After The TV Bloodbath, Part 1 – What Shows Will Fill The Holes Left By the ABC Cull

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13 May 16

Whilst we have a lull in the TV show butchery, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at some of the shows which will fill the bullet holes left by ABC’s massacre. That means a host of new shows arriving to the network, along with a few surprising renewals.

Firstly ShondaLand’s The Catch got given a 2nd season, despite some not so stellar ratings. ABC also picked up Still Star-Crossed, also from ShondaLand, which is a continuation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, following the backstabbing and treachery or the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lover’s death. The show stars stars Wade Briggs (Home and Away) and Anthony Head (Buffy, Merlin), with Heather Mitchell (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy) as writer.

American Crime (not to be confused with the OJ Simpson based American Crime Story), also got a renewal, although has yet to find a home in the UK, and the comedies Dr. Ken and The Real O’Neals also were picked up for new seasons.

On to the new shows, Designated Survivor, starring Keifer Sutherland as a man who becomes president after all the people in the Presidential line of succession above him are killed, had already been given a series order.

For those of you (like us!) gutted by the cancellation of Agent Carter, there is some small solace in that Haley Atwell’s new show Conviction got picked up to series by the network. The show stars Haley as the brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former president, who is forced to take a job as head of head of LA’s newly created Conviction Integrity Unit, where they have to investigate possible miscarriages of justice.

Other new shows include Time After Time, from TVD and The Following writer Kevin Williamson which sees H. G. Wells transported to modern-day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper. Stars Freddie Stroma (Pitch Perfect) and Josh Bowman (Revenge).

Notorious stars Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs) and Daniel Sunjata (Graceland) in a show inspired by the true-life stories of cable news producer Wendy Walker and criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos, which takes a provocative look at the unique, sexy, and dangerous interplay of criminal law and the media.

Imaginary Mary sees Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg) star as Alice, a iercely independent career woman who’s life is turned upside down when she meets the love of her life, who happens to be a father of 3 kids. To cope with this massive upheaval, her imaginary childhood friend Mary suddenly reappears in an attempt to smooth the transition…

And finally, Downward Dog, which stars Allison Tolman (Fargo) as a struggling millennial, and her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin. The twist? It’s told from the point of view of the dog.

EDIT: Couple of late editions – Speechless, staring Minnie Driver as Maya, a mum who would do anything for her family, particularly her eldest son JJ who has special needs. 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.’ ABC also announced they have renewed Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing for a 6th season.