Press release from ABC Studios, May 15, 2015:
ABC Studios and ABC Signature Studios had another banner development year with thirteen new shows ordered to series. New dramas “The Catch,” “Dr. Ken,” “The Family,” “Of Kings and Prophets,” “The Muppets,” “OIL,” “Quantico,” “Wicked City” along with new comedies “Dr. Ken” (co-production with Sony), “The Muppets,” “The Real O’Neals,” “Uncle Buck” (co-production with Universal Television) were picked up at ABC. New dramas “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” and “Code Black” were ordered at CBS and new comedy the “Grandfathered” was ordered at FOX.
Returning ABC Studios shows “American Crime,” “black-ish,” “Castle,” “Galavant,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Nashville” (co-production with Lionsgate Television), “Once Upon a Time,” “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” “Scandal” and “Secrets and Lies” on ABC join “Criminal Minds” on CBS and “Devious Maids” on Lifetime.
ABC Studios dramas “”The Whispers” premieres on MONDAY, JUNE 1 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), “The Astronaut Wives Club” premieres on THURSDAY, JUNE 18 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) and “Mistresses” premieres on THURSDAY, JUNE 18 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
“We are extremely proud of the series the studio is producing for ABC and other networks. This TV season is especially exciting as we have increased the number of quality shows over last season,” said Patrick Moran, EVP, ABC Studios.
The new series are:
From Shondaland’s Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, “The Catch” is a new thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin (Mireille Enos). She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud herself by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career.
“The Catch” stars Mireille Enos as Alice.
“The Catch” was written by Jennifer Schuur. Executive producers are Jennifer Schuur, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Julie Anne Robinson. “The Catch” is produced by ABC Studios.
Doctor-turned-actor/comedian Ken Jeong (“Community,” “The Hangover”), plays Dr. Ken, a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. He is always trying to be a good doctor as well as a good husband and dad to his two kids. However, these good intentions have a way of driving everyone crazy at work and at home. Luckily, his therapist wife, Allison, is just the right partner to keep things sane.
“Dr. Ken” stars Ken Jeong as Dr. Ken, Suzy Nakamura as Allison, Tisha Campbell-Martin as Damona, Dave Foley as Pat, Jonathan Slavin as Clark, Albert Tsai as Dave and Krista Marie Yu as Molly.
“Dr. Ken was written by Jared Stern, Ken Jeong, and Mike O’Connell. Executive producers are Jared Stern, Ken Jeong, John Davis, John Fox and Mike Sikowitz, with Mike O’Connell as co-executive producer. “Dr. Ken” is produced by Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios.
This thriller follows the return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family, suspicions emerge — is he really who he says he is?
“The Family” stars Joan Allen as Claire.
“The Family” was written by Jenna Bans. Executive producers are Jenna Bans and Mandeville Television’s Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks. “The Family” is produced by ABC Studios.
“OF KINGS AND PROPHETS”
An epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.
“Of Kings and Prophets” stars Ray Winstone as King Saul and Oliver Rix as David.
“Of Kings and Prophets” was written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage. Executive producers are Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jason Reed, Reza Aslan and Mahyad Tousi. “Of Kings and Prophets” is produced by ABC Studios.
The Muppets return to primetime with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets’ personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires. This is a more adult Muppet show, for “kids” of all ages.
Bill Prady (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Bob Kushell (“Anger Management”) are co-writers and executive producers. Randall Einhorn (“Wilfred”), Bill Barretta, Debbie McClellan and Kyle Laughlin are also executive producers. “The Muppets” is produced by ABC Studios and The Muppets Studio.
Billy and Cody Lefever dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to “The Bakken” in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They’re soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage.
“OIL” stars Don Johnson as Hap, Chace Crawford as Billy, Rebecca Rittenhouse as Cody, Delroy Lindo as Tip, Amber Valletta as Carla, Scott Michael Foster as Wick, India de Beaufort as Jules, Yani Gellman as AJ and Caitlin Carver as Lacey.
“OIL” was written by Josh Pate and Rodes Fishburne. Executive producers are Tony Krantz, Josh Pate, Rodes Fishburne, Drew Comins and Don Johnson. “OIL” is produced by ABC Signature.
A diverse group of recruits have arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11.
“Quantico” stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex.
“Quantico” was written by Josh Safran. Executive producers are Josh Safran, Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper. “Quantico” is produced by ABC Studios.
“THE REAL O’NEALS”
A fresh take on a seemingly perfect Catholic family whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real.
“The Real O’Neals” stars Martha Plimpton as Eileen, Jay R. Ferguson as Pat, Noah Galvin as Kenny, Matthew Shively as Jimmy, Bebe Wood as Shannon and Mary Hollis Inboden as Jodi.
“The Real O’Neals” was written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson. Executive producers are David Windsor, Casey Johnson, Stacy Traub, Dan Savage & Brian Pines, Lorenzo DiBonaventura & Dan McDermott, and Todd Holland. “The Real O’Neals” is produced by ABC Studios.
Based on the hit movie of the same name, Uncle Buck (Mike Epps) is a fun-loving but irresponsible guy who needs a job and a place to stay. By happy coincidence, his nieces’ and nephew’s nanny has just quit and his brother and sister-in-law need his help. His unconventional personality may just make him the right fit for the family and they may be the answer to his problems, too.
“Uncle Buck” stars Mike Epps as Buck, Nia Long as Alexis, James Lesure as Will, Iman Benson as Tia, Sayeed Shahidi as Miles and Aalyrah Caldwell as Maizy.
“Uncle Buck” was written by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley. Executive producers are Steven Cragg, Brian Bradley and Will Packer. Co-executive producers are Korin Huggins and Phil Traill. “Uncle Buck” is produced by Universal Television and ABC Studios.
This character-driven procedural explores sex, politics and popular culture across various noteworthy eras in L.A. history. In season one, two LA cops search for a Bonnie & Clyde-esque serial killing team amidst the rock-and-roll, coke-infused revelry of the 1980s Sunset Strip.
“Wicked City” stars Ed Westwick as Kent and Erika Christensen as Betty.
“Wicked City” was written by Steven Baigelman. Executive producers are Steven Baigelman and Mandeville Television’s Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks. “Wicked City” is produced by ABC Studios.
“CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS”
“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (spinoff) stars Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise in a drama about the specialized International Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and coming to the rescue of American citizens who find themselves in danger while abroad. Heading the department is Unit Chief Jack Garrett (Sinise), a seasoned 20-year veteran of the Bureau. The team he trusts with his life includes Matthew Simmons (Daniel Henney), a former military hero with split second profiling skills he honed on the battlefield; and Russ “Monty” Montgomery (Tyler James Williams), the unit’s compassionate, brilliant tech analyst who additionally liaises stateside with the families of those in trouble while his group is far from home. These exceptional agents are dedicated to safely returning U.S. residents home by profiling and identifying criminals who are beyond our borders. The pilot was a planted spin-off of an episode of “Criminal Minds” (broadcast on April 8, 2015).
“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” stars Gary Sinise as Jack Garrett, Tyler James Williams as Russ “Monty” Montgomery and Daniel Henney as Matthew Simmons.
“Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” was written by Erica Messer. Executive producers are Mark Gordon, Erica Messer, Nick Pepper and Adam Glass. “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” is produced by ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios and The Mark Gordon Company. The episode was directed by Glen Kershaw (“Criminal Minds”).
Based on the award-winning documentary by Ryan McGarry, is a heart-pounding medical drama that takes place in the busiest ER in the nation, where the staggering influx of patients can outweigh the limited resources available to the extraordinary doctors and nurses whose job is to treat them all – creating a condition known as Code Black. At the heart of the ER’s controlled chaos is Residency Director Dr. Leanne Rorish (Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden), renowned for successfully performing high-risk procedures in Center Stage, the trauma area reserved for the most critical cases. Her four new first-year residents are Christa Lorenson (Bonnie Somerville), Malaya Pineda (Melanie Kannokada), Mario Savetti (Benjamin Hollingsworth) and Angus Leighton (Harry M. Ford). Leanne’s confidante, Jesse Sallander (Luis Guzman), is an amiable seen-it-all senior nurse who manages the residents. Also working in the ER is Dr. Neal Hudson (Raza Jaffrey), an excellent physician who sometimes disagrees with Leanne’s “cowboy” approach, and Dr. Rollie Guthrie (William Allen Young), the energetic, longest-serving attending. In Center Stage, life is measured in seconds, and these heroic doctors and nurses operate with speed and skill within an overwhelmed system to treat the crowds of people who are often there for one of two reasons: to die or to receive a life-saving miracle.
“Code Black” stars Marcia Gay Harden as Leanne, Bonnie Sommerville as Christa, Raza Jaffrey as Neal, Luis Guzman as Jesse, Melanie Kannokada as Malaya, Harry M. Ford as Angus, Benjamin Hollingsworth as Mario, and William Allen Young as Guthrie.
“Code Black”? was written by Michael Seitzman. Michael Seitzman, Marti Noxon, Linda Goldstein-Knowlton, Ryan McGarry and David Semel are executive producers for ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios. The pilot was directed by David Semel (“Madam Secretary”).
What’s the fastest way to put the brakes on a cruise-controlled bachelor lifestyle? Fatherhood? Guess again. Television icon John Stamos (“Full House,” “ER”) stars in a new comedy about the ultimate bachelor who discovers he’s not only a father, but a grandfather.
Successful restaurateur and man-about-town Jimmy Martino (Stamos) is used to being the most suave, most handsome and most single person in the room. All that changes with the surprise appearance of Jimmy’s adult son, Gerald (Josh Peck, “The Mindy Project”), and his baby daughter, Edie. Now Jimmy has to unlearn a lifetime of blissful selfishness and grapple with the fact that he went straight from single to grandfather in six seconds flat.
Keeping tabs on Jimmy is Gerald’s mother and Jimmy’s former girlfriend, rocker chick-turned-mother Sara (Paget Brewster, “Criminal Minds,” “Community”). Equally concerned about how Jimmy will manage these new developments is Jimmy’s restaurant family, especially assistant manager Annaelise (Kelly Jenrette, “Audrey”) and chef Ken (Ravi Patel, “Super Fun Night”).
Can Jimmy teach Gerald to be a little more like him in order to win the affection of Edie’s hot mess of a mom, Vanessa (Christina Milian, “Family Guy,” “Baggage Claim”)? Will Jimmy and Sara fall for each other all over again, even though she’s the one thing he never dates – a woman his own age? And who’s higher maintenance, Jimmy or the baby?
“Grandfathered” was written by Danny Chun. Daniel Chun, Dan Fogelman and John Stamos are executive producers for ABC Studios in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Chris Koch directed the pilot.