ABC Fall 2018 Trailers

ABC just unleashed a whole slew of new Fall TV trailers to prepare you for the upcoming TV season. There’s comedy, drama, and even a show from O.J. Simpson trail lawyer Marcia Clark. Below, watch trailers for The Kids Are AlrightThe RookieA Million Little ThingsWhiskey CavalierSingle ParentsThe Fix, and Grand Hotel

The Kids Are Alright

Remember The Wonder Years? A show about a young man navigating the world of the 1960s, complete with narration from the future? Well, that same premise seems to be applied to The Kids Are Alright, a new show about a very crowded family with the same nostalgia-tinged take as The Wonder Years. The show is inspired by the childhood of writer/executive producer Tim Doyle, and is set in the 1970s. It looks a little sillier than The Wonder Years, which may or may not float your boat. The show stars Michael Cudlitz as Mike Cleary, Mary McCormack as Peggy Cleary, Sam Straley as Lawrence, Caleb Martin Foote as Eddie, Sawyer Barth as Frank, Christopher Paul Richards as Joey, Jack Gore as Timmy, Andy Walken as William and Santino Barnard as Pat.

Synopsis: Set in the 1970s, this ensemble comedy follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family, the Clearys, as they navigate big and small changes during one of America’s most turbulent decades. In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with little supervision. The household is turned upside down when oldest son Lawrence returns home and announces he’s quitting the seminary to go off and “save the world.” Times are changing and this family will never be the same. There are 10 people, three bedrooms, one bathroom and everyone in it for themselves. The series is inspired by the childhood of writer/executive producer Tim Doyle.

The Kids Are Alright will air Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET

The Rookie

Nathan Fillion is back on TV with The Rookie. Fillion plays the LAPD’s oldest rookie cop. That premise may sound like it lends itself to comedy, but save for a few amusing moments, this trailer looks pretty serious. I really like Fillion, and I’m happy to see him get work, so I wish The Rookie all the best. The show stars Nathan Fillion as John Nolan, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin as Jackson West, Mercedes Mason as Captain Zoe Andersen, Melissa O’Neil as Lucy Chen, Afton Williamson as Talia Bishop and Eric Winter as Tim Bradford.

Synopsis: Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life.

The Rookie will air Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET

A Million Little Things

A Million Little Things focuses on eight friends who have “bonded under expected circumstances.” Those “unexpected circumstances” seem to really just be one circumstance: getting stuck on an elevator together. Years later, the friends are drawn back together after one of their other friends kills himself – which sounds a lot like The Big Chill, but without the great soundtrack. This looks like it’s the same weepy vein as This Is Us, a show everyone wants to emulate now. The show stars David Giuntoli as Eddie, Ron Livingston as Jon, Romany Malco as Rome, Allison Miller as Maggie, Christina Moses as Regina, Christina Ochoa as Ashley, James Roday as Gary, Stephanie Szostak as Delilah and Lizzy Greene as Sophie.

Synopsis: They say friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things; and that’s true for a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life. After one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way they discover that friends may be the one thing to save them from themselves.

A Million Little Things will air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET

Whiskey Cavalier

Explosions! Punching! Jokes! Whiskey Cavalier! The show is described as “a high-octane, hour-long action dramedy”, which I’m sure appeals to someone. The series follows an FBI agent who teams up with a CIA agent. Lots of wacky stuff happens! As a side note, I notice now that TV trailers have adopted the strange “quick teaser before the real trailer starts” idea, and I’d really like them to stop it. Whiskey Cavalier stars Scott Foley as Will Chase, Lauren Cohan as Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge, Ana Ortiz as Susan Sampson, Tyler James Williams as Edgar Standish and Vir Das as Jai Datta.

Synopsis: “Whiskey Cavalier” is a high-octane, hour-long action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: “Whiskey Cavalier”), played by Scott Foley. Following an emotional break-up, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: “Fiery Tribune”), played by Lauren Cohan. Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics.

Whiskey Cavalier will be held for a midseason debut.

Single Parents

Single Parents is a new comedy that focuses on a group of dysfunctional single parents who “lean on each other as they raise their kids, look for love, and ultimately realize survival is only possible with the help of each other.” The series is lead by former SNL cast member Taran Killam, who is pretty funny in general, so maybe this will turn out okay. This trailer stands out from the rest because it seems to be featuring just one particular (lengthy) scene as a well of selling the show, rather than your standard montage-based trailer. Make of that what you will. Single Parents stars Taran Killam as Will, Leighton Meester as Angie, Kimrie Lewis as Poppy, Jake Choi as Miggy, Marlow Barkley as Sophie, Tyler Wladis as Graham, Devin Trey Campbell as Rory, Grace Hazelett as Emma, Sadie Hazelett as Amy and Brad Garrett as Douglas.

Synopsis: This ensemble comedy follows a group of single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their 7-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. The series begins when the group meets Will, a 30-something guy who’s been so focused on raising his daughter that he’s lost sight of who he is as a man. When the other single parents see just how far down the rabbit hole of PTA, parenting and princesses Will has gone, they band together to get him out in the dating world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn’t mean sacrificing everything about your own identity.

Single Parents will be held for a midseason debut.

The Fix

Of all the shows mentioned in this post, The Fix is perhaps the one I’m most interested in. The show comes from co-writer Marcia Clark, the prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder trailer. The premise of this show essentially asks, “What if a character clearly inspired by O.J. Simpson committed murder after being acquitted, and a character clearly inspired by Marcia Clark had to try to bring him to justice again?” It’s as if Clark wrote this who thing to (fictionally) re-try the Simpson case. That’s a little nuts, folks, and I’m here for it. Robin Tunney stars as the character inspired by Clark, Maya Travis. The rest of the cast includes Adam Rayner as Matthew Collier, Merrin Dungey as CJ, Breckin Meyer as Alan Wiest, Marc Blucas as Riv, Mouzam Makkar as Loni.

Synopsis: Attorney and author Marcia Clark co-writes and executive produces a new legal drama about Maya Travis, an L.A. district attorney who suffers a devastating defeat when prosecuting an A-list actor for double murder. With her high-profile career derailed, she flees for a quieter life in Washington. Eight years later when this same celebrity is under suspicion for another murder, Maya Travis is lured back to the DA’s office for another chance at justice.

The Fix will be held for a midseason debut.

Grand Hotel

Based on a Spanish series (which is currently streaming on Netflix, should you be interested), Grand Hotel looks to be a sexy, soap opera-esque series full of scandal, drama, and scenes of beautiful beaches. The original series was often referred to as “a Spanish Downton Abbey”, and was set in Spain in 1905. The new Grand Hotel updates things to modern-day Miami Beach. The series stars Demian Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sanchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.

Synopsis: Eva Longoria executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior. The show is based on the Spanish series.

Grand Hotel will be held for a midseason debut.

Schooled

schooled

The Goldbergs is getting a spin-off: Schooled, a new comedy series that features Tim Meadows, Bryan Callen and AJ Michalka. “Last spring, the ’90s spinoff tested higher than the Goldbergs pilot, so I certainly had high hopes for the project,” creator Adam F. Goldberg told The Hollywood Reporter. “[CBS’ already-renewed] Young Sheldon has proven that fans are very loyal and will watch a spinoff, so we are hopeful that we make a real splash when it airs so we can begin the conversation again about getting this on the air.” There’s no trailer yet, but I’m sure one will pop-up sooner or later.

Synopsis: This spinoff of the hit series “The Goldbergs” will be set in 1990-something and follow the hilarious teachers of William Penn Academy – led by Tim Meadows (Principal Glascott), Bryan Callen (Coach Mellor) and AJ Michalka (Lainey Lewis) – who, despite their eccentricities and crazy personal lives, are heroes to their students

Schooled will be held for a midseason debut.

 

ABC Fall 2018-19 Schedule

Here’s the new schedule for ABC’s shows when new programming (in bold) arrives this fall:

MONDAY
8 PM — Dancing with the Stars
10 PM — The Good Doctor

TUESDAY
8 PM — Roseanne
8:30 PM — THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
9 PM — black-ish
9:30 PM — Splitting Up Together
10 PM — THE ROOKIE

WEDNESDAY
8 PM — The Goldbergs
8:30 PM — American Housewife
9 PM — Modern Family
9:30 PM — SINGLE PARENTS
10 PM — A MILLION LITTLE THINGS

THURSDAY
8 PM — Grey’s Anatomy
9 PM — Station 19
10 PM — How to Get Away with Murder

FRIDAY
8 PM — Fresh Off the Boat
8:30 PM — Speechless
9 PM — Child Support
10 PM — 20/20

SATURDAY
8 PM — Saturday Night Football

SUNDAY
7 PM — America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 PM – DANCING WITH THE STARS: JUNIORS
9 PM — Shark Tank
10 PM — THE ALEC BALDWIN SHOW

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