centers on a racially-charged trial following an attack on a young couple in their Modesto, CA, home. This case reverberates strongly through everyone in the community and brings out heightened tension and drama.
The concept for this drama seems perfect for a timeslot on cable television. But as this is network TV, let's hope nothing is diluted -- and if the trailer is any indication, it doesn't seem like it will. The topic of race in America is one fraught with so much tension and anger, and I applaud ABC for ordering a show like this, and hopefully it's talked about in context with real-life issues because American Crime
has the potential to do well.
Secrets and Lies
Premise: Secrets and Lies
is an aptly titled show. After Ben Garner, played by Ryan Phillippe, comes across the body of a young boy in the neighborhood, he becomes the prime suspect in the murder case. Detective Andrea Cornell digs for the truth and ends up exposing the secrets and lies that the town is hiding. KaDee Strickland, Natalie Martinez, Clifton Collins, Jr., Indiana Evans, Belle Shouse and Juliette Lewis also star.
ABC is banking on a big-name star like Ryan Phillippe to bring in viewers. He's been in countless movies, including I Know What You Did Last Summer
, Cruel Intentions
, Gosford Park
, as well as some roles on TV like appearing in 10 episodes of Damages
. And when you have someone like Juliette Lewis also signed on, we want to see Secrets and Lies
do well. The trailer is well-made, but I don't really see anything that makes it stand out from the pack.
What do aliens need to gain world domination after invading Planet Earth? Our children, of course, who end up helping them -- and the race is on to stop the plan from reaching its unfortunate conclusion. Stars of this sci-fi drama include Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes
), Lily Rabe (American Horror Story
) and Barry Sloan (Revenge
I'm hesitant to make any claims that this show will do well in the ratings, but the concept sounds really intriguing. The little girl featured in the trailer is cute and can act really well. And I love that this show stars the fantastic Lily Rabe, who already has proven to be exceptional as usual based on the below video.
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Which mid-season dramas from ABC look the most exciting to you? And which ones have the best chance at succeeding?(Image and videos courtesy of ABC)