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WATCH: Full-Length Trailers for New TV Series On ABC

ABC is adding new TV shows to its lineup and I’m excted about most of them. 

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) has added eight new shows to its 2016-17. I’m pretty excited because the list of shows is a mix of legal drama, crime, and comedy – which are my absollute favorite genres of TV series.

Check out the trailers below :-


Conviction is a legal drama that follows the life of lawyer and former First Daughter Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell, Marvel’s Agent Carter). The series starts with Hayes Morrison getting caught in possession of cocaine and having to accept a job offer from NY District Attorney Wayne Wallis to avoid jail time. Of course, she’s rebelous at first then has a change of heart and starts to take the job personally. Working with Wayne’s team at the new Conviction Integrity Unit will let Hayes use her brilliant mind to turn over cases where there is credible suspicion of wrongful conviction and also let her mend fences with her high-powered political family.

Designated Survivor

ABC brings Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland back to primetime in a thrilling political drama Designated Survivor. Kiefer Sutherland stars as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington. Tom will struggle to prevent the country and his own family from falling into chaos, as he is thrust into one of the most difficult presidencies in history. I’m personally torn about my feelings on this one, but we’ll see what the first couple of episodes are like.


Notorious, sadly, is another new show I’m not particularly excited about. The ABC show is said to be inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker – both of whom are executive producers. The series follows the unique, sexy and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media. Josh Berman (Blacklist, Bones, CSI) is writer and executive producer, and Allie Hagan (“Suri’s Burn Book”) is writer and co-executive producer. Based on the trailer, it just seems like a lot of drama and I’m not really into any of that.

Still Star-Crossed

Still Star-Crossed is probably the most anticipated of all ABC’s promised new show. This is, of course, largely due to the fact that it is another one from the stables of TV deity Shonda Rhimes. Still Star-Crossed is a period drama based on the book by Melinda Taub. The story 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. Like I said, I’ not really into drama shows. But it’s Shonda, so I’m excited to see it.

Time After Time

Time After Time is based on the novel and movie with the same name. Famed science fiction writer H.G. Wells is transported to mordern day Manhatta when he goes after Jack the Ripper in a time machine. Wells arrives New York and is completely taken by the world aroud hi. Of course, a cat and mouse game ensues as Wells tries to catch Jack the Ripper before he can commit even more notorious murders.  This is definitely my kind of show – a little bit of history, and lots of crime.

And then the Comedies!

American House Wife

American Housewife is a show about Katie Otto, a confident, unapologetic wife and mother of three, raising her not-so-perfect family in a town where everyone is weathly and obssessed with “perfection”. Katie is unafraid to be inappropriate, and commited to ensuring her family sticks to their values in a town where peer pressure is rife. I expect it’ll be one like Modern Family, and I honestly don’t even mind at all. I live for comedy series.

Downward Dog

Downward Dog is about a struggling millennial, Nan, from the point of view of her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin. Basically, they get to a point in their lives where they realise they are growing apart and attend some sort of therapy/obedience school. I’m guessing this show intends to explore the connection between humans and their pets, but I don’t see it. This one, I’m not interested in.

Imaginary Mary

Another family-centered comedy, Imaginary Mary is a show about Alice, a fiercely independent career woman, whose life is turned upside-down when she meets the love of her life – a divorced father with three kids. Being in a serious relationship is tough enough for Alice, but the fact that her new boyfriend already has kids makes it a hundred times more complicated. To make matters worse, her imaginary fiend from when she was a little girl, who is somewhat insane, shows up in Alice’s life again and keeps whispering in her ear. I’m not entirely sure how long this one will last on air, but I will enjoy every episode that comes out.


Speechless is going to be a touchy feely but funny show. Maya DiMeo is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband, Jimmy, and kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with special needs. The family moves to yet another new town where Maya believes her son JJ will fit in conveniently. As she fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves and searches for just the right person to give JJ his “voice.”. I’m happy because this one looks like it’s going to actually be light-hearted and not so dramatic and depressing.

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