ABC fall TV 2014: 'SHIELD,' 'Scandal' and 'Grey's' change time periods; 'Agent Carter,' 'Galavant' are midseason 'bridge programming'
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One of the noteworthy features of the alphabet network's schedule is that "Agent Carter" and "Galavant" will operate as bridge programming between the fall finales and winter premieres of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" and "Once Upon a Time," respectively, so neither of those new shows are premiering in the fall.
In scheduling changes, "SHIELD" has moved back an hour to 9 p.m. ET/PT on Tuesdays, while on Thursday nights, "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" have each moved up one hour, to 8 and 9 p.m., to make room for new crime drama "How to Get Away With Murder," which like its lead-ins is also a Shonda Rhimes property. We're already calling it #Thurshonday.
New shows that are picked up but not listed on the schedule -- "American Crime," "Fresh Off the Boat," "Galavant," "Marvel's Agent Carter," "Secrets and Lies," and "The Whispers" -- will premiere later in the 2014-15 season.
"Our schedule reflects a judicious mix of boldness and stability," says president of ABC Entertainment Group Paul Lee. "ABC is finishing the season with momentum -- we now have building blocks on every night of the week, and we're using them to launch our new series. This season we set out to develop passion projects from world-class storytellers and showcase the faces and voices of America. Both plans unleashed a wave of creativity and we're extremely excited about the new slate."
The new shows premiering in the fall include:
"Selfie" (Tuesdays, 8 p.m.): A loose re-imagining of "Pygmalion"/"My Fair Lady starring Karen Gillan as "Instafamous" Eliza Dooley, who has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But one lonely day, she has a revelation that being friended is not the same as having actual friends.
"Manhattan Love Story" (Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m.): This romantic comedy exposes the differences between men and women through the unfiltered thoughts, and often contradictory actions, of a new couple who have just begun dating.
"Forever" (Tuesdays, 10 p.m.): Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City's star medical examiner, has a secret. He doesn't just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years -- the answer to his own inexplicable immortality.
"Black-ish" (Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m.): Andre 'Dre' Johnson (Anthony Anderson) has a great job, a beautiful wife, four kids, and a colonial home in the 'burbs. But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family? With a little help from his dad (Laurence Fishburne), Dre sets out to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family that honors their past while embracing the future.
"How to Get Away With Murder" (Thursdays, 10 p.m.): The brilliant, charismatic and seductive Professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) gets entangled with four law students from her class, "How to Get Away with Murder." Little do they know that they will have to apply what they learned to real life, in this masterful, sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller.
"Cristela" (Fridays at 8:30 p.m.): In her sixth year of law school, Cristela (Cristela Alonzo) is finally on the brink of landing her first big (unpaid) internship at a prestigious law firm. The only problem is that her pursuit of success is more ambitious than her traditional Mexican-American family thinks is appropriate. She's stuck straddling the old culture she's trying to modernize at home with her working-class family and the modern world she's trying to embrace in her professional career.