Now that each network has decided which series are returning and which are gone for good, it’s time to turn our attention to all of the new shows set to debut this fall. ABC is unveiling a slew of high-profile comedies and dramas this year, including a new thrilling drama from Kiefer Sutherland and the latest from Agent Carter star, Hayley Atwell. Check out five of the best new TV shows coming to the network this week.
1. Designated Survivor
Sutherland returns to TV in this conspiracy thriller about lower-level United States Cabinet member, Tom Kirman, who is suddenly appointed President after a catastrophic attack during the State of the Union kills everyone above him in the Presidential line of succession. Kirkman is immediately sworn in as President, unaware that the attack is only the beginning of what is to come.
Written by David Guggenheim (Safe House), the show is described as “a family drama wrapped around a conspiracy thriller about an ordinary man in an extraordinary situation.” Maggie Q, Kal Penn, Natascha McElhone, Italia Ricci, Adan Canto, LaMonica Garrett, and McKenna Grace co-star in the drama, which will premiere on September 21 and is set to air on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET.
With Agent Carter officially canceled, Atwell is moving on to her next big project at ABC. The political crime drama Conviction stars the actress as Hayes Morrison, a brilliant but ne’er-do-well daughter of a former president, who is blackmailed into taking a job as the head of LA’s newly created Conviction Integrity Unit.
The CIU is tasked with reexamining cases that involve a credible suspicion of wrongful conviction. Upon taking the job, Hayes must work with a team of lawyers, detectives and forensic experts to identify wrongfully convicted cases.
Liz Friedman (Elementary, Jessica Jones) pens the script and executive produces alongside Liz Friedlander (The Following); the latter producer also directed the pilot. The show will premiere on October 3 and will air on Monday nights at 10 p.m. ET.
The upcoming single-cam sitcom chronicles the story of the DiMeo family and their own unique personalities: Maya, a take-charge mother with an outlandish but no-holds-barred attitude; Jimmy, a husband who seems smarter than he thinks; Dylan, a no-nonsense athletic daughter; Ray, a middle child who’s the “brains” in the family; and J.J., their teenage son with special needs.
The DiMeos are moving to a more upscale town in an effort to improve their way of life, with imperfect results. Friends alum Scott Silveri pens and executive produces the project, which stars Minnie Driver and John Ross Bowie. The series will kick off on September 21 and will air on Wednesday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET, ahead of Modern Family.
4. Time After Time
ABC is the latest to jump on the time travel trend with the upcoming series, written and executive produced by Kevin Williamson. Based on Karl Alexander’s 1979 novel by the same name, Time After Time chronicles the epic adventures of young H.G. Wells and his time machine.
According to Deadline, the series will use both the book and its feature adaptation as inspiration for the TV version. The freshman season, starring Freddie Stroma, Josh Bowman, Genesis Rodriguez, and Nicole Ari Parker, is scheduled to have a midseason premiere.
5. Still Star-Crossed
Shonda Rhimes expands her quickly growing lineup on ABC with this Romeo and Juliet sequel drama. Based on the book Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub, the series is set in 16th-century Verona, and picks up where William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet left off. It charts the treachery, palace intrigue, and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fates.
The show stars Wade Briggs as Benvolio, Romeo’s cousin; Lashana Lynch as Rosaline, Juliet’s cousin and a past object of Romeo’s affection; and Sterling Sulieman as Prince Escalus, the royal desperately trying to end the terrible feud between the Montagues and Capulets.
Heather Mitchell, co-executive producer on Shonda Rhimes’s Scandal, wrote the script and is executive producing alongside Rhimes and Betsy Beers. The show will have a midseason debut.