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American Crime - 1 Hour

CAST LISTING - Timothy Hutton, Felicity Huffman, Benito Martinez, Johnny Ortiz, Elvis Nolasco, Caitlin Gerard, Richard Cabral, W. Earl Brown, Penelope Ann Miller

PRODUCTION COMPANY - ABC Studios; WRITER: John Ridley; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: John Ridley, Michael McDonald

The humble city of Modesto is far inland from San Francisco, surrounded by farmland. Parts are pastoral, while others are grittier with rising crime due to gangs, drug trafficking and addiction.

All over the news are reports about a young couple who were attacked in their home. Matt Skokie, a war vet, was killed and his wife, Lily, was raped and beaten unconscious. This tragedy sends shock waves into the community, stirring up tensions across racial lines, and connecting victims, suspects, and their families.

Matt’s father Chuck (Timothy Hutton) has flown in from Arizona for the grim job of identifying his son’s body. He and his ex-wife Barb (Felicity Huffman) haven’t seen each other in a long time and she is still angry with Chuck for his gambling addiction that destroyed their family. Barb became a struggling single mom and regrets having to raise Matt and his brother in public housing – as the only white kids there, they were badly treated. Chuck got the help he needed to overcome his addiction, but it took a lot of time to repair his relationship with his sons.

They are at the hospital with Lily’s parents, Tom and a tearful Eve, watching over their unconscious daughter. They still believe there is life in her, but doctors tell them that they are pessimistic that she will ever recover, even if she wakes up.

The two couples have to decide whether they talk to the press. Tom and Eve are not ready, but Barb wants to keep the story front page so the people who did this to their children are arrested. It’s been several days and no arrests. But that will soon change. The police are about to arrest four suspects.

There’s teenager Tony Guti√©rrez raised by single father, Alonzo. He insisted that Tony and his daughter, Jenny, steer clear of gangs and trouble. But, Tony rented out a car from his father’s garage to a thug named Hector Tontz… mainly because he was too scared to refuse. Because that car was at the scene of the crime, Tony is arrested. Later, Hector is arrested with force after he was caught using victim Matt’s credit card.

Police get Hector, who proclaims his innocence, to give up petty crook Carter. He and his 20-year-old white girlfriend, Aubry, are methheads and always looking to buy. They are broke and desperate, and have a knack for finding trouble, like at a club when black girls beat up Aubrey for being with a ‘brother.’

Cops burst into their apartment and arrest the couple. Is it possible they knew the victims?

The investigation takes a turn when a search of the couple’s home reveals a disturbing secret. The case has just gotten bigger and the players will have their lives torn apart. A racially charged drama, from the point of view of the victims, the accused, and their families – written and produced by Oscar winner John Ridley (12 Years A Slave).

An American Education - half hour

CAST LISTING - Jack Whitehall, Brittany Snow, Rosie Perez, Devin Ratray, Phil Morris, David Mares

CREDITS LISTING - PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC Studios; WRITERS: Peter Huyck, Alex Gregory; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Peter Huyck, Alex Gregory, Jack Whitehall, Ben Cavey

British transplant Alfie Wickers (Jack Whitehall) looks more like one of his motley class of high school students than their teacher. His unorthodox approach and enthusiastic style makes him a favorite of the diverse student body, but the target of the tough Vice Principal Rita Gomez (Rosie Perez).

With test scores hurting at this San Diego school, they are fighting for state funds, and Gomez convinces the administration to replace music classes with a mandatory test prep class, drafting Alfie to teach it. Alfie springs into action to save the endangered music program — and his free period. Secretly, he has another agenda: to impress the beautiful and altruistic chemistry teacher, Sarah (Brittany Snow).

Using begging, cajoling, and hopelessly inept flirting, Alfie gets Vice Principal Gomez to allow him to put on a talent-show-slash-fundraiser to keep music in the school. She secretly hopes his incompetence will get him fired. Alfie’s group of barely talented performers will need a miracle to keep their music program – and save Alfie’s job – in this fast-talking comedy based on the award-winning British hit show Bad Education.

Bambi Cottages - HALF HOUR

CAST LISTING - Molly Shannon, Paul F. Tompkins, Tessa Albertson, Connor Kalopsis, Ty Parker, Shiloh Nelson, Charlie Kilgore, Cole Sand

CREDITS LISTING - PRODUCTION COMPANIES: ABC Studios, Sony Pictures TV; WRITER: Brian Gallivan; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Brian Gallivan, Will Gluck, Richard Schwart

It’s 1976. After 19 years of marriage and 6 kids, Teddy and Cathleen’s (Molly Shannon) lives are in a rut. But that was before a detour on their road trip brought them to the lakeside Bambi Cottages. Now, the Burkes are the proud owners of these 6 funky vacation cottages in New Hampshire.

Overworked and dangerously optimistic Teddy believes that this is his chance for happiness and quits his big city job without telling Cathleen. But running a business with family is anything but a vacation.

The ‘staff’ includes 7 year-old Phyllis who never speaks, 9 year-old Elliot who’s gay but too young to know it, 12 year-old Wally who likes lighting matches a little too much, 14 year-old lazy Russell, 15 year-old Nathan who is way too agreeable, and 17 year-old Veronica, who’s a pretty teenage girl with the personality of a cranky, middle aged woman.

The opening day of BAMBI COTTAGES does not go well. The slick brochures have overpromised and the family will have to pull together to keep their guests from leaving in this comedy based on creator Brian Gallivan’s real life.

Blackish - Half Hour

CAST LISTING - Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown, Caila Martin, Laurence Fishburne (recurring character)

CREDITS LISTING - PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC Studios; WRITER: Kenya Barris; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Kenya Barris, Anthony Anderson, Larry Wilmore, Brian Dobbins, Peter Principato, Tom Russo, Helen Sugland, Paul Young, Laurence Fishburne

Andre ‘Dre’ Johnson (Anthony Anderson) is about to be promoted to Vice President of Relevant Advertising. He and his physician wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), are living the American dream: great careers, four beautiful kids, and a Colonial home in an upper middle class neighborhood. However, Dre starts to see his perfect life differently when he discovers that he’s being promoted to “Urban” VP at his firm and in the same week, his son announces that he wants to have a Bar Mitzvah. All of a sudden it hits Dre: Has success brought too much assimilation? Is his family of out of touch with their own identity?

Dre’s opinionated, old school father, Pops (Laurence Fishburne), and his liberal wife have very different opinions about how Dre should handle the promotion and Dre Jr.’s birthday request. But Dre has it all under control. In order to prove that he hasn’t lost touch with his roots, he presents an extreme version of an “Urban” marketing campaign at work that raises more than a few eyebrows. He also decides to throw an African Rites of Passage ceremony for his mortified son.

Ultimately, Dre’s family helps him realize that the best way to live is by embracing the new while honoring the past. He decides to throw his son a hip hop Bro Mitzvah and the successful event inspires him to create a multicultural ad campaign that wows everyone at the office.

Living the American dream isn’t easy, but Dre is determined to find a way to hold onto his cultural identity while embracing a new future in this comedy that is written and loosely based on the life of Kenya Barris (The Game), and executive produced by Larry Wilmore (Bernie Mac).

Clementine - 1 Hour

CAST LISTING - Sarah Snook, David Strathairn, Edwin Hodge, Mykelti Williamson, Kevin Alejandro, McKenna Grace, Kathleen Munroe, Nick Gehlfuss

CREDITS LISTING - PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC Studios; WRITER: Dean Georgaris; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Dean Georgaris, Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper, llene Staple

Clementine (Sarah Snook) has psychic powers that are both a gift and a curse. And these days, mostly a curse. She is in prison for illegal gambling. And her young daughter, who lives with her ex, thinks Clementine is her aunt.

Her darkest chapter began at age 8 when her mother, also a psychic, identified a murderer to the police. But they couldn’t protect her from the killer’s brother. Her mother was shot in front of her, exactly as Clementine had drawn it ten minutes prior. She has kept her psychic powers under wraps ever since.

About to be paroled, Clementine realizes she needs to stop running from the past and start over. But old habits die hard, and she is back to illegal gambling for her daughter’s school tuition. She wins big, but luck isn’t with her; the police raid the place.

While being questioned by Detective Ray Allison (Mykleti Williamson), she has a psychic moment. She warns him of a massacre and he is able to avert disaster moments later. The shooter, Terence Mehl, is arrested; he is the same man who killed her mother. In the confusion, she escapes and takes refuge with her estranged father (David Strathairn).

Detective Ray is intrigued by Clementine’s correct prediction and investigates her background. He comes to her rescue when Mehl escapes a police transport and tries to kill her.

Now that the cops and criminals know about her psychic gifts, she will have to rely on them to survive in this drama from Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds).

Damaged Goods - Half Hour

CAST LISTING - Anna Camp, Justin Hartley, Kellee Stewart, Steve Talley, Kyle Jones, Ben Lawson


Successful lawyer Nicole (Anna Camp) works at a law firm with her boyfriend Tim, who is about to be promoted to Partner. But when she gets the promotion, Tim is humiliated, and her love life plummets as fast as her paycheck went up.

Nicole was ready to cheer for Tim if the shoe was on the other foot, so what has gone wrong in this post-feminist world? Are seemingly modern relations as traditional as they’ve always been? Now, she is seriously considering letting go of all that she’s worked for and giving up the Partnership to Tim to save their relationship.

The promotion celebration with her friends becomes a ‘Tim-tervention.’ They offer all sorts of bad advice and get into the details of their own misguided behavior involving lost condoms, three-ways, and the bad boyfriend hall of shame. There is no minutia too small to spend hours discussing. In the past, she’s been the one who has always been giving her friends good advice; now she has a revelation: she’s just as screwed up as they are. Can she really be with a man who doesn’t want her to succeed? We’ll see.

From the creator of Awkward, a comedy series that explores the idiosyncrasies of dating, sex, and love through a group of romantically challenged friends as they navigate the brutal singles landscape of Los Angeles in a time when everyone is more confused about relationships than ever.

Dangerous Liaisons - 1 Hour

CAST LISTING - Rufus Sewell, Katie Holmes, Melissa George, Britne Oldford, Elliot Knight, Oded Fehr

CREDITS LISTING - PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC Studios; WRITER: Richard LaGravanese; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Richard LaGravenese, Erwin Stoff, Iiene Staple, Wren Arthur

They are two New York socialites, equally skilled in the art of manipulation, living by their own amoral codes. Philip Fitzgerald Julien (Rufus Sewell) drips intelligence, wit and sensuality. His female counterpart, Margot Worth Cole, commands instant attention with her power, style and intellect.

Ages ago, they were involved romantically with disastrous results. Now, the two are balancing the delicate lines between friends, ex-lovers, and adversaries, always one heated conversation from falling into bed with the other. They play out their obsessive attraction and seduction through the manipulation of others. And no one is better at it than these two.

Their first target is Margot’s ex who has double-crossed her in their divorce. With Philip’s help, she wants to destroy him with a humiliation so big he’ll be forced off the island of Manhattan in shame. Margot’s plan begins with Philip seducing her ex’s soon to be fianc√©, a very young and beautiful virgin model. A gratifying start for their renewed alliance.

With their masterful manipulations, Philip and Margot will seduce you into their elite world in this sexy drama from Richard LaGravanese (Behind the Candelabra; Beautiful Creatures; Water for Elephants).

Exposed - 1 Hour

CAST LISTING - Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ben Barnes, Fran Kranz, Pedro Pascal, Peter De Jersey, Brian F. O’Byrne, Sandrine Holt

CREDITS LISTING - PRODUCTION COMPANY: Universal Television; WRITER: Charles Randolph; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Charles Randolph, Peter Tarugott, Rachel Kaplan

Based on the hit Swedish TV Series, Annika Bengtzon and from the Swedish producers of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, EXPOSED is a character driven serialized thriller about the relationship between a fugitive whistle blower and an investigative journalist at Rolling Stone. Based on the Annika Bengtzon series of books from the New York Times #1 best-selling author Liza Marklund.

Anna Loach is a fearless investigative journalist for Rolling Stone Magazine. She doesn’t shy away from controversy and her instincts lead her to stories other journalists overlook. Her last expose on police brutality made it onto the cover of an upcoming issue, but her next story may top it.

What starts as an investigation into the death of a foreign-born high school student, leads to deeply troubling truths about local police and underage coerced drug informants. Anna follows the story to Fresno, where she is tracked down by a fugitive whistle blower, alias “Stoya,” who hints at a government surveillance conspiracy so big and so deep, it’s beyond science fiction.

Anna uses Stoya’s information to unravel the mystery in Fresno, but it becomes clear that the real story is Stoya himself, and the secrets he holds in his head. As her relationship with Stoya shifts from professional to personal, our heroine must question whether his exposure is for the greater good, and at what cost. Her brother, who runs a high tech security firm, warns her that pursuing this story is too dangerous. Whistleblowers are silenced by very ordinary accidents. That night, when her car is blocked on the road, it becomes clear that the people after Stoya go all the way to the top of the government.

They are on to her, but she will stop at nothing to uncover the truth.

Forever - 1 Hour

CAST LISTING - Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Judd Hirsch, Joel David Moore, Barbara Eve Harris


Doctor Henry Morgan, New York City’s star medical examiner, has a secret – he is 200 years old. At the age of 35, Henry died for the first time, and despite many more deaths, is always reborn at 35 years old, without aging a day. With morbid experiments, he tries to get to the bottom of his inexplicable immortality, but every time he is reborn as the same old Henry.

Being immortal can have its advantages. Henry has seen every corner of the world, learned many languages, climbed Mount Everest, and loved many women. But it can have its heartbreaks as well; like outliving the love of his life, Abigail. To Henry, eternity has not been a blessing – it’s a curse.

Henry has spent many decades getting to know Abe, his 76 year-old friend, and the only person who knows his secret. Abe owns an antique store, which hides Henry’s lab where he searches for the secret of his immortality.

His experiences with death serve him well as New York’s star medical examiner. Henry’s skills of observation are remarkable, allowing him to read people, whether dead or alive, with stunning accuracy.

Like when he meets 32 year-old Detective Jo Martinez, who is investigating the victims of a fatal subway crash. She didn’t have to tell him she is a recent widow who is drinking to mask her pain. He could see that for himself.

Each week, a new case and his budding friendship with Jo will reveal layers of Henry’s long and colorful life in this drama from Matt Miller (Chuck, Las Vegas) and Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes, Gangster Squad).

Fresh Off the Boat - Half Hour

CAST LISTING - Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen

CREDITS LISTING - PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox; WRITER: Nahnatchka Khan; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Nahnatchka Khan, Jake Kasdan

It’s the 90s and 12-year-old hip-hop loving Eddie just moved to suburban Orlando with his family. Before this, his immigrant family settled easily into Washington DC’s Chinatown. But here, it is pure culture shock for them. Orlando doesn’t have a Chinatown… unless you count the Huang house.

The popular kids at Eddie’s junior high school are impressed by his love of hip-hop, but banish him from their table when he opens up his ‘fragrant’ traditional Chinese lunch in the middle of the crowded cafeteria. It is almost as bad for his immigrant mother, Jessica (Constance Wu), who has never seen the inside of a traditional American supermarket and can’t understand the fast-talking, rollerblading neighbor moms. Plus, the Florida humidity is a disaster for her hair.

His immigrant dad, Louis (Randall Park) is the complete opposite. He loves all things American and proudly embraces his patriotism with his Old West themed American steakhouse complete with wagon wheel tables. He’s determined to bring in more customers and make his restaurant a success so his family can prosper and be happy in this country.

His Grandma Huang is in her own world, cracking up while she watches the shopping networks with her new credit card in hand. Although she speaks no English, she is inexplicably tickled to death by Joan Rivers.

Eddie has to watch out for his 9-year-old brother Gary, the suck-up of the family, who is always ready to tell on his brothers every chance he gets. It is Eddie’s 11-year-old brother, Freddy, who is fitting in best. He scored a girlfriend the first day of school while Eddie, trying to maintain some street cred, ended up in the Principal’s office for fighting the school’s other least popular kid.

Through it all, they have each other’s backs and their American Dream. Based on chef Eddie Huang’s memoir Fresh Off the Boat.

Galavant - Half Hour

CAST LISTING - Joshua Sasse, Karen David, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones, Mallory Jansen, Luke Youngblood


Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love; Tangled; Cars) teams up with Broadway and Hollywood’s award-winning musical team — composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid; Beauty and the Beast) and lyricist Glenn Slater (The Little Mermaid; Tangled) — for a musical comedy fairytale of epic proportions.

Once upon a time, the dashing hero Galavant (Joshua Sasse) was a slayer of dragons, protector of the innocent, and defender of the less fortunate. But one day, the evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson) fell for Galavant’s ladylove Madalena and kidnapped her. On Madalena and King Richard’s wedding day, Galavant courageously fought his way back to the palace to rescue his love. And while this is where most fairytales end happily ever after, it’s where the tale of GALAVANT truly begins. Madalena stuns Galavant when she announces that she chooses fame, fortune, and the crown over Galavant and breaks his heart.

Five years later we rejoin Galavant, heartbroken and drowning his sorrows in drink. Having given up on heroics, he’s a bit out of shape and flat broke. But his faithful squire Sid sees a momentous opportunity when Princess Isabella of Valencia arrives in search of “The Great Galavant.” She asks him to save her kingdom from its evil invader… none other than King Richard himself. Galavant must get back in the saddle, literally and figuratively, to take revenge on his nemesis, win back Madalena, and restore his “happily ever after.” But our fallen hero doesn’t realize that Isabella might not be revealing the whole story…

Our hero’s quest for redemption will have many twists and turns along the way. And as one of the songs from Menken and Slater proclaims: “Huzzah And Tally-Ho! Sit Back And Here We Go!”

How to Get Away With Murder - 1 Hour

CAST LISTING - Viola Davis, Aja Naomi King, Jack Falahee, Alfred Enoch, Karla Souza, Charlie Weber, Liza Weil, Katie Findlay, Billy Brown, Matt McGorry

CREDITS LISTING - PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC Studios; WRITER: Peter Nowalk; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers

Michaela, Wes, Laurel and Patrick are ambitious first year law students at a prestigious, cutthroat East Coast Law School where only the best students are given a shot at participating in real cases. They compete against each other at all costs for the attention of brilliant, charismatic, and seductive Professor Annalise DeWitt in Criminal Law 101 aka HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER.

Professor DeWitt (Viola Davis) is a master litigator and invites all four of these students who want to work on a high profile murder case. She manipulates them into doing dirty legal legwork like seducing someone to gain insight in the prosecution’s case, or digging up dirt to discredit the star witness. Wes even witnesses Annalise having an affair, and soon learns her lover is actually an unwitting pawn on the witness stand. She wins her case with ease and the students question just how far they are willing to go to earn a seat next to her in a courtroom on the next case.

Although they know this formidable professor is dangerous, they will need her help, four months later, when they find themselves arguing out in the woods standing over a dead body. Now they are all entangled in a masterful, sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller from Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, executive producers of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

Irreversible - Half Hour

CAST LISTING - David Schwimmer, Jessica Knappett, Iris Bahr

CREDITS LISTING - PRODUCTION COMPANY; Sony Pictures TV; WRITER: Segahl Avin; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Segahl Avin, Peter Tolan, Michael Wimer

Andy (David Schwimmer) and Sarah (Jessica Knappett) deal with all of the challenges of a middle class family, without accepting the fact that they ARE middle class. As far as they’re concerned Andy is a novelist on the verge of becoming the next Philip Roth, only “more blunt,” and Sarah, a morning show host on a second rate channel, is on the path to becoming the next Diane Sawyer — “only prettier.”

Andy will never be Philip Roth. The closest Sarah will ever get to Sawyer is living in the same city as her…

They live in New York and struggle with the usual trials and tribulations of a young family (only they’re not so young). We could describe them as extremely eccentric, somewhat spoiled, highly selfish, and pretty manipulative.

They have excellent values and are quick to defend them with confidence — often exposing their worst traits and biggest insecurities. Despite all of these qualities, they are exceptionally good people — in their own eyes, of course. In reality, they’re a couple just trying to make it as parents, professionals and grown-ups.

IRREVERSIBLE is a semi-scripted comedy based on the hit Israeli series Bilti Hafich, and is written and directed by the original Israeli co-creator, Segahl Avin.

Manhattan Love Story - half Hour

CAST LISTING - Analeigh Tipton, Jake McDorman, Jade Catta-Preta, Nicolas Wright, Chloe Wepper, Kurt Fuller


Have you ever wondered what your date was really thinking?

This romantic comedy explores the differences between men and women by highlighting the disparities between what they say and what they really think throughout the course of a relationship, by exposing their unfiltered thoughts.

Southern girl, Dana (Analeigh Tipton), is new to the city and ready to make it big in the New York publishing world. On the outside, she is full of ambition, passion, and confidence. Inside her head, she doubts her outfit, hates her ankles, and is sure she’s said and done exactly the wrong thing in every situation.

In contrast to Dana’s unsettled life, she is temporarily staying with her college friend Amy (Jade Catta-Preta) and her husband David (Nicolas Wright), a seemingly perfect couple who set Dana up on a date with David’s brother, Peter (Jake McDorman).

Like with Dana, we are privy to all of Peter’s inner thoughts. We know how charming and suave he thinks he is on his first date with Dana…and how he is sure it is not his fault when she runs out of the restaurant crying after five minutes.

But with a little encouragement from their friends and family, Peter and Dana will try again. And again. And we will hear exactly what they are thinking every step of the way in this romantic comedy from Jeff Lowell (Drew Carey Show and Spin City).

Saint Francis - Half Hour

CAST LISTING - Michael Imperioli, Paget Brewster, Jeremy Luke, Spencer Grammer, Sharon Gless, Henry Simmons

CREDITS LISTING - PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC Studios; WRITER: Chris Moynihan; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Chris Moynihan, Ron West, Kelly Kulchak

Francis Quinlan (Michael Imperioli) is a rock in the community with old-fashioned values and a no-nonsense style, just like the neighborhood bar he owns with his family.

This Long Island cop has been married for 19 years to Stephanie and has two kids, Jack and Kimberly. Since his father died, he’s been taking care of his mother and picking up the slack for his single siblings, Tommy and Heather, who don’t share his work ethic. Tommy is more interested in playing video games with his nephew than holding down a job or helping out. Francis even had to take on a partner, Peter, to run the bar.

29 year-old Heather, usually the slightly more responsible of the two siblings, announces she is pregnant. Francis hits the roof; he doesn’t want Heather condemned for eternity and is determined to get her married before his mother finds out.

With this baby on the way, and no dad in sight, Francis will butt heads with the modern world and everyone around him in this comedy about family drama.

Sea of Fire - 1 Hour

CAST LISTING - Jack Davenport, Jennifer Carpenter, Isabelle Cornish, Lilli Birdsell, Jeffrey Nordling, Amanda Detmer, Keir Gilchrist, Christina Chang, Michael Trucco, Kevin G. Schmidt, Zoe Soul

CREDITS LISTING - PRODUCTION COMPANIES: ABC Studios, Sony Pictures TV; WRITER: Jenna Bans; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jenna Bans, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Laurie Zaks, Alon Aranya, Rob Golenberg

As you drive into this quaint town, the banner reads, “Welcome to Serenity Falls – Our Little Slice of Heaven by the Lake!” It’s an idyllic lake resort where everyone knows everyone’s business. That is, until Sheriff Marty Kesowich (Jack Davenport) is tipped off about an illicit film starring his teenage daughter Merel and her best friends Sonya and Jane. Before he can investigate, Jane goes missing that night during the Spring Rose Festival. There is no more serenity in Serenity Falls.

Relationships are tested as the three girls’ families: the McCallisters, the Kesowiches and the Harpers, face Jane’s disappearance and the arrival of FBI Agent Leah Pierce (Jennifer Carpenter).

Sheriff Marty attempts to protect his friends against Pierce’s cynicism and harsh accusations. When Pierce discovers Marty has been withholding knowledge of the girls’ film, she questions whether he can be objective.

Xander Harper, Jane’s boyfriend, quickly becomes a suspect. During a tough interrogation by Pierce, Xander claims he saw Jane walking toward the lake, but fell asleep at the time of her disappearance. With the details of his story not adding up, Xander’s parents, Dr. Kristen and Pete Harper, struggle over whether to expose his prior drug problems to Pierce.

Jane’s parents, Reverend Jimmy and Adine McCallister, have had their dependable world crumble and are coping with the nightmare of losing their only daughter… while their son, Rudy, attempts to dull the pain of his loss in other ways.

As the dark secrets of Serenity Falls’ most prominent families come to light betrayal, sex and murder will rock the town to its core in this drama from creator Jenna Bans (Scandal) with Mandeville Films (The Fighter, The Proposal, Detroit 187) and Scripted World (Hostages, Betrayal) attached to produce.

Secrets & Lies - 1 Hour

CAST LISTING - Ryan Phillippe, Juliette Lewis, KaDee Strickland, Natalie Martinez, Clifton Collins, Indiana Evans, Belle Shouse

CREDITS LISTING - PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC Studios; WRITER: Barbie Kligman, EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Barbie Kligman, Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield

Ben Garner (Ryan Phillippe) sets out on his early morning run through the woods. He normally runs every other day, but today is different. He’s hung over from drinking the night before. He’s stressed from his growing marital troubles. He’s devastated because his wife has asked for a divorce. Then he finds his neighbor’s young son lying on the trail. He tries to resuscitate him, but it is too late.

The city of Charlotte, North Carolina is frantic at the news of this young boy’s death. Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) is assigned to investigate the murder. She is a tough, thorough investigator, and leaves no stone unturned.

As she digs for the truth, all of the SECRETS & LIES that the community managed to hide for so long come to the surface. Accusations fly. Alliances are tested. Trust is gone. And soon, Ben is caught in the middle as the police, the press, and the world invade his untouched suburbia.

Ben goes from Good Samaritan to murder suspect, as Detective Cornell searches his home, poke holes in his story, and demands a DNA sample. Reporters hound him and surround the house putting more stress on his failing marriage. The neighbors begin to look at him like he is the killer, while his teenaged daughter is harassed online. Only a few people have his back, like his youngest daughter Abby, or his best friend Dave, who freeloads in Ben’s guest house.

Ben’s life will be turned upside down as he sets out on a complicated journey to prove his innocence in this thriller mystery. Yet the harder he fights for his innocence, the more the audience will wonder… did he really do it?

From Barbie Kligman (Private Practice) based on the original Australian series of the same name.

Selfie - Half Hour

CAST LISTING - Karen Gillan, John Cho, Tim Peper, Allyn Rachel, Joy Randolph, David Harewood


Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) has come a long way since her dorky junior high days. Thanks to the magic of laser hair removal, push-up bras and filters on photos—she is Instafamous with 143,000 followers. She shamelessly tweets about being pushed in a wheelchair through the airport because her 5-inch Louboutin shoes ‘are a kind of disability.’ Her nonstop selfies and posts raise her profile and rack up the ‘likes.’

But one lonely day, she has a revelation: being friended is not the same as having friends. She enlists the help of marketing guru and buttoned up co-worker, Henry, to ‘rebrand’ herself and her reputation. In return, Eliza flirtatiously offers to do “almost anything” but Henry just blushes and insists their relationship is strictly business.

Eliza fails her first test when Henry catches her playing Candy Crush on her phone during a wedding ceremony—with the sound on. Listening to the vows “gave her the feels” and she just needed an escape. Her disregard for his rules pushes Henry to quit, but Eliza charms him into giving her another chance. Besides, people are beginning to notice the sparks between them.

Loosely based on My Fair Lady, Selfie explores the modern struggles of Eliza and Henry, as he tries to teach her how to live life offline— whether she ‘likes’ it or not—from writer/executive producer Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory).

The Club - 1 Hour

CAST LISTING - Chris Conroy, Betsy Brandt, Callie Hernandez, Boris Kodjoe


Welcome to THE CLUB… it is Connecticut’s most exclusive with stunning vistas, rolling fairways, impeccable courts. Money and connections will get you in, but the beautiful people and their scandals will keep you coming back.

At its center of things are the descendants of THE CLUB’s founding family: the powerful and wealthy Holbrooke family. Flawless blond Mickey is the queen bee and a force to be reckoned with. This tightly wound tennis champ is never far from a glass of wine or anti-anxiety pills.

Her father is 79-year-old Winston Holbrooke III. The old man has still ‘got it,’ but that didn’t stop his trophy wife from leaving him – for his eldest son, Win. Before the two ran off together, Win left the finances of the club in the hands of a Wall Street scammer. Now, the club is millions in debt and may not survive.

Mickey’s husband Randy is considered a pushy jerk, but is keeping the place afloat with lots of cash. The SEC is after him and agents want Mickey to testify against Randy. She wants to be loyal to her husband, at least in these matters, but something is making her doubt his loyalty to her.

The members at the club have their alliances, rivalries, and affairs on and off the courts and fairways. And sometimes they cross the lines with the people who indulge their every desire. Towel boy, Jesse, is the target of Mickey and Randy’s gold card carrying 17-year-old triplets who make bets on who can seduce him first. They aren’t the only ones lusting after him. And pursuing Ana, who also works at the club, is Mickey’s 23 year-old brother, Forty, just back from rehab. Definitely against the employee rules, like accepting tips. Ana’s mother and head of staff, Hilda, wouldn’t hesitate to fire her own daughter if she finds out. But she’s cleaned up lots of dirty laundry in this place… and we’re not talking towels.

A decadent and seductive drama from Oscar nominee Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich, Ever After, Party of Five).

From Barbie Kligman (Private Practice) based on the original Australian series of the same name.

The Whispers - 1 Hour

CAST LISTING - Lily Rabe, Barry Sloane, Derek Webster, Milo Ventimiglia, Brianna Brown, Kylie Rogers, Kyle Harrison Breitkopf, Catalina Denis

CREDITS LISTING - PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC Studios; WRITER: Soo Hugh; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Soo Hugh, Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Dawn Olmstead

Parents have a soft spot for their children. In THE WHISPERS, an unseen alien force has figured this human weakness out. They have invaded earth and are using our most unlikely resource to achieve world domination – our children.

In the country’s center of political power, Washington DC, several kids have been talking about their imaginary friend, Drill. What the parents don’t know is this friend is not as imaginary as they assume. Drill is able to entice the kids to play very dangerous games with very real consequences.

FBI agent Claire Bennigan has been called in to investigate the case of a 6-year-old girl who almost killed her mother playing a game with her imaginary friend. She wonders if this girl is disturbed or is there something bigger at play.

Meanwhile, halfway across the world, the defense department just sent Wes Lawrence to the Sahara Desert, where he witnesses what looks like an alien spaceship and something else even more inexplicable. Someone needs to start putting the pieces together to save humanity. As the game clock counts down, and the children unwittingly help the aliens, it’s a suspenseful race against an unseen enemy. Amblin TV is co-producing with Dawn Olmstead’s Grady Girl.

The Winklers - Half Hour

CAST LISTING - Henry Winkler, Domenick Lombardozzi, Eva Amurri Martino, Judith Light, Josh Sussman

CREDITS LISTING - PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox; WRITER: Phil Rosenthal; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Phil Rosenthal, Max Winkler

There’s no one more loveable and caring than the famous Henry Winkler–played by Henry Winkler himself. He worries about his wife, Tita, and his children, Emily and Jonah, and his koi fish, especially Moishe. When his elderly chef is tired, Henry whips up lunch for the family. He even hides Easter eggs filled with money and candy for the construction workers who are renovating his house. Everyone is happier with a hug from Henry, except his son-in-law Jack.

Jack (Domenick Lombardozzi) and Emily (Eva Amurri Martino), the princess of the Winkler family, are an unlikely match. They met when Jack was the construction foreman for the Winkler renovation and stood up to Emily’s demands to stop all work because it was too noisy. Henry fell in love with him and knew his daughter would too. Now, Jack and Emily are married with a baby on the way.

Being part of the Winkler Family is not easy for blue-collar Jack who shies away from open displays of emotion and the Beverly Hills lifestyle. He wants to earn everything he has, so the couple is living in a 1-room dump on her pre-school teacher’s salary and his construction jobs.

When Henry and Tita need to be in New York for a year, it only makes sense for Jack and Emily to housesit. But, after a change in plan, the Winkler parents are back a lot earlier than expected, and they have their daughter and son-in-law right where they want them… at home! Now, a culture clash between Jack’s world and Henry’s will come to a head in this comedy from Phil Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond).

Untitled Kevin Hart Project - Half Hour

CAST LISTING - Romany Malco, Bresha Webb, Jeff Ross, Amber Stevens, Corinne Massiah, Bryant Tardy, Jayson Blair

CREDITS LISTING - PRODUCTION COMPANY: 20th Century Fox; WRITERS: Neil Goldman, Garret Donovan; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Kevin Hart, Neil Goldman, Garret Donovan, Dave Becky

Based on the family life, marriage and divorce of actor/comedian Kevin Hart, writers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan (Community, Scrubs, Family Guy) explore the question: “Can a man and woman ever truly be friends… after they’re divorced?”

Derek (Romany Malco) and Lorraine (Bresha Webb) were high school sweethearts who married and started a family right away (they literally got married at their graduation party). Like any good divorced couple, they know how to push each other’s buttons, especially as they start dating other people. Their two kids, 6-year-old Ruben and 11-year-old Nicole, are adjusting just fine to joint custody and to Derek’s new girlfriend, Mircea (Amber Stevens). She’s an exotic beauty who is smart enough to go with the flow when it comes to Lorraine… at least most of the time.

But when Mircea teaches Derek’s daughter how to braid her own hair, Lorraine is furious about losing a precious “mommy moment.” In retaliation, she has her new boyfriend teach their son how to ride a bike. Derek can’t believe that Lorraine manufactured a special “daddy moment” specifically so that he would miss it. He’s all set for a confrontation with her new young boyfriend Chip (Jayson Blair), only to discover that he actually likes the guy. Not only does he like Chip, but he provides Derek with some thoughtful insights about having a healthy relationship with Lorraine that’s based on friendship.

Can Derek and Lorraine put their volatile past behind them and forge a friendship for the sake of their kids and their new significant others? They will certainly try.

Untitled Tom Donaghy Project - 1 Hour

CAST LISTING - Bojana Novakovic, Clancy Brown, Aaron Ashmore, Erik Palladino, Daniel Henney, Jee Young Han, Meta Golding, Christian Keyes

CREDITS LISTING - PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC Studios; WRITER: Tom Donaghy; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Tom Donaghy, Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper, Michael McDonald

Designer-clad big city criminologist Dr. Agatha McAuliffe, started life on the wrong side of the law. It’s hard to believe she went to prison for robbery, but that only makes her better at solving cases. She has an instinct for people and an eye for the smallest detail.

Like when the FBI was trying to take credit for her work, she outed the agent’s predilection for online porn and gambling… all because of his twitching pinky and inexpensive watch. Set. Game. Match. Impeccably dressed Agatha.

She even knows her boyfriend, Rey Cordoba, is about to propose because he is wearing a new shirt, uncharacteristically, and wants to go on a picnic in Central Park. She gets a glimpse at the beautiful rock, but the perfect proposal has to be postponed… she’s just gotten an urgent call from her policeman brother, Jimmy, to go to Philly. She packs her Louis Vuitton bag with the precision of a bento box and heads to her hometown.

It’s a missing girl case and the police welcome her with her old rap sheet inside the case file. She takes it in stride… and reads it out loud to them. She may have her PhD from Stanford, but she has the street smarts to play ball with them.

The case is headed by her father, Detective Hank McAuliffe. Estranged for years, the tension between them is still there, but Jimmy urges them to put aside their differences and find the girl before it is too late. Against her father’s wishes, Agatha reconnects with shady characters from her former life in hopes of uncovering information.

This perplexing case will unleash the ghosts of her family’s past in this character driven police procedural from Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds).

Warriors - 1Hour

CAST LISTING - Morena Baccarin, Don Hany, Greg Grunberg, Eloise Mumford, Courtney B. Vance, Justina Machado, Steve Kazee, Hampton Fluker

CREDITS LISTING - PRODUCTION COMPANY: ABC Studios; WRITER: Chris Keyser; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Chris Keyser, Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman, Laurie Zaks

Back from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Dr. Tory Hampton (Morena Baccarin) returns to work at Bethesda National Military Medical Center, just outside of Washington D.C. It is a city unto itself whose patients include Washington’s elite, military families and critically injured soldiers returning from war, some of whom may stay at Bethesda for a year or more. It is a place where doctors, military heroes themselves, treat our nation’s heroes with trailblazing medicine.

Recovering from the physical injuries is only part of the healing process; many soldiers need to learn how to live again after the brutality of war, and that’s when they turn to Dr. Hampton, an outstanding psychiatrist. As it turns out, like many of her patients, Tory is healing from PTSD herself.

Her colleagues include Dr. Hennessy Fiske, an orthopedic surgeon and a genius in prosthetic design; wheelchair bound OB/GYN Leonard Meaney, whose injuries are a source of mystery and keep him from operating; Stacey Weebling, a young surgical resident who is challenged by the pressures of treating the critically injured soldiers; and Anna Stonecifer, an OR nurse, whose secret lover, fellow nurse, Tess Ong, is about to be shipped off to war.

And there is Dr. George Morgan, a remarkable surgeon, who served with Tory in Afghanistan. In the fog of war, the two had a brief affair that they are trying to put behind them, but it isn’t easy. George wants to rekindle things with Tory, and for now, has been ignoring the increasing advances of Stacey who has fallen hard for him. Tory is trying to settle back into family life with her young daughter Jo who she adores, and her husband Clay, who is being patient with the distance between them.

This dedicated team of doctors and nurses care for the wounded warriors and their families like Marlon Pruitt, a double amputee, who will struggle both with his life changing injuries and his fragile marriage to Sienna, the woman he met and married a month before shipping off; Victor Tibor, whose PTSD won’t let him sleep; and Darla Olney, a war widow and soon to be a mom.

Bethesda National Military Medical Center is a place of hope where heroes take care of heroes and the passion for healing is as intense as the friendships and affairs that are ignited inside its walls – in this drama from Chris Keyser (Party of Five). Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Last Resort) is directing with Mandeville Films (The Fighter, The Proposal, Detroit 187) and Scripted World (Hostages, Betrayal) attached to produce.


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