Fall season laughing matter for ABC

The Fresno BeeMay 13, 2014 

Viola Davis will star in a new ABC drama this fall, "How to Get Away With Murder."


ABC is looking for laughs with its 2014-15 TV season.

The network announced its fall plans Tuesday, which followed Monday's announcements from FOX and NBC (see story on those networks at www.fresnobee.com/television). CW releases its fall schedule today.

Four of ABC's six new shows are comedies — "Black-ish," "Cristela," "Selfie" and "Manhattan Love Story." The others are the dramas "Forever" and "How to Get Away With Murder."

The new sitcoms join returning comedies "The Middle," "The Goldbergs," "Modern Family" and "Last Man Standing." Among the returning dramas is the midseason replacement "Resurrection."

ABC cut the programs "The Assets," "Back in the Game," "Betrayal," "Killer Women," "Lucky 7," "Mind Games," "The Neighbors," "Suburgatory," "Super Fun Night" and "Trophy Wife."

The network has several series waiting in the wings, including "Galavant" and "Marvel's Agent Carter" that will be the bridge during the fall finales and winter premieres of "Once Upon a Time" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

"Marvel's Agent Carter," starring "Captain America's" Hayley Atwell, follows the story of Peggy Carter in 1946. She must balance administrative work with going on secret missions for Howard Stark. "Galavant" is a musical comedy fairy tale.

Here's a look at the new ABC series debuting in the fall:

"Forever" (10 p.m. Tuesdays): Doctor Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), New York City's star medical examiner, has a secret. He's immortal.

"How To Get Away With Murder" (10 p.m. Thursdays): Professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) and four law students from her class must apply what they have learned to real life.

"Black-ish" (9:30 p.m. Wednesdays): Anthony Anderson stars in this story of a black family that has gone through too much assimilation and the efforts to establish a sense of cultural identity. Laurence Fishburne co-stars.

"Cristela" (8:30 p.m. Fridays): A sixth year law school student must deal with her first big internship at a prestigious law firm and her traditional Mexican-American family. Cristela Alonzo stars.

"Manhattan Love Story" (8:30 p.m. Tuesdays): A romantic comedy that exposes the differences between men and women through their unfiltered thoughts.

"Selfie" (8 p.m. Tuesdays): Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan) realizes she's alone despite having 263,000 followers. She turns to marketing guru Henry (John Cho) for help. The series is loosely based on "My Fair Lady."

ABC fall schedule


8 p.m.: "Dancing with the Stars"

10 p.m.:"Castle"


8 p.m.: "Selfie" (new)

8:30 p.m. "Manhattan Love Story" (new)

9 p.m.: "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

10 p.m.: "Forever" (new)


8 p.m.: "The Middle"

8:30 p.m.: "The Goldbergs"

9 p.m.: "Modern Family"

9:30 p.m.: "Black-ish" (new)

10 p.m.: "Nashville"


8 p.m.: "Grey's Anatomy"

9 p.m.: "Scandal"

10 p.m.: "How to Get Away with Murder" (new)


8 p.m.: "Last Man Standing"

8:30 p.m.: "Cristela" (new)

9 p.m.: "Shark Tank"

10 p.m.: "20/20"


5 p.m.: "Saturday Night Football"


7 p.m.: "America's Funniest Home Videos"

8 p.m.:"Once Upon a Time"

9 p.m.: "Resurrection"

10 p.m.: "Revenge"

TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, rbentley@fresnobee.com.

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