AceShowbiz - In addition to unveiling its fall 2016-17 schedule, ABC debuted first trailers for its new series on Tuesday, May 17. Among those which have received a lot of buzz are "Designated Survivor" starring %cKiefer Sutherland% and new Shondaland drama "Still Star-Crossed".
On "Designated Survivor", Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a lower-level United States cabinet member who is suddenly appointed president after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the presidential line of succession. %cNatascha McElhone%, %cMaggie Q%, %cKal Penn%, %cAdan Canto%, %cItalia Ricci%, %cLaMonica Garrett% and %cTanner Buchanan% are also among the cast. The drama will air Thursdays at 10 P.M.
"Still Star-Crossed", scheduled for midseason, is a period drama that picks up where the famous story of Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers' tragic fate. Starring %cWade Briggs%, %cZuleikha Robinson% and %cAnthony Head% among others, it is scheduled for midseason.
"Conviction", set to replace "Castle" on Mondays at 10 P.M., follows Hayes Morrison (%cHayley Atwell%), a former First Daughter who is a gorgeous mess, with a brilliant legal mind but a self-destructive streak. Arrested for cocaine possession, she is offered a chance to skip prison time if she is willing to head Conviction Integrity Unit that reexamines cases where there's credible suspicion of wrongful conviction.
"American Housewife", to air Tuesdays at 8:30 P.M. beginning this fall, centers on Katie Otto (%cKaty Mixon%), a confident, unapologetic wife and mother of three, raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut, filled with "perfect" mommies and their "perfect" offspring.
"Notorious" will air on Thursdays at 9 P.M. before "Scandal" returns in midseason. It revolves around a charismatic attorney and a powerhouse TV producer who attempt to control the media, the justice system and ultimately each other. Living at the intersection of law and media, the series explores the boundaries of professional integrity and how far our national tastemakers will go for ratings, notoriety and the last word. %cPiper Perabo% leads the cast.
"Speechless", to air Wednesdays at 8:30 P.M., stars %cMinnie Driver% as Maya DiMeo, a mother who is willing to do anything for her family. Her son, JJ (%cMichah Fowler%) has cerebral palsy and she will fight for justice in order to give him what he deserves.
"Time After Time", slated for midseason, is a fantasy drama centering on H.G. Wells and his friend John Stevenson, who is none other than the infamous Jack the Ripper. Wells invented a time machine and when the police arrive looking for Jack the Ripper, John sneaks into the time machine and flees to modern day Manhattan with Wells in hot pursuit. %cJoshua Bowman% and %cFreddie Stroma% are starring.
"Downward Dog" is also saved for midseason. It highlights the friendship between a lonely dog, Martin, and the woman he lives with, Nan (%cAllison Tolman%). Martin feels abandoned ever since Nan broke up with her boyfriend, Jason (%cLucas Neff%), as she now spends way too much time at work trying to impress her boss and co-workers.
"Imaginary Mary" stars "Dharma & Greg" vet %cJenna Elfman% as an independent career woman who falls in love with a divorced father of three. The dramatic change in her life gets even more interesting when the "slightly unhinged" imaginary childhood friend suddenly resurfaces to guide her through this critical juncture.