ABC revealed their schedule for the upcoming TV season yesterday, and it features six new scripted shows . . . four dramas, and two comedies. Here are the highlights:
There’s a conspiracy thriller called “Emergence“, starring Allison Tolman from the first season of the “Fargo” TV series. She’s playing a police chief who discovers an amnesiac child at the scene of a mysterious accident.
There’s a drama produced by 50 Cent called “For Life”. It’s inspired by the true story of Isaac Wright, Jr., a wrongfully convicted drug kingpin, who was eventually exonerated and became a lawyer.
There’s the latest “Black-ish” spin-off, “Mixed-ish“. This is a prequel, following a young version of Tracee Ellis Ross’character Rainbow Johnson in the 1980s, when she grew up in a suburban mixed-race family.
It’ll air just before “Black-ish” on Tuesdays. The other spin-off, “Grown-ish”, airs on Freeform.
There’s a drama called “Stumptown“, which is an adaptation of a graphic novel. It stars Cobie Smulders as an army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt, and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon.
And there’s a standard family sitcom called “United We Fall” . . . where Jane Curtin plays a mother-in-law, who lives with the family.
ABC also ordered a revival of “Kids Say the Darndest Things” . . . but Bill Cosby is a little tied up at the moment . . . soTiffany Haddish is hosting.
In other ABC news, the network has added three more years to Jimmy Kimmel’s contract.
And ABC says that next year’s Academy Awards ceremony will probably go WITHOUT a host again . . . since it worked so well this year.
“Dancing with the Stars” will be back in the fall . . . but there’s talk that they’re going to mix things up with some changes to the format. There aren’t any specifics yet, but clearly they’re looking to breathe new life into it.