By Hannah De Castro-Abinuman
From the same network that brought us the Emmy-award winning series, “Modern Family,” comedy favorite, “The Middle,” and long-running hit shows like “Dancing With the Stars” and “General Hospital,” comes another set of TV shows that are bound to keep you riveted to your TVs.
On January 14, 2015, ABC announced its newest roster of TV shows, during The Critics Association’s (TCA) Winter Press Tour of 2015 in Langham Hotel, Pasadena CA. ABC held a special private screening of the pilot episodes for the press, which was then followed by a panel discussion with the writers, executive producers, directors and cast of the shows.
ABC’s Entertainment Group President, Paul Lee, mentioned that the network’s programming has changed to reflect what America really is today. As seen in their current shows like Black-ish, Cristela and in the newest comedy airing this February –“Fresh Off The Boat”, shows have now evolved to focus on characters that are more diverse. In fact, “Fresh Off The Boat” has an all-Asian main cast, which is something that has not been done in US television for 20 years.
Whether it’s a fresh new comedy, a suspenseful drama or a gripping thriller that you fancy, ABC has a show that may just make it hard for you to leave the couch. Here are ABC’s upcoming series:
Fresh Off The Boat – Premieres Tuesday, February 10th at 8:00 pm ET
This hilarious new comedy is based on TV personality, Eddie Huang’s memoirs. Set in the 90’s, a 12 year old, hip-hop loving Eddie just moved from Washington DC’s Chinatown to suburban Orlando with his parents. In an attempt to fit in and survive, this immigrant family experiences culture shock in this comedic tale about pursuing the American Dream.
Starring: Randall Park | Constance Wu | Hudson Yang | Forrest Wheeler | Ian Chen
American Crime – Premieres Thursday, March 5th, at 10:00pm ET
All over the news are reports about a young couple in Modesto, California, who were attacked in their home. The case sends shock waves into the community stirring up tensions across racial lines in this gritty drama.
Starring: Felicity Huffman | Timothy Hutton | W. Earl Brown | Richard Cabral | Caitlin Gerard | Benito Martinez | Penelope Ann Miller | Elvis Nolasco | Johnny Ortiz
Secrets and Lies – Premieres Sunday, March 1st, at 9:00 pm ET
Did he or didn’t he? Ben Crawford becomes the number one murder suspect after discovering the body of his neighbor’s son in the woods. As Detective Andrea Cornell digs for the truth, the secrets and lies of this town come to the surface and no one is above suspicion.
Starring: Ryan Phillippe | KaDee Strickland | Natalie Martinez | Dan Fogler | Indiana Evans | Belle Shouse | Juliette Lewis
The Whispers – Premieres This Spring
We love to play games with our children. But what happens when someone else starts to play with them too? Someone we don’t know. Can’t see. Can’t hear. In The Whispers, someone or something—is manipulating the ones we love most to accomplish the unthinkable.
Starring: Lily Rabe | Barry Sloane | Milo Ventimiglia | Derek Webster | Kristen Connolly | Kylie Rogers | Kyle Harrison Breitkopf
Sources: ABC Entertainment, www.abcgo.com