‘Still Star-Crossed,’ ‘Conviction,’ ‘Downward Dog’ and more ordered to series at ABC for 2016-17

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ABC has announced its new series pickups for the 2016-17 season. Here’s a brief description of the new shows, which join the previously ordered “Designated Survivor” on the schedule.

Dramas

First is a new series from Shondaland titled “Still Star-Crossed,” a period drama picking up where the events of “Romeo & Juliet” left off, and focusing on the fallout in the Montagues and Capulets after the two young lovers’ deaths. It is based on a novel by Melinda Taub.

Next is “Conviction,” starring “Agent Carter’s” Hayley Atwell as Hayes Morrison, a lawyer and former First Daughter who takes a job from her nemesis in order to avoid jail time for cocaine possession, which could ruin her mother’s Senate campaign. At his office, Hayes is able to use her intellect to turn over cases with suspected wrongful convictions.

“Time After Time” comes from executive producer/writer Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Dawson’s Creek”) and centers around an epic cat-and-mouse chase through time as science-fiction writer, H.G. Wells, is transported to modern day Manhattan in search of Jack the Ripper.

Drama “Notorious” is based the lives of defense attorney Mark Geragos and TV producer Wendy Walker (who are executive producers) and will examine the intersection of criminal law and the media. It stars Piper Perabo (“Covert Affairs”) and Daniel Sunjata (“Graceland,” “Rescue Me”) and comes from writer-EPs Josh Berman and Allie Hagan.

Comedies

“Downward Dog” is based on the web series and follows a struggling millennial, told from the point of view of her “lonely and philosophical” dog. It only takes one session at obedience school for the two to realize that they may be the things for each other. “Fargo” Season 1 star Alison Tolman is set to lead the series with Lucas Neff and more.

“Untitled Sarah Dunn” (formerly known as “The Second Fattest Housewife in Westport”) has also been picked up by the network, which follows Katie Otto (Katy Mixon) as a confident and unapologetically “plump” housewife raising her three children in the wealthy town of Westport, Conn.

“Imaginary Mary” is a hybrid live action/CGI show starring Jenna Elfman as a single woman who meets the love of her life (Stephen Schneider, “Broad City”), a divorced father of three. Things get really complicated when Mary’s childhood imaginary friend (voiced by Rachel Dratch) reappears.

The ABC pickups join these other new shows on the broadcast networks for 2016-17.

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