In the midst of television renewals and cancellations, a few networks have announced the pick up of new series, beginning with ABC.
For the 2017-18 schedule, comedy The Major as well as dramas For the People, The Crossing, and The Gospel of Kevin have been ordered to series.
The Mayor – executive produced by Hamilton Tony Winner Daveed Diggs – is a musical comedy that revolves around an outspoken, idealistic rapper (played by Search Party’s Brandon Micheal Hall) who runs for office as a publicity stunt and actually gets elected, surprising everyone (including himself) when he has a natural knack for the job and slowly transforms City Hall. Lea Michele, Yvette Nicole Brown (cast in second position to CBS’ The Odd Couple), Bernard Jones, Marcel Spears, and David Spade will also star.
From Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, For the People has been called the legal version of Grey’s Anatomy. Set in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, aka “The Mother Court,” the legal drama follows brand-new lawyers working on opposite sides – for both the defense and the prosecution – as they handle the most high-profile and high-stakes cases in the country, all as their personal lives intersect. Britne Olford, Ben Rappaport, Anna Deavere Smith, Hope Davis, Vondie Curtis Hall, Rege-Jean Page, Susannah Flood, Wesam Keesh, Lyndon Smith, and Ben Shenkman will star. Rhimes’ hit series Grey’s, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder have already been renewed, with Still Star-Crossed yet to debut.
Starring Jason Ritter, The Gospel of Kevin is a light drama about Kevin, a down-on-his-luck man who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world. JoAnna Garcia Swisher, India de Beaufort, Dustin Ybarra, Chloe East and J. August Richards also star. Cristela Alonzo was also cast, but decided not to move forward with the series so her part will be recast.
Lastly, The Crossing – starring Steve Zahn – revolves around refugees from a war torn country who start showing up to seek asylum in an American town. Only they’re from America and the war they’re fleeing occurs 150 years into the future. The local sheriff with a past, a federal agent and a mother in search of her missing refugee daughter drive this allegory with a surprising conspiracy at the center. Sandrine Holt and Natalie Martinez join Zahn. Watch a teaser for the series below:
What new ABC series are you planning to check out?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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