This fall, ABC has a show called “Selfie.”
That’s right. In addition to “Selfie” — about a social-media-obsessed woman who must learn to connect with the outside world — the network schedule features three new comedies and two new dramas, including another one from Shonda Rhimes, the creator of “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” This one is called “How to Get Away With Murder,” a legal thriller starring Viola Davis as a brilliant and charismatic law professor who gets entangled in a mystery with her students.
As for returning shows, notable differences include lone freshman comedy survivor “The Goldbergs” moving to Wednesdays, sandwiched in between “The Middle” and “Modern Family.”
Meanwhile, “Grey’s Anatomy” and the unstoppable “Scandal” are both moved back an hour to 8 and 9 p.m., respectively, on Thursdays to provide a lead-in to “How to Get Away With Murder,” which means Thursday nights officially belong to Rhimes. (Watch trailers for ABC’s shows here.)
(NBC: Fall 2014 Schedule | Trailers of new shows; Fox: Schedule | Trailers of new shows; ABC: Schedule | Trailers of new shows; CBS: Schedule | Trailers of new shows; CW: Schedule | Trailers of new shows)
Here’s the schedule, night by night:
Mondays are solid. “Dancing With the Stars” will return yet again, along with the always-reliable “Castle.”
Tuesdays get a big shake-up, as “Trophy Wife” and a myriad of 10 p.m. dramas flopped this year. “Selfie” lands the 8 p.m. spot, followed by “Manhattan Love Story,” looking at the differences between men and women through the eyes of a couple that just started dating. Still hanging in there, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” moves to 9 p.m. as a lead-in to “Forever,” about a medical examiner in New York who can solve any mystery except for the one of his own immortality. Seriously, he’s been alive for 200 years and can’t figure out why.
Wednesdays kick off with a family theme, thanks to “The Middle,” “The Goldbergs” and “Modern Family” all airing right in a row. Then the lucky post-“Modern Family” spot goes to “Black-ish,” starring Anthony Anderson as a wealthy dad who wonders: “Has success brought too much assimilation for this black family?” (Larry Wilmore, new Comedy Central late-night host, serves as executive producer.) Country music soap “Nashville” finishes the night at 10 p.m.
Thursday night is Shonda Rhimes night: “Grey’s,” “Scandal” and the aforementioned “How to Get Away With Murder.”
Fridays remain mostly the same with “Last Man Standing” and “Shark Tank,” although they’re joined by comedy “Cristela” at 8:30 p.m. That one is about a woman named Cristela in her sixth year of law school about to land a fancy internship. The only problem? “Her pursuit of success is more ambitious than her traditional Mexican American family thinks is appropriate.”
Sunday also keeps its current lineup, with “Once Upon a Time” (now featuring “Frozen,” which definitely needs more attention), “Resurrection” and “Revenge.”
Mid-season will feature comedies such as “Fresh Off the Boat,” about an immigrant family that just moved from D.C.’s Chinatown to Orlando, and “Galavant,” a musical comedy about a fairytale. On the drama side, “American Crime” is a grisly tale of a young couple attacked in their home and the search for the culprits; “Marvel’s Agent Carter” is yet another comic-book based series, this one spun off from “Captain America”; “Secrets and Lies,” starring Ryan Phillippe as a guy whose life is about to get a lot more complicated when he discovers the dead body of his neighbor’s son; and “The Whispers,” about aliens who invade Earth by manipulating children.
(Canceled shows: “Back in the Game,” “Betrayal,” “Killer Women,” “Lucky 7,” “Mind Games,” “Mixology,” “The Neighbors,” “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” “Suburgatory,” “Super Fun Night,” “Trophy Wife.”)
FALL PRIME-TIME LINEUP ON ABC
New shows are in bold
8 p.m. Dancing With the Stars
10 p.m. Castle
8 p.m. Selfie
8:30 p.m. Manhattan Love Story
9 p.m. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
10 p.m. Forever
8 p.m. The Middle
8:30 p.m. The Goldbergs*
9 p.m. Modern Family
9:30 p.m. Black-ish
10 p.m. Nashville
8 p.m. Grey’s Anatomy*
9 p.m. Scandal*
10 p.m. How to Get Away With Murder
8 p.m. Last Man Standing
8:30 p.m. Cristela
9 p.m. Shark Tank
10 p.m. 20/20
8 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
* Moved to a new time slot