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ABC Announces Summer Premiere Dates: STILL STAR-CROSSED, THE STORY OF DIANA and More

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ABC has unveiled its summer schedule, which includes new dramas such as STILL STAR-CROSSED, a document about Princess Diana and several reality shows. Details regarding the new scripted series can be found below.

9:31-10:00 p.m. Downward Dog (Sneak Preview)

8:00-11:00 p.m. Billboard Music Awards

9:00-11:00 p.m. The Bachelorette (Season 13 Premiere)

8:00-8:30 p.m. Downward Dog (Time-Period Premiere)

8:00-11:00 p.m. Dirty Dancing (Three-Hour Movie Event)

10:01-11:00 p.m. Still Star-Crossed (Series Premiere)

8:00-9:00 p.m. Celebrity Family Feud (Season 3 Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. Steve Harvey’s FUNDERDOME (Series Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. $100,000 Pyramid (Season 2 Premiere)

10:00-11:00 p.m. To Tell the Truth

8:00-10:00 p.m. Boy Band (Two-Hour Series Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. “The Gong Show (Series Premiere)

8:00-9:00 p.m. Boy Band
9:00-10:00 p.m. Battle of the Network Stars (Series Premiere)

8:00-11:00 p.m. The 2017 ESPYS

10:01-11:00 p.m. Somewhere Between (Series Premiere)

8:00-10:00 p.m. The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All

8:00-11:00 p.m. CMA Fest 2017

8:00-10:00 p.m. Bachelor in Paradise (Season 4 Premiere)

9:00-11:00 p.m. The Story of Diana: Part One

9:00-11:00 p.m. The Story of Diana: Part Two

8:00-10:01 p.m. Bachelor in Paradise (Time Period Premiere)

From ABC and Time Inc.’s People, THE STORY OF DIANA is a four-hour primetime television event on the extraordinary life of Princess Diana. Debuting over two nights, the documentary marks the 20th anniversary of her tragic passing at age 36 and will capture the most comprehensive interviews ever conducted on the woman known as the People’s Princess: in-depth conversations with those who knew her best, as well as the world’s leading Diana experts. These interviews will be woven together with People’s unparalleled reporting, as well as captivating archival footage of the Princess of Wales. The documentary will not only explore the remarkable chapters of Diana’s life, but will also delve deeply into the ways in which her story remains relevant today. This television event will remind the world why they fell in love with Diana in the first place – and will introduce her to a whole new generation.

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN is a thriller drama series starring Paula Patton (“Warcraft”) as Laura Price, a superstar news producer in San Francisco and fiercely loving mom. She isn’t crazy: Laura knows her 8-year-old daughter is going to be murdered. She doesn’t know who the murderer is, or why she’s killed, but she knows exactly when it will happen, where, and how. Despite this, all of her attempts to keep her daughter safe fail, and Serena’s fixed, unmovable, terrifying fate keeps her directly in the path of her killer. JR Bourne (“Teen Wolf”) will play Tom Price, Laura’s powerful yet sensitive husband who is also the city’s district attorney; Devon Sawa (“Nikita”) as Nico Jackson, a former cop turned private investigator; and newcomer Aria Birch as Serena Price, a big-hearted, untamable child who is always reaching out to others as a new friend.

A period drama series from Shondaland and ABC Studios picks up where the famous story of Romeo and Juliet ends, charting the treachery, palace intrigue and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate. The series is based on the book STILL STAR-CROSSED by Melinda Taub.

STILL STAR-CROSSED stars Grant Bowler as Damiano Montague, Wade Briggs as Benvolio Montague, Torrance Coombs as Paris, Dan Hildebrand as Friar Lawrence, Lashana Lynch as Rosaline, Ebonee Noel as Livia, Medalion Rahimi as Princess Isabella, Zuleikha Robinson as Lady Guiliana Capulet, Sterling Sulieman as Prince Escalus, Susan Wooldridge as Nurse and Anthony Head as Lord Silvestro Capulet.

STILL STAR-CROSSED Preview: First Look at ABC’s New Period Drama

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Everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet. But the tragic tail ends with the death of the young lovers. STILL STAR-CROSSED, on the other hand, tells the tale of what happens next.

Romeo and Juliet’s deaths have escalated the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets and the streets of Verona have become very dangerous. Verona’s ruling Prince, Escalus, wants to end the feud and bring peace to the kingdom. At the suggestion of his sister, Princess Isabella, Escalus devices a plan to marry a Capulet to a Montague to unite the families. To achieve this, he arranges the marriage between Benvolio (Romeo’s cousin) and Rosaline (Juliet’s cousin). But when Benvolio saves Rosaline from an assault, she’s insulting instead of grateful, and their courtship has a long way to go.

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The cast includes Wade Briggs as Benvolio Montague, Anthony Head as Lord Silvestro Capulet, Zuleikha Robinson as Lady Guiliana Capulet, Lashana Lynch as Rosaline,  Ebonee Noel as Livia, Sterling Sulieman as Prince Escalus, Medalion Rahimi as Princess Isabella, Grant Bowler as Damiano Montague, Susan Wooldrigde as Nurse, Torrance Coombs as Paris and Dan Hildebrand as Friar Lawrence. Heather Mitchell (SCANDAL and GREY’S ANATOMY), Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Michael Goldstein serve as executive producers.

STILL STAR-CROSSED will premiere at midseason on ABC (see ABC’s full fall schedule).



While full trailers for the new series aren’t expected until ABC does its Upfront presentation next week, the network is still getting fans excited for its new 2016-2017 shows with a few short teasers.

CONVICTION. Hayley Atwell stars as the former daughter of the President who has a brilliant legal mind, but a self-destructive streak. When she’s arrested for cocaine possession, Conner Wallis, the NY District Attorney offers her no jail time if she’ll head up his new Conviction Integrity Unit.

STILL STAR CROSSED. This show picks up after the death of Romeo and Juliet and follows the fallout for their families.

TIME AFTER TIME. This series centers around H.G. Wells before he’s a famous author.  One night he invites some friends over to show them a time machine he invited, not knowing that one of them is Jack the Ripper. When the police come looking for Ripper, he hops into the time machine and spirits off to modern day Manhattan so Wells, of course, has to follow.

DOWNWARD DOG. Dog Martin is comforting his owner Nan after her recent breakup.

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ABC Renews THE CATCH and Orders STILL STAR-CROSSED from Shondaland


Shona Rhimes is slowly starting to dominate the ABC line-up. In addition to the success of GREY’S ANATOMY, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER and SCANDAL (all of which have been renewed for new seasons), Shondaland’s THE CATCH has been renewed for a second season as well.

In addition, ABC has picked up STILL STAR-CROSSED. The series picks up after the death of Romeo and Juliet and looks at what happens to the Capulets and Montagues after the deaths of the young lovers. The show stars Wade Briggs as Benvolio Montague, Anthony Head as Lord Silvestro Capulet, Zuleikha Robinson as Lady Guiliana Capulet, Lashana Lynch as Rosaline, Ebonee Noel as Livia, Sterling Sulieman as Prince Escalus, Medalion Rahimi as Princess Isabella, Grant Bowler as Damiano Montague, Susan Wooldrigde as Nurse, Torrance Coombs as Paris and Dan Hildebrand as Friar Lawrence.

For more on which shows are getting picked-up, renewed and cancelled, click here.

RIP STAR-CROSSED: Creator Meredith Averill Shares Her Thoughts on Life After Cancellation

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The CW alien-drama STAR-CROSSED was an addictive, heart-warming, intriguing show for those who discovered it. Unfortunately, it ended all too soon after the CW elected to not renew the show for a second season. Since the news broke, fans around the globe have been clamoring for the CW, CBS, Warner Bros., Fox and Netflix to give the show a chance and pick-up for that elusive second season. Alas, those pleas seem to have fallen on deaf executive ears as each network and studio has invested all their programming/production funds in their new slate of television shows.

So in an exclusive interview, STAR-CROSSED’s creator and executive producer Meredith Averill answers a few remaining questions about the fate of the show. [Read more…]

STAR-CROSSED Scoop: Greg Finley Talks the Magic of Draylor and the Awesome Finale That Lies Ahead

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From their first moments on screen together, everyone knew that there was magic going on in the scenes between Greg Finley and his co-star Natalie Hall in STAR-CROSSED. In fact, their characters Drake and Taylor’s love-story literally felt electric whenever they were on screen together. The air seemed to sizzle and the light around them seemed a bit bright as their characters fell in love and we fell in love with them.

With the alien-drama series STAR-CROSSED about to wrap its first season, in an exclusive interview Greg Finley talked about discovering that on-screen magic, the funnest scenes of this past season, and where the show may leave fans hanging in the finale. [Read more…]

STAR-CROSSED Scoop: The Cast Dishes on Tonight’s Stormy New Episode as Human/Alien Relations Heat Up During a Hurricane


In this week’s new episode of STAR-CROSSED, “What Storm Is This That Blows So,” a hurricane hits Edendale and forces the students at Marshall High into lock-down. But due to the suspicious nature and suddenness of the storm, Lukas (Titus Makin Jr.) and Sophia (Brina Palencia) investigate to find out what may have been the real cause of this ferocious visit from Mother Nature. Also suspicious is Roman (Matt Lanter) who believes that Teri (Chelsea Gilligan) may be conspiring with her Trag mom Vega (Merle Dandridge) in a plot to harm Emery (Aimee Teegarden), after last week’s public outing by Castor (Johnathan Schaech). Then Grayson (Grey Damon) puts pressure on Drake (Greg Finley) to reveal the names of the Trags conspiring against the humans. And if that was not enough drama to keep everyone busy during the lock-down, Ms. Benton (Stephanie Jacobsen) needs an Atrian specimen to run further tests on to discover the secrets of cyper.

Hilariously, the one person looking to keep as far away from trouble in this episode is Erik (Jesse Luke), alas he is a bit of a trouble-magnet and he finds himself having to talk himself out of a couple of awkward situations.

But not everything is life and death in this episode. There is occasion for a least two unexpectedly warm and wonderful kisses and the new romances starting to bloom between the Atrians and humans are going to fight hard to keep their various feuding factions from driving them apart. If only life could be all about love, and not having to worry about those who would hunt each of them down for just being different.

This is the dilemma that STAR-CROSSED tackles head-on. The distrust and resentment by the extremists amongst the Atrians and the humans is heating up and its put these teens lives at risk. What is fascinating is seeing how deftly each rises to the challenge and is willing to do whatever it takes to protect their families and love ones, while still trying to keep the peace and find a way to encourage further integration and understanding.

While at WonderCon this past weekend, the cast took a few minutes to talk about the big hurricane episode of STAR-CROSSED and how it impacts their characters. (Also fun are the shout-outs by Aimee Teegarden, Jesse Luken, Matt Lanter and executive producers Adele Lim and Meredith Averill who express their delight in William Shatner’s recent live-tweets of their show.) [Read more…]

STAR-CROSSED Preview: So Many Villains, So Many Diabolical Plans!


In a mere eight episodes, STAR-CROSSED has introduced no less than eight powerful villains. It is a show with an abundance of riches in evil-doers and each of these villains that would happily kill anyone in their path. So let’s take a moment to get to meet these dastardly players and reflect on what we know about them. [Read more…]

STAR-CROSSED Preview: A Love Written In the Stars

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With only six of its thirteen episodes of its first season having aired, fans of the new series STAR-CROSSED have fallen under its spell. From the very first episode, everyone fell in love with the star-crossed love story of Roman (Matt Lanter) and Emery (Aimee Teegarden), the alien boy and the human girl. Watching their meet-cute at the tender age of six as young Emery shared spaghetti with the young alien boy hiding in her garage, how could we not?

Flash-forward 10 years later and it is the first day at school at Marshall High. It is not only Emery’s first day as she has just been released from the hospital after a long, painful recovery, it is Roman’s first day as well — for it had taken ten years before humans would finally allow a few chosen Atrians teens to attend a local high school as a trial program to integrate the alien and humans. [Read more…]