ABC UPFRONT 2018 – Eva Longoria’s Soapy New Drama. Nathan Fillion Back on ABC!

By   |   May 16, 2018   |   Entertainment

Let’s talk about the real reason we tune into the ABC Upfront – to see #WBWD Jimmy Kimmel eviscerate his own network (if only we could all do that to all our bosses!). And he didn’t disappoint this year – but we’ll get to that.

ABC is grinning from ear to ear as it has the no. 1 new drama, our fave The Good Doctor, the no. 1 new-ish comedy Roseanne and no. 1 new-ish reality series, rebooted American Idol. And since ABC hasn’t had a no. 1 show in 24 YEARS, they were making their enthusiasm real clear.

ABC’s little sister Freeform is dedicated to presenting authentic, engaging original content for millennials – and FYI, all their shows are executive produced by women! Building on the success of Grown-ish, creator Kenya Barris is bringing Besties to the network, which will examine class and relationships. We can’t wait for Life-Size 2, starring Tyra Banks as the doll that comes to life.

Also coming to the network is Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger. Two teens, joined by a childhood tragedy, learn of their supernatural powers – and how they must work together. Aubrey Joseph co-headlines the new series.

Back at ABC, where network entertainment president Channing Dungey looked resplendent in red, shared that TGIF is returning and Fresh Off the Boat and Speechless will anchor the night.

Dancing With the Stars is getting a pint-size version with DWTS Junior. And The Goldbergs gets its spin-off, Schooled, focusing on the lives of the teachers of William Penn Academy – led by Principal Glascott (Tim Meadows).

Ok, now all about Jimmy. First, he thanked everyone for the well wishes for his son, who conquered cancer and just turned one. And then he talked smack about Shonda Rimes for leaving ABC for Netflix (“rot in hell”); talked about ABC getting its new tagline “Forward Together” from a Hillary Clinton yard sale; and how FOX couldn’t even make a deal with the devil to get a hit from last season (think Lucifer and The Exorcist – both cancelled). He also talked about ABC’s new dating reality series The Proposal – where women compete to be paired with a man they never met – is the bachelor, without the bachelor. I mean, who will they rat out other girls too?

Now, shows you have to check on out ABC this upcoming season.

A Million Little Things (Wednesday). A diverse group of Gen X friends reevaluate their life choices after one of their pals commits suicide. We all have to be reminded to take a moment to appreciate every single breath we’re given. Romany Malco and Christina Moses star.

The Rookie (Tuesday) Yes, we brown gals love our Nathan Fillion! The One Life to Live/Castle alum plays a 40-something man who starts his second career as a rookie cop. We’ll finally get to see Nathan bring a series side to his roles – and we can’t wait.

The Fix (midseason) Marcia Clark created a series about an L.A. district attorney who put herself in exile after losing a high-profile case of an actor accused of murder. But she has to return when he’s once again accused of a crime.  Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje stars.

Grand Hotel (midseason) Secrets, lust and sunshine all reside at Rivera Grand, a hotel in Miami Beach. This Eva Longoria–produced series is filled with soapy drama – and of course, hot bodies in all flavors.

photo credit: ABC/Eric McCandless

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