ABC Studios is selling a diverse slate of new hours as well as a trio of unique comedies.
"Agent Carter," the second series from Marvel in the last two years, follows Peggy Carter in 1946 as she balances her administrative work with embarking on secret missions for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve). It should hold more appeal for women than last year's "Agents of SHIELD."
In "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 a race to save humanity.
The unconventional and, at times, comedic "Red Band Society," is based on an acclaimed Spanish series and comes from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television. It follows a group of teenagers who bond when they meet in a pediatric ward, and stars Octavia Spencer.
Viola Davis starrer "How to Get Away With Murder" should appeal to fans of creator Shonda Rhimes' other series, including "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal." Davis plays a seductive law professor who gets entangled with four students from her class following a murder.
There are also a couple of intriguing crime dramas, including "American Crime," in which a violent crime shocks a community and stirs up racial tensions.
In "Secrets and Lies," Ryan Phillippe goes from Good Samaritan to murder suspect when he discovers the body of his neighbor's young son in the woods.
In comedy, the choice for the year's most original show has to be "Galavant," (pictured above) a musical comedy fairy tale of epic proportions, in which its dashing hero tries to reclaim the love of his life from the evil king.
There's also "Black-ish," in which Anthony Anderson plays a father who sets out to establish a cultural identity for his family while living in the suburbs. It earned the plum post-"Modern Family" timeslot Stateside.
And in "Manhattan Love Story," the audience can hear the unfiltered thoughts of a young couple as they start dating.
-- Rick Kissell
CBS Studios Intl.
Familiar titles headline CBS Studios' lineup for the L.A. screenings. These are powerful selling tools certain to attract international audiences.
"NCIS," one of the most-watched shows around the world, is spawning another spinoff, "NCIS: New Orleans," helmed by series star Mark Harmon and executive producer Gary Glasberg. Two episodes serving as back door pilots have already established the characters, including Scott Bakula ("Quantum Leap"), who plays the head of the Louisiana field office.
CBS is saving its second spinoff for midseason, but interest is still high in "CSI: Cyber," (pictured above) the fourth spinoff of the series' formidable mothership, which is going into its 15th season. The first "CSI" series with a female lead, "Cyber" marks "Medium" star Patricia Arquette's return to series TV, as an agent who solves online crimes that play out in the real world.