The U.S. broadcast networks are holding their upfront presentations this week, debuting the new TV series that will air in the fall to the advertising community.
At ABC’s upfronts, the network premiered trailers for three new pilots, two of which are dramas and one a comedy drawn from a familiar source.
One of ABC’s new offerings is “Stumpton”, based on the graphic novel of the same name.
B.C.-born Cobie Smulders former (“How I Met Your Mother”, “The Avengers”) stars as Dex Parios, “a strong, assertive and sharp-witted army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt and a brother to take care of in Portland, Oregon. Her military intelligence skills make her a great PI, but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police.”
Alison Tolman (“Fargo”) heads the cast of “Emergence”, a new conspiracy thriller. “A sheriff takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened,” reads the show’s synopsis. “The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the centre of it all.”
Finally, “Mixed-ish” is a prequel spinoff that does for “Black-ish” what “Young Sheldon” did for “The Big Bang Theory” by delving into the childhood of Bow, the character played by Emmy winner Tracee Ellis Ross.
“Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ‘80s,” reads the series’ synopsis, “and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves.”
Look for these new series to make their debuts when the new TV season begins in the fall.