Ahead of their upfront presentation next Tuesday, ABC has already cancelled and renewed a slew of shows, making room for a new crop this fall. And now, the network has released four new trailers for these brand-new series (and just the info for one) to get you excited for their offerings. Although honestly … it’s a bit underwhelming.
This new group includes the spiritually-minded The Gospel of Kevin, starring Jason Ritter, and The Crossing, starring Steve Zahn (which is yet another time-travel show). ABC being ABC, there’s also a Shondaland show in the mix with For the People, as well as The Mayor, about a young man who runs for public office as a stunt and ends up elected. That sounds familiar, minus the young part.
The only show picked up that doesn’t yet have a teaser is a Zach Braff comedy (currently untitled, though it is formerly called Start-Up), about a husband and father who quits his job to start up a business from scratch. The Good Place‘s Tiya Sircar and Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) will also star.
You can find all of the new trailers below along with their synopsis:
The Gospel of Kevin
Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter, “Parenthood”), a cluelessly self-serving person, is on a dangerous path to despair. In a downward spiral, Kevin returns home to stay with his widowed twin sister (JoAnna Garcia Swisher, “Once Upon a Time”) and niece. On his first night there, an unlikely celestial being named Yvette (Cristela Alonzo, “Cristela”) appears to him and presents him with a mission: to find and recruit the 35 righteous humans who can restore a sacred balance that will ultimately save the world. A light drama from executive producers Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters (“Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Resurrection,” “Reaper”).
Young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall) needs his big break. For years, he’s toiled away in a small inner-city apartment, making music in his junk-filled bedroom closet. Tired of waiting for opportunity, Courtney cooks up the publicity stunt of the century: Running for mayor of his hometown in California to generate buzz for his music career. Unfortunately for Courtney, his master plan goes wildly awry, ending in the most terrifying of outcomes: An election victory. With the help of his mother (Yvette Nicole Brown, “Community”) and friends, including Valentina (“Glee’s” Lea Michele), Courtney will have to overcome his hubris if he wants to transform the struggling city he loves.
Refugees from a war-torn country seek asylum in a small American fishing town, only the country these people are from is America… and the war they are fleeing hasn’t happened yet. As the government tries to uncover the truth behind this mysterious migration only one thing is certain: The lives of the people here — both the townspeople and these newcomers — will never be the same. Writers Dan Dworkin & Jay Beattie executive produce with Jason Reed. “The Crossing” stars Steve Zahn as Jude Miller, Natalie Martinez as Reece, Sandrine Holt as Emma Ren, Rick Gomez as Nestor, Jay Karnes as Craig Lindauer, Marcuis Harris as Caleb, Simone Kessel as Rebecca, Kelly Missal as Hannah, Rob Campbell as Paul, Grant Harvey as Roy, Bailey Skodje as Leah, Luc Roderique as Bryce and Tommy Bastow as Marshall.
For the People
Set in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, aka “The Mother Court,” this new Shondaland drama follows brand-new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution handling the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country – all as their lives intersect in and out of the courtroom. The series is created by Shondaland’s Paul William Davies and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers.