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ABC Unveils Fall 2014-2015 Primetime Line-Up: New Series with Ryan Phillipe, Barry Sloane, The Returns of Nashville and Revenge!

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This afternoon is the ABC Upfront presentation in New York City, and prior to the official announcements the network has released their primetime fall programming schedule.

It features new series from former One Life to Live star and now film star, Ryan Phillipe called Secrets and Lies and Barry Sloane, who was just killed-off of Revenge, where he now will star in the new drama, The Whispers.  Returning in their same timeslots next season are Revenge and Nashville which both got renewal pick-ups!

The press release relates: ABC continues its commitment to world-class storytelling and new creative voices with the announcement of its 2014-15 slate of programming, including the addition of 12 new series. Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, will unveil the network’s new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall.

“Our schedule reflects a judicious mix of boldness and stability,” said Lee. “ABC is finishing the season with momentum — we now have building blocks on every night of the week, and we’re using them to launch our new series. This season we set out to develop passion projects from world-class storytellers and showcase the faces and voices of America. Both plans unleashed a wave of creativity and we’re extremely excited about the new slate.”

ABC airs 7 of the Top 20 entertainment series on broadcast TV this season with Adults 18-49, more than any other network, including 4 of the Top 10: “Modern Family” – No. 3, “Grey’s Anatomy” – No. 4, “Scandal” – No. 8, “Resurrection” – No. 9, “Once Upon a Time” – No. 12, “The Bachelor” – No. 16 and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” – No. 20.  New series for the 2014-15 season are “American Crime,” “Black-ish,” “Cristela,” “Forever,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Galavant,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Manhattan Love Story,” “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Secrets and Lies,” “Selfie” and “The Whispers.”

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Returning this season are “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “The Bachelor,” “Castle,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Goldbergs,” “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Last Man Standing,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family,” “Nashville,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Resurrection,” “Revenge,” “Scandal,” “Shark Tank,” “The Taste” and “20/20.”  “Marvel’s Agent Carter” and “Galavant” will serve as bridge programming between the fall finales and winter premieres of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Once Upon a Time,” respectively.  Fall premiere dates will be announced at a later time. Please note shows picked up but not listed on the schedule will debut later in the 2014-15 season.

More about the Phillipe and Sloane new dramas below:

“SECRETS AND LIES”

Ben Garner (Ryan Phillippe) is about to go from Good Samaritan to murder suspect, after he discovers the body of his neighbor’s young son in the woods. As Detective Andrea Cornell (Juliette Lewis) digs for the truth, the secrets and lies of this town come to the surface and no one is above suspicion. Ben’s family’s life will be turned upside down as he sets out on a complicated journey to prove his innocence in this thriller mystery from Barbie Kligman (“Private Practice”) based on the original Australian series of the same name. “Secrets and Lies” stars Ryan Phillippe as Ben, KaDee Strickland as Christy, Natalie Martinez as Jess, Clifton Collins, Jr. as Dave, Indiana Evans as Natalie, Belle Shouse as Abby and Juliette Lewis as Detective Cornell.  “Secrets and Lies” was written by Barbie Kligman. Executive producers are Barbie Kligman, Aaron Kaplan, Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield. “Secrets and Lies” was directed by Charles McDougall, executive-produced by Kapital Entertainment with Hoodlum Entertainment and produced by ABC Studios.

“THE WHISPERS”

Aliens have invaded Earth by using our most unlikely resource to achieve world domination—our children. As the kids unwittingly help these unseen enemies, the clock counts down in this suspenseful race to save humanity.  “The Whispers” stars Lily Rabe as Claire Bennigan, Barry Sloane as Wes Lawrence, Milo Ventimiglia as John Doe/Drew Bennigan, Derek Webster as Jessup Rollins, Brianna Brown  as Lena Lawrence, Catalina Denis as Dr. Maria Benavidez, Kylie Rogers as Minx Lawrence and Kyle Harrison Breitkopf as Henry.  “The Whispers” was written and co-executive-produced by Soo Hugh, with Amblin TV co-producing.  Executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Dawn Olmstead. “The Whispers” was directed by Mark Romanek and produced by ABC Studios.

ABC’s fall primetime schedule is as follows (all times listed are Eastern); new shows are in bold:

 

DAY                            TIME               SERIES

 

MONDAY:                  8:00 p.m.         “Dancing with the Stars”

10:00 p.m.       “Castle”

 

TUESDAY:               8:00 p.m.         “Selfie”

8:30 p.m.         “Manhattan Love Story”

9:00 p.m.         “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

10:00 p.m.       “Forever”

 

WEDNESDAY:   8:00 p.m.         “The Middle”

8:30 p.m.         “The Goldbergs”

9:00 p.m.         “Modern Family”

9:30 p.m.         “Black-ish”

10:00 p.m.       “Nashville”

 

THURSDAY:       8:00 p.m.         “Grey’s Anatomy”

9:00 p.m.         “Scandal”

10:00 p.m.       “How to Get Away with Murder”

 

FRIDAY:                8:00 p.m.         “Last Man Standing”

8:30 p.m.         “Cristela”

9:00 p.m.         “Shark Tank”

10:00 p.m.       “20/20”

 

SATURDAY:       8:00 p.m.         “Saturday Night Football”

 

SUNDAY:             7:00 p.m.         “America’s Funniest Home Videos”

8:00 p.m.         “Once Upon a Time”

9:00 p.m.         “Resurrection”

10:00 p.m.       “Revenge”

So are you looking forward to the Ryan Phillipe and Barry Sloane dramas? The return of Revenge and Nashville? What do you think of the fall schedule from ABC?  Let us know

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jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

DANG IT…i liked Neighbors and its not coming back…yet The Bachloer is…tv continues to go down the toilet!!!

Mama
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Mama

Why do they continue to roll out all these new, uninspired TV shows when the reality of the matter is that we will all be reading about their cancellations one year from now.

dmr
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dmr

I haven’t watched the Bachelor since the 3rd season. It’s ridiculous. It’s sad that these reality shows garner as much attention as they do. A bunch of non-talent people selling themselves for their 15 minutes of fame. I have watched Grey’s Anatomy since the 2nd season. Won’t be the same without Sandra Oh. I absolutely love Scandal! I watch Revenge and Nashville, too.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I did watch the bachelorette once but only because the son of one of my former high school teachers appeared on it…tv was so much better in the 60s and 70s…most of these reality shows are partly scripted…no way real!!!

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I do think it’s interesting that Marvel’s Agents Of Shield was moved an hour later and will no longer be competing directly against NCIS and now it’ll be between 2 new shows.

mk
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mk

They cancelled Suburgatory? Damn, I loved that show. And Super Fun Night? ABC, you stink!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Amazing how very fine film actors are now surfacing on TV series. Juliette Lewis is a brilliant actress….and Ryan Phillippe is also incredible. The premise sounds interesting…

I love Barry Sloane and am unhappy that he’s gone from REVENGE. Not sure if his new series will fly; hope so. Would hate to think he got tossed from a successful show where he had a sizable presence if his new one’s a flop.

All in all good lineup!

Marcia
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Marcia

I am disappointed that Suburgatory isn’t coming back. That was a quirky comedy!

su0000
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su0000

whoa.. lots of shows..
But- I only watch;
Revenge, Resurrection, Revenge, Scandal, Castle, 20/20..

ethel
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ethel

looking forward to secrets & lies – been a fan of ryan phillippe since he was on oltl years ago……………..

Alan
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Alan

How could they cancel Trophy Wife and renew The Goldbergs and The Bachelor?

Andrea
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Andrea

How on earth can Resurrection be on for another season? I stopped watching it. Very poorly done.

J hudnall
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J hudnall

Thanks for bringing back Nashville, Revenge , Scandall, and Dancing With The Stars. The Bachelor and Bachelorette needs to end.

Mindy
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Mindy

As long as my shows “scandal, Nashville, Grey Anatomy, don’t get canceled , well then I’m perfectly happy.Because will revolve y whole life just to catch the show and don’t care about the time

because I love it so much that I will rearrange my schedule to vveiw

MS
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MS

Please move General Hospital back to 1pm. Best sitcoms, the Goldbergs and Trophy Wives. Don’t think Blackish is going to hit the right notes. ABC used to own Sunday nights but now I’m all CBS on Sunday night. ABC rules Thursday nights. Thanks

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DAYS Head Scribe, Ron Carlivati, Shares On Marlena’s Possession 2.0: “We Decided John Needs To Get On To This Sooner Than He Did In The Original, Because That’s What The Audience Would Expect”

As viewers of NBC’s Days of our Lives are watching the revisiting of the classic possession storyline revisited with its 2021 version 2.0, the stage is being set for plenty of devilish drama, now that good doc, Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall) is once again in the grips of evil.

We have already seen her with yellow eyes, conjuring up some demonic plans, and of course, the devil trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Marlena’s husband, John Black (Drake Hogestyn).

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Back in the 1994/95 version of this storyline, Father John emerged and exorcised the demon from Marlena, so he knows a thing or two about being possessed, and the horrors it caused to Marlena, and the town of Salem 25 years ago, and as we have seen John is very, very concerned about all this talk of Marlena being possessed by the devil from the script that Johnny (Carson Boatman)  is set to make into a film on Sami’s life story.

Current Days of our Lives head writer, Ron Carlivati, spoke with Soap Opera Digest in their latest issue on newsstands now, about his plans and the creation of the 2021 possession storyline. Ron revealed that John is not going to be in the dark for long, sharing: “John has been through this, so the devil isn’t going to be able to pull the wool over his eyes the way he did the first time.”

Carlivati also added: “Even though all soap opera stories, I would argue, depend on some characters being a little bit dumb, in this case, we decided John needs to get on to this sooner than he did in the original because that’s what they audience would expect.  Look for the story to move along at a pretty good clip. We are not rushing, anything by any means – we are having so much fun with the story, but it was important to us that John not look stupid here so he starts to suspect something is wrong with her pretty soon.”

So, are you glad that John will not be completely dumped? Will Father John return to save the day? Are you enjoying the story thus far? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Then, check out our recent interview with Ron all about the creation of DAYS limited-series, Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem still streaming on Peacock.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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