ABC's 2014-15 pilot pickups: 'American Crime,' 'Black-ish' and more
ABC has also picked up "Agent Carter," with Hayley Atwell reprising her role as Agent Peggy Carter, working for the forerunner to SHIELD in 1946.
The new shows:
"American Crime": All over the news are reports about a young couple in Modesto, California, who were attacked in their home. Matt Skokie, a war vet, was killed, and his wife, Lily, is unconscious, barely hanging on. Both sets of parents are at her bedside hoping for a miracle while four suspects are about to be arrested. The case sends shock waves into the community stirring up tensions across racial lines in this gritty drama starring Felicity Huffman as Barb, Timothy Hutton as Russ, W. Earl Brown as Tom, Richard Cabral as Hector Tonz, Caitlin Gerard as Aubry, Benito Martinez as Alonzo Gutierrez, Penelope Ann Miller as Eve, Elvis Nolasco as Carter and Johnny Ortiz as Tony Gutierrez. "American Crime" was written, directed and produced by John Ridley ("12 Years A Slave"). Executive producers are John Ridley and Michael J. McDonald. "American Crime" is produced by ABC Studios.
"Black-ish": Andre 'Dre' Johnson (Anthony Anderson) has a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), 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. "Black-ish" is written and executive produced by Kenya Barris. Executive Producers are Larry Wilmore, Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne, Cinema Gypsy and Principato-Young, as well as James Griffiths who directed the pilot
"Forever": 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. This long life has given Henry remarkable observation skills which impresses his new partner Detective Jo Martinez (Alana De La Garza). Each week, a new case and their budding friendship will reveal layers of Henry's long and colorful past. Only his best friend and confidant, Abe (Judd Hirsch) knows Henry's secret. "Forever" was written and executive-produced by Matt Miller ("Chuck," "Las Vegas"). Dan Lin ("Sherlock Holmes," "Gangster Squad") and Jennifer Gwartz ("Veronica Mars," "Cupid," "Party Down") are executive producers.
"Galavant": Screenwriter/executive producer Dan Fogelman ("Crazy, Stupid, Love," "Tangled," "Cars") teams up with Broadway and Hollywood award-winning musical team, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, for a musical comedy fairytale of epic proportions. Once upon a time, the dashing hero, Galavant (Joshua Sasse) lost the love of his life, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), to the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson). Now, our fallen hero is ready to take revenge and restore his "happily ever after." But it won't be without a few twists and turns along the way. Executive producers are Alan Menken, Glenn Slater and Chris Koch. "Galavant" was directed by Chris Koch.
"Manhattan Love Story": Have you ever wondered what your date was thinking? 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. "Manhattan Love Story" stars Analeigh Tipton as Dana, Jake McDorman as Peter, Nicolas Wright as David, Jade Catta-Preta as Amy, Chloe Wepper as Chloe and Kurt Fuller as William. "Manhattan Love Story" was written by Jeff Lowell ("Drew Carey Show," "Spin City"). Peter Traugott, Jeff Lowell, Robin Schwartz, Rachel Kaplan and Jon Liebman are executive producers. Michael Fresco directed the pilot.
"Selfie": "Instafamous" Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But one lonely day she has a revelation: being friended is not the same as having actual friends. She asks marketing guru Henry (John Cho) to "rebrand" her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect with people in the real world. Loosely based on "My Fair Lady", "Selfie" explores the modern struggles of Eliza and Henry, as he tries to teach her how to live life offline -- whether she "likes" it or not. "Selfie" is written and executive produced by Emily Kapnek ("Suburgatory"), and directed and executive produced by Julie Anne Robinson. "Selfie" is produced by Piece of Pie Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
"The Whispers": Aliens have invaded Earth by using our most unlikely resource to achieve world domination -- our children. As the kids unwittingly help these unseen enemies, the clock counts down in this suspenseful race to save humanity, starring Lily Rabe as Claire Bennigan, Barry Sloane as Wes Lawrence, Milo Ventimiglia as John Doe/Drew Bennigan, Derek Webster as Jessup Rollins, Brianna Brown as Lena Lawrence, Catalina Denis as Dr. Maria Martinez, Kylie Rogers as Minx Lawrence and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf as Henry. "The Whispers" was written and co-executive-produced by Soo Hugh. Executive Producers are Amblin TV, Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Dawn Olmstead. "The Whispers" was directed by Mark Romanek.