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19.5.14

ABC Upfront: Cancelled, Renewed and New Shows

As Buhle Mbonambi, the TV Snitch, wrote in yesterday's column, the past two weeks have been hectic in the US TV industry. Shows were cancelled left, right and centre; some deserving (and undeserving) shows were renewed and new shows were picked up for the new season. 


Cancelled
The Assets
Back in the Game
Betrayal
Killer Women
Lucky 7
Mind Games
Mixology
The Neighbors
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Suburgatory
Super Fun Night
Trophy Wife

The TV SnitchABC cancelled Trophy Wife, which was one of the most interesting comedies since Modern Family. The comedy is about a young party girl, Kate, who meets and gets married to an older man, Pete, who has two ex-wives (Jackie and Diane) in his life and three children. It starred Malin Ã…kerman and Bradley Whitford as the lead characters. Child actor, Albert Tsai played adopted child, Bert and he was one of the best castings on the show. The kid has a bright future ahead of him. The show was funny and it actually had satisfactory ratings. With a lead in from Modern Family, it managed to keep 80% of Modern’s viewers, which is really great. Yet ABC cancelled the show. I guess I should take comfort that Rebel Wilson’s Super Fun Night was also cancelled. Now that was a terrible show.


Renewed Show
Castle
Scandal
Revenge 
Nashville
Shark Tank
The Middle
The Bachelor 
Resurrection
The Goldbergs
Modern Family 
Grey's Anatomy
Once Upon a Time
Last Man Standing
Dancing With the Stars
America's Funniest Home Videos
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

ABC's new shows, clockwise from left: Black-ish, The Whispers, Marvel's Agent Carter, Secrets and Lies, How to get away with Murder and American Crime
New Shows

Marvel's Agent Carter: A female-fronted comic book-based TV show starring Hayley Atwell as Captain America's fan favorite Peggy Carter. This is a period action drama which will follow Peggy as she balances working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) and doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark. Plus, she'll be attempting to move on after the loss of her true love, Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans). 

Secrets and Lies: Movie stars, Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis star in this mystery thriller from Private Practice's Barbie Kligman. Based on the Australian series of the same name, Lewis plays a detective investigating a murder case, while Phillippe takes on the role of the main suspect.

Astronaut Wives Club: The period drama, from Gossip Girl's Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, tells the real story of the women behind some of America's biggest heroes during the '60s space race. Dominique McElligott, Odette Annable, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Desmond Harrington and Bret Harrison star. 

How to Get Away With Murder: From Shonda Rhimes and her Scandal and Grey's partner, Betsy Beers, this suspense-driven legal drama  centres on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor, played by multiple Oscar nominee Viola Davis. 

Forever: Ioan Gruffudd stars as Doctor Henry Morgan, New York City's star medical examiner in the thriller. But what no one knows is that Henry studies the dead for a reason—he is immortal, and he has been for the past 200 years. 

The ClubBreaking Bad's Betsy Brandt and Boris Kodjoe star in this Dowton Abbey-esque soap that is set at a private country club.

Selfie: Emily Kapnek's, who created Suburgatory, new show is a modern-day My Fair Lady. It stars Karen Gillan as Eliza Dooley, a girl with 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. After a social media scandal, she enlists the help of marketing guru Henry (John Cho) to "rebrand" herself.

Black-ish: Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne star as a stars as son and father duo in this sitcom about Andre ‘Dre' Johnson (Anderson), a successful man out to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family that honors their past while embracing the future. Tracee Ellis Ross plays Anderson's wife.

Manhattan Love Story: This romantic comedy, starring Crazy Stupid Love's Analeigh Tipton  and Jake McDorman, exposes the differences between men and women through the unfiltered thoughts, and often contradictory actions, of a new couple who have just begun dating. 

The Whispers: American Horror Story's Lily Rabe, Revenge's Barry Sloane and Heroes' Milo Ventimiglia star in this thriller about aliens invading Earth for one goal: to use our children to achieve world domination. 

Galavant: Joshua Sasse stars as Prince Galavant, a royal out for revenge against the king who stole his own true love in this fairy-tale musical from the team behind Tangled and responsible for the music in Aladdin and The Little Mermaid

American Crime: Written, directed and produced by 12 Years a Slave's John Ridley, this drama marks Felicity Huffman's first return to TV since Desperate Housewives ended. The series centers on the lives of several people who are radically impacted by the trail that follows the murder of Matt Skokie, a war vet, and his wife, Lily, who is unconscious and barely hanging on.  


 
Most the of the shows will make their debuts in September/October. We will update you closer to the time when M-Net or other broadcasters (you know it's ONLY M-Net) bring the shows to South Africa. 

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