ABC has 7 new programs and 1 fall special scheduled to make their TV debut this fall. What interesting things will get caught on tape when a geeky 11-year-old follows his family and others around with a video camera in the 1980s? Can winning the lottery and having to split it between 6 other people change your life? Joss Whedon brings Marvel comics to everyone’s TV screen in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” the toys of “Toy Story” spend a spooky Halloween together and Alice falls through the rabbit hole one more time. Read on to catch a glimpse of what is happening new on TV this coming fall.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Tuesdays @ 8:00pm
Joss Whedon does it again as he brings Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” to prime time TV. S.H.I.E.L.D. is a small group of Agents put together by Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) who take on strange activities around the world. The select team of Agents consists of a highly trained combatant, Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton); an expert martial artist and pilot, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); engineer Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker); biochemist Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge); and new recruit Skye (Chloe Bennett) who is a world class computer hacker.
Sundays @ 10:00pm
“Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” The quote is from Sir Walter Scott, and describes the premise of “Betrayal.” Photographer Sara Hadley and Attorney Jack McAllister (Hannah Ware and Stuart Townsend) feel sparks fly at a chance meeting that lead to an affair, but just as things are heating up they find themselves on the opposite sides of a murder investigation. Drew (Chris Johnson), Sara’s husband, is a prosecuting attorney who has political aspirations. Elaine (Wendy Moniz) is the daughter of Thacher Karsten (James Cromwell), and also Jack’s wife. When Karsten’s son T.J. (Henry Thomas) is accused of murder, it is up to Jack to defend him, and he finds himself battling in the courtroom against Drew, who looks at this case as a jumping point for his political future.
Tuesdays @ 9:00pm
Growing up in the 80’s, 11-year-old geeky Adam (Sean Giambrone) faces each day armed with a video camera to capture all the wonders around him (mainly his crazy family). Adam is the youngest child who has two siblings, 17-year-old sister, Erica (Hayley Orrantia) who most guys would describe as both hot and terrifying; and 16-year-old brother Barry (Troy Gentile) who suffers from middle child syndrome. The parents of this trio of unruly children are Beverly and Murray (Wendi McClendon-Covey and Jeff Garlin). Beverly is a typical overprotective mom and dad has a screaming short fuse. Rounding out the family clan is Pops (George Segal), the kids’ grandfather who thinks of himself as a smooth Don Juan. I wonder if they got the premise for this show from the movie Super 8 where a boy carries a movie camera around filming everyone and everything.
Tuesdays @ 10:00pm
Seven gas station employees who have been running a lottery pool at work in Astoria, Queens finally hit the jackpot with a winning number. Of course, a little money can change anyone’s life and these people are no different. For young mother Leanne (Anastasia Phillips) it means a better future for her daughter. Matt (Matt Long), his two kids and girlfriend can move out of his mother’s home and Matt’s brother Nicky (Stephen Louis Grush) can pay of a loan shark who is out to get him. Antonio (Luis Antonio Ramos) plans on creating a whole new life for his family. Denise (Lorraine Bruce) hopes the money can help heal her marriage. Samira (Summer Bishil) can realize her musical dreams and attend Julliard. And finally, the store manager, Bob (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) can retire.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Thursdays @ 8:00pm
When Alice (Sophie Lowe) tells tales of her adventures and the people and things she saw when she fell down a rabbit hole, the doctors feel she is going insane. How could a sane person come up with ideas of smoking caterpillars, an invisible cat and playing cards that talk? The doctor sets out to develop a treatment that will make Alice forget all these nonsensical ideas from this strange land she has invented in her head. But before the cure can be administered the White Rabbit (John Lithgow) along with the Knave of Hearts (Michael Socha) return to take her for another tumble down the rabbit hole where all her musings are real. “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” also stars Peter Gadiot as Cyrus, and Emma Rigby as the Queen of Hearts.
Super FUN Night
Wednesdays @ 9:30pm
For the past 13 years, three best friends, Kimmie, Helen-Alice and Marika (Rebel Wilson, Liza Lapira and Lauren Ash) have spent Friday nights together which they have dubbed “Friday Night Fun Night.” But Kimmie’s new promotion at work has put a kink in the friends’ plans when she meets the dashing Richard (Kevin Bishop) who has invited her out. Her boss, Felicity (Kelen Coleman), is encouraging her to network with others so what better way to do that than to take “Friday Night Fun Night” on the road!
Tuesdays @ 9:30pm
The saying goes, “Third time’s the charm,” right? Reformed party girl Kate (Malin Akerman) is not so sure about that after she becomes the third bride of Pete (Bradley Whitford). After getting hitched, Kate becomes an instant step-mom. Bert (Albert Tsai) is the adopted son to ex-wife number two, Jackie (Michaela Watkins), who knows exactly which of Pete’s strings to pull to get what she wants. Twin teenagers Hillary and Warren (Gianna LePera and Ryan Scott Lee) are Pete’s biological children with ex-wife number one, Diane (Marcia Gay Harden), an over-achieving doctor. Kate barely has any maternal instinct and turns to her best friend Meg (Natalie Morales) for support who has even less experience than she does with kids.
Toy Story of Terror (FALL SPECIAL)
Scheduled sometime near Halloween is Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story of Terror” featuring all the favorite characters from the classic “Toy Story” films. In this spooky new adventure the gang sets out for a fun road trip which gets sidetracked to a frightening roadside motel. When one of the toys goes missing the rest of the gang have to solve the mysterious disappearance to protect themselves from suffering the same unknown fate as their missing friend. “Toy Story of Terror” features the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Carl Weathers, Timothy Dalton, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, and Kristen Schaal.
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