ABC Unveils 2016-2017 Primetime Schedule! See The New Trailers

(ABC) The network recently held it’s annual programming upfronts in New York City and revealed it’s 2016-2017 slate of primtime programming that included the addition of nine new series.

ABC’s president, Channing Dungey, says “Our new shows reflect the inclusive and empowering storytelling that defines the ABC brand. We will continue to raise the bar for our audience, investing in great storytellers and reflecting the authentic faces and voices of the world around us.”

New series “American Housewife,” “Conviction,” “Designated Survivor,” “Downward Dog,” “Imaginary Mary,” “Notorious,” “Speechless,” “Still Star-Crossed” and “Time After Time” will join the lineup for the 2016-2017 season.

You can view information and trailers for the upcoming new series below:

American Housewife

American-Housewife

Katie Otto (Katy Mixon, “Mike and Molly”), a confident, unapologetic, plump wife and mother of three, raises her flawed family in the wealthy town of Westport, Connecticut, filled with “perfect” mommies and their “perfect” offspring.  She lets us in on her deepest, most unfiltered thoughts through voiceover as the she lives her life as the second fattest housewife in Westport. 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. American Housewife is written by Sarah Dunn (“Spin City,” “Bunheads”) and produced by Kapital Entertainment and ABC Studios. Aaron Kaplan, Rick Weiner and Kenny Schwartz are executive producers and directed by Ruben Fleischer, also an EP.

Conviction

Conviction

Lawyer and former First Daughter Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell, “Marvel’s Agent Carter”) is about to accept a job offered from her sexy nemesis, NY District Attorney Wayne Wallis, to avoid jail time for cocaine possession and avoid hurting her mother’s Senate campaign. Working with his team at the new Conviction Integrity Unit will let her use her brilliant mind to turn over cases where there is credible suspicion of wrongful conviction, and give her a chance to turn things around with her high-powered political family.

In addition to Atwell, “Conviction” stars Eddie Cahill as Wayne Wallis, Shawn Ashmore as Sam Sullivan, Merrin Dungey as Maxine, Emily Kinney as Tess Thompson, Manny Montana as Franklin “Frankie” Rios and Daniel DiTomasso as Jackson Morrison.

Co-created by writer Liz Friedman (“Elementary,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”), and director Liz Friedlander (“The Following”), “Conviction” will be executive produced by Mark Gordon (“Criminal Minds,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Saving Private Ryan”). “Conviction” is from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios.

Designated Survivor

Designated-Savior

Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Kiefer Sutherland (“24”) returns to primetime in a conspiracy thriller as Tom Kirkman, a lower cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on Washington. He will struggle to prevent the country and his own family from falling into chaos, as he is thrust into one of the most difficult presidencies in history.

“Designated Survivor” stars Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, Natascha McElhone as Alex Kirkman, Maggie Q as Hannah Watts, Kal Penn as Seth Wheeler, Adan Canto as Aaron Shore, Italia Ricci as Emily Rhodes, LaMonica Garrett as James Ritter, and Tanner Buchanan as Leo Kirkman.

“Designated Survivor” is from The Mark Gordon Company and ABC Studios.  David Guggenheim is creator and executive producer.  In addition to Guggenheim, the series is executive produced by Simon Kinberg, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper, Suzan Bymel, and Aditya Sood. Paul McGuigan directed the first episode.

Downward Dog

Downward-Dog

Based on the web series, “Downward Dog” is about a struggling millennial, Nan (Emmy nominated Allison Tolman, “Fargo”), from the point of view of her lonely and philosophical dog, Martin.  One session at obedience school already makes them realize that even at their worst, they may be the best thing for each other.

The series stars Allison Tolman as Nan, Lucas Neff as Jason, Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Jenn, Barry Rothbart as Kevin and Mo Collins as Kim.

“Downward Dog” creators/writers Samm Hodges and Michael Killen will executive produce with Mosaic Media Group’s Jimmy Miller and Sam Hansen, and Animal’s Kathy Dziubek.  Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky were executive producers of the pilot. The series is from Legendary Television and ABC Studios.

Imaginary Mary

Imaginary-Mary

Notorious

Notorious

Speechless

Speechless

Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver, “About A Boy,” “The Riches,” “Good Will Hunting”) is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband Jimmy, her kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with special needs.  As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves, and searches for just the right person to give JJ his “voice.”

“Speechless” stars Minnie Driver as Maya DiMeo, John Ross Bowie (“The Big Bang Theory”) as Jimmy DiMeo, Mason Cook as Ray DiMeo, Micah Fowler as JJ DiMeo, Kyla Kennedy as Dylan DiMeo and Cedric Yarbrough as Kenneth.

Scott Silveri (“Friends”) writes and is executive producer of the show, along with “Fresh Off the Boat’s” Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar.  The series is from Twentieth Century Fox Television and ABC Studios.

Still Star-Crossed

Still-Star-Crossed

“Still Star-Crossed,” a period drama from Shondaland, 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 by Melinda Taub.

“Still Star Crossed” stars Wade Briggs (“Home and Away”) as Benvolio Montague, Anthony Head as Lord Silvestro Capulet, Zuleikha Robinson as Lady Guiliana Capulet, Lashana Lynch (“The 7.39”) 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,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) is writer and executive producer, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Michael Goldstein are executive producers. Michael Offer is executive producer and director of the pilot, from ABC Studios.

Time After Time

Time-After-Time

Based on the novel and movie “Time After Time,” executive producer/writer Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Scream” franchise, “Dawson’s Creek”) delivers a fantastical cat and mouse adventure through time when famed science fiction writer H.G. Wells is transported to modern day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper.  Once H.G. arrives in New York City, he finds a world he never thought possible and a young woman who captivates him.

The series stars Freddie Stroma (“Harry Potter” films) as H.G. Wells,  Josh Bowman (“Revenge”) as John Stevenson/Jack the Ripper,  Genesis Rodriguez (“Big Hero 6”) as Jane and Regina Taylor (“Dig”) as Vanessa Anders.  “Time After Time” is from Outerbanks Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television Williamson and Marcos Siega (“Blindspot,” “The Following”) are executive producers. Siega directed the pilot.  Williamson wrote the teleplay. “Time After Time” is based on the novel written by Karl Alexander.

May 24 in Pop Culture History

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May 24 in Pop Culture History
1775 – John Hancock was elected president of the Second Continental Congress.

1830 – Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale was published.

1844 – Samuel F.B. Morse sent the first public telegraph message – ‘What Hath God Wrought?’ through the Washington-to-Baltimore telegraph line.

1883 – The Brooklyn Bridge over the East River opened, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn.

1935 – The Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 in Major League Baseball’s first-ever night game at Crosley Field in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1938 – A patent (#2,118,318) was issued for a Coin Controlled Parking Meter to Carl C. McGee of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

1943 – Josef Mengele, the ‘Angel of Death’ began working at the Auschwitz, Poland concentration camp.

1969 # 1 Hit May 24, 1969 – June 27, 1969: The Beatles with Billy PrestonGet Back

1975 # 1 Hit May 24, 1975 – May 30, 1975: Earth, Wind & FireShining Star

1976 – The Concorde began regular passenger service between Europe and Washington DC.

1989 – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was released in theaters

1991 – Thelma and Louise, Hudson Hawk and Backdraft debuted in theaters T&L’s car was a 1966 Ford Thunderbird.

1995 – ABC made the announcement that an episode of All My Children was deleted from broadcast due to the recent Oklahoma City bombing. In the storyline a character was supposed to explode a church in which her ex was re-marrying.

1997 # 1 Hit May 24, 1997 – June 13, 1997: HansonMMMBop

2000 – Mission: Impossible II was released in theaters

2002 – Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron debuted in theaters

2006 – Taylor Hicks won American Idol season five.

2006 – An Inconvenient Truth was released in theaters

2008 # 1 Hit May 24, 2008 – June 27, 2008: RihannaTake a Bow

2013 – Fast & Furious 6 and Epic debuted in theaters

May 24 in Pop Culture History was contributed by Pop Culture Fun Facts.

My Journey To Health, The Habits of Hobbits

ahobbitThe first question to answer is “What do the habits of hobbits have to do with getting to good health?”  The answer is simple.  Everything!

Those of you who read this column regularly know that I find great inspiration from fiction.  And there is much that can learned from hobbits if we consider a few facts, expand on them and use a bit of imagination.

What do we know about hobbits off the tops of our heads.  Well, they are a small people.  They enjoy six meals a day and they have very tough and hairy feet which allows them to go shoe-less.  We know they bake as bread is mentioned in The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings.  Seed cake is also mentioned in The Hobbit as Bilbo’s home is invaded by dwarves and Bilbo wonders about the provisions in his larder.  We know they drink both wine and beer.   We know that they enjoy bacon eggs, apples, strawberries and cream and other simple food.  We know that Bilbo liked to walk.  He even had maps of the shire where he had marked his favorite places to stroll.  Bilbo even wrote a walking song.

So what can be inferred from the above facts.  The Hobbit society was agricultural in nature.  We know they kept chickens, pigs and cattle.  We know they grew apples and strawberries raspberries, lettuce, grapes and coffee beans at the very least.  We also know they grew tobacco but it seemed they used it responsibly.  They must have grown grain as there was bread and cake and you need hops to brew beer.

What can be pulled from these facts that can help with our health.  Let’s start with six meals a day.  Eating six times a day is a healthy habit to get into.  These meals should not be meals that are indulgent in fact I would bet indulgent meals of any kind were not a daily experience in The Shire.  The six meals were mostly rustic healthy whole foods.  Breakfast may have been Bacon and eggs, but second breakfast was more like a snack and may have been whole grain bread and butter and maybe some tea.  Eleveses may have been some cheese and fruit,as the hobbits by that time were more than likely in the fields working by then and would be carrying their food with them.

Lunch could have consisted of a sit-down meal or again something carried into the fields or pastures.  Whole grain breads maybe a little meat or a small meat pie.  We know Tolkien loved rural England and lunch was often pies in rural England one savory and one sweet.  So meat and vegetables in one and fruit in the other.

Tea would be taken at home in the latter part of the afternoon.  We know that hobbits liked 6 meals a day but Tolkien stipulated that with “when they could get them.”  Tea may have been tea, bread and butter, small cakes and maybe small sandwiches.  The richer the hobbit family the grander the tea.  Supper we know was a hearty meal that the whole household sat down together to eat.  We find this to be true when Frodo Sam Merry and Pippin all sit down at Farmer Maggot’s table.  We even know the menu, or at least some of it.  There was beer, bacon, mushrooms and other solid farm fair.  There must have been a bit of meat as the dogs “layed by the fire and gnawed rinds (cheese) and cracked bones.

I don’t think that meat played a large part in a hobbit diet.  First hobbits were small and bringing down a cow for beef would have taken a lot of work and many hobbits to do it.  Mutton and lamb?  Possibly but again these animals would be used for other purposes.  The hobbits would need wool for clothing and so killing the animals for food would take a way a continued source of making fabric so my guess is there was a small amount of meat per meal and none at all at some.  Maybe a four ounce portion an many dietitians suggest.

We know that there were vegetables and potatoes and turnips cabbages and carrots too.  We are also aware id the hobbits deep love for mushrooms and the films suggest tomatoes.  Bread was a staple food, as it is in almost all cultures, but not white bread.  These would have been whole grain rustic loaves, loaded with flavor and nutrition.  Apples, for sure, as well as strawberries a hobbits diet was bright and colorful.  Not completely vegetarian but much more so than what we consume with the large amounts of meat we make a habit of eating.

The hobbits exercised because in an agricultural society the exercise was built in to the day.  Planting, weeding and harvesting was all physical work as was milling grain into flour.  Tending sheep and cattle was also physical as the animals would be moved from place to place in order to graze.  Shepherds and herders had much to do.  And there is no doubt that all of the hobbit food was organic, could you imagine Sam using a pesticide?

We know that Bilbo liked to walk.  We also know that ponies were available but not many road and so a hobbits feet were the main source of transportation.  Also feeding ponies takes a lot and what animals hobbits had were probably used more for work that for puling a carriage.

So a hobbit life style was a healthy lifestyle.  A lifestyle that consisted of hard work whole foods and regular exercise.  This type of lifestyle is something we all should aspire to and actually adapt to the best of our ability.

As you know my goal right now is to become vegan.  To eliminate animal products all together and I am working toward that, but in the meantime, living like a hobbit seems a great beginning.  Now if only I could get Mrs. Maggot to invite me to dinner.

The post My Journey To Health, The Habits of Hobbits also appeared on PCM Lifestyle.

May 23 in Pop Culture History

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May 23 in Pop Culture History
1911 – The New York Public Library was dedicated.

1934 – Bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde were shot to death in stolen Ford Deluxe near Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

1960 # 1 Hit May 23, 1960 – June 26, 1960: The Everly BrothersCathy’s Clown

1960 (Tsunami) Caused by yesterday’s earthquake off the coast of Chile, a tsunami travelled across the Pacific Ocean and killed 61 people in Hilo, Hawaii.

1984 – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was released in theaters

1986 – Poltergeist II: The Other Side debuted in theaters.

1994 – Star Trek: The Next Generation aired its final episode titled “All Good Things”. It aired at 6pm rather than being part of the prime-time line-up

1995 – ABC’s Full House came to an end.

1997 – The Lost World: Jurassic Park was released in theaters

1998 # 1 Hit May 23, 1998 – June 5, 1998: Mariah CareyMy All

2003 – Bruce Almighty debuted in theaters

2005 – Tom Cruise famously jumped around on Oprah Winfrey’s couch, proclaiming his love for Katie Holmes

2007 – Jordin Sparks won America Idol season six

2012 – Phillip Phillips won American Idol season eleven

2013 – The Hangover Part III was released in theaters

May 23 in Pop Culture History was contributed by Pop Culture Fun Facts.

May 22 in Pop Culture History

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May 22 in Pop Culture History
1455 – England’s War of the Roses began when the Yorkists defeated King Henry VI’s Lancastrian forces at St. Albans.

1849 – Abraham Lincoln was issued a patent (#6,469) for “buoying boats over shoals”.

1906 – Orville and Wilbur Wright were granted a patent (#821,393) for their system of flight control.

1927 (Earthquake) Gulang/Gansu, China

1960 (Earthquake) Magnitude 9.5 in Chile killed 5,000 and left 2,000,000 homeless.

1961 # 1 Hit May 22, 1961 – May 28, 1961: Ernie K-DoeMother-in-Law

1965 # 1 Hit May 22, 1965 – May 28, 1965: The BeatlesTicket to Ride

1976 # 1 Hit May 22, 1976 – May 28, 1976: WingsSilly Love Songs

1985 – Rambo: First Blood Part II & Brewster’s Millions were released in theaters

1987 – The Chipmunk Adventure and Ernest Goes to Camp debuted in theaters

1992 – Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the last time

1992 – Alien III was released in theaters

1993- NBC broadcasted the graduation episode (series finale) for Saved By The Bell.

1995- Blossom came to an end on NBC

1996 – Mission Impossible debuted in theaters

2004 # 1 Hit May 22, 2004 – July 9, 2004: UsherBurn

2008 – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was released in theaters

2009 – Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian debuted in theaters

2010 # 1 Hit May 22, 2010 – June 18, 2010: EminemNot Afraid

2011 (Tornado) Joplin, Missouri

2015 – Tomorrowland and Poltergeist were released in theaters

May 22 in Pop Culture History was contributed by Pop Culture Fun Facts.

May 21 in Pop Culture History

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May 21 in Pop Culture History
1863 – Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan.

1955 – George B. Hansburg of Walker Valley, N.Y. was issued a patent (#2,793,036) for his invention of an improved pogo stick.

1975 – Carol Burnett was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1977 # 1 Hit May 21, 1977 – June 10, 1977: Stevie WonderSir Duke

1980 – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was released in theaters. At the time, we just called it The Empire Strikes Back.

1980 – President Jimmy Carter declared a state of emergency at Love Canal in Niagara Falls, New York – a toxic dumping site for Hooker Chemicals and Plastics.

1982 – Annie and The Road Warrior were released in theaters

1983 # 1 Hit May 21, 1983 – May 27, 1983: David BowieLet’s Dance

1992- The first episode of The Real World aired on MTV

1992- The final episode of MacGyver aired on ABC

1992 – Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show for the last time.

1993 – Slither and Hot Shots! Part Deux debuted in theaters

1994 # 1 Hit May 21, 1994 – August 5, 1994: All-4-OneI Swear

1999- All My Children actress Susan Lucci finally received an Emmy award for her role as Erica Kane. She had been previously nominated a record 18 times with no win.

1999 – Trekkies was released in theaters

2005 – The tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka opened at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, New Jersey.

2008 – David Cook won American Idol season seven.

2009 – Terminator Salvation debuted in theaters

2010 – Shrek Forever After was released in theaters

2011 – Radio broadcaster/preacher Harold Camping predicted that the world would end today. It didn’t.

2011 # 1 Hit May 21, 2011 – July 8, 2011: AdeleRolling in the Deep

May 21 in Pop Culture History was contributed by Pop Culture Fun Facts.

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