In addition to picking up STILL STAR-CROSSED and CONVICTION, ABC has ordered comedies DOWNWARD DOG and the UNTITLED SARAH DUNN PROJECT. In addition, the network has picked up the drama series TIME AFTER TIME.
DOWNWARD Dog is about Martin, “a lonely, controlling, self-obsessed dog who lets us in on all his thoughts. He tries to set boundaries with Nan [his owner] to make her feel safe. It has been hard on both of them since she broke up with her boyfriend, Jason (Lucas Neff), a musician, bartender and aging millennial. Now, she spends way too much time at work trying to impress her boss and co-workers, and Martin is left at home too much trying to imagine what could be more important than snuggling on the couch with him.” DOWNWARD DOG stars Allison Tolman as Nan, Lucas Neff as Jason, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Jenn, Barry Rothbart as Kevin and Mo Collins as Kim.
Meanwhile, the UNTITLED SARAH DUNN PROJECT (which was formerly known as “The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport”) revolves around “plump Katie Otto (Katy Mixon) [who has been] has been the third fattest housewife in Westport, Connecticut. This is exactly where she wants to be. So when her chubbier neighbor moves away and she becomes the second fattest housewife, Katie becomes determined to regain her title. On a mission, she tries to orchestrate a suitable buyer for her neighbor’s house. But things don’t go according to her plans. She lives in this wealthy neighborhood with her adoring and level headed husband, Jeff, who works in public television and their three less-than-perfect kids. The Ottos live in the only remaining split level house – complete with a single car garage – in a cul-de-sac filled with East Coast glamour mansions. Her Lululemon, green-juice loving neighbors with their fake boobs and perfect hair often give her backhanded compliments for being so ‘real’.” The series stars Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, Diedrich Bader as Jeff Otto, Johnny Sequoyah as Taylor, Daniel DiMaggio as Harrison, Julia Butters as Anna-Kat, Carly Hughes as Angela and Ali Wong as Doris.
In TIME AFTER TIME it’s London in 1893. ”H.G. Wells is destined to become a famed science fiction author, but on this evening he’s just a little known writer struggling to get published. He has invited his intellectual friends to show off his new invention—a time machine—but never suspects his late arriving guest, surgeon and friend John Stevenson, is the infamous Jack the Ripper. When the police arrive looking for Jack the Ripper, John sneaks into the time machine and flees to modern day Manhattan with Wells in hot pursuit.” The show stars Josh Bowman, Freddie Stroma, Genesis Rodriguez
and Regina Taylor.
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