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Upfronts 2014: ABC’s Secrets and Lies (First Look)

May 13, 2014
Secrets and Lies. ABC.

Secrets and Lies. ABC.

SHOW: Secrets and Lies, drama

WHO: Ryan Phillippe, Natalie Martinez (Under the Dome), Juliette Lewis, KaDee Strickland (Private Practice), Indiana Evans (Blue Lagoon), Charles Dutton, Steven Brand (Magic City) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead)

WHEN: TBD (Midseason)

WHERE: ABC

BOTTOM LINE: These limited-run series are looking better and better. Phillippe has grown and Lewis is clearly on a tear right now. I cannot wait to sink my teeth into this one.

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Upfronts 2014: ABC’s Black-ish (First Look) (Updated)

May 13, 2014
Black-ish. ABC.

Black-ish. ABC.

SHOW: Black-ish, comedy

WHO: Anthony Anderson (Guys With Kids), Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends), Yara Shahidi (Scandal), recurring star Laurence Fishburne (Hannibal)

WHAT: 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.

WHERE: ABC

BOTTOM LINE: ABC put together a better teaser. Here’s the updated version… I love Ross and am happy to see her getting work. Anderson is annoying, but always has been. It could do well bridging the gap between Modern Family and Nashville, but I don’t know… just depends on how Cosby-ish they decide to go. It actually looks quite funny.

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Upfronts 2014: ABC’s Cristela (First Look)

May 13, 2014
Cristela. ABC.

Cristela. ABC.

SHOW: Cristela, comedy?

WHO: Cristela Alonzo, Carlos Ponce, Terri Hoyos, Andrew Leeds, Sam McMurray

WHEN: Fridays at 8:30PM EST

WHERE: ABC

BOTTOM LINE: Really? Press play and let me know if you laugh. I’ll wait. I’m confused. THIS is taking the place of Suburgatory/Trophy Wife/The Neighbors????

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Upfronts 2014: ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder (First Look) (Updated)

May 13, 2014
How to Get Away With Murder. ABC.

How to Get Away With Murder. ABC.

SHOW: How to Get Away With Murder, drama

WHO: Viola Davis, Matt McGorry (Orange Is the New Black), Liza Weil (Scandal), Aja Naomi King (The Black Box), Charlie Weber (90210), Katie Findlay (The Carrie Diaries), Billy Brown (Hostages), Tom Verica (American Dreams), Jack Falahee, Alfred Enoch, Karla Souza

WHAT: 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.

WHERE: ABC

BOTTOM LINE: Shonda Rhimes. New show. Two-time Oscar nominee Viola Davis. Airing right after Grey’s and Scandal? Yeah, we’ll be there. Who won’t?

 

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Here’s the full trailer:

 

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Upfronts 2014: Fox’ Wayward Pines (First Look)

May 12, 2014
Wayward Pines. Fox.

Wayward Pines. Fox.

SHOW: Wayward Pines, drama

WHO: Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Terrence Howard, Reed Diamond, Juliette Lewis, Shannyn Sossamon, Tim Griffin, Charlie Tahan

WHEN: TBD (Midseason)

WHERE: Fox

BOTTOM LINE: You see that cast? Of course I’ll be watching. You should be too!

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Upfronts 2014: Mulaney (First Look)

May 12, 2014
Mulaney. Fox.

Mulaney. Fox.

SHOW: Mulaney, comedy

WHO: John Mulaney (Saturday Night Live), Martin Short (How I Met Your Mother), Elliott Gould (Ray Donovan), Nasim Pedrad (Saturday Night Live), Seaton Smith, Zack Pearlman

BOTTOM LINE: Zzzzzzzz…….. wake me up when it’s canceled.

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Upfronts 2014: Fox’ Backstrom (First Look)

May 12, 2014
Backstrom. Fox.

Backstrom. Fox.

SHOW: Backstrom, drama

WHO: Rainn Wilson (The Office), Kristoffer Polaha (Ringer), Dennis Haysbert (24), Page Kennedy, Beatrice Rosen (Blue Mountain State), Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Genevieve Angelson (House of Lies)

WHEN: TBD (Midseason)

WHERE: Fox

BOTTOM LINE: From the producers of Bones, this show looks… well, horrible. But there’s an audience for it. It’ll do well. I just won’t be there to see it. Thanks. The Castle/Bones crowd will love it. FYI: Not me being a TV snob; just me knowing what I like and what I don’t grasp. I don’t grasp this humor.

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