And Three More Shows Debut on ABC
Tuesday, September 24, is a big day for ABC. The network has four new shows premiering that night: the dramas Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (8pm ET) and Lucky 7 (10pm) along with the sitcoms The Goldbergs (9pm) and Trophy Wife (9:30pm).
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., co-created by fan favorite Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Firefly), has received a boatload of publicity, although it surely already has a ton of instant viewers thanks to its prominent comic book ancestry and relationship to the successful Iron Man, Avengers, etcetera movies. On the TV show, Clark Gregg reprises his film role as Phil Coulson, the leader of a diverse group of agents brought together to prevent all sorts of mayhem intended by enemies with enhanced or alien abilities. Chloe Bennet (Nashville), Brett Dalton (Killing Lincoln), Iain De Caestecker (Coronation Street), Elizabeth Henstridge (Hollyoaks), and Ming-Na Wen (Eureka) make up the main cast.
Another ensemble drama, Lucky 7 depicts what happens when a group of seven gas station co-workers from Queens, New York, pool their money and actually hit it big in the lottery. Cast members include Summer Bishil (90210), Christine Evangelista (The Kill Point), Matt Long (Private Practice), and Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Rubicon).
Reno 911! vet Wendi McLendon-Covey and Curb Your Enthusiasm alum Jeff Garlin star in the 1980s-throwback comedy The Goldbergs as the heads of the titular clan, a typical family living in what many consider a simpler time. Troy Gentile, Sam Giambrone, and Hayley Orrantia play their three children and George Segal (Just Shoot Me!) costars as the fun grandfather.
Malin Akerman (Childrens Hospital) headlines Trophy Wife as Kate, the third wife of Pete (Bradley Whitford, The West Wing). She does everything she can to make the marriage work, which requires dealing with his three children (played by Ryan Scott Lee, Bailee Madison, and Albert Tsai) and two former wives (Enlightened‘s Michaela Watkins and The Newsroom‘s Marcia Gay Harden).
Also Premiering September 24: New Syfy docuseries Fangasm explores the superfan phenomenon by studying seven such individuals as they cohabitate and complete internships at Stan Lee’s Comikaze, a well-known pop-culture convention.
Returning Scripted Series on September 24: NBC firefighter drama Chicago Fire kicks off its sophomore season at 10:01pm, and NCIS (Season 11), NCIS: Los Angeles (Season Five), and Person of Interest (Season Three) resume fresh episodes on CBS at 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm, respectively.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. photo courtesy of Bob D’Amico/ABC