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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.

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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.

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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)
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
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
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)
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
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
mk

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

rebecca1
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
Marcia

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

su0000
su0000

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

ethel
ethel

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

Alan
Alan

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

Andrea
Andrea

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

J hudnall
J hudnall

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

Mindy
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
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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EP Ken Corday Shares Favorite All-Time DAYS Storyline Is Marlena’s Possession

While in Australia, Ken Corday, the executive producer of Days of our Lives, sat down for an interviews segment on 9Now’s Today Extra to talk about the rich history and enduring success of the long-running NBC daytime drama series, which is about to celebrate yet another anniversary in just a few short weeks on November 8th.

During the conversation, Ken was asked about his all-time favorite storyline, or if he had a frontrunner within the wealth of twist, turns, romances, adventure, and drama that has been part of the town of Salem for over five and a half decades.  Corday expressed that he did have a frontrunner … and that is was Marlena being possessed by the devil from the mid-90’s.

 

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Ken told the Today Extra hosts: ‘When we took Deidre Hall, the lovely Marlena Evans, and had her possessed by the devil. It was right out of The Exorcist!’

The EP also admitted at first he was reticent to tell the story:  “I first said, ‘No, you’re mad this will never work!’ But we did it for a few weeks, and the story was meant to play out and then end at Christmas, but it ended up going on until Easter.”

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That plot came from the mind of the late soap scribe, James Reilly, and had gone through many twists from when John Black (Drake Hogestyn) was a priest in one of that character’s many incarnations, and at the time, it was John who has to perform that exorcism on the woman he loved, after Stefano (the late Joe Mascolo) left Marlena vulnerable for demonic forces to enter her body.

There was the bed levitating, the yellow eyes, and more, along with Deidre Hall’s great performance, that made this one of the more spectacular soap opera tales ever told on daytime.   In fact, over the weekend, Hall commented on Corday’s choice tweeting:  “Couldn’t have said it better myself!!”

So, would you vote for Marlena’s possession as your top all-time Days story .. or do you have another pick that you think ranks at the top? Let us know your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS Kate Mansi Talks ‘Chad & Abby in Paris’ With KTLA Morning News

If you’ve downloaded the DOOL app, you are now catching chapter 2 of the successful app series, Chad & Abby in Paris, featuring Days of our Lives stars, Kate Mansi (Abigail) and Billy Flynn (Chad).

In the series, the duo known as “Chabby” is in Paris with their children, while dealing with intrusions in their relationship that seem to draw them closer together and make them stronger as a couple.

Last Friday, Kate Mansi was the special guest on the KTLA Morning News out in Los Angeles with entertainment guru, Sam Rubin and the morning news team.

During her segment, Kate discussed: what makes Chad & Abby in Paris different than the regular airshows of Days of our Lives. how she directed some scenes on an upcoming episode of the app series, how she is looking forward to getting more into directing in addition to her acting career, plus here real-life engagement.

Mansi revealed that Chad and Abby will be back on-screen on new episodes of NBC’s Days of our Lives this fall.

Watch Kate chat it up below with the KTLA crew.

Then let us know, are you enjoying chapter 2 of Chad & Abby in Paris on the DOOL app?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Stefan is Brain-Dead After Getting In Lani’s Line Of Fire

If you caught last Friday’s Days of our Lives, and as we head into a new and dramatic-filled week ahead in Salem, after jumping in front of a bullet meant for Vivian (Robin Strasser), Stefan (Brandon Barash) has been shot badly – he has a gun shot wound to the neck through the carotid artery.

Lani (Sal Stowers), who fired the shot in an effort to stop and take down Vivian for her crimes against Kate (Lauren Koslow), et al, now finds herself in very, very hot water, and none more so than with Stefan’s wife, Gabi (Camila Banus).

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In the waiting area, Gabi shows up and confronts Lani. However, Lani and Abe (James Reynolds) try to explain it was an accident.  Gabi reminds him of how he felt after Theo was shot.  As Gabi runs off to see Stefan, Lani cries, “What if he dies?”

When Gabi arrives in the trauma room, she is told by Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and team that they worked on Stefan for over 20 minutes but he is brain-dead. Vivian, who alerted Gabi to what happened, and showed up at the hospital incognito in her scrubs to check up on the fate of her son, is trying to make her escape plan from Salem

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Meanwhile, Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) is MIA from her hospital room as she and Doug (Bill Hayes) go to Doug’s Place.  She wants to breathe her last breath there, and wants one last night with her beloved husband.  Julie asks Doug, if she has been a good wife to him, knowing the end is near. After reminiscing of their past and flashbacks, and Julie wanting to have one last dance, she passes out

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Next, Hope (Kristian Alfonso) and Eli (Lamon Archey) arrive at Doug’s Place and find Doug crying.  They tells him that they need to  get Julie back to the hospital but Doug says it’s too late. Everyone is heartbroken.

So, what have you thoughts of the twist? Stefan brain-dead? Gabi on the warpath? Julie’s plight and its toll on Doug? How do you think this will all play itself out? Could Stefan come back to life as others have via Dr. Rolf? Share your thoughts below.

But first, for a preview of what’s to come check out the latest DAYS promo from NBC.

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