ABC has given green lights to new shows for the 2017-18 season. The pilots to go to series are dramas “The Crossing,” “The Good Doctor,” “For the People” and “The Gospel of Kevin” and comedies “The Mayor” and an untitled show starring Zach Braff.
“The Mayor” and the three dramas come from the network’s sister studio, ABC Studios. Braff’s show, formerly known as “Start Up,” and “The Good Doctor” come from Sony and ABC Studios.
“The Mayor” (pictured at the top of the post) stars Brandon Micheal Hall as a young rapper who decides to jump-start his career via the stunt of running for mayor of his hometown. Then he actually wins. The cast also includes Yvette Nicole Brown and Lea Michele.
“Hamilton” alum (and “Black-ish” recurring player) Daveed Diggs is an executive producer alongside creator Jeremy Bronson (“Speechless”).
The Braff comedy is inspired by the podcast StartUp. Braff plays a radio journalist who decides to leave his job and start a new business, throwing his family’s life into disarray in the process. Former “Scrubs” writer-producer Matt Tarses created the show and reunites with Braff, who also directed the pilot.
“The Crossing” is set in a small fishing town where war refugees seek asylum. Except — twist! — per the description of the show “the country these people are from is America… and the war they are fleeing hasn’t happened yet.” Steve Zahn, Nataline Martinez and Sandrine Holt head the cast.
“For the People” is the latest from Shonda Rhimes’ company Shondaland. The legal drama is set in the U.S. District Court in New York City, often referred to as “The Mother Court” since it’s among the oldest federal courts in the nation (even predating the Supreme Court). “Scandal” veteran Paul William Davies created the show, which follows attorneys on both sides of cases and their intersecting personal lives.
“The Gospel of Kevin” stars Jason Ritter as a guy without much direction in life — until a “celestial being” gives him a mission to save the world. The show comes from “Agent Carter” writer-producers Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters.
“The Good Doctor” stars “Bates Motel’s” Freddie Highmore as a young surgeon who has autism and savant syndrome and has to prove his skills while being unable to form personal connections with people. “House” creator David Shore and “Hawaii Five-0” star Daniel Dae Kim are among the exec producers of the show, which is based on a Korean series.