ABC Announces New Series Lineup With Hayley Atwell, Kiefer Sutherland & More

ABC Upfronts 2016-2017After slashing a number of favored series, ABC has announced a new lineup of upcoming shows at the 2016-2017 Spring Upfronts.
New series “American Housewife,” “Conviction,” “Designated Survivor,” “Downward Dog,” “Imaginary Mary,” “Notorious,” “Speechless,” “Still Star-Crossed” and “Time After Time” will join lineup.

The 411 on the new series:

CONVICTION: Lawyer and former First Daughter Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell, “Marvel’s Agent Carter”) is about to accept a job offered from her sexy nemesis, NY District Attorney Wayne Wallis, to avoid jail time for cocaine possession and avoid hurting her mother’s Senate campaign. Working with his team at the new Conviction Integrity Unit will let her use her brilliant mind to turn over cases, where there is credible suspicion of wrongful conviction, and give her a chance to turn things around with her high-powered political family.

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR: Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland (“24”) returns to primetime in a conspiracy thriller as Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington. He 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.

NOTORIOUS: "Notorious” is inspired by the true-life stories of famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and cable news producer Wendy Walker, who serve as executive producers. The series is a provocative look at the unique, sexy and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media.

STILL STAR-CROSSED: “Still Star-Crossed,” a period drama from Shondaland, 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. The series is based on the book by Melinda Taub.

TIME AFTER TIME: Based on the novel and movie “Time After Time,” executive producer/writer Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Scream” franchise, “Dawson’s Creek”) delivers a fantastical cat and mouse adventure through time when famed science fiction writer H.G. Wells is transported to modern day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE: Katie Otto (Katy Mixon, “Mike and Molly”), 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. 

DOWNWARD DOG: Based on the web series, “Downward Dog” is about a struggling millennial, Nan (Emmy-nominated Allison Tolman, “Fargo”), from the point of view of her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin. One session at obedience school already makes them realize that even at their worst they may be the best thing for each other.

IMAGINARY MARY: Alice (Jenna Elfman, “Dharma & Greg,” “Friends With Benefits,” “EDtv”) is 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. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as a child suddenly reappears to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.

SPEECHLESS: Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver, “About a Boy,” “The Riches,” “Good Will Hunting”) 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. As Maya 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.”

Fan favorites “The Catch,” “Dr. Ken,” “Last Man Standing” and “The Real O’Neals” will also return to the schedule, joining previously announced “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “black-ish,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Quantico,”  “Scandal,” “Secrets and Lies,” “Shark Tank” and “20/20.”

Ten-time Emmy-nominated limited series “American Crime,” created and executive produced by Oscar®-winner John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”), returns. Additionally, “When We Rise,” created by Oscar®-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (“Milk,” ”Big Love,” “J. Edgar”), will air as a limited series event during the year. “Dirty Dancing,” a three-hour filmed musical event; “Ali: The Champion”(wt), a special honoring boxing legend Mohammed Ali; and an all-new special from David Blaine following his critically acclaimed ratings smash “David Blaine: Real or Magic” were announced today. 

The Schedule:

MONDAY:    8:00 p.m.     “Dancing with the Stars”
    10:00 p.m.    “Conviction”

TUESDAY:    8:00 p.m.    “The Middle” (new day/time)
    8:30 p.m.     “American Housewife”
    9:00 p.m.    “Fresh Off the Boat” (new time)
    9:30 p.m.     “The Real O’Neals” (new time)
    10:00 p.m.    “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (new time)

WEDNESDAY:    8:00 p.m.    “The Goldbergs” (new time)  
    8:30 p.m.     “Speechless”
    9:00 p.m.    “Modern Family”
    9:30 p.m.    “black-ish”
    10:00 p.m.    “Designated Survivor”

THURSDAY:    8:00 p.m.    “Grey’s Anatomy”
    9:00 p.m.    “Notorious”
    10:00 p.m.    “How to Get Away with Murder”  

FRIDAY:    8:00 p.m.    “Last Man Standing”
    8:30 p.m.    “Dr. Ken”
    9:00 p.m.    “Shark Tank”
    10:00 p.m.    “20/20”

SATURDAY:    8:00 p.m.    “Saturday Night Football”  
SUNDAY:    7:00 p.m.    “America’s Funniest Home Videos”
    8:00 p.m.    “Once Upon a Time”
    9:00 p.m.    “Secrets and Lies”
    10:00 p.m.    “Quantico”



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