2:39 PM PDT 5/20/2014 by Alex Ben Block, Arlene Washington
About 1,500 buyers from across the globe were introduced to the new and returning slate of original shows at Disney Media Distribution's 2014 International Upfront at Disney Studios in Burbank on Sunday, May 18.
Ben Pyne, president of global distribution at Disney Media Networks, said, "We're proud to unveil a programming slate that delivers even more compelling drama and exciting entertainment." Citing the show American Crime as an example, PaulLee, president of ABC Entertainment Group, said the era on American network TV of "least objectionable programming is dead. It’s all about passion.
American Crime castmembers, from left, top row: Benito Martinez, Timothy Hutton, Johnny Ortiz and Elvis Nolasco. Bottom row: Penelope Ann Miller, Felicity Huffman andCaitlin Gerard.
ABC's PaulLee previewed the studio's live-action lineup, including Agent Carter starringHayley Atwell. The newest Marvel series picks up its story after Captain America: The First Avenger and follows the missions of secret agent Peggy Carter (Atwell).
'Secrets & Lies'
In the drama adaptation Secrets & Lies,Ryan Phillippe plays a father who is targeted as a murder suspect when he finds the body of a young boy.
From left: executive producer Barbie Kligman, Kadee Strickland, Phillippe, Juliette Lewis, Natalie Martinez, executive producer Aaron Kaplan, Clifton Collins Jr. and ABC's Paul Lee.
Ben Pyne, with American Crime writer/director/executive producer John Ridley and ABC's Paul Lee. This is Ridley's first TV series since he won an Academy Award as writer of 12 Years a Slave.
'Red Band Society'
The cast of Red Band Society take the coming-of-age experiences from high school to the hospital as teenage patients become unlikely friends.
From left: Dave Annable, Clara Bravo, Octavia Spencer Griffin Gluck and Zoe Levin.
'Red Band Society'
Red Band Society, which is executive produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, is based on the Spanish series Polseres Vermelles.
'Red Band Society'
In Red Band Society, Academy Award winner OctaviaSpencer, pictured with BenPyne, plays Nurse Jackson, who rarely shows emotion on the job but has a unconditional amount of support and sympathy for her patients in Ocean Park Hospital.
ABC Studios executive vp Patrick Moran described the new half-hour medieval musical as Monty Python'sSpamalot meets The Princess Bride. Legendary knight Galavant (Joshua Sasse) goes on an adventure to save his kingdom to the tune of original songs written by Oscar-winning Alan Menken.
From left: Mallory Jansen, Vinnie Jones, Karen David, Timothy Omundson, Joshua Sasse and Luke Youngblood.
'How to Get Away With Murder'
"The show is amazing," said executive producer Shonda Rhimes of her highly anticipated new series How to Get Away With Murder. "It’s a legal thriller, but I feel like there’s a real element in the show that network storytelling can be sexy and can be vibrant and can be interesting and can be out of the box and can be diverse and can be different that we have been really trying to do from the very beginning."
From left: star ViolaDavis with Disney's BenPyne and Rhimes.
Beverly Hills, 90210 co-stars Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth team up again as former TV detectives who must now solve a real-life mystery when their ultimate fan, Nick (Miguel Pinzon), will speak only to the women after witnessing a crime in Mystery Girls.
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