ONCE UPON A TIME at Comic-Con: The Cast and Producers Tease Season 7

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ONCE UPON A TIME is getting a reboot for its upcoming seventh season and some fans might be curious about the show continuing with the departure of so many prominent characters, including Emma, Snow White, Prince Charming, Belle, Zelena and more.

Executive producer Eddie Kitsis says they had a plan for the original show that ran six seasons and they wanted characters to get their happy endings. Now it’s time for a new adventure. They don’t plan on erasing the last six years in any way, but they’d like for fans to come on a new journey with them. The producers hope that some of the departed characters will pop up throughout the next season.

ABC brought the first two scenes of the new season to Comic-Con and the first show us Henry (who has graduated from high school) departing from Storybrooke. He wants to keep telling his own story and he doesn’t think he can do that in this realm. Apparently Emma, Snow and Charming all agreed to let Henry go pursue his path as the Author and now he’s saying goodbye to Regina. He hops on a motorcycle (like August!) and then drives through a portal. It’s the only bean that he has so, as he points out, getting back to this realm will be “an adventure”. In the next scene we see the grown-up version of Henry driving the motorcycle through the woods where he comes across the new Cinderella and crashes into her carriage. He seems surprised to see her. We also saw another preview for season 7 and you can see it below.

As Kitsis later explained, Henry wants to go see other stories and the grown-up version of him falls in love with Cinderella in season 7. When he gets into trouble he calls on help from his family and Regina, Hook and Rumple are the ones who answer his call, which leads to the four characters going on an “epic journey”. Kitsis also said that they’re planning to do a prominent LGBTQ storyline “this year”.

We’re also going to see a new version of Alice in Wonderland and Tiana from THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG.

ONCE UPON A TIME returns for its seventh season on October 6 on ABC.

Our Most Anticipated 2017-2018 New Shows

It’s a less less than a week after the end of Upfronts and summer is nearly upon us. Summer programming now involves more original content, but we’re really looking ahead to the new fall-winter season. New shows won’t be debuting for severan months, but there’s some anticipation brewing for the new TV offerings coming down the pipeline.

After viewing all of the trailers released during Upfronts, we’ve put together a list of the shows we’re most interested in seeing on our screens in the fall and winter.

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BLACK LIGHTNING (TV Addict staff who are interested: Brianna, Araceli, Luciana). The series stars Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, a former superhero who gave up his costume for the sake of his family. Years later, Jefferson realizes that his city needs his alter ego — Black Lightning. “From the first look, it felt like we’re seeing a superhero story from a different phase in the main vigilante’s life when he’s dealing with putting the suit back on and seeing that vigilantism runs in the family. It’s not an origin story in the usual superhero TV sense. I’m excited for this one,” Brianna said. “It fits into The CW’s superhero mold they’ve created for themselves, but at the same time it’s very different than anything they’ve done before with an older lead, crime fighting family and all African-American main cast,” Araceli explained.

BLACK LIGHTNING will air midseason on The CW.

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WILL & GRACE (TV Addict staff who are interested: Luciana, Rebecca, Shana and Clarissa). TV’s funniest quad is back! WILL & GRACE isn’t a new show, but it will finally be back on our screens after too many years off the air and we’re all excited about it. “I used to watch reruns of this show every day after school. My inner teenage self is overjoyed to see these characters again,” Luciana said happily.

WILL & GRACE will air Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. this fall on NBC.

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DYNASTY (TV Addict staff who are interested: Melissa and Clarissa).  This series will probably be our guilty pleasure, but will it take its place on the list of fun primetime soaps? We certainly hope so!  In the show we’re (re-)introduced to the Carrington family when the children of Blake Carrington return home to discover that their father is marrying a beautiful — and far younger — woman.  Cue the backstabbing, because there’s a lot of money and a company’s future at stake. “The CW is taking us back to the Carrington DYNASTY, and it looks like the lifestyles of the rich-and-self-absorbed have gotten more diverse,” Melissa said. “Mostly I will watch to see Alexis enter her first scene and see if she can wear a picture hat as well as Joan Collins. Not many people can pull that off. Since Collins has been reported to have based Alexis on Donald Trump, whose PR machine dubbed him the king-of-deals back in the ’80s, it will be interesting to see if this year’s model does the same.”

DYNASTY will air Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. this fall on The CW.

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THE CROSSING (TV Addict staff who are interested: Luciana and Rebecca). ABC has been trying to recreate the mystery of LOST since that show went off the air, but can THE CROSSING do that? Some of us are hoping to find out. The show revolves around 47 people who wash up on a beach and claim they’re from a future where a war has broken out and they’re looking for asylum. The show “has elements of mystery, syfy, romance, intrigue, and of course, drama. I’m already dying to know the how and why behind the unexplained arrival of 47 travelers, washed up on the beach of this small town,” Rebecca said. “This feels very reminiscent of THE 4400, which was show I absolutely loved when I was younger,” Luciana explained. “Mystery, conspiracy theories, people traveling back in time to escape a horrible future… I am so in.”

THE CROSSING will air midseason on ABC.

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THE GIFTED (TV Addict staff who are interested: Araceli, Shana and Clarissa). “Put ‘Marvel’ and ‘mutant’ in the same sentence, and you already own me. (Bonus: Amy Acker.)”, Shana gushed. ” And as Araceli point out, “unlike LEGION on FX, The GIFTED may be more like what audiences expect from an X-Men series.” The show revolves around the Strucker family, whose lives drastically change when parents Reed and Caitlin learn that their children have mutant powers, forcing the family on the run in order to protect teens Lauren and Andy.

THE GIFTED will air Mondays at 9:00 p.m. this fall on Fox.

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ABC Orders GREY’S ANATOMY Firehouse Spin-Off to Series

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Coming out of ABC’s Upfront presentation today is the news that the news that the network has ordered a GREY’S ANATOMY spin-off straight to series.

Set in a Seattle firehouse, the latest follows a group of heroic firefighters. “From the captain to the newest recruit, we follow these brave men and women as they risk their lives and their hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock.”

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“No one can interweave the jeopardy firefighters face in the line of duty with the drama in their personal lives quite like Shonda, and GREY’s signature Seattle setting is the perfect backdrop for this exciting spinoff,” said Dungey.

Stacy McKee will write the script for the project and executive produce the series. Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers will also serve as  executive producers.

Jimmy Kimmel and Justin Theroux Teaming Up for Live Sitcom Special

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At today’s upfront presentation ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey announced that Jimmy Kimmel and Justin Theroux are teaming up to produce a live sitcom special for the 2017/2018 season. The “Untitled Kimmel and Theroux Project” will bring viewers classic sitcom scripts from the 70s, 80s and 90s, to be acted out live by today’s biggest names in comedy.  

“Jimmy Kimmel has proven to be a preeminent voice in comedy, with 15 seasons of JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE under his belt and successfully tackling the herculean task of hosting both the Emmys ® and the Oscars ® in the same season,” said Dungey. “Likewise, Justin Theroux’s versatile talents are showcased in every project he takes on. We are thrilled to be developing a new sitcom experience that will combine Jimmy’s mastery of live television and Justin’s irreverent sensibilities.”

“I spent most of my childhood in front of a TV set, obsessively watching comedies from great producers like Norman Lear, Jim Burrows, James L. Brooks and Garry Marshall,” said Kimmel. “This is a way for a new generation of viewers to discover these classics and a new generation of actors to play characters they love, live in front of a studio audience.”

FOR THE PEOPLE: First Look at ABC’s New Legal Drama Series

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Shondaland is tackling the courtroom drama next season with WE THE PEOPLE. Set in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, aka “The Mother Court”, the show revolves around six new lawyers who are about to face off in the most prestigious, high-profile trial court in America.

Assistant Federal Public Defender Sandra is starting her first day as both a lawyer and a New Yorker when the show begins. She’s resourceful and sensible, but she chose to leave a Supreme Court clerkship and that decision has followed her to this new job. Her fellow public defender Jay definitely won’t let her forget that fact. Fortunately, Sandra’s best friend roommate Allison — also an Assistant Federal Public Defender — has her back.

They’re all coming up against Seth, a first-time Assistant U.S. Attorney, who is also in a relationship with Allison, and being adversaries with Allison and Sandra is a strain for him. Then there’s his cocky, case-stealing colleague Leonard and their fellow AUSA Kate.

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FOR THE PEOPLE stars Britne Olford, Lyndon Smith, Ben Rappaport, Susannah Flood, Wesam Keesh, Rege-Jean, Ben Shenkman, Hope Davis, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Anna Deavere Smith. Paul Davies, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers will serve as executive producers.

FOR THE PEOPLE will air midseason on ABC (see ABC’s full fall 2017 schedule).

THE MAYOR: First Look at ABC’s New Comedy Series

BRANDON MICHEAL HALL, YVETTE NICOLE BROWN, BERNARD DAVID JONES, MARCEL SPEARS, LEA MICHELE

THE MAYOR is all about an unlikely candidate winning an election. No, not *that* candidate. The new ABC comedy revolves around young rapper Courtney Rose, who has toiled for years in a small inner-city apartment making his music while living with his BFF and mother, Dina Rose. But Courtney is tired of waiting for his big break, so he comes up with a crazy publicity stunt: running for mayor of his hometown, Fort Grey, California, to generate buzz for his music career.

The situation ends up backfiring when Courtney actually wins the election. The citizens thought he was the right person to shake up the city they love, so Courtney postpones his musical ambitions and takes the job.

Fortunately, he’s not alone. He’ll be leaning on the brilliant, ruthless, and tactical Valentina Barella — who remembers Courtney as the class clown who cheated off her during high school pre-calc. His cabinet also boasts two unconventional political aides: his questionably qualified buddies, Jermaine, the smooth operator, and T.K., the sensitive sweetheart.

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THE MAYOR stars Brandon Micheal Hall, Lea Michele, Bernard David Jones, Marcel Spears and Yvette Nicole Brown. Jeremy Bronson (SPEECHLESS), Daveed Diggs (Broadway’s Hamilton) and Jamie Tarses (HAPPY ENDINGS) will serve as executive producers.

THE MAYOR will air Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. this fall on ABC (see ABC’s full fall 2017 schedule).

THE CROSSING: First Look at ABC’s New Mystery Series

SANDRINE HOLT, STEVE ZAHN, NATALIE MARTINEZ

THE CROSSING begins in the idyllic fishing town of Port Canaan — an American town with coffee shops and bookstores. Sheriff Jude Miller’s days aren’t filled with high-intensity police work….until something inexplicable happens. One day hundreds of bodies wash up on a beach. Many of them are dead, but 47 of them have survived.

Enter Department of Homeland Security Agent, Emma Ren, who joins Miller to assess the situation. But the two are confused — after all, there have been no plane crashes or boat accidents that would explain how the people washed up on the store. And everyone is strangely asking for asylum — because they are Americans fleeing a war that is supposed to happen 150 years in the future.

The survivors explain that they are escaping a genetically superior population of humans who have ascended to power in the future and embarked on a campaign to kill off all members of the lower classes. They’ve traveled back to this time to find a better life, but conspiracy theories soon spring up. Are the refugees actors or invaders? To determine their true motives, they’re held in a secret location under strict supervision.

Soon Miller finds himself marginalized by Emma and the Feds. He’s shocked when he’s confronted by Rae — one of the survivors who seems to be a member of the advanced master race. But Rae is just a mother desperate to find the daughter she has been separated from and Miller is called upon to help.

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THE CROSSING stars Steve Zahn, Sandrine Holt, Natalie Martinez, Tommy Bastow, Jay Karnes, Rick Gomez, Kelly Missal, Simone Kessel, Marcuis Harris, Bailey Skodje, Rob Campbell, John D’ Leo and Grant Harvey. Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie and Jason Reed will serve as executive producers.

THE CROSSING will air midseason on ABC (see ABC’s full fall 2017 schedule).

SPLITTING UP TOGETHER: First Look at ABC’s New Family Comedy

VAN CROSBY, JENNA FISCHER, SANDER THOMAS, OLIVER HUDSON, OLIVIA KEVILLE

SPLITTING UP TOGETHER is a family comedy with a twist — because the couple is in the midst of getting divorced. Lena and Martin have made the decision to divorce after more than a decade of marriage. They believe that they’re nothing more than camp counselors for their three children 13 year-old Mae, 11 year-old Mason, and 7 year-old Milo, and the romance has died.

But Lena’s sister Maya, her parents Henry and Alma, and best friends Arthur and Camille are surprised by the news and they’re especially confused when they learn that Lena and Martin will still be living together. After all, what will happen when they start to date other people?

But Lena and Martin have “consciously uncoupled”, so to speak. They plan to live in separate parts of the house and split up the parenting duties. Whenever one of the parents is having an “off-duty week”, he or she is allowed to live in the garage and do whatever they wish.

The kids seem to go with the flow at first, but Lena — the control freak — is waiting for her ex to be overwhelmed by the duties of running the household and is shocked when he can handle it. Later, Martin is surprised and touched when Lena comes to him for help. Maybe this divorce is the best thing that ever happened to their marriage.

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SPLITTING UP TOGETHER stars Oliver Hudson, Jenna Fischer, Olivia Keville, Van Crosby, Sander Combs, Diane Farr, Bobby Lee and Lindsay Price. Emily Kapnek (SUBURGATORY, SELFIE), Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman will serve as executive producers.

SPLITTING UP TOGETHER will air midseason on ABC (see ABC’s full fall 2017 schedule).

TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY: First Look at ABC’s New Kyra Sedgwick Drama Series

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Kyra Sedgwick is returning to television for the first time in many years in TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY. The series revolves around Jane Sadler, an overworked television producer and single mother. She’s in the middle of a separation when her life is turned upside down as her young daughter goes missing in the middle of the night. Just like her controversial police TV show, everything is a mystery, everyone has a secret and no one can be trusted.

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TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY stars Kyra Sedgwick as Jane Sadler, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as John Bird, Kick Gurry as Pete Greene, Erika Christensen as Ali Petrovich, Felix Solis as David Gomez, Josh Randall as Tom Petrovich, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Matt Abigail Pniowsky as Lake and Francois Battiste as Gus. Tassie Cameron, Kyra Sedgwick, Jill Littman, Dana Goldberg, David Ellison and Marcy Ross will serve as executive producers.

TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY will air Sundays at 10:00 p.m. this fall on ABC (see ABC’s full fall 2017 schedule).

DECEPTION: First Look at ABC’s New Illusionist Drama Series

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Cameron Black is the world’s greatest illusionist. Or, at least he was before his biggest trick was exposed to the world and his career was destroyed. But Cameron believes this wasn’t an accident and that a criminal illusionist engineered his downfall. Now Cameron is determined to unmask the person who took him down.

Meanwhile, outside New York an FBI jet explodes in a hangar. Since the jet was transporting a cartel boss to prison, the FBI believes that the boss is now dead. But Cameron knows the jet didn’t blow up — it was just an illusion and the jet simply disappeared. Is the same criminal mastermind behind this illusion as well? If Cameron wants answers he must convince FBI agent Kay Daniels that he can help her find the cartel boss.

But Cameron isn’t exactly FBI material. His showmanship irritates Kay and her superiors. Still, he’s the best chance she has to capture the cartel boss. And Cameron comes with a built-in team who can build any trick or illusion for him. Meanwhile, Kay has her partner, Special Agent Mike Alvarez, who just so happens to be Cameron’s biggest fan. As the FBI becomes impressed with the work of both teams, they put together the Deception Group.

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DECEPTION stars Jack Cutmore-Scott, IIfenesh Hadera, Lenora Crichlow, Justin Chon, Vinnie Jones, Amaury Nolasco and Laila Robins. Chris Fedak (CHUCK), Martin Gero (BLINDSPOT), David Kwong (NOW YOU SEE ME) and Greg Berlanti (THE FLASH, ARROW) will serve as executive producers.

DECEPTION will air midseason on ABC (see ABC’s full fall 2017 schedule).