Channing Dungey, ABC Entertainment Group president, described ABC shows not as money makers or ratings giants but as “our brand of storytelling” and said that ABC has spent years building a promise of relevant, compelling stories from bold, passionate storytellers. I agree that ABC has a style different from the other networks and I think that most of what they have coming up will build on that style.
ABC has chosen stability for the second year running. There are five new shows premiering in the fall — fewer than in past seasons. Monday starts with the twenty-third season of Dancing with the Stars leading into the new drama Conviction. The Middle moves to Tuesday to anchor the night, leading into the new comedy American Housewife.
ABC has only four fall series premieres this year and the cast of characters is very interesting! We have a former Miss India and Bollywood star, an actual doctor, medical license and all, my teen crush Sonny Crockett and my childhood favorite, Miss Piggy. (And the rest of the Muppets too.)
The future is here. Technology has been fully embedded into our daily routines and consumers have become accustomed to an on-demand lifestyle. Programming is readily available and consumption is fragmented across TV, mobile, tablet, desktop and over-the-top devices. While past upfronts have focused on new technologies and the access for advertisers, there was nostalgia this year at the upfronts.
Paul Lee, President of ABC’s Entertainment Group, is extremely optimistic, like ‘drank the Kool-Aid’ optimistic. Some of his positive comments about the new season have merit. He says they’re looking for more diverse voices, not just actors but writers and producers, and that’s true. ABC has three new comedies, Cristela, Black-ish and Fresh Off The Boat that feature Hispanic, African-American and Asian families […]