Housewife         American Idol (Fox)
The Bachelor               Black-ish
Dancing with the Stars     Designated Survivor
Fresh Off the Boat         The Goldbergs
Grey's Anatomy             How to Get Away with Murder
The Middle                 Modern Family
Once Upon a Time           Quantico
Scandal                    Shark Tank
Speechless

And finally, a list of the new shows for ABC this season, a link to all show trailers is at the bottom of the page.

New:

The Crossing – Refugees from a war-torn country start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. Only the country these people are from is America and the war they are fleeing is 250 years in the future. The local sheriff with a past, a federal agent and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter drive this allegory with a surprising conspiracy at the centre.

CAST: Sandrine Holt (MacGyver, House of Cards), Steve Zahn (Mad Gods), Natalie Martinez (APB), Jay Karnes, Marcuis Harris, Tommy Bastow, Simone Kessel, Bailey Skodje, Rick Gomez, Kelley Missal, Rob Campbell, John D’Leo, Grant Harvey, Luc Roderique,

The trailer for this show looks interesting, we see a little girl at the end of the trailer foreshadow what will happen in the future. Let’s just hope that they don’t spend the more than one season leading up to this.


Deception Cameron Black is the world’s greatest illusionist. At least, that’s what people used to call him – before his greatest secret was exposed and his career destroyed. Even worse, Cameron has good reason to believe this was no accident.

CAST: Jack Cutmore-Scott (Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life), Vinnie Jones, Amaury Nolasco, Lenora Crichlow, Ilfenesh Hadera, Justin Chon,

The description for this reminds me of The Mentalist. So it better be comedic in the sense.


The Good Doctor – A young surgeon with Savant syndrome is recruited into the paediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. The question will arise: can a person who doesn’t have the ability to relate to people actually save their lives?

CAST: Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel), Richard Schiff (The West Wing), Antonia Thomas (Misfits), Nicholas Gonzalez, Hill Harper (CSI: NY), Irene Keng, Beau Garrett, Chuku Modu,

Based on a South Korean show of the same name, this reminds me of a story line from Chicago Med this season, of Dr. Latham and his autism which was very interesting to watch. I’m hoping for something similar.


The Gospel of Kevin Kevin, a down-on-his-luck man who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world.

CAST: Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Cristela Alonzo, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, India de Beaufort, Dustin Ybarra, Chloe East, J. August Richards,

Produced by The Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki, I’m not sure what to think of this show. I don’t think it will last the full season.


MARVEL’s Inhumans  – An isolated community of superhumans fight to protect themselves.

CAST: Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels), Serinda Swan (Graceland), Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones, Misfits), Ken Leung, Eme Ikwuakor, Isabelle Cornish, Mike Moh, Sonya Balmores, Ellen Woglom,

This has been in the talks for some time now. It’s slated to have only eight episodes. It should be fun for those that enjoy the superhero genre.


For the People – Set in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Federal Court, aka “The Mother Court,” this legal drama follows brand-new lawyers working on opposite sides — for both the defense and the prosecution as they handle the most high-profile and high-stakes cases in the country, all as their personal lives intersect.

CAST: Britne Oldford (Hunters), Ben Rappaport (The Good Wife), Anna Deavere Smith (Nurse Jackie), Hope Davis, Vondie Curtis Hall, Rege-Jean Page, Susannah Flood, Wesam Keesh, Lyndon Smith, Ben Shenkman,

Another lawyer-y show; I feel like this is trying to play off The Good Wife. But from the trailer, these actors don’t seem to have what it takes to pull the stature.


Splitting Up Together – The story of a couple whose marriage is reignited by their divorce.

CAST: Jenna Fischer (The Office), Oliver Hudson (Rules of Engagement, Scream Queens), Diane Farr, Lindsay Price, Olivia Keville, Van Crosby, Sander Thomas.

While the premise is interesting, this will get old, fast. They two leads will keep splitting and getting back together throughout the show that they just need to end up together by the end of it; therefore losing the original premise.


Alex, Inc. – A guy in his mid-30s with a wife and two kids makes the crazy desicion to quit his job and dive into the brave new world of start a business.

CAST: Zach Braff (Scrubs), Tiya Sircar, Michael Imperoili, Hillary Anne Matthews, Chris Sacca, Elisha Heig, Andyssie James, Austin Pendleton,


The Mayor – A struggling hip-hop artist runs for mayor to promote his mix-tape and wins.

CAST: Brandon Micheal Hall, Lea Michele (Glee, Scream Queens), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Bernard Jones, Marcel Spears,

This premise seems quite farfetched, and in it for a few gags.


Ten Days in the Valley – An overworked television producer and single mother in the middle of a fractious separation; young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night, Jane’s world – and her controversial police series – implodes.

CAST: Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Suicide Squad), Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Suits), Josh Randall, Abigail Pniowsky, Mark L. Young, Emily Kinney, Ali Liebert

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