Upfronts 2015/16: CBS

Supergirl will lead the charge for new dramas on CBS in 2015/16.

It is one of five new hour-long series heading to the network, alongside Code Black, Limitless, Rush Hour, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

The network’s returning dramas include NCIS: New Orleans, Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, CSI: Cyber, Elementary, The Good Wife, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person of Interest, and Scorpion.

Battle Creek and Stalker have been cancelled, while CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will end its 15-season run with a two-hour finale on September 27.

Code Black (season one)

Based on the documentary by Ryan McGarry about life in one of the busiest, most notorious ER departments in the US. It stars Marcia Gay Harden, Bonnie Somerville, Melanie Kannokada, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Harry M Ford, Luis Guzman, Raza Jaffrey, and William Allen Young.

Michael Seitzman, Marti Noxon, Linda Goldstein-Knowlton, Ryan McGarry, and David Semel are executive producers for ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.

Code Black

Code Black

Limitless (season one)

Based on the film, it follows Brian Finch (Jake McDorman), who discovers the brain-boosting power of the mysterious drug NZT and is coerced by the FBI into using his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases for them. The cast includes Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Bradley Cooper.

Craig Sweeny, Marc Webb, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, and Tom Forman are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with K/O Paper Products and Relativity Television.

Limitless

Limitless

Supergirl (season one)

An action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. The cast includes Chyler Leigh, Calista Flockhart, Mehcad Brooks, and David Harewood.

Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter, and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros Television.

Supergirl

Supergirl

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (season one)

A spin-off from the original series, it stars Gary Sinise in a drama about the specialised International Division of the FBI tasked with solving crimes and coming to the rescue of Americans who find themselves in danger while abroad. The cast includes Daniel Henney, and Tyler James Williams.Mark Gordon, Erica Messer and Nick Pepper are executive producers for ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios and The Mark Gordon Company.

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders

Rush Hour (season one)

A reimagining of the feature film franchise, this is a buddy-cop drama about a maverick LAPD detective and a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong who knock heads when they are forced to partner together. It stars Jon Foo, Justin Hires,  Wendie Malick, and Aimee Garcia.

Bill Lawrence, Blake McCormick, Jeff Ingold, Jon Turteltaub, Arthur Sarkissian, and Brett Ratner are executive producers for Warner Bros Television.

Rush Hour

Rush Hour

Upfronts 2015/16: ABC

ABC has ordered six new dramas for 2015/16.

The Catch, The Family, Quantico, Of Kings and Prophets, Oil, and Wicked City are all due to air throughout the season.

Returning shows include American Crime, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nashville, Once Upon a Time, Scandal, and Secrets and Lies.

However, there is no room in the schedule for Revenge, Forever, or Resurrection.

The Catch (season one)

A new thriller centered on the strong, successful Alice Martin (Mireille Enos). She’s a fraud investigator who’s about to be the victim of fraud herself by her fiancé. Between her cases, she is determined to find him before it ruins her career. It also stars Alimi Ballard, Damon Dayoub, Jay Hayden, Jacky Ido, Bethany Joy Lenz, Rose Rollins, and Elvy Yost.

It was written by Jennifer Schuur. The executive producers are Schuur, Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Julie Anne Robinson for Shondaland and ABC Studios.

The Catch

The Catch

The Family (season one)

Another thriller that follows the return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family, suspicions emerge – is he really who he says he is? The cast includes Joan Allen, Alison Pill, Margot Bingham, Zach Gilford, Liam James, Floriana Lima, Madeleine Arthur, Rarmian Newton, Rupert Graves, and Andrew McCarthy.

It was written by Jenna Bans. From ABC Studios, the executive producers are Bans and Mandeville Television’s Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks.

The Family

The Family

Of Kings and Prophets (season one)

An epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny. It stars Ray Winstone, Haaz Sleiman, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Oliver Rix, Simone Kessell, James Floyd, Mohammad Bakri, and Tomer Kapon.

It was written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage. From ABC Studios, the executive producers are Cooper, Collage, Jason Reed, Reza Aslan, and Mahyad Tousi.

Of Kings and Prophets

Of Kings and Prophets

Oil (season one)

Billy and Cody Lefever dream of a new life beyond their working class roots and move to The Bakken in North Dakota, booming after the biggest oil discovery in American history. They’re soon pitted against a ruthless tycoon who forces them to bet big and put everything on the line, including their marriage. The cast includes Don Johnson, Chace Crawford, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Delroy Lindo, Amber Valletta, Scott Michael Foster, India de Beaufort, Yani Gellman, and Caitlin Carver.

It was written by Josh Pate, and Rodes Fishburne. From ABC Signature, the executive producers are Tony Krantz, Pate, Fishburne, Drew Comins, and Johnson.

Oil

Oil

Quantico (season one)

A diverse group of recruits has arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11. The cast includes Priyanka Chopra, Dougray Scott, Jake McLaughlin, Aunjanue Ellis, Yasmine Al Massri, Johanna Braddy, Tate Ellington, and Graham Rogers.

It was written by Josh Safran. From ABC Studios, the executive producers are Safran, Mark Gordon, and Nick Pepper.

Quantico

Quantico

Wicked City (season one)

The series follows a unique case set in a noteworthy era of LA history, starting with a murder case from 1982 centered on the rock ‘n’ roll, cocaine-infused revelry of the Sunset Strip. Alliances are formed between detectives, reporters, drug dealers and club-goers to solve a serial murder case. It stars Ed Westwick, Erika Christensen, Adam Rothenberg, Taissa Farmiga, Gabriel Luna, Karolina Wydra, Holley Fain, Darrell Britt-Gibson, and Anne Winters.

It was written by Steven Baigelman. From ABC Studios, the executive producers are Baigelman and Mandeville Television’s Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks.

Wicked City

Wicked City

American Crime (season two)

The anthology series returns with a new crime committed in a different setting, as told through the eyes of those affected.The ABC Studios series was created and executive produced by John Ridley. Michael J McDonald also executive produces.

American Crime

American Crime

Castle (season eight)

Richard Castle, a famous mystery novelist, was creatively blocked until the NYPD questioned him in connection with a series of murders staged to imitate crime scenes from his books. He then found inspiration in NYPD Detective Kate Beckett and the pair continued to investigate strange homicides in New York, combining Castle’s writer intuition and Beckett’s creative detective work. It stars Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Tamala Jones, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Penny Johnson Jerald, Molly Quinn, and Susan Sullivan.

From ABC Studios, the executive producers are Terence Paul Winter, Alexi Hawley, Rob Bowman, Rob Hanning, and Armyan Bernstein.

Castle

Castle

Grey’s Anatomy (season 12)

The medical drama continues to follow the personal and professional lives of a group of doctors at Seattle’s Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. It stars Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr, Sara Ramirez, Kevin McKidd, Jessica Capshaw, Jesse Williams, Sarah Drew, Caterina Scorsone, Camilla Luddington, Jerrika Hinton, and Kelly McCreary.

The ABC Studios series was created and is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes. Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Rob Corn, William Harper, Stacy McKee, Zoanne Clack, and Debbie Allen are also executive producers.

Grey's Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy

How to Get Away with Murder (season two)

The story of a law professor who gets involved with a murder plot with some of her students contines. It stars Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Karla Souza, Charlie Weber, and Liza Weil.

The series was created and executive produced by Peter Nowalk. Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Bill D’Elia also executive produce the ABC Studios series.

How to Get Away With Murder

How to Get Away With Murder

Marvel’s Agent Carter (season two)

Hayley Atwell stars in the titular role as the unstoppable secret agent for the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve). Dedicated to the fight against new atomic age threats in the wake of World War Two, Peggy must now journey from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet.

Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Chris Dingess, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Stan Lee, and Jeph Loeb are executive producers for ABC Studios and Marvel Television.

Marvel's Agent Carter

Marvel’s Agent Carter

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season three)Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) embarks on a deadly new secret mission to protect the world from new threats in the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s wars with Hydra and a rogue faction of Inhumans. The cast also includes Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, and Adrianne Palicki.

It was co-created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon amd Maurissa Tancharoen, who also executive produce with Jeph Loeb and Jeffrey Bell for ABC Studios and Marvel Television.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Nashville (season four)

A family drama set against the backdrop of the Nashville music scene that follows one star at her peak and another on the rise. The cast includes Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Eric Close, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella, Will Chase, and Oliver Hudson.

The executive producers are Dee Johnson, Callie Khouri and Steve Buchanan for Lionsgate, ABC Studios, and Opry Entertainment.

Nashville

Nashville

Once Upon A Time (season five)

Emma Swan, Snow White, Prince Charming, the Evil Queen, Hook, Rumplestiltskin and all the other resident fairy tale characters must cope with Emma’s new role as the dark one and they begin the search for Merlin. The show stars Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Jared S Gilmore, Michael Socha, and Robert Carlyle.

The ABC Studios drama is executive produced by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Steve Pearlman, and David H Goodman.

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

Scandal (season five)

Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation’s elite by keeping their secrets under wraps. The cast also icnludes Guillermo Diaz, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Bellamy Young, Joshua Malina, and Scott Foley.

It was created by Shonda Rhimes, who executive produces with Betsy Beers, Mark Wilding and Tom Verica. Judy Smith is co-executive producer. Scandal is produced by ABC Studios.

Scandal

Scandal

Secrets and Lies (season two)

Juliette Lewis leads the cast in the return of the drama that explores what people will do to keep their most intimate, devastating indiscretions from ruining their lives.

Barbie Kligman developed the ABC Studios mystery thriller, which is based on the original Australian series Secrets & Lies, created by Stephen Irwin. The executive producers are Kligman for Avenue K Productions, Aaron Kaplan for Kapital Entertainment, Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield for Hoodlum Entertainment, and Timothy Busfield.

Secrets and Lies

Secrets and Lies

Netflix greenlights season two of Daredevil

Netflix has ordered a second season of its comic book adaptation Marvel’s Daredevil.

Marvel's Daredevil

Marvel’s Daredevil

Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as Daredevil in modern-day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

Marvel’s Daredevil also stars Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Scott Glenn, Bob Gunton, Toby Leonard Moore, Vondie Curtis Hall, and Ayelet Zurer.

Season two will debut in 2016 under the control of new showrunners Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez, who replace Steven DeKnight and Drew Goddard.

Ramirez, Petrie, Goddard, and Jeph Loeb are the executive producers for the show, which is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios.

Marvel’s Daredevil is the first of four comic book adaptations as part of a four series deal with Marvel, which also includes miniseries The Defenders.

ITV Studios America builds scripted staff

ITV Studios America is beefing up its drama division.

Lucienne Papon has joined as senior vice president of scripted television, with responsibilities for the continued growth of ITVSA’s scripted slate.

Lucienne Papon

Lucienne Papon

Based in Los Angeles, she reports to Julie Meldal-Johnsen, senior executive vice president of scripted and business development.

Papon was previously head of development and production for Martin Campbell Productions, where she launched the company’s label at ABC Studios and co-executive produced ABC’s Killer Women.

Meanwhile, Kate Barnes has joined ITV Studios’ distribution arm ITV Studios Global Entertainment as head of drama acquisitions and coproductions.

She will be responsible for finding new opportunities and working with the drama acquisitions team to partner with producers.

Barnes, who was previously executive producer of television for Xbox, reports to Ruth Clarke, executive vice president and director of global content and coproductions.

David Tennant battles Jessica Jones on Netflix

Former Doctor Who and Broadchurch star David Tennant has been cast in Netflix’s forthcoming comic book series Marvel’s AKA Jessica Jones.

Broadchurch

Broadchurch

Tennant will play villain Kilgrave in the 13-part series, which will launch online later this year following Marvel’s Daredevil.

Described as an enigmatic figure from Jessica’s past, Kilgrave’s reappearance will send shockwaves through the former super hero’s world.

Tennant will star alongside Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter, who will play Jessica Jones and Luke Cage respectively.

The series was developed by executive producer and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg.

Marvel’s AKA Jessica Jones is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

Marco Polo sails into second season

Netflix has ordered a second season of its original adventure series Marco Polo.

Marco Polo

Marco Polo

The drama will return for ten new episodes, following the launch of season one, which became available to subscribers in December last year.

Marco Polo follows the famed explorer’s exploits in Kublai Khan’s court in 13th Century China.

Creator John Fusco executive produces with Dan Minahan, Joachim Rønning, and Espen Sandberg.

Produced by The Weinstein Company, the series stars Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Zhu Zhu, Chin Han, Olivia Cheng, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, Uli Latukefu, Mahesh Jadu, Claudia Kim, and Rick Yune.

Meanwhile, Netflix has also announced the premiere dates of forthcoming original series.

Bloodline, due out on March 20, 2015, explores what happens when the eldest brother and black sheep of the Rayburn family returns home and exposes the emotional demons that lie at the core of the family, threatening to tear them apart. Starring Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Jacinda Barrett, Jamie McShane, Enrique Murciano, Sissy Spacek, and Sam Shepard, the 13-episode season is executive produced by Todd A Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler, and produced by Sony Pictures Television.

Marvel’s Daredevil, released on April 10, 2015, follows the adventures of Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, who fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as Daredevil. Produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios, with executive producers Steven S DeKnight, Jeph Loeb, and Drew Goddard, the series also stars Rosario Dawson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, and Elden Henson.

Marvel's Daredevil

Marvel’s Daredevil

Netflix casts Luke Cage

Marvel and Netflix have found their Luke Cage.

Mike Colter

Mike Colter

Mike Colter will appear as the character initially in Marvel’s AKA Jessica Jones, due to launch in 2015, before headlining his own series.

The Luke Cage series is the third of four Netflix dramas based on Marvel comic book characters, following Marvel’s Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and coming before Iron Fist and a subsequent group miniseries.

During the course of an investigation in New York City, private investigator Jessica Jones encounters the enigmatic Luke Cage – a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica in ways she could never have imagined.

Luke Cage

Luke Cage

Marvel’s AKA Jessica Jones is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

Hulu adds Disney titles

US VoD streaming site Hulu has secured exclusive subscription rights to three series.

All episodes of ABC dramas Resurrection and Mistresses will become available following the deal with Disney Media Distribution.

Mistresses

Mistresses

The first season of Devious Maids is also now available, with season two being added next year ahead of the season three premiere on Lifetime next summer.

Hulu is also adding more than 750 library episodes from ABC Studios and ABC Family, including one-hour series such as Alias, Army Wives, Body of Proof.

ABC examines Wire in the Blood

British psychological drama Wire in the Blood is being adapted for US network ABC.

Endemol Studios is coproducing the series with ABC Studios, with AM Homes attached to write the script.

The story follows detective Elizabeth Chase as she recruits the help of an unconventional clinical psychologist to help solve the murders of a number of women who have turned up dead in New York City.

David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, and Laurie Zaks of Mandeville Films will executive produce with Sandra Jobling of Coastal Productions, which produced the original UK series for ITV.

The characters were created by novelist Val McDermid.

Endemol Worldwide Distribution controls all international distributions rights to the US adaptation.

Netflix tracks down Jessica Jones

Netflix has cast the title character in its forthcoming comic book adaptation called Marvel’s AKA Jessica Jones.

Breaking Bad star Krysten Ritter will play the super hero in the 13-part series, which is due to air on the VoD platform in 2015 following Marvel’s Daredevil.

Krysten Ritter

Krysten Ritter

The actress wrote on Twitter:

Jessica Jones was first introduced in writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos’ ALIAS comic series. After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.

Marvel’s AKA Jessica Jones is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.